The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/24

The Palm Beach Cardinals' left-fielder Ian Church drove in three runs Saturday to lead his ballclub to a big come from behind win. The 26-year-old outfielder has two home runs, two doubles and 11 RBI in his last four games.



Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 4-0 to New Orleans

Starter Mike Smith (L, 6-7) pitched seven innings, scattering seven hits, giving up three runs, walking two, striking out eight in one of his better performances of the season, only to see his record fall to 6-7 with the 4-0 loss to the Zephyrs.

Nick Stavinoha, Joe Mather and Brian Esposito each had two hits for the Redbirds, Esposito's double was the only extra-base hit, but they couldn't manage to get any runs on the board.


RECORD: 32-42, 4th Place, 10.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost 9-2 to Tulsa

Tulsa drilled the Cardinals 9-2 Saturday to drop them below the .500 mark.

Cardinal's starter Eric Haberer (L, 4-4) gave up four runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking one in 5.2 innings.

Colby Rasmus hit his 13th home run this season, going 1-for-3 for Springfield. The Cardinals top prospect is hitting .247 for the Cardinals. Prior to yesterday's game Colby was hitting just .122 over his last 10 games.


RECORD: 2-3, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 6-4 over Fort Myers

The Cardinals came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Fort Myers 6-4 Saturday.

Left-fielder Ian Church drove in three runs Saturday to lead the Cardinals to victory. The 26-year-old outfielder has two home runs and 11 RBI in his last 10 games.

Trey Hearne (W, 4-6) picked his fourth win with 2.1 innings of perfect relief before Jon Mikrut tossed a 1-2-3 eighth and Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless frame in the ninth for his 16th save.


RECORD: 2-1, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Wisconsin 5-2

Quad Cities lost their first game in the second half to Wisconsin putting them in an early four-way tie for first place in the MWL Western Division.

Swing reliever Blake King (L, 2-3) gave up four runs on six hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out three.

DH Christian Reyes had a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring groundout to drive in both of Swings runs.

1B Jared M Schweitzer went 2-for-4 and scored twice Saturday for Quad Cities.


RECORD: 2-1, 1st Place


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost 6-5 to Mahoning Valley

Down 5-1 by the end of the third inning, Batavia fought back coming up a couple of runs short for a win, losing to Mahoning Valley 6-5, despite outhitting the Scrappers 12-9.

Batavia's third baseman Brian Cartie went 3-for-4 and scored twice in Saturday's tough loss.

Starter Josh Fritsche gave up three runs on five hits to take the loss as the Muckdogs drop their fourth game out of the first five to start the short season.


RECORD: 1-4, 6th Place, 3 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Loss 10-8 to Bluefield

It was a blue day for Redbird fans as the Cardinals scored eight runs on 13 hits, blowing a five run first inning lead to fall to the Bluefield Orioles 10-8.

Johnson City starter Nicholas Additon was knocked out of the game after three innings and giving up five runs on seven hits.

RF Jonathan Edwards and 2B Ateo Foli both went deep Saturday, with Edwards driving in three runs and Foli two of the Cardinals runs.


RECORD: 2-3, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to Dodgers 6-4

The Cardinals had an early lead scoring in the top of the first, but the Dodgers would come back with their first run third to tie the game and adding five more runs in the to go ahead and stay ahead for a 6-4 win Saturday.

Left-fielder Joseph Hage led the Cardinals offense going 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored.

Starter Rigoberto Lugo (L, 0-1) gave up all six runs to the Dodgers to take the loss.


RECORD: 2-1, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Winners 9-8

The Cardinals edged Tampa Bay/Cincinnati 9-8 Saturday.

Orlando Munoz (W, 1-1), the fifth Cardinals' pitcher in the contest, picked up the win pitching an inning and a third in scoreless relief to close out the game.


RECORD: 12-24, 7th Place, 14.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Day Off on Saturday

RECORD: 9-8, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Trey Hearne

The Palm Beach starter picked up his fourth win of the season Saturday, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings in relief.


Minor League Player of the Day

Ian Church

Left-fielder Ian Church drove in three runs Saturday to lead the Palm Beach Cardinals to a big come from behind win. The 26-year-old outfielder has two home runs, two doubles and 11 RBI in his last four games.



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