The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/16

The St. Louis Cardinals' top prospect Colby Rasmus left Sunday's Double-A game with Springfield, after being hit in the head by a pitch in the first inning. The move to take him out of the game was merely a precautionary measure. Rasmus watched the rest of the game from the dugout and his status is likely day-to-day for the next couple of days.



Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Nashville 2-1 in 10

Nothing changes, nothing changes, Memphis starter Anthony Reyes allowed only one run on two hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings, but did not get a decision. He must be having flashbacks to his time in St. Louis, when he only got 2.4 runs in run support this season, contributing significantly to his 0-10 major league record.

Reliever Mark Worrell (L, 2-1) took the loss after giving up one run on five hits in 1.2 innings.

The Cardinals had just seven hits, leaving nine runners on base. The only run driven in on Sunday came off the bat of pitcher Randy Keisler who had a two-out RBI base hit in the seventh.

If you like pitching duels, it was a pretty good game, give the Redbirds some credit holding the Sounds to just two runs over 10 innings, plus they didn't commit any errors to beat themselves, so you have to give additional credit to the Nashville club for the 2-1 win in 10.

RICK ANKIEL WATCH: Ankiel went 1-for-5, the centerfielder who hit home runs in four consecutive games between July 3-7, has not hit a home run since then, in his last five games and 21 at bats.


RECORD: 40-55, 4th Place, 18.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 3-2 over Tulsa

Starter Eric Haberer (W, 8-4) gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts to win his fourth straight start. Closer Christopher Perez struck out two batters and did not give up a hit or a walk, in a scoreless ninth for his 24th save on the season.

Mark Hamilton, Casey Rowlett and Jose Martinez each drove in a run to lead the Cardinals past Tulsa, 3-2.

COLBY RASMUS WATCH: Rasmus left Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch in the first inning, the move to take him out of the game was merely a precautionary measure and Rasmus was able to watch the rest of the game from the dugout. Colby's status is likely day to day for the next couple of days.


RECORD: 16-7, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 6-0 over Lakeland

The Lakeland Flying Tigers couldn't get off the ground Sunday as the Palm Beach Cardinals shut them out 6-0.

Starter Eddie Degerman (W, 1-1) gave up two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings, for his first victory since being promoted to the Cardinals on July 1. The 23-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA at Class A Quad Cities.

Reliever Donnie Smith pitched two scoreless innings in relief to close out the game, scattering three hits, walking two and striking out four keeping the Flying Tigers grounded.

Shortstop Donovan Solano went 1-for-3, driving in run and scoring twice to lead the Cardinals' offense. Catcher Brandon Yarbrough drove in two runs, going 1-for-3 and scoring once as well.

BRANDON BUCKMAN WATCH: The slugging first baseman went 0-4 Sunday, striking out twice.

Elsewhere, first place Brevard County lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays, their loss and the Cardinals win, moves Palm Beach with a half game of Brevard County.


RECORD: 12-11, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Peoria 6-5

The Chiefs managed to defeat Quad Cities Sunday, edging them by a score of 6-5 to salvage one game out of the four-game set and to maintain a half game lead over the Swing in the standings.

Quad Cities starter Brandon Dickson gave up five runs on six hits and five walks while striking out three, before being pulled after 4.1 innings.

Despite the loss, first baseman Christian Reyes had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

STEVEN HILL WATCH: Sunday the catcher continued to punish opposing pitchers, going 2-for-3 with walk and a run scored. Through his first 24 games this season, split between Batavia (10 games) and Quad Cities (14 games), Hill is hitting a combined .371 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 97 at-bats.


RECORD: 12-10, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost 6-0 to the Oneonta Tigers

Just when you think matters couldn't get any worse, the last place, 7-19 Batavia Muckdogs allowed the Tigers' starter Guillermo Moscoso to pitch only the second nine-inning perfect game in New York-Penn League history on Sunday as the Tigers defeated the hapless Muckdogs, 6-0.

First congratulations are in order for Guillermo Moscoso, according to a report filed by MiLB reporter, Michael Blinn, the last nine-inning perfect game in the New York-Penn League was thrown by Erie's John Herbert on June 23, 1956 against Hornell.

DANIEL DESCALSO WATCH: The Cardinals 2007 third round draft pick went 0-for-3 Sunday as his batting average fell to .234 this season, through 24 games and 94 at bats.


RECORD: 7-19, 6th Place, 8.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to Burlington 8-2

Starter Brian Broderick (L, 1-2) gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out two in five innings. Tyler Leach surrendered five runs, four of them earned, on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts in two innings.

Center fielder Travis Mitchell from Creve Couer, Missouri, went 3-for-4 Sunday, raising his batting average to .290, while scoring one of the Cardinals two runs.

BEAU RIPORTELLA WATCH: Beau went 1-for-4 but his only hit was a triple. Through his first 20 games for Johnson City, Riportella is hitting a robust .352 with an OBP of .395.


RECORD: 8-14, 3rd Place, 10.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Scheduled Double-Header

The Cardinals lost game one of a scheduled double-header with the Nationals by the score of 3-2. The second game was postponed due to wet grounds.

Starter Michael Blazek (L, 1-2), suffered his second loss of the season, giving up three runs on five hits, striking out three over four innings pitched.

Reliever Fabian Marquez pitched two scoreless innings in relief, despite giving up three walks and a hit.

Sunday's designated hitter, Edgar Lara went 2-for-3 to include connecting for his fifth homer of the season, a solo blast in the sixth inning.


RECORD: 7-13, 5th Place, 8.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Pirates 5-4

The Cardinals committed three errors Sunday and lost to the Pirates 5-4 after scoring three runs in the eighth to pull within a run to tie the game.

Third baseman Kleininger Teran went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored as the VSL Cardinals Player of the Day.


RECORD: 16-37, 8th Place, 20.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Phillies 10-2

It was all the Phillies in the Dominican Republic Sunday as they beat the Cardinals 10-2.

First baseman Edgard Montiel went 2-for-4 with two doubles, to try to keep his club in the game.

Starter Jose Rosario (L, 3-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up six runs, only three of them earned, on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three. In 10 games this season, to include five starts, even after giving up the three earned runs on Sunday, Rosario is still carrying an ERA on the season of 1.44.


RECORD: 18-17, 4th Place, 5.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Eddie Degerman

The Palm Beach Starter gave up just two hits and two walks, while striking out seven batters in seven innings, to pick up his first win since being promoted to the Cardinals on July 1. Degerman was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA at Class A Quad Cities.


Minor League Player of the Day

Travis Mitchell

The Creve Couer, Missouri native went 3-for-4 Sunday, raising his batting average to .290, while scoring one of the two Johnson City Cardinals runs in the 8-2 loss to Burlington.



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