The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/27

Clayton Mortensen the Cardinals' 2007 first round supplemental pick out of Gonzaga University, pitched three complete scoreless innings Tuesday, giving up just one hit, walking three and striking out three, but he did not figure into the decision for Batavia.



Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): New Orleans 7-4 over Memphis

The PCL South Division leading New Orleans Zephyrs (43-35) defeated the Redbirds Tuesday night 7-4, making it the eighth win in a row for them over the Redbirds.

Memphis starter Randy Keisler cruised through the first six innings without giving up a run, but was tagged with four runs on three hits and four walks in his part of the seventh inning.

The Redbirds outhit the Zephyrs 12-8, but left eight runners on base.

OF Rick Ankiel went 2-for-5 to include hitting his league leading 21st home run of the season. 3B Travis Hanson hit his third home run this year with a solo blast in the ninth.


RECORD: 34-45, 4th PLACE, 12.0 GB


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

In the war between the North and the South it was the South who won Tuesday's battle, beating the North All-Stars 6-5 in 10 innings.

The Springfield Cardinals had eight players selected to play for the North Division to include three starters; center fielder Colby Rasmus, catcher Bryan Anderson and designated hitter Juan Richardson will be starters. Coming off the bench for the North Division will be infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir, outfielder Sean Danielson and pitchers Mitchell Boggs, Jaime Garcia and Chris Perez. Manager "Pop" Warner, Pitching Coach Blaise Ilsley, Hitting Coach Derrick May and Athletic Trainer Brad LaRosa will lead the North Division squad.

Colby Rasmus went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run score, with teammate Sean Danielson also getting a base hit and driving in a run for the All-Stars.


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


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Fort Myers 5-3

It was Fort Myers five and Palm Beach three, Tuesday, as the Cardinals lead in the FSL Eastern Division was narrowed down to one game.

Cardinals' starter Robert Ransom (L, 0-1) gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings as Palm Beach four-game winning streak came to an end.

Third baseman Allen Craig went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Outfielders Ian Church and James Rapoport each drove in a run in Tuesday's loss.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO: First baseman Brandon Buckman has struggled with the Cardinals since his promotion from Quad Cities. In his first seven games, Buckman is hitting just .214 (6-for-28), with no home runs and only two RBI. If you remember, Buckman was tearing up the Midwest League, hitting .341 with 14 HRs and 52 RBI prior to being promoted.


RECORD: 4-2, 1st Place


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Defeated Clinton 5-4

Quad Cities was shut out for eight of the nine innings Tuesday, but a five run outburst in the sixth was all the offense they would need to cut down the Lumberkings by a score of 5-4, to pull within a half of game of first place.

Swing piggyback starter Tyler Herron (W, 7-4 3.19) won his seventh straight decision, striking out one while giving up just three hits and a walk in four scoreless innings. Ken Maiques allowed an unearned run on one hit in the ninth to record his 17th save.

Brad Furnish started the game for Quad Cities but did not figure into the decision. He pitched three innings giving up three runs on a season-high seven hits, two of them home runs.

SS Donavan Solano, C Chris Grossman and RF Luke Gorsett each had two hits on the night, with Gorsett having a key double in the five run sixth inning. DH Christian Reyes drove in the go ahead run with a single in the same inning.

INJURY NOTE: Due to a sore right shoulder, C Christian Reyes has been limited primarily to DH duties. He has been in the lineup as a catcher, his natural position, just once since June 5.


RECORD: 3-2 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to State College 6-2

The Muckdogs started out with a 1-0 lead in the second over the visiting State College Spikes and a solid start by Clayton Mortensen kept the Spikes off the scoreboard through the first three innings. Mortensen pitched three complete scoreless innings giving up just one hit, walking three and striking out three but did not figure into the decision.

Thomas Eager pitching in relief Tuesday, gave up four runs on seven hits, but did manage to strike out six batters without walking anyone, but suffered his first loss of the season when the Muckdogs could only push across two runs.

Shortstop Oliver Marmol went 2-for-5 with a run scored with designated hitter Andrew Brown scoring the other run with a solo blast in the second inning.


RECORD: 3-5, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Wild Lost to Danville 7-2

Danville swept the two-game series winning 7-2 Tuesday after giving the Cardinals a brutal 15-3 beating on Monday night to start off the week.

Cardinals' reliever Senger Peralta (L, 0-2) was charged with his second loss, giving up five runs, four of them earned, on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

The starter for Johnson City, Mark Diapoules had a nightmare of the night, especially if you were facing him in the batter's box. Mark hit four batters, yet somehow managed to stay in the game. He had four wild pitches, but he only gave up two runs, one of the earned through 4.1 innings.


RECORD: 2-6, 4th Place, 5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Marlins 15-14

The Cardinals lost their fourth game in a row even after scoring 14 runs Tuesday.

The results, losing a game when you score 14 runs isn't something that you can easily accept but, I've got to give these kids credit, they were down 9-0 by the end of the top half of the second inning and they battled back and made a game of it, before they finally lost.

Left-fielder Joseph Hage had a huge night at the plate for the Cardinals, missing hitting for the cycle by a double, going 4-for-6 with a triple and a home run, driving in four runs and scoring four times in a game he'll probably remember for a long time.

The Cardinals sent eight different pitchers to the mound and as you can imagine with 15 runs being scored there isn't much good news to write home about or even write here about. Check out the boxscore to see how your favorite players did in yesterday's wild game in Florida.


RECORD: 2-4, 4th Place, 4 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Defeated by Pittsburgh 3-2

Down three to one going into the ninth the Cardinals score another run to come close, but Pittsburgh closed the door on a 3-2 victory to drop the Cards to 8th place, 14.5 games back of Houston.

Center fielder Alberto Rivero went 2-for-5 with the only RBI for the Cardinals Tuesday to lead the offense.

The Cardinals' starter Richard Castillo pitched three scoreless frames, giving up only two hits, walking two and striking out two, but he didn't factor into the decision.


RECORD: 13-26, 7th or 8th Place, depending on how you want to look at it, winning percentage or games back.


DSL Cardinals (R) No Report Available

RECORD: 10-9, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB





Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Clayton Mortensen

The Cardinals second overall pick in the 2007 draft, Clayton Mortensen out of Gonzaga University, pitched three complete scoreless innings giving up just one hit, walking three and striking out three but did not figure into the decision for Batavia.

In two starts, Mortensen has pitched five innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, walked four batters and struck out four.

With top draft pick shortstop Peter Kozma still unsigned, Mortensen is the highest pick signed and playing for the Cardinals.


Minor League Player of the Day

Joseph Hage

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals' left-fielder Joseph Hage missed hitting for the cycle only by a double. Hage went 4-for-6 with a triple and a home run, driving in four runs and scoring four times in the Cards disappointing 15-14 loss.

Hage was the Cardinals' 23rd round pick in the 2007 First Year Player Draft out of M. Stoneman High School in Florida.



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