The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/08

Nathan Southard, the Palm Beach Cardinals outfielder had a big day Saturday, playing in both games of a double-header, Southard went 5-for-6 with two RBI and four runs scored.



Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Albuquerque 6-5

Albuquerque edged Memphis, 6-5, on Saturday, with Redbirds starter Mike Parisi (L, 5-7) taking his seventh loss of the season, despite striking out a career-high 12 batters. Over seven innings. Parisi gave up three runs on four hits and three walks.

Rick Ankiel went 2-for-4 on the night to include hitting his 26th homer of the season.


RECORD: 38-52, 4th Place, 16.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 3-0 over Frisco

Jaime Garcia (W, 4-8) pitched seven innings Saturday, scattering five singles, striking out seven to pick up his first win in month.

Catcher Danilo Sanchez hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Cardinals a three run lead after scoring a run in the first, that would be all the offense they needed yesterday.

Closer Chris Perez earned his 23rd save of the season with a perfect ninth frame.


RECORD: 11-5, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Split a Double-Header with Brevard County

The Cardinals couldn't hold onto a 5-0 lead in game one of a double-header Saturday, losing to the Manatees 8-5. In game two Palm Beach just needed two runs to pick up a shutout victory over Brevard County.

Game One – Starter P.J. Walters (L, 2-1) was saddled with the loss in game one, giving up five runs on seven hits.

First baseman Brandon Buckman went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk, outfielder started off the day going, 2-for-2 with a double, triple, and a walk with two RBI and scoring twice.

Game Two – Starter Tyler Norrick (W, 8-5), pitched six shutout innings, allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out six to lower his ERA to 2.96. Closer Luke Gregerson worked around one hit while fanning two in the seventh to record his 18th save for the Cardinals.

Outfielder Nathan Southard went 3-for-4 and scored both of the Cardinals runs in game two, finishing his big day going, 5-for-6 with two RBI and four runs scored.



RECORD: 10-6, 1st Place


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Beloit 5-4

Swing starter Shaun Garceau (L, 5-7) was tagged for his third straight loss after giving up five runs, only two of them earned, on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts over three and two-thirds innings.

Donovan Solano went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Swing's offense. Solano has the hot bat for the Swing with 14 hits in his past ten games, after picking up two more hits Saturday. Solano has hit safely in 16 of the last 18 games.


RECORD: 8-8, 5th Place, 1.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 8-3 over Staten Island

The Muckdogs came back from an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Yankees 8-3 Saturday to end a six game skid.

Reliever Davis Bilardello (W, 2-1) improved to two and one, picking up the win being in the right place at the right time, pitching a perfect two-thirds of an inning.

Corner infielder Arnoldi Cruz had a very big game, going 4-for-5, with a double, a run scored and three RBI.


RECORD: 6-13, 5th Place, 7.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Winners 9-0 over Bristol

It was all Johnson City Saturday as the Cardinals defeated the Bristol Sox 9-0.

JC starter Mark Diapoules (W, 1-1) improved his record to 1-1, pitching five shutout innings, giving up just two hits, walking three and striking out one.

Relievers Nick Additon and Wladimir Mendoza combined for four innings of scoreless relief.

Catcher Casey Mulligan hit a two-run homer, his first, and scored three runs, while 3B Mike Folli went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored.

The win Saturday ended a five-game losing streak for the Cardinals.


RECORD: 5-11, 3rd Place, 9.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Game Suspended in 13th Inning

The Cardinals and Mets fought for 13 innings without either team able to score a single run, before the game was called for lightning.

To make matters even worse, the Mets' pitchers were carrying a no-hitter into the 13th.


RECORD: 5-6, 3rd Place, 5.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Winners 4-1 over Chicago/Minnesota


RECORD: 15-31, 8th Place, 18 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Winners 12-5 over A's (2)


RECORD: 14-13, 3rd Place, 5.0 GB





Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Mark Diapoules

The Johnson City starter pitched five shutout innings Saturday, giving up just two hits, walking three and striking out one to pick up his first win.


Minor League Player of the Day

Nathan Southard

The Palm Beach Cardinals outfielder had a big day Saturday playing both games of a double-header, Southard went 5-for-6 with two RBI and four runs scored.



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