The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/03

Matt Trent, gave up five runs on June the 5th to Clearwater but other than that, Trent has not given up a run in nine of his last 10 appearances. Since that night on the 5th, Trent has appeared in seven games and pitched 10.2 innings without allowing any opponent to touch home plate, walking three and striking out seven.



Games Played Monday


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

One night after Memphis defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs for the first time in 10 games, to end a season high eight-game losing streak, Memphis jumped out to a 1-0 lead over New Orleans in the second off of Tagg Bozied's 12th home run this season, in what appeared to the beginning of the second straight win over the Zephyrs. It was not to be.

New Orleans came back with a run in the third to tie the game, then another one in the fifth to take the lead. Memphis came back scoring in the seventh to tie it up again at 2-2, before the Zephyrs scored the final go ahead run of the night in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

Memphis starter Mike Parisi pitched a no decision five innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs, walking three and striking out six.

Middle reliever Hugo Castellanos pitched two scoreless, no-hit innings of relief to keep the Redbirds in the game, striking out three batters along the way.

Reliever Andy Cavazos (L, 1-3) suffered his third loss on the season, pitching 1.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit and one base on balls.

Besides Bozied's home run, the Redbirds could only muster up three more hits on the night, not enough to take the second game in a row from the Zephyrs.

RICK ANKIEL Watch: I appear to be the only fan in Cardinal Nation who thinks Ankiel should be playing in the Triple-A All Star Game, anyway, he went 0-for-3 on the night, was hit by a pitch and later scored a run. Ankiel is now hitting .268 with 22 home runs and 58 RBI this season.

PROSPECT WATCH: Travis Hanson who has struggled the last two season since being the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year after the 2005 season, has hit .313 (10-for-32) in his last 10 games to include, two home runs and four RBI. Hanson did not play in Monday's game.


RECORD: 35-50, 4th Place, 16 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Frisco 8-3

Springfield starter Cory Rauschenberger (L, 6-5) gave up six runs on nine hits with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings before being ejected from the game for hitting a batter.

Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir hit a two-run homer to extend his hitting streak to 13 games for the Cardinals.

COLBY RASMUS Watch: the Cardinals top ranked prospect went 0-for-3, but did draw a walk in Monday's contest.

Rasmus, whose batting average tumbled from .300 on June 3 to .246 on June 22, then before Monday's game, he went on a five-game tear during which he went 8-for-16, scored six runs, drove in six runs, hit a pair of doubles and three home runs.


RECORD: 7-5, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): POSTPONED

Monday night's Florida State League game between Brevard County and Palm Beach, which was suppose to be Chris Carpenter's first rehab start, was postponed due to rain at Roger Dean Stadium.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, starting at 4:35 p.m. ET.

FSL PITCHER OF THE WEEK: The Florida State League has named Palm Beach Cardinals pitcher Adam Ottavino as the FSL Pitcher of the Week, following a week that saw him go 2-0 without allowing a run in 14 innings. Ottavino, the St. Louis Cardinals' first-round pick in 2006, struck out 12 without issuing a walk and yielded just 10 hits.

ON FIRE: 2B Isaias Garcia, the University of Houston product has 12 hits in his last 33 at-bats, hitting .364 over his last 10 games.

PROSPECT WATCH: Matt Trent, gave up five runs on June the 5th to Clearwater but other than that, Trent has not given up a run in nine of his last 10 appearances. Since that night on the 5th, Trent has appeared in seven games and pitched 10.2 innings without giving up another run, he has walked only three batters during that span and struck out seven.

RECORD: 7-4, 1st Place


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Wisconsin 9-6

Quad Cities' starter Shaun Garceau (L, 5-6) gave up eight runs, but only two of them earned, on seven hits while striking out three and walking two in just 2.2 innings.

First baseman Tim Dorn who just a couple of weeks ago was playing for the Southern Illinois Miners in the independent Frontier League, hit his first home run for Quad Cities Monday night.

Shortstop Donovan Solano went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Swing and Steve Hill also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.


RECORD: 5-6, 1.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Shutout by State College 1-0

The Muckdogs could only rack up two Monday as the former St. Louis Cardinals' affiliate beat the new affiliate 1-0.

Off course in a 1-0 loss there has to be some good news to report about the game.

Four Batavia pitchers combined for a three hit, one run game in a tough road loss to the Spikes.

Starter Jess Todd the Cardinals third round draft pick in this year's draft, out of the University of Arkansas, pitched four shutout innings, giving up only one hit, walking three and striking out five, but did not factor into the decision.

Blake King in his first game at Batavia after being sent down from Quad Cities, pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in relief, giving up just one hit, but walking five, striking out two. He is still having some control problems.

Wayne Damon (L, 0-1) pitched one third of an inning giving up the only run to State College Monday night.

First baseman Charlie Pelt and catcher Steve Gonzalez each had a base hit, the only two hits in the game for Batavia.


RECORD: 5-9, 4th Place, 4.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to Kingston 4-3

The Cardinals' defense last week committed a league-high 27 errors before taking the weekend off due to the unbalanced schedule. Last night they made it through nine innings, just committing one error.

Third baseman Arnoldi Cruz went 3-for-4 in the 4-3 loss, to include a walk and solo home run and Paul Vazquez added another solo home run in Monday's contest.

Center fielder Travis Mitchell didn't go deep yesterday, but he went 3-for-4 with a double.

JC starter Jose Mateo pitched five innings allowing two runs on four hits, one of the hits a home run, walking one and striking out four, but did not factor into the decision.

Reliever Omar Javier got his first blown save and second loss, with almost the same pitching line, giving up two runs four hits as well, including a home run, walking one and striking out three.


RECORD: 4-7, 3rd Place, 7.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Beat the Mets 8-6

The Cardinals defeated the Mets 8-6 despite being out hit by Mets 11-9 and committing four errors.

Third baseman Osvaldo Morales went 3-for-4, hitting two home runs, driving in four and scoring three runs to lead the onslaught against the Mets.

Reliever Michael Blazek, the Cardinals 35th round draft pick this year, had a blown save in the contest but also managed to get the win, pitching 1.2 innings, giving up a run on three hits, striking out three.

Eduardo Sanchez earned his third save in five games, walking one and striking out another.


RECORD: 4-5, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) NO REPORT

RECORD: 13-29, 8th Place, 17.5 GB



DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Oakland(#2) 4-1

The Cardinals lost to the 5-20 Oakland (#2) ballclub 4-1 Monday, as the Cardinals could only muster up four hits and score one run.


RECORD: 14-11, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Jess Todd

The Cardinals third round draft pick this year, pitched four shut out innings, allowing only one hit, walking three and striking out five in a no-decision appearance for the Batavia Muckdogs.


Minor League Player of the Day

Osvaldo Morales

The GCL Cardinals third baseman Osvaldo Morales went 3-for-4 Monday, hitting two home runs, and driving in four, and scored a total of three runs.



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