The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/18

The designated hitter for Quad Cities Tuesday went 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored to help lead his club to a 13-7 win over Great Lakes.



Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 8-1 to Oklahoma

It just wasn't a good night of baseball for the Redbirds in front of the hometown crowd, as Oklahoma hands them their 56th loss of the season which ties them with Portland as having lost the most games in the Pacific Coast League to date. Trust me the losing isn't over.

Memphis starter Randy Keisler (L,7-7) at least stayed in the game and gave the Redbirds seven innings Tuesday night, unfortunately he surrendered six runs, five earned, on 12 hits while striking out five and walking one.

Reliever Chris Lambert, the Cardinals 2004 first round draft pick, pitched two innings in relief giving up, one run on two hits with two walks, a hit batter, while striking out two on the night.

The Redbirds could only manage to get one run home Tuesday, it coming off an RBI double by catcher Brian Esposito in the fifth inning.

RICK ANKIEL watch: The Cardinals future right-fielder I'm projecting, playing center for Memphis went 0-for-3 with a walk.


RECORD: 41-56, 4th Place, 18.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to 5-4 to Tulsa

Starter Mitchell Boggs (L, 9-4) saw his seven-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday night as he gave up five runs, one earned, on eight hits and one walk, while striking out four in five innings before being saddled with his fourth loss this season.

Boggs missed out on a chance to become the third 10-game winner in the Texas League, taking the loss in Tulsa, as the Cardinals dropped their second straight 5-4 loss.

Relievers Nick Webber and Matt Scherer combined for three scoreless innings of relief to give the Cardinals a chance for a comeback win.

Leading the offense; LF Mark Shorey went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, SS Jose Martinez had two hits and two RBIs, and 2B Casey Rowlett added two hits and scored twice.

POWER OUTAGE: For the first time this season the Cardinals have gone four consecutive games without hitting a home run. Springfield is second in the league with 89 long balls,

COLBY RASMUS watch: Rasmus who did not play in Monday's game, after being hit in the head by a pitch Sunday, went 0-for-4 with a walk Tuesday night.


RECORD: 16-9, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 4-3 over Lakeland

Starter Adam Ottavino, one of the Cardinals blue chip prospects, pitched five innings Tuesday night, giving up three runs, two of them earned on six hits and no walks while striking out four, but did not get a decision for his efforts.

Ottavino the Cardinals 2006 top draft pick has been plagued with control problems in the past and that has been the biggest knock on him to date. I'm here to say he has made significant strides in cutting down on his walks and throwing strikes. In his last 10 games, 56.1 innings, he has walked just 18 batters, while striking out 44. He had four walks in his outing on July the 12th against Clearwater, but before that he had allowed only one walk, in 21 innings pitched, during his previous three starts

Cardinals' reliever Jon Mikrut (W, 4-1) allowed two hits and a walk, striking out one in two innings to pick up his fourth win on the season, as Palm Beach stayed within 1.5 GB of first-place Brevard County who defeated Dunedin 3-1 Tuesday.

Center fielder and leadoff man James Rapoport tripled, walked and scored a run to lead the Cardinals past the Flying Tigers for the second time in three games. The Cardinals and Flying Tigers close out the four-game set at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday.

BRANDON BUCKMAN watch: The slugger went 0-for-4 with an RBI force out to second base in the bottom of the first inning to give the Cardinals an early lead.


RECORD: 13-12, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 13-7 over the Great Lake Loons

The Swing scored 13 runs, making it a lucky number Tuesday, on 20 hits and three walks (it's hard to walk anyone when everyone is hitting the ball).

Starter Elvis Hernandez was rocked for five runs in just 3.1 innings pitched, facing a total of 19 batters, giving up five hits, two of them home runs and walking three and striking out one. The Quad Cities Mafia saved him from a loss, scoring nine runs after Elvis had left the field.

Reliever Mike Schellinger (W, 3-3) got the win improving to 3-3 on the season, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out five batters.

Of course there was a lot of offense Tuesday night, Christian Reyes the designated hitter went 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored.

