The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/21

Memphis reliever Troy Percival pitched two hitless, scoreless frames, striking out two and giving up only a walk to mar a perfect appearance in Wednesday's outing.



Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 5-4 to Round Rock in 10

First baseman Tagg Bozied hit his 10th home run on the season, driving in two runs and scoring twice to lead the Redbirds offense Wednesday in the 5-4 loss to the Round Rock Express.

OF Rick Ankiel the subject of a lot of table-talk this past week wondering when and if he'll be promoted to St. Louis before September, went 0-for-5.

Memphis new temporary starter Tomo Ohka gave up four runs on eight hits over five innings in his first of what will be likely just two or three starts for the Redbirds.

Reliever Troy Percival pitched 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings, giving up a walk and striking out two, but neither Ohka nor Percival factored into the decision.

Reliever Kelvin Jimenez (L, 1-1) gave up a run in the 10th on four hits and one walk to lose his first game for Memphis this season.


RECORD: 32-41, 4th Place, 10.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 7-4 over Arkansas

The Cardinals evened their record at 1-1 Wednesday night as the second half of the Texas League season gets underway.

Starter Mitchell Boggs who got a no decision in the contest, pitched seven complete innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out five.

Jason Motte gave up a run in the eighth getting him a blown save, but his teammates picked him up scoring three runs in the bottom half of the inning, as Motte's won-loss record improves to 3-1.

Closer Chris Perez picked up his 19th save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Catcher Bryan Anderson went deep for his fifth home run and drove in another run Wednesday. RF Casey Rowlett had a 3-for-4 night with a double and run score to contribute to the Cardinals win.


RECORD: 1-1, 2nd Place, 1 GB (1st Half Division Winners)


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Take Two From Daytona

The Palm Beach Cardinals took two seven inning games from the Daytona Cubs in Wednesday's double-header.

In game one, Tyler Norrick and two relievers combined on a six-hitter as visiting Cardinals beat the Daytona, 2-1, in the opener. It was reliever Kyle McClellan (W, 4-1) who picked up the win, retiring the five batters he faced for the win. Luke Gregerson earned his 15th save pitching a scoreless frame in the seventh.

In game two, it was the Cardinals 6-1 over the Cubs. Starter Adam Ottavino pitched six strong innings and Ian Church drove in three runs as the visiting Palm Beach Cardinals cruised past Daytona, 6-1, to sweep the doubleheader.

It was deuces wild for third baseman Allen Craig who continues to impress everyone with his bat, going 2-for-2, with two RBI and two runs scored in the nightcap.



RECORD: 2-0, 1st Place


Swing of Quad Cities (A): All-Star Break No Games Scheduled

Several roster moves officially made Wednesday, as two more Swing of the Quad Cities players were promoted. First baseman Brandon Buckman and pitcher P.J. Walters were promoted to high Class-A Palm Beach, becoming the fourth and fifth Swing players to earn promotions this season.

The Swing also announced that 22-year-old outfielder Jose Ramirez from La Guaira, Venezuela will join the club. Ramirez was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent in 2004 and has spent most of the past two seasons with the Cardinals affiliates in the Dominican and Venezuelan Summer Leagues, also playing in six games with the Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie) in 2006.

The Cardinals also officially announced that 19-year-old Tommy Pham will head to the Class-A short season Batavia Muckdogs, as we were expecting, after he went 2-for-32 in his time with Quad Cities.

RECORD: 38-31, 1st Half


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 7-0 over Auburn

The Muckdogs win their first game as an affiliate of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and promptly move into first place in the NYPL Pinckney Division.

Starter Joshua Wilson gave up just one hit and struck out three over four innings. Jesse Todd (1-0), who was selected in the second round by St. Louis in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, scattered three hits and fanned five over four innings for the win. Marco Gonzalez tossed a perfect ninth to close out the game for the Muckdogs.

DH Steve Hill went 4-for-5 on the night with a home run, a double, four RBI and two runs scored to lead Batavia to its first win.


RECORD: 1-0, 1st Place


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Split a Double-Header vs. Greenville

The Cardinals took game one of the double-header 7-3 before losing to Greenville in the nightcap 9-3.

In the first game third baseman Nicholas Vera went 4-for-4 to include two doubles, two RBIs and he scored twice to lead the Cardinals offense.

Charles Fick picked up the win, pitching three innings, giving up two hits and one run.

In game two, it was Steven Hill from Southeastern University who was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs in 1.1 innings pitched.




RECORD: 1-1,


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Winners 7-0 over the Nationals

Outfielder Edgar Lara got off to a good start this season, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

DH Jario Martinez hit his first home run, a two run shot in the second to give the Cardinals all the runs they would need for their first win on the season.

Reliever Carlos Gonzalez or the piggyback starter if you will, picked up his first win, pitching four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, walking one and striking out four.


RECORD: 1-0, 1st Place


VSL Cardinals (R) Beat Houston 4-2

Down 2-1 going into the eighth inning the Cardinals rally to score three runs to beat Houston 4-2.

Starter Genney Rios pitched five solid scoreless innings, giving up only three hits and striking out one and did not walk anyone. Reliever Miguel Lopez picked up his first win and Eleazer Jimenez his first save Wednesday afternoon.


RECORD: 11-22, 7th Place, 14.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) No Report From Wednesday's Game against Oakland


RECORD: As of Wednesday 6-8, 3rd Place, 5.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Troy Percival

Reliever Troy Percival pitched 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings for Memphis, giving up only a walk and striking out two, but did not factor into the decision. He should be up with St. Louis by next week.


Minor League Player of the Day

Steve Hill

The Muckdog's designated hitter Wednesday, Steve Hill from Austin State University, went 4-for-5 on the night Wednesday with a home run, a double, four RBI and two runs scored to lead Batavia to its first win.



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