The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/26

Adam Ottavino (W, 5-5, 3.00 ERA) dominated the opposition Monday night, pitching eight complete innings, giving up only four hits, not walking anyone and striking out seven. In other news; Memphis loses its seventh game in a row to New Orleans, Batavia's shortstop Thomas Pham is the Player of the Day, more roster moves and all the game recaps from Monday.



Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 4-1 to New Orleans

The Redbirds dropped another game to the New Orleans Zephyrs Monday night losing 4-1. After splitting the first four-game series in April the Zephyrs have beaten the Redbirds seven straight games and the bad news is they play them again Tuesday and have another four-game series against New Orleans beginning June 30th.

Memphis starter Tomo Ohka (L, 0-1 4.85), who was signed to a minor-league contract by St. Louis on June 19, gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk over eight innings with two strikeouts. In two starts Ohka has pitched 13 innings, giving up 16 hits and eight runs, seven of them earned.

OF Rick Ankiel went 2-for-4 and Joe Mather delivered an RBI single in the ninth for the Redbirds in the 4-1 loss.

Reliever Troy Percival left Memphis yesterday and is probably going to join the Cardinals today in New York. Percival allowed just one run on four hits, striking out nine and walking five in 6.2 innings over six appearances for the Redbirds.


RECORD: 34-44, 4th Place, 11.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Texas League All-Star Break

The Cardinals had the day off on Tuesday with no Texas League games scheduled due to the All-Star break.

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, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 4-0 over Fort Meyers

The Palm Beach Cardinals behind Adam Ottavino shut out the Fort Meyers Miracles 4-0 on Monday.

Ottavino dominated the opposition, pitching eight complete innings, giving up only four hits, didn't walk anyone Monday and struck out seven to even his won-loss record to 5-5 with a 3.00 ERA.

Four different Cardinals scored in a game when no one had an extra-base hit for the Redbirds. Jon Jay, Ian Church, Brandon Buckman and A.J. Van Slyke all had base hits and scored.

WHO's HOT: Entering play Monday, infielder Allen Craig is hitting .526 (10 hits, 19 at-bats) with seven RBIs in his last five games. In his last 10 games, the Cal graduate is hitting .378 (14 hits, 37 at-bats).


RECORD: 4-1, 1st Place


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Monday was an Off Day

ROSTER MOVES: The St. Louis Cardinals announced last week the promotions of Swing First baseman Brandon Buckman and starting pitcher P.J. Walters to high Class-A Palm Beach, as well as the addition of Jose Ramirez and Tim Dorn to the Quad Cities' roster. Ramirez, a 22-year-old from Venezuela, was signed by the Cardinals in 2004 and has spent time in the Dominican and Venezuelan Summer Leagues, as well as playing in six games with Johnson City (Rookie) in 2006.

Dorn was signed on Monday from the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League. The 24-year-old was batting .344 with 12 home runs in 31 games for the Miners this season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Infielder Jared Schweitzer started off the second half of the season by hitting .333 in four games against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. In the series, Schweitzer went deep twice with five runs scored and three RBI. Schweitzer, predominantly a second baseman, has been playing first since the call-up of Brandon Buckman. The 6'1" righthander from Alberta, Canada, is hitting .387 against lefties this season and is a perfect 3-for-3 as a pinch-hitter. Jared Schweitzer leads all active Swing players with seven home runs.

RECORD: 2-2, 3rd Place, 1.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 6-2 over State College

It was the Batavia Muckdogs chasing State College out of the park with a 6-2 win Monday.

The Muckdogs' designated hitter Steven Hill went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI while his teammate, center fielder Thomas Pham went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk and he scored two of Batavia's runs.

Starter Brandon Garner picked up the win, pitching five innings, scattering five hits, giving up two runs, only one of them earned to even his record at 1-1.

Monday's victory was the Muckdogs second win in a row after ending a four-game skid on Sunday.


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


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost 15-3 to Danville

Ouch, the Cardinals drop to 2-5 on the season with a 15-3 loss to Danville on Monday.

Cardinal starter Omar Javier was tagged with the loss, pitching three innings, (facing four batters in the fourth), giving up eight runs, six of them earned on five hits, walking two and striking out five.

DH Jon Edwards went deep with his first home run of the season, but other than that the Cardinals didn't really pose a serious threat to Danville, down by 12 runs by the fourth inning.


RECORD: 2-5, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost 4-3 to the Nationals

The Cardinals outhit the Nationals on Monday 12-9, but it was Washington that outscored the Redbirds 4-3 to pick up the win, as the Cards lose their third game in a row.

Five Cardinals had two hits apiece with 1B Osvaldo Morales having the best day, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two walks.

Reliever Pablo Ortiz took the loss, pitching two-thirds of an inning, walking three and giving up a base hit to allow the Nationals to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.


RECORD: 2-3, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Winners 7-6 over the Mets in 10

While the big Cardinals were losing a tough one in New York to the Mets in 11 innings, the little Cardinals beat the little Mets in Venezuelan 7-6 in 10 innings.

The Cardinals second baseman, Wilfred Vivas scored three runs Monday, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a double.

Reliever Eleazar Jimenez (W, 2-1) picked up the win, pitching the final two innings without giving up a run, striking out one and walking one.

Looking for players on steroids, no need to look at the VSL Cardinals, in 1210 at bats, through 38 games, the ballclub has hit a total of three home runs. That is the ballclub has hit three home runs.


RECORD: 13-25, 7th Place, 14.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Oakland (1) 8-7 on Sunday

The Cardinals tried to comeback from a 8-1 deficit in the seventh inning, scoring five runs and another one in the eighth but fell two runs short for a win Sunday over the first place DSL Oakland A's (Team 1)

The Cardinals were on the road Monday to play the Seattle affiliate.


RECORD: 10-9, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Adam Ottavino

The Palm Beach Cardinals starter was on his game Monday, pitching eight complete innings, giving up only four hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out seven, to even his won-loss record to 5-5 and lower his ERA to 3.00.


Minor League Player of the Day

Thomas Pham

The Muckdogs' center fielder Thomas Pham went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk and he scored two of Batavia's runs in Monday's 6-2 win over State College.

Since being sent down from Quad Cities where Pham was hitting only .063 after 14 games, he has responded by hitting .368 in his first five games with Batavia, with his OBP going from .189 up to .429. Nice job dealing with being sent down.



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