The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/21

Starter Eric Haberer (W, 9-4) dominated over seven innings, winning his fifth straight game in Springfield's 5-1 victory on Friday night over the Wichita Wranglers.



Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Omaha 3-1

Memphis starter Anthony Reyes gave up just one run on five hits while striking out five and walking two in six innings. Reyes was 0-10 with a 6.40 ERA for the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this year before being sent down to Memphis again. In five starts for the Redbirds the 25-year-old right-hander is 1-1, with an ERA of 3.03.

Reliever Kelvin Jimenez (L, 1-3) took the loss after giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while fanning three in 1.2 IP. Jimenez also spent some time in St. Louis earlier this season appearing in 20 games, posting a record of 1-0 with a 10.41 ERA.

The Redbirds had only three hits last night with catcher Brian Esposito smacking two of them to include an RBI single in the seventh.

Memphis has lost four in a row.

RICK ANKIEL WATCH: 0-4 with three strikeouts

2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell


RECORD: 41-59, 4th Place, 20.5


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

Starter Eric Haberer (W, 9-4) dominated over seven innings, winning his fifth straight game in Springfield's 5-1 victory on Friday night over the Wichita Wranglers.

Haberer, the Cardinals 2004 third round draft pick out of Southern Illinois University, gave up just two hits, to include a home run, walked three and struck out five en-route to his ninth win on the season.

Relievers Jason Motte and Matt Scherer combined for two scoreless innings of relief to help keep the Wranglers at bay and the Cardinals to win their ninth straight home game.

Shortstop Jose Martinez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI on the day. LF Mark Shorey also went deep with his fifth homer.

COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 0-3, with a walk and two strikeouts

POWER RESTORED: : The Cardinals failed to hit a home run on Thursday night for the sixth consecutive game, their longest stretch of the year without a homer. Their previous high for consecutive games without a homer was just three. Friday night the power was restored by Jose Martinez and Mark Shorey.


2007 All-Stars: Bryan Anderson, Sean Danielson, Jaime Garcia, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Joe Mather, Chris Perez, Colby Rasmus, Juan Richardson

FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place

SECOND HALF RECORD: 18-10, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 11-3 to Jupiter

The Cardinals begin slipping back in the pack, losing their third straight game as they are hammered 11-3 by the Jupiter Friday night. The Cardinals are now three games back of Brevard County who won their Friday night contest over Daytona 4-2 in 11 innings.

Cardinals' starter Tyler Norrick (L, 8-7) surrendered four runs on five hits in five-plus innings, striking out six and walking four. Reliever Trey Hearne gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits and a walk in just 1.2 IP, as the Hammerheads put the game out of reach.

Second baseman Isa Garcia went 2-for-4 to include a three-run homer to lead the offense. Catcher Chris Grossman went 2-for-4 as well and scored a run. In his first five games with Palm Beach, Grossman is hitting .375.

JON JAY WATCH: The second round pick in the 2006 draft just off the DL was in the lineup Friday night as the designated hitter, he went 1-for-4. Over his last 10 games dating back to July 1 because of time spent on the DL, Jay is hitting .317, 1HR, 3RBI with 2SB in 41 at-bats.

2007 All-Stars: Allen Craig, Luke Gregerson, Mark Hamilton, Tyler Norrick, Adam Ottavino,


FIRST HALF RECORED: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB

SECOND HALF RECORD: 13-15, 2nd Place tie with Jupiter, 3.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 6-2 over Great Lakes

Quad Cities scored four runs in the top of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and beat Great Lakes 6-2, to take three of four in their first trip to Midland.

Reliever Marcos Gonzalez (W, 2-0) pitched around two walks in the eighth to pick up the win for Quad Cities. Starter Shaun Garceau allowed a run on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts over five innings but the offense didn't come around soon enough for Garceau to pick up his seventh win.

Third baseman Tony Cruz saw his batting average rise to .464 through his first seven games with Quad Cities, after going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double and three RBI.

Cruz, the Cardinals 28th round draft pick this year has already been promoted three times this season and he could be in Palm Beach before the season is over.

NEW ADDITION: The Swing announced on Friday that Jose Garcia, a 19-year-old infielder from Caracas, Venezuela, will join the team Saturday. Garcia joins the Swing from the Batavia Muckdogs, with whom he hit .350 in five games. The infielder's season began in the Appalachian League with the Johnson City Cardinals, batting .303 with a .410 on-base percentage and more walks (11) than strikeouts (10) in 19 games.

CLOSING IN: RHP Kenny Maiques has 22 saves this year, leaving him tied for fifth on Quad Cities' all-time single-season record list with Mike Sillman (2005), Brian Hecht (1998), Mark Zappelli (1989), Barry Dacus (1985). The all-time mark stands at 26, set by John Huey of the Quad City Cubs in 1983.

