The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/24

Isa Garcia, the Palm Beach Cardinals' second baseman went 3-for-5 Monday with a triple, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to lead Palm Beach to a 6-2 win over Daytona.



Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 3-1 over Omaha

The Memphis Redbirds snapped their six-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Omaha Royals, at Rosenblatt Stadium Monday afternoon.

Starter LHP Randy Keisler (W, 8-7) picked up his 8th win on the season, pitching seven solid innings, allowing a run on seven hits and three walks. Andy Cavazos tossed a scoreless frame in the eighth, while Brian Falkenborg pitched around two hits in the ninth and recorded his 22nd save of the season.

First baseman Tagg Bozied, who turns 28 Tuesday, went 1-for-4, making his only hit count, a two-run homer in the first to give Memphis all the runs they would need for the win.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: LHP Troy Cate will join the Redbirds in time for Tuesday night's game


2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell


RECORD: 42-61, 4th Place, 20.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Postponed

Monday's Springfield-Arkansas game was postponed due to the death of Tulsa Drillers coach Mike Coolbaugh.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 25.

Texas League President Tom Kayser expressed profound sorrow Monday after learning of the loss of Tulsa first base coach Mike Coolbaugh, who died last night as the result of an injury he sustained during the Drillers game at Arkansas.

"On behalf of the entire Texas League family I want to express our heartfelt condolences to Mike's wife Mandy, sons Joseph and Jacob and all the members of his family," Kayser stated. "This is a tragedy beyond words. Mike was just beginning the next phase of his baseball career, as a hitting coach, something he was enjoying and finding great satisfaction in very quickly. His passing will be deeply felt by his many friends in this and many other leagues in professional baseball. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Coolbaugh family."

Kayser also announced that the Drillers and Spirit Bank of Tulsa have set up a memorial fund to benefit the Coolbaugh family. Checks can be made payable to the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund and sent to: Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund, c/o Spirit Bank, 1800 S. Baltimore Ave. Tulsa, OK 74119

Donations can also be made in person at any Tulsa area Spirit Bank location.

All proceeds collected will go directly to the Coolbaugh family. Spirit Bank began the fund with a $5,000 donation.

Funeral arrangements for Coolbaugh are still pending.

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: 19-11, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 6-2 over Daytona

The Cardinals picked up a half game on the division leading Brevard County Manatees Monday, with a 6-2 win over Daytona, as the Manatees' game was suspended due to rain.

Starter Adam Ottavino (W, 8-5) gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out seven and walking one over six innings to win his fifth straight game.

Second baseman Isa Garcia went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Redbird assault. Dan Nelson over at third also had a good night at plate, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and A.J. Van Slyke went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Relievers Jon Mikrut and Luke Gregerson combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

JON JAY WATCH: DH, 0-for-5, 1K

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


FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 14-16, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost 11-10 in 16

The Swing lost a 11-10, 16 inning marathon Monday night to the Lansing Lugnuts.

Quad Cities used about four tandem starters Monday night including infielder Jose Garcia who entered the game in the 11th inning at second base, and ended up pitching in relief in the 16th and was saddled with the loss, after giving up one run, a solo blast to end the game.

Second baseman Jared Schweitzer had the best night at the plate for the Swing, going 3-for-6 with two RBI and his 10th home run of the season. Shortstop Christian Lopez, contributed, going 1-for-6, to include hitting one out of the ballpark, as Lopez walked twice, drove in two runs and scored three times.

TIM DORN WATCH: The former Southern Illinois Miner went 1-for-6 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a run scored.

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


FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 16-13, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) DAY OFF

The Muckdogs had the day off Monday after beating the Aberdeen Ironbirds 2-0 on Sunday.

The Dogs are 3-7 over their last 10 games.

TOMMY PHAM WATCH: The former shortstop converted to an outfielder is still struggling at the plate, hitting just .118 (4-for-34) over his last 10 games.

RECORD: 9-23, 5th Place, 9.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Winners 3-0 over Elizabethton

The Cardinals used the rain to close out their 3-0 win over Elizabethton Monday night, with the game called in the sixth due to the weather.

Starter Brian Broderick (W, 2-2) gave up two hits, while striking out two without a walk in five innings. The 20-year-old right-hander evened his record at 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.75 over eight appearances, including five starts.

Tyler Leach pitched a perfect sixth inning to rack up his first save.

Shortstop Domnit Bolivar went 2-for-2, with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Cardinals offense.


RECORD: 15-16, 3rd Place, 8.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Postponed Due to Rain

RECORD: 11-16, 4th Place, 10.5 GB



VSL Cardinals (R) Winners 7-2 over the Mets

Centerfielder Alberto Rivero had a big day at the plate, leading the Cardinals to their second win in a row over the Mets, going 2-for-4, with a triple, 2 RBI and two runs scored.

Start Omar Diaz (W, 3-4) was very impressive this time out, giving up only one run on just two hits and one walk over six innings while striking out five.


RECORD: 20-40, 7th Place, 21.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Lost 7-6 to the A's(2) in 12

The Cardinals barely fell to the A's (2) 7-6 in 12 innings Monday despite being outhit 14-5.

The Redbirds failed to take advantage of numerous scoring opportunities Monday when the A's tried to hand the game on a silver platter. The A's walked 11 Cardinal batters and made four errors and all the Redbirds have to show for it is their third loss in a row, as they left 15 runners stranded on the bases Monday.

The Cardinals bless their hearts, are going through a rough stretch losing seven of their last ten, to include the last three straight as they continue to fade away in the standings.


RECORD: 20-21, 4th Place, 6.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Brian Broderick

The Johnson City starter gave up just two hits, while striking out two without giving up a walk in five shut out innings Monday, to pick up his second win.


Minor League Player of the Day

Isa Garcia

The Palm Beach Cardinals second baseman went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.



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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