The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/17

Rick Ankiel hit three home runs Saturday to lead the Memphis Redbirds past the Iowa Cubs 7-3. In his last two games, Rick is 5-for-10 with four home runs. In other news; the Springfield Cardinals win their 8th straight game; while in the FSL All-Star Game, Allen Craig is named the MVP, with teammates Tyler Norrick getting the win and Luke Gregerson earning Pitcher of the Game honors...



Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 7-5 over Iowa

Outfielder Rick Ankiel hit three home runs on Saturday to lead the Memphis Redbirds past the Iowa Cubs 7-5. Trying to make the St. Louis Cardinals to stand up and take notice, the leading vote getter in the Triple-A All-Star voting has gone 5-for-10 with four home runs in the last two games.

Redbirds starter Mike Parisi (W, 5-5) picked up the win, despite giving up five runs, four earned on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. Closer Brian Falkenborg pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save.


RECORD: 31-39, 4th Place, 9.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 6-5

The Springfield Cardinals continue to roll over opponents with a 6-5 win Saturday for their eighth straight win in a row.

Left-fielder Mark Shorey led the offense with a 2-for-4 day to include his second homer of the season and driving in three runs.

Starter Cory Rauschenberger went five innings, giving up nine hits, allowing four runs, walking three and striking out two, but did not factor into the decision.

Reliever Zachary Zuercher (W, 1-0) picked up his first win for Springfield, pitching two scoreless innings of relief. Closer Christopher Perez earned his 18th save of the season despite walking three batters and giving up a run in the ninth.


RECORD: 36-29, 1st Place, First Half Division Champions


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): FSL All-Star Game – Craig MVP

The Palm Beach Cardinals dominated the FSL All-Star Game Saturday with the East winning 8-4 over the West All-Stars. Third baseman Allen Craig went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the fifth inning for the East and earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 46th annual Florida State League All-Star Game. Teammate Luke Gregerson earned Pitcher of the Game honors, striking out the only two batters he faced while Tyler Norrick picked up the win pitching a scoreless fifth inning, giving up only one hit.


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


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Beloit 4-3

The Swing of Quad Cities out hit the Beloit Snappers Saturday 8-5 but it was four costly errors that cost Quad Cities the game.

Swing starter Brandon Dickson pitched good enough to win, giving up just two runs on four hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts over five innings. Kenny Maiques was tagged with his third blown save and fourth loss on the season, giving up a run in 1.1 innings pitched.

The Swing fans were treated to a not so rare triple-play by their team, it was the second one of the season turned by Quad Cities.

The Snappers clinched the MWL Western Division title with Saturday's victory.

The Swing will wrap up the first half of their Midwest League season with the series finale against Beloit on Sunday. Then six Swing players will head to Kane County to participate in the 2007 All-Star Game on Tuesday.


RECORD: 37-31, 4th Place, 6.5 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.


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)

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


VSL Cardinals (R) Winners 2-1 over Mets

Starter Fernando Cedeno (W, 2-3) picks up his second win pitching six scoreless frames, giving up five hits, giving up no walks while striking out three. Reliever Orlando Munez earned his second save retiring the two batters he faced to close out the game.


RECORD: 9-21, 9th Place, 14.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R)

RECORD: 4-7, 4th Place, 5.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Tyler Norrick

Earned the win Saturday in the Florida State League All-Star Game as the East defeated the West 8-4. Norrick pitched a scoreless inning in the fifth, giving up just one hit, seven of his 12 pitches were for strikes.


Minor League Player of the Day

Rick Ankiel

It's only a matter of time before Cardinal fans see Rick Ankiel back in St. Louis. Saturday he blasted three home runs and in his first two games against the Iowa Cubs this weekend he's gone 5-for-10 with four home runs.



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