The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/15

Springfield Cardinals shortstop Tyler Greene went 2-for-5 Thursday, with a home run, a double, four RBI and two runs scored. Since hearing that no one was blocking the Cardinals' top draft pick, shortstop Peter Kozma's path to the Majors, Greene has responded by hitting .300 (9-for-30), with two home runs, five RBI, seven runs scored and a stolen base in his last eight games.



Games Played Thursday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Shutout by Nashville 4-0

Memphis falls to 10 games below .500 after being shut out by the Nashville Sounds Thursday afternoon 4-0 in front of the hometown crowd at AutoZone Park. Nashville took three of four in the four-game series.

Starting pitcher Troy Cate (L, 1-5) took the loss, pitching five innings, giving up three runs, two of them earned, walking none and striking out five.

The Redbirds could only muster up six hits on the day, none of them for extra bases, leaving seven runners stranded. Memphis did not get anyone as far as second base after the second inning.

What little offense the Redbirds had came for the guys up the middle, SS Brendan Ryan and 2B Edgar Gonzalez both went 2-for-4.

Outfielder Rick Ankiel went 0-for-13 against the Sounds in this series with nine strikeouts.


RECORD: 29-39, 4th Place,


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winner's 11-2 over Wichita

The Springfield Cardinals, smelling a title, hammered the Wichita Wranglers in a rain-shortened game on Thursday night, winning by a final score of 11-2, for their sixth win in a row, a new franchise winning streak record.

The game was called after a thirty minute rain delay in the ninth inning.

Cardinals' starter Kevin Ool (W, 4-2), was the luckiest guy in the organization Thursday. He scattered 12 hits, allowing only two runs due in large part to the second worst defense in the league, turning four double-plays behind him.

CF Colby Rasmus and shortstop Tyler Greene (who has found his stroke since the draft) both homered Thursday night to lead the Cardinals offense.

Greene went 2-for-5 Thursday with a home run, a double, four RBI and two runs scored.

HIGH FIVE, MAKE THAT SIX: The Cardinals entered play Thursday night with a five-game winning streak, with the Cards clicking on all cylinders. The pitching has only allowed 11 earned runs on 30 hits over the five-game stretch. Although the offense is hitting just .256 over the five-game streak, they are at a .280 clip over their last ten games. Defensively, the Cards have not committed an error in their last seven games, their longest such streak of the year. They are now at a .976 fielding percentage, which is just seventh in the eight-team Texas League.

MAGIC NUMBER: After last night's win the Cards' magic number is reduced to just two, as a Tulsa loss and a Springfield victory on Friday night would give the Redbirds their first Texas League Pennant in franchise history.


RECORD: 34-29, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 4-0 to Jupiter

The Hammerheads starter Ryan Tucker pitched a five-hit complete game shutout Thursday afternoon as Jupiter beat the Cardinals 4-0. It was the Cardinals fifth loss this week, with their only win coming on Wednesday in the second game of a double header, a 1-0 shutout over Jupiter.

Cardinals' starter Adam Daniels (L, 4-6) took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings. Relievers Matthew Trent and Scott Vander Weg combined on three scoreless innings in relief.

Second baseman Isaias Garcia 1-for-4 on the day, had the only extra base hit for the Cardinals with a double in the third.


RECORD: 34-33, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 5-1 over Wisconsin

Swing starter Brad Furnish (W, 1-3) picked up his first win for Quad Cities giving up only two hits in six scoreless innings pitched, his longest outing of the year.

Tyler Herron earned his first save, pitching three innings, giving up one run on three hits, striking out four.

Right-fielder Luke Gossett hit a three-run homer in the eighth, his third on the season, coming with two outs and two runners on board to put the game in the bag.

1B Brandon Buckman went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. 2B Jaime Landen had a 2-for-3 night as well, with two singles, an RBI and he scored a run.

The Swing enter play Thursday night with fading hopes of a playoff berth, sitting four games behind Clinton for the second spot with four games remaining. Because Quad Cities does own the tiebreaker with Clinton but not Cedar Rapids, the only way they can make the playoffs in the first half is to win out while the LumberKings lose out and the Kernels drop at least two of their last four games. The sad thing is with the playoffs in reach the Swing has dropped five of their last seven games, but the win Thursday does keep the door open for a chance.


RECORD: 37-29, 4th Place, 4.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS)

Season opens on Tuesday June 19th, against the Auburn Doubledays.


Johnson City Cardinals (R)

The Cardinals will open the season on the road in Greenville on Tuesday, June 19th. The 2007 Season marks Johnson City's 33rd consecutive year of affiliation with the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)

The Cardinals will open their season on Wednesday, June 20th.



VSL Cardinals (R) Lost 7-6 to Tampa Bay/Cincinnati

At least they weren't shutout Thursday, the Cardinals down 4-0 after the first inning battled back to make a game of it before finally falling 7-6.

Reliever Carlos Noquera (L, 0-2) took the loss giving up two runs in two innings of relief.

2B Gerardo Mambel had a 3-for-4 day with a double and two RBI to lead the offense.

LEAGUE NOTES: The VSL features nine academies run by 11 different major league organizations in the hot sugarcane valleys west of Caracas.

HOME FIELD: The VSL Cardinals rent space behind the country's largest brewery, the Polar plant in San Joaquín. The baseball field, originally built for the brewers, features an all-dirt infield and an uneven outfield covered with patchy brown grass.


RECORD: 7-21, 9th Place,


DSL Cardinals (R) Day Off Wednesday

It appears as a rule, we will be a day behind in reporting results from the DSL, due to delays in getting results.

RECORD: 3-6, 3rd Place, 5 GB (as of Wednesday)




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Kip Wells



Enough said.


Minor League Player of the Day

Tyler Greene

The Springfield Cardinals shortstop went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, four RBI and two runs scored Thursday.



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