The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/14

Juan Lucena the Springfield Cardinals' second baseman went 3-for-5 and matched a career high with five RBI Friday night.



Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): 10-5 over Nashville

The Memphis Redbirds bats exploded for 15 hits and 10 runs Friday night to beat the Nashville Sounds 10-5.

Reliever Matt Ginter (W, 2-4) picked up the win pitching two scoreless innings, striking out four.

Memphis starter Mike Parisi gave up five runs, four of them earned, on eight eights and three walks, while striking out three.

Mark Worrell and Brian Falkenborg combined for two innings of scoreless relief to shut down the Sounds for the night.

Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir continues to swing one of the hottest bats in the minor leagued, going 2-for-4 with a double, and taking a walk, and scoring three times to lead the Redbird offense. In his first seven games at the Triple-A level, Hoffpauir is feasting on opposing pitchers, hitting a robust .417.

Catcher Matt Pagnozzi hit his first home run on the season, going 2-for-4 on the night, also drawing a walk and scoring twice in Friday night's contest.

RICK ANKIEL WATCH: The center fielder went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI and he also walked twice and scored once.


RECORD: 40-53, 4th Place, 16.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Cardinals overwhelm the Wranglers 13-2

The Cardinals thrash the Wichita Wranglers Friday night 13-2, to improve to 15-6, winning eight of their last nine games.

Second baseman Juan Lucena went 3-for-5 and matched a career high with five RBIs to lead the attack, while SS Jose Martinez homered and drove in three runs and 3B Juan Richardson also had three RBIs for Cardinals. First baseman Mark Hamilton also went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI while scoring once in Friday night's contest.

Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia (W, 5-8) who often doesn't get very much run support, didn't need it Friday night as he allowed only run on six hits and five walks with five strikeouts in seven innings. Garcia has allowed only one run over 14 innings in his last two starts.

RISING STAR: On Thursday night, Mitchell Boggs recorded his ninth win of the year, tying him with Josh Geer of San Antonio and Frisco's Luis Mendoza for most in the Texas League. Boggs has won seven decisions in a row and has not lost since May 12th at home vs. Wichita. Boggs is one victory away from equaling his career-high in wins of 10, set last year in Palm Beach when he went 10-6. The most wins for a Cards' pitcher in one season is 15, when left-hander Randy Leek went 15-7 back in 2005.


RECORD: 15-6, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 3-1 over Clearwater

The Threshers commit three errors as the Cardinals take advantage to score two runs to end their four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory of Clearwater.

Starter P.J. Walters (W, 3-1) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings. Middle-reliever Jon Mikrut struck out four batters in two perfect frames before closer Luke Gregerson pitched around two hits in the ninth for his 19th save.

Shortstop Donovan Solano grounded out and drove in the first fun for the Cardinals in the fifth to tie the game and 1B Brandon Buckman and C Chris Grossman managed to score in a hitless sixth as the Threshers committed two errors and walked a batter.

With the Cardinals win Friday, they move ahead of Jupiter in the standings and to within 1.5 games of Brevard County, as both teams lost their games yesterday.


RECORD: 11-10, 2nd Place, 1.5


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 8-3 over Peoria

The Cardinals used the long ball to beat the first place Peoria Chiefs Friday night as both 3B Arnoldi Cruz and C Nicholas Derba homered in their Midwest League debuts with Steven Hill adding another round tripper to lead Quad Cities past Peoria, 8-3.

Starter Brad Furnish (W, 3-3) allowed a run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings to pick up the win and even his record at 3-3.

Reliever Armando Carrasco is quietly putting together a very good season. Friday night he pitched a perfect ninth frame in a non-save situation, striking out one. On the season Carrasco is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 24 games, 21.1 innings pitched.

Quad Cities moves within a half of game of the Midwest League Western Division Leaders, the Peoria Chiefs and will play them again Saturday with a chance to move into at least a tie for first. This season the Swing have won 5-of-6 games against the Chiefs.


RECORD: 11-9, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Lowell 5-3

The Lowell Spinners took the rubber game of a three game series defeating the Muckdogs 5-3 Friday night despite the Spinners making five errors in the contest.

Batavia starter Clayton Long (L, 0-1) gave up four runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out one in three innings to take his first loss.

Clayton Mortensen the Cardinals first-round supplemental pick in this year's draft, pitched 3.1 innings in relief and gave up a run, on three hits and a walk, striking out three.

Right-fielder Mateo Marquez continues to make what few hits he gets count, driving in two runs Friday night, going 1-for-4 with a double. Marquez has nine hits in 50 at-bats but has driven in seven runs on those nine hits. Five of Marquez'a hits are doubles and he is still looking for his first home run this season.


RECORD: 7-17, 6th Place, 7.0 GB



The Cardinals will face the APP Eastern Division leaders the Burlington Royals for a two-game set beginning Sunday.

Outfielder Beau Riportella's .358 batting average is currently the 8th best in the Appalachian League. Riportella was the Cardinals 10th round draft pick this year.

RECORD: 8-13, 3rd Place, 10 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Dodgers 2-1

The Cardinals played a decent game in Friday night's contest, making only one error as they tried to manage to generate some offense with three stolen base attempts, being thrown out 2-of-3 times and getting picked off at first once trying to get a lead off the bag.

The Cardinals had seven hits, leaving all seven runners on the bases. None of the seven hits went for extra bases, so you have to give them a little credit for trying to make things happen when it wasn't coming easy for them.

Starter Deryk Hooker scattered five hits and a walk over four innings, allowing only one run, while striking out three, but didn't get a decision for his efforts.

Deryk Hooker was the Cardinals' 7th round draft pick this season.

Reliever Francisco Samuel was ticketed for the loss despite pitching fairly well, giving up just one run on three hits and a couple of walks over three innings.


RECORD: 7-12, 3rd Place, 7.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Detroit 6-2

The Cardinals committed three errors and despite matching the Tigers in hits with seven a piece, the Redbirds fall to the Tigers Friday, 6-2.

Catcher Ismael Cardona went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, plus he took a walk to lead the Cardinals offense.

Starter Jorge Rondon (L, 0-5) looking for his first win, had one of his better outings of the season, pitching five complete innings, giving up only three hits, but four runs (only one earned), while striking out one.


RECORD: 13-36, 9th Place, 20.5 GB



RECORD: 18-15, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Brad Furnish

The Quad Cities starter allowed only one run Friday on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings to pick up the win and even his record at 3-3.


Minor League Player of the Day

Juan Lucena

The Springfield Cardinals second basemen went 3-for-5 and matched a career high with five RBIs Friday night.



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