The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/25

Quad Cities' reliever Armando Carrasco pitched three scoreless, hitless innings for the win Tuesday, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced and striking out four.



Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Sacramento 8-2

Memphis starter Mike Parisi (L, 5-9) gave up six runs on eight hits, three of them home runs, while striking out one and walking three in just 3.1 IP Tuesday night as he suffers his fourth straight loss. In his last 10 games Mike is 1-6 with a 4.92 ERA.

Center fielder Rick Ankiel hit his Pacific Coast League-leading 28th home run, a solo shot in the bottom of the first for Memphis to tie the game at one run a piece. The only other run for the Redbirds came in a weird sixth inning that included a walk, a strikeout/wild pitch runner safe at first, and to hit batters to drive in the second and last run of the night.

Memphis Redbirds' third baseman Travis Hanson was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday due to a nagging back injury. Hanson's roster spot was filled by LHP Troy Cate, who was activated after being sent down from St. Louis on Sunday.

RICK ANKIEL WATCH: 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk

2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell


RECORD: 42-62, 4th Place, 20.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Arkansas 4-2

P.J. Walters made his Double-A debut Tuesday and his 23rd appearance of the year, first against the Arkansas Travelers. Walters was just called up from Palm Beach to replace Jaime Garcia who was DL'd with left elbow soreness on Monday. Walters surrendered four runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings to take his first loss at Springfield.

Designated hitter Juan Richardson went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk as his batting average approaches the .300 mark, sitting at .294 at the end of the night.

COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 0-for-3 with a walk

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: The Cardinals have placed left-hander Jaime Garcia on the Disabled List for soreness in his left elbow, retroactive to July 20th. To replace Garcia in the Springfield rotation, the Cards have called up P.J. Walters from Palm Beach of the Florida State League. Walters was 3-1 for Palm Beach, carrying a 2.67 ERA in five starts. Walters opened the year in Quad Cities, going 6-1 with one save and a 2.62 ERA in 17 appearances.


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: 19-12, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): POSTPONED RAIN

Tuesday's FSL matchup between the Daytona Cubs and the Palm Beach Cardinals was postponed due to rain in the Daytona Beach area and wet grounds at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

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

First place Brevard County swept a double-header Tuesday at home against St. Lucie, extending their lead over the Cardinals to four games.

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, 4.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 11-4 over Lansing

Starter Clayton Mortensen, making just his second start for the Swing, allowed three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in four innings, before giving way to the bullpen. Reliever Armando Carrasco (W, 3-1) pitched three scoreless, hitless innings for the win, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced and striking out four.

Mortensen, selected by the Cardinals in the supplemental first round (36th overall) of the 2007 draft out of Gonzaga University, made his Swing debut last Thursday at Great Lakes, tossing four solid innings without figuring into the decision. He allowed three consecutive hits in the bottom of the second that led to both runs against him, but bounced back to fan six over four frames in a 4-3 Swing win.

Second baseman Jared Schweitzer and LF Jaime Landin had identical lines Tuesday, both going 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored to lead the Swing onslaught.

CRUISING: Prior to Tuesday's game, 3B Tony Cruz has hit safely in nine of his 10 games with the Swing, batting .364 (16-44) with six extra-base hits and 13 RBI since joining the club on July 12. Since being taken by the Cardinals in the 26th round of the 2007 draft, Cruz has hit a combined .350 (41-117) in the Gulf Coast League (7G), Appalachian League (6G), New York-Penn League (4G), and Midwest League (10G). Tuesday afternoon Cruz went 2-for-5 with a double 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: 17-13, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Brooklyn 9-3

Starter Clay Long had a rough night Tuesday, giving up four runs, two of them earned, on four hits and four walks while striking out three, as he takes the loss and his record drops to 0-3.

The Dogs left eight runners on base and committed four errors as the game got away from them by the fifth inning, with Brooklyn already ahead 6-1.

Third baseman Andrew Brown went 3-for-4, with RF Collin Fanning scoring two of Batavia's three runs.


RECORD: 9-24, 6th Place, 10.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) POSTPONED

Tuesday night's Appalachian League game between the Elizabethton Twins and Johnson City Cardinals was suspended due to rain. It will be resumed on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. ET followed by the regularly scheduled game.

The Cardinals had a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning when play was halted.

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


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) OFF DAY TUESDAY

The Cardinals had the day off on Tuesday and will try to extend their mini-two-game winning streak