Center fielder and leadoff man Antone DeJesus also four hits in six at-bats, driving in two runs and scoring another.

STEVEN HILL watch: Hill went 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI, while scoring twice. The Cardinals 13th round draft pick this year is hitting .344 for Quad Cities. Hill played in only 10 games for Batavia before being promoted to the Swing after hitting .436 with one home run and 11 RBI.


RECORD: 13-10, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Tri-City 8-4

The Muckdogs' pitching staff gave up 15 hits and six walks before the night was over in an 8-4 loss to the Tri-City Valley Cats.

Batavia starter David Kopp who was just activated off the DL, pitched two innings, giving up just one hit but walking three batters as he begins to work his way back into shape.

Kopp, the Cardinals' second round draft pick this year, ended up on the DL with an ankle injury after making just one start this season.

The Muckdogs used six different pitchers Tuesday night, with reliever Clay Long (L, 0-2) being saddled with the loss, giving up six runs, five of them earned, on seven hits and a walk in just two innings pitched. Long was signed by the Cardinals in June as a non-drafted free agent from out of Auburn-Montgomery University.

First baseman Andrew Brown went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the eighth as Batavia rallied for three runs, but it was too little, too late as the Muckdogs drop their fifth game in a row, losing to Tri-City 8-4.


RECORD: 7-21, Last Place, 9.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Winners 4-2 over Kingsport

It was the only game in the Appalachian League that wasn't rained out on Tuesday and the Cardinals won it by the score of 4-2 over Kingsport Mets, as three Johnson City pitchers gave up just two hits and four walks, while combining for eight strikeouts on the night.

Starter Jose Arredondo gave up one hit and struck out four without a walk in five innings, but did not factor in the decision. Reliever Senger Peralta (W, 1-3) gave up an unearned run on three walks while fanning four over three hitless frames to pick up his first win, and Ray Silva surrendered a run on one hit and a walk in the ninth for his first save.

The Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth scoring three runs, of which Kingsport could only answer with one run in the bottom half of the frame.

BEAU RIPORTELLA watch: The Cardinals 2007 10th round draft pick, went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Riportella is hitting .375 through his first 22 games with Johnson City.


RECORD: 9-15, 3rd Place, 9.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Mets 9-5

I don't know what it is, but as a Cardinal fan you even hate losing to the Mets at the rookie league level, go figure.

The Cardinals lost to the Mets Tuesday 9-5, despite outhitting them 11 to 8 to drop to 10 games back and to the bottom of the standings.

Starter Gary Daley (L, 0-1) took the loss, lasting just 1.2 innings, giving up four runs in the second inning on one hit and three walks, while striking out two.

Daley looked on his game in the first inning, retiring the side in order, with the first batter striking out swinging, followed by two ground outs to short, but in the second, Daley gave up three walks leading to his demise and first loss for the GCL Cardinals.

Cardinals' third baseman Osvaldo Morales hit his 6th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh to help lead the offense. Right-fielder Jario Martinez went 2-for-4 with a walk and had two RBI and scored a run.


RECORD: 7-14, Last Place, 10 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Lost 9-3 to the Twin Cubs

The Chicago/Minnesota club beat the Cardinals 9-3 Tuesday, as the Cardinals fall to 9th place, 21.0 games back after the loss.


RECORD: 16-38, 9th Place, 21 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Winners 6-1 over the Phillies

The Cardinals came out on top of an eight inning game that was called short because of the rain, beating the Phillies 6-1.

Second baseman Juan Cabrera had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Catcher Juan Castillo with two RBI and a run scored.

Starting pitcher Arquimedes Nieto (W, 2-1), pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, and no walks and striking out five, to pick up his second win.


RECORD: 19-18, 4th Place, 4.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Arquimedes Nieto

Nieto pitched seven shutout innings for the DSL Cardinals, allowing just two hits, no walks and striking out five, to pick up his second win as the Cardinals beat the Phillies 6-1


Minor League Player of the Day

Christian Reyes

The designated hitter for Quad Cities Tuesday went 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored to help lead his club to a 13-7 win over Great Lakes.



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