The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/02

Steve Hill, the Cardinals 13th round draft pick out of Stephen F. Austin University, went 3-for-4 Sunday hitting his first home in just his second game for Quad Cities.


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Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Finally Defeats New Orleans

After losing nine straight to New Orleans the Memphis Redbirds finally came up with a much needed win Sunday, beating the Zephyrs 5-1.

Redbirds starter Randy Keisler (W, 6-5) picked up the win, pitching six shutout innings, despite giving up four hits and walking five.

Give some credit to middle-reliever Matt Ginter for the rare win over New Orleans. Ginter pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, giving up a hit and striking out one to earn his second hold of the season.

Second baseman Edgar Gonzalez and RF Joe Mather both hit home runs to lead the Redbirds offense. Gonzalez had a 2-for-4 day with three RBI to raise his batting average to .302 and also had a stolen base in Sunday's contest.

RICK ANKIEL Watch: 1-for-5 with a single.

The win Sunday snapped a season high eight game losing streak for the Redbirds.


RECORD: 35-49, 4th Place, 15 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Frisco 8-2

The Frisco Roughriders jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, adding another two runs in the third before driving Springfield starter Jaime Garcia (L, 3-8) out of the game in the fifth inning.

In 4.2 innings Garcia gave up six runs on seven hits, two of them home runs. He walked four and struck out seven as his record fell to 3-8 on the season.

DH Juan Richardson and 1B Mark Hamilton each drove in a run for the Cardinals in the losing cause.

COBLY RASMUS Watch: 1-for-4 with a double


RECORD: 7-4, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Brevard County 6-3

The Cardinals will counter today with the biggest gun in the St. Louis organization, as Major League starter, Chris Carpenter will take the mound for Palm Beach in his first rehab start to face the Brevard County Manatees. The former Cy Young Award winner, underwent surgery for the removal of bone spurs on May 8 and St. Louis hopes to have him back in the rotation soon.

Cardinals reliever Luke Gregerson (L, 1-2) allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in the ninth and was tagged with the loss. Starter Eddie Degerman gave up two runs on three hits while striking out six and walking four over four innings.

Shortstop Dan Nelson went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored to generate the bulk of the Cardinals offense.

ALLEN CRAIG Watch: I have decided to have an Allen Craig watch, Sunday he went 2-for-4 with a run scored, raising his batting average to .327. In his last 10 games, Craig is hitting .450 with three home runs, two doubles and 13 RBI. He's also walked four times and scored eight times. So far this season, he's hitting .327 with 17 HR and 60 RBI.


RECORD: 7-4, 1st Place


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Wisconsin 5-2 in 11

It was a long day in Quad Cities Sunday as the Swing fell to the Wisconsin Rattlers by a score of 5-2 in 11 innings, despite out hitting the Rattlers 10-6.

Quad Cities' starter Brad Furnish pitched six effective innings giving up just one run on two hits, walking one and striking out four, before turning the game over to the bullpen.

Relievers Kyle Mura and Armando Carrasco combined for four innings of scoreless relief, with Carrasco striking out five the six batters he faced.

Michael Schellinger (L, 2-3) was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs to the Rattlers in the 11th.

STEVE HILL watch: The beat goes on, Steve Hill went 3-for-4 Sunday hitting his first home in just his second game for the Swing. In his first two games at Quad Cities, he's gone 4-for-9 with one home run and one RBI and two runs scored. The 13th round draft pick out of Stephen F. Austin University is making a very good first impression. Prior to being promoted to Quad Cities, Hill hit .436 with one home run and 11 RBI, in 10 games for Batavia.


RECORD: 5-5, 1.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to State College 6-1

The Muckdogs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second but a five run fifth inning by the Spikes led to an eventual 6-1 win Sunday for the bad guys.

