The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/09

Chris Grossman hit two home runs in the second inning of Sunday's 9-4 Swing victory over the Beloit Snappers. Grossman finished the game with four hits and five RBI and two runs scored.



Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): 5-2 over Albuquerque

Starter Mike Smith (W, 8-7) pitched six strong innings giving up just one unearned run on three hits, a walk while striking out seven. Closer Brian Falkenborg pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 20th save.

First baseman Tagg Bozied hit his 14th home run on the season with a two run shot in the seventh.

Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir who is swinging one of the hottest bats in all of baseball, went 2-for-3, with an RBI, a walk and a run scored. Through his five games at Triple-A, Hoffpauir is hitting .471 (8-for-17).


RECORD: 40-50, 4th Place, 10 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 5-1 over Frisco

Starter Cory Rauschenberger pitched a complete game Sunday, giving up just one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven.

Left-fielder Mark Shorey went 1-for-3 with two-run homer in the first inning to give the Cardinals an early lead they wouldn't surrender. Shortstop Jose Martinez hit the second two-run homer on the day in the second inning giving Rauschenberger all the run support he would need.


RECORD: 12-5, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Brevard County 5-4

The Cardinals tumbled out of first place Sunday with a 5-4 loss to the new division leading Brevard County Manatees.

Former Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter, made his second rehab start for Palm Beach, he gave up just two hits, striking out two and walking one in three scoreless innings.

Reliever Eddie Degerman (L, 0-1) gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits and a walk over three innings.

Second baseman Isaias Garcia hit a two out two run homer in the ninth, his first home run for Palm Beach.


RECORD: 10-7, 2nd Place, 0.5


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 9-4 over Beloit.

Catcher Chris Grossman homered twice in a nine-run second inning Sunday as the Swing of the Quad Cities beat the Beloit Snappers, 9-4.

Starter Brandon Dickson (W, 8-4) gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts over five innings to improve to 8-4 on the season.

Three Swing relievers, Armando Carrasco, Marco Gonzalez and Kenny Maiques combined for four scoreless innings of relief. Over Quad Cities' last seven contests, the bullpen has posted a 2-0 record with two saves and a 0.83 ERA.


RECORD: 9-8, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Staten Island 5-1

Starter Clayton Mortensen (L, 1-1) suffered his first loss in four starts, giving up two runs, on four hits and two walks, while he struck out seven batters. Mortensen through his first five games for Batavia has an ERA of just 1.62.

LF Justin Roberson went 3-for-3 and drove in Batavia's only run, as the Muckdogs left 11 runners on base.


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


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Defeated Bristol 5-1

Starter Jose Arredondo pitched four and a third innings, giving up just one run on two hits and three walks, while striking out one Sunday but didn't get a decision for his efforts.

Reliever Ryan Hodinka picked up the win pitching a scoreless two-thirds of an inning, with Nick Addition and Ray Silva combining for four scoreless innings to close out the win.

Third baseman Mike Folli went 2-for-4 with a walk and drove in two runs to lead the Cardinals past Bristol.


RECORD: 6-11, 3rd Place, 9.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Dodgers 7-6

The Cardinals outhit the Dodgers 13-10 on Sunday but ended up losing 7-6.

The Cardinals sent five pitchers to the mound, with reliever Francisco Samuel being saddled with the loss.

First baseman Osvaldo Morales and shortstop Romulo Ruiz each had three hits on the day.


RECORD: 5-7, 3rd Place, 6.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Off Day Sunday

RECORD: 15-31, 8th Place, 18.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Off Day Sunday

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





Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Cory Rauschenberger

Starter Cory Rauschenberger pitched a complete game Sunday, giving up just one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven.


Minor League Player of the Day

Chris Grossman

The Quad Cities catcher went 4-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI and two runs scored Sunday.



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