The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/25

Johnson City Cardinals' left-fielder Beau Riportella is the first from the team to be named the Birdhouse Player of the Day. Sunday Riportella went 3-for-5 with a walk, two stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI in the 6-5 loss to the Bluefield Orioles.



Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to New Orleans 6-3

Home runs by Rick Ankiel and Joe Mather (his first at Triple-A) wasn't enough offense Sunday as the Memphis Redbirds lost to the New Orleans Zephyrs 6-3.

Rick Ankiel went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a solo homer, his 20th to temporarily match Omaha's Craig Brazell and Albuquerque's Valentino Pascucci for the Pacific Coast League lead.

Memphis starter Blake Hawksworth (L, 3-9) gave up six runs in 6.1 innings, walking three and striking out one. Considered the Cardinals top pitching prospect, Hawksworth is 0-for-June, in his five starts this month.

Reliever Troy Percival who I expect will join the Cardinals on this road trip, pitched the final inning, giving up two hits, but didn't allow anyone to score, striking out two batters in the last inning.


RECORD: 34-43, 4th Place, 11.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 6-2 over Tulsa

The Cardinals used the long balls of Colby Rasmus, Casey Rowlett and Sean Danielson Sunday to beat Tulsa 6-2.

Springfield starter Adam Daniels picked up his first Double-A win, pitching five innings, giving up two runs, only one of them earned, on four hits. Daniels walked two and struck out a season high seven batters in Sunday's contest.

The bullpen; Zachary Zuercher, Kyle McClellan, Jason Motte and Christopher Perez each pitched a scoreless inning to keep the Drillers in check.

ALL-STAR GAME DETAILS: The Springfield Cardinals are proud to be sending eight players and the entire four-man coaching staff to Corpus Christi, for Tuesday's annual Texas League All-Star Game. Tuesday's game starts at 7:05pm and can be viewed and heard live online by visiting, where the Hooks will provide audio as well as video.

The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest, but can not be seen until the following night, when it will air at 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 27th. For more information, please visit the Corpus Christi Hooks website at For satellite viewers, Fox Sports Southwest can be seen on DIRECTV Channel 643 and Dish Network Channel 416.


RECORD: 3-3, 3rd Place, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): 4-3 Winners over Fort Myers in 10

Reliever Luke Gregerson (W, 1-1) picked up his first win, with a scoreless inning in relief. Starter Tyler Norrick pitched a great game Sunday, giving just one run on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts in six innings.

Right-fielder Ian Church continued to swing a hot bat, with a two-run homer in the ninth. In his last five games Church has hit three home runs, four doubles and has driven in 13 runs.

The Cardinals extended their winning streak to three games and remain in a three-way tie for first place with Brevard County and Vero Beach.


RECORD: 3-1, 1st Place


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Wisconsin 6-5

Swing starter Elvis Hernandez (L, 4-5) was charged with four unearned runs to see his record fall to 4-5. He gave up five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 3.1 innings.

Jared Schweitzer went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored for Quad Cities. The home run was Schweitzer second home run in the series and his seventh of the season.


RECORD: 2-2, 3rd Place (4-way-tie), 1.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 4-3 over Mahoning Valley

Joshua Wilson got his first win Sunday, pitching in relief of starter Jesse Todd who pitched 4.2 innings, giving up only one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out five. Wilson pitched 3.1 innings, giving up giving up just one run.

Outfielder Thomas Pham who was sent down to Batavia from Quad Cities after hitting just .063 in 14 games for the Swing, went 2-for-4 Sunday with a double, a run scored and an RBI to lead the Muckdogs attack.


RECORD: 2-4, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to the Bluefield Orioles 6-5

The Cardinals tried to steal a win away from Bluefield Sunday, stealing six bases including five in the second inning when the Cards scored twice to take a brief 3-0 lead, before finally losing 6-5.

LF Beau Riportella went 3-for-5 for Johnson City with a walk, two stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI, in a game that reminded you of Whitey Ball.

The Cardinals scored a total of 13 runs over the weekend without winning a game as the pitching staff gave up 16 runs to the Bluefield Orioles who a celebrating 50 years as an Orioles affiliate this season.


RECORD: 2-4, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Day Off on Sunday



VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Detroit 6-5

The Cardinals fell to 12-25 on the season with the heartbreaking 6-5 loss on Sunday. Taking an early 2-1 lead in the first inning, the Cardinals held Detroit at bay until two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth inning for the comeback win over the Cards.

Cardinals' starter Miguel Lopez pitched five innings, giving up only one run on three hits, walking two and striking out four, but did not get a decision. Reliever Genny Rios (L, 2-2) gave up five runs in 2.2 innings to see his record drop to 2-2.


RECORD: 12-25, 7th Place, 14.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) No Report

The DSL Cardinals played the first place Oakland (1) team on Sunday, no results to report at the deadline.


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



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Tyler Norrick

The Palm Beach starter got a no-decision Sunday after a very good outing, where in six innings, he gave up just one run on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts.


Minor League Player of the Day

Beau Riportella

Johnson City Cardinals' left-fielder Beau Riportella is the first JC Cardinal to be named the Birdhouse Player of the Day. Sunday he went 3-for-5 with a walk, two stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI in a 6-5 loss to the Bluefield Orioles.



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