Batavia starter Thomas Eager, the Cardinals fifth round pick out of Cal Poly, pitched much more effective Sunday than his previous outing on June 26, when he gave up four runs on seven hits over three innings. Yesterday Eager scattered five hits over 4.1 innings, allowing just one run, walking two and striking out two.

Reliever Ryan Riddle (L, 0-1) was saddled with the loss, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk in just two-thirds of an inning pitched.

Catcher David Carpenter who just came off the DL, went 1-for-4 and scored the only run for Batavia.

UNSUNG HERO: Reliever Pete Parise pitched three scoreless innings of relief, scattering three hits, walking one and striking out two.


RECORD: 5-8, 5th Place, 3 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Winners 2-0 over Kingsport

The Cardinals were outhit 9-6 on Sunday but made the most of the six hits they got, pushing two runs across home.

JC third baseman Arnoldi Cruz just promoted from the GCL Cardinals, hit his first home run in his first game for Johnson City. Cruz went 2-for-4 on the day with his other hit being a double on top of the home run.

LF Beau Riportella, the Cardinals 10 round draft pick this year, went 2-for-3 with a run scored, raising his batting average to .357 through his first 10 professional games.

Tyler Leach started the game for JC, pitching three scoreless innings, giving up just three hits, walking two and striking out three.

Relievers LaCurtis Mayes, Brian Broderick (W, 1-1) and Chuckie Fick (S, 1) combined for six scoreless innings of relief with Broderick picking up his first win and Fick his first save.


RECORD: 4-6, 3rd Place, 6.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Beat the Mets 3-2

The Cardinals left eight runners on base Sunday but managed to score enough to edge the Mets 3-2.

Down 2-1 going into the sixth inning, Cardinals' right fielder Edgar Lara hit his second home run of the season, a solo blast to tie the game at two.

The Cardinals would score the go ahead run in the seventh on an RBI single by SS/2B Guillermo Toribio who is hitting .360 this season through his first nine games with an amazing OBP of .467.

Reynier Gonzalez started the game for the Cardinals, he gave up two of the three runs in three innings pitched, striking out three and walking two.

Reliever Carlos Gonzalez (W, 2-0) picked up his second win, pitching 3.2 innings scoreless inning, giving up just two hits, walking one and striking out two.

Through his first three games for the GCL Cardinals, Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA. In 11.2 innings pitched he has walked four batters and struck out 11, with opponents hitting just .190 off the right-hander from Panama City, Panama.


RECORD: 3-5, 3rd Place, 5.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Day Off Sunday

The VSL Cardinals had the day off Sunday. Looking for something positive on a team that has a 13-29 record?

The closest thing to any type of offensive threat that shows any promise is infielder Gerardo Mambel. Through 42 games he's hitting a team high .282 (40-for-141), no home runs, but he's hit seven doubles and a triple, while driving in 12 runs. On a more positive note he has an OBP of .429 which also leads the team, but of some concern, is his 10 errors.

FYI, looking for some power don't look here, through 42 games nobody on this team has hit more than one home run.

Off the mound, Richard Castillo has been one of the few bright spots on the team. In 10 games, five starts, Castillo has a record of 1-0 with am 0.74 ERA. He's pitched a total of 36.1 innings, striking out 38 batters to 14 walks. He has also just given up one home run this season.

Certainly Castillo and Mambel are a couple of players to keep an eye on, they could see some playing time in Florida next season.

RECORD: 13-29, 8th Place, 17.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) NO REPORT





Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Brad Furnish

He got a no-decision and his team suffered a loss, but Quad Cities' starter Brad Furnish pitched six effective innings giving up just one run on two hits, walking one and striking out four and earns Pitcher of the Day honors for his solid effort Sunday.


Minor League Player of the Day

Steve Hill

The 13th round draft pick out of Stephen F. Austin University went 3-for-4 Sunday hitting his first home in just his second game for Quad Cities. In his first two games for the Swing, he's gone 4-for-9 with one home run and one RBI and two runs scored.



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