2007 All-Stars: Brandon Buckman, Brandon Dickson, Elvis Hernandez, Christian Lopez, Kenny Maiques, P.J. Walters


FIRST HALF RECORED: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB

SECOND HALF RECORD: 15-11, Tied for 2nd Place, 1.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 4-3 over Aberdeen

The Muckdogs avoided their seventh straight loss with a narrow 4-3 win over the Aberdeen Ironbirds Friday.

Starter Jess Todd (W, 2-0) one of the Cardinals second round draft picks this year, pitched five scoreless innings, giving up only four hits and no walks, while striking out six to pick up his second win.

Reliever Josh Dew earned his fourth save despite giving up a run in two-thirds of an inning pitched. Dew was drafted by the Cardinals this year in the 14th round out of Troy University.

Shortstop and leadoff man Jose Garcia went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored.


RECORD: 8-22, 6th Place, 8.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Winners 2-1 over Greenville

The Cardinal pitchers gave up just five hits but walked 10 batters and still managed to beat the Greenville Astros 2-1 Friday.

Wladimir Mendoza (W, 1-0), one of the Cardinals six pitchers used Friday, picked up the win pitching a scoreless 1.1 IP.

RF Jon Edwards and catcher Roberto Espinoza both hit a double and scored, to lead the Cardinals past the Stros.

Beau Riportella, the Cardinals 2007 tenth round draft pick, saw his 15 game hitting streak come to an end after going 0-for-4. Riportella is hitting .385, 2HR, 8RBI this season through 25 games for the Cardinals.


RECORD: 12-16, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Split a Double-Header with Washington.

The Cardinals on the road spilt a double-header with the Nationals, winning the first game, 3-1, before getting clobbered in the second game 12-5.


Starter Mike Blazek pitched four solid innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out three, but he didn't get a decision for his effort.

Reliever Phillip Andersen (W, 1-0) got the win, pitching two shutout innings, giving up just on hit and striking out three. Rigoberto Lugo got his first save despite giving up a run in the final inning.

Shortstop Romulo Ruiz went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to lead the offense.


Just an ugly baseball game sports fans. The Nationals scored 12 runs on 7 hits, so that tells you something was wrong, and that something was, Cardinal pitchers walked 14 batters and the defense committed three errors behind them.

Starter Fabian Marquez couldn't get out of the second inning, giving up five runs, three earned on two hits and five walks, striking out two before being pulled from the game.

RF Edgar Lara had a decent day in the midst of all the poor play around him, Lara went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.



RECORD: 8-16, 5th Place, 12.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Seattle 11-1

The Cardinals continue to struggle this season, losing to Seattle 11-1 Friday, to fall to 17-40 on the year. Twenty-tree games below the .500 there isn't much good news to report on south of the Equator.

Designated hitter Ismael Cardona had a decent afternoon, going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and scored a run. Cardona is one of maybe two guys on the team who can hit. A catcher by trade, he's hitting .297, 1HR, 26RBI through 56 games.

Starter Carlos Noquera (L, 0-6) still looking for his first win, allowed six hits (two of them HRs), and two bases on balls, while striking out six batters.

The Cardinals have won only two of their last 10 games.


RECORD: 17-40, 8th Place, 23 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the A's 9-2

The game was rained out after six innings as the A's beat the Cardinals 9-2 in yet another very ugly ballgame.

The Cardinals and the A's each had 11 hits in Friday's contest, with the Cardinals leaving seven runners on base and the A's nine. The big difference, the Cardinals walked seven batters whereas the A's didn't give up any free passes.

Jose Rosario (L, 3-3) suffered his third loss, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks in a rare rough start for the Cards. Including yesterday's disappointing loss, Rosario is 3-2 with a 1.44 ERA over his last 10 appearances.

Center fielder Edwin Gomez went 3-for-3 with an RBI to raise his batting average to .294.

The Cardinals are 4-6 over their last 10 games.


RECORD: 20-19, 4th Place, 5.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Eric Haberer

The Springfield Cardinals starter dominated over seven innings, winning his fifth straight game in Springfield's 5-1 victory on Friday night over the Wichita Wranglers.


Minor League Player of the Day

Tony Cruz

The Swing third baseman went 3-for-4 Friday with a walk, a double and three RBI.




Organizational Pitcher of the Month

April - Tyler Norrick, Palm Beach, 3-1, 1.63 ERA, 19K in 5 starts
May - P.J. Walters, Quad Cities, 4-0, 0.88 ERA, 30.1 IP scoreless streak
June – Tyler Herron, Quad Cities, 5-0, 2.27 ERA, 37K, 2 BB, in 31.2 IP


Organizational Player of the Month

April – Joe Mather, Springfield, .324, 10HR, 16RBI,
May – Colby Rasmus, Springfield, .349, 8HR, 24RBI
June – Allen Craig, Palm Beach, .337, 7HR, 24RBI


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