The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/15

Quad Cities closer Kenneth Maiques struck out one in a perfect ninth frame Saturday for his 21st save on the season, as the Swing move into first place in the Midwest League Western Division standings. Quad Cities (12-9, 50-40) moved a season-high 10 games over .500 for the second time this season.



Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Nashville 5-2

Memphis starter Mike Smith (L, 8-8) gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks, lasting just three innings Saturday before turning the game over to the bullpen.

Second baseman Edgar Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI and Nick Stavinoha smacked his 10th homer on the season to lead the Redbirds offense.

Joe Mather continues to struggle at Triple-A after hitting .303, 18 HR, 46 RBI, in 64 games at Double-A Springfield, through his first 21 games for Memphis, Mather is hitting just .203, 5 HR, 8 RBI.

RICK ANKIEL WATCH: 0-for-4, had an outfield assist and threw a runner out at second for a double-play


RECORD: 40-54, 4th Place, 17.5 GB


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

The first place Springfield Cardinals took it on the chin from the last place Wichita Wranglers Saturday losing 8-2, to split the series.

Cardinals' starter Cory Rauschenberger (L, 7-6) surrendered three runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings to see his record fall to 7-6 with the loss.

Catcher Bryan Anderson went 2-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Wranglers, as the Cardinals could only muster six hits, and left seven runners stranded on base.

COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 0-for-3, striking out three times, reached base in the first inning, later scoring on a RBI base hit by 1b Mark Hamilton. After hitting just .190 in the month of June, Rasmus is hitting .290 through eight games in July.

ROSTER SPOT: The Cardinals have a roster spot open that will likely be filled today.


RECORD: 15-7, 1st Place


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

The Clearwater Threshers defeated the Cardinals Saturday 6-3, but the Cardinals didn't lose any ground in the standings, as the first-place Brevard County Manatees were beaten by Sarasota 3-2 in 11 innings. The Cardinals are still 1.5 games back of Brevard County and in second place, a game ahead of third-place Jupiter.

Cardinal's starter Tyler Norrick (L, 8-6) suffered the loss after he allowed five runs on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts over 4.2 innings.

Brandon Yarbrough the DH in last night's contest went 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run, his third on the season, driving in two runs and scoring twice for the Redbirds.

BRANDON BUCKMAN WATCH: 1-for-3 with an RBI sacrifice fly


RECORD: 11-11, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 8-5 over Peoria

Swing starter Shaun Garceau (W, 6-7) allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits with four strikeouts in five innings to pick up his sixth win as Quad Cities moves into first place in the MWL Western Division standings, a half game up on Peoria. Closer Kenneth Maiques struck out one in a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

Second baseman Jared Schweitzer and third baseman Arnoldi Cruz both went deep for the Swing to power the offense past the Chiefs.

Catcher Nicholas Derba had big night, going 3-for-4 with a run scored in just his second game for Quad Cities.

Quad Cities (12-9, 50-40) moved a season-high 10 games over .500 for the second time this season, improving to 6-1 against Ryne Sandberg and the Chiefs this year. Peoria (12-10, 43-48) will try to avoid the sweep in the series finale on Sunday afternoon, throwing the Chicago Cubs' Wade Miller to the mound in a rehab stint at O'Brien Field.


RECORD: 12-9, 1st Place


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Oneonta 10-5

The Muckdogs outhit the Tigers 12-11 on Saturday but Oneonta made the most of their hits, while Batavia left 16 runners on the bags, losing by the score of 10-5.

Thomas Eager suffered his third loss, giving up six runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two.

Leadoff man and second baseman Jose Garcia was the offensive star of the day, going 2-for-6 with a double, two RBI and scoring a run to account for over half of his team's runs.


RECORD: 7-18, 6th Place, 8.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) OFF DAY SATURDAY

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

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


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) DAY OFF SATURDAY

The Cardinals have won only three of their last 10 games with one game being postponed by rain.

RECORD: 7-12, 5th Place, 7.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Winners 8-5 over the Mets

The Cardinals moved out of the basement at least by won-loss percentage points, in the standings Saturday exchanging places with the team they beat Saturday 8-5, the VSL Mets.


RECORD: 16-36, 8th Place, 20.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Lost 3-1 to Oakland (1)

The Cardinals took the lead Saturday scoring their first and only run in the fourth inning before the A's added three runs to beat the Redbirds.


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




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Kenneth Maiques

Quad Cities closer Kenneth Maiques struck out one in a perfect ninth frame for his 21st save.


Minor League Player of the Day

Brandon Yarbrough

The Palm Beach Cardinals catcher/DH went 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run, his third on the season, driving in two runs and scoring twice for the Cardinals in Saturday's loss to Clearwater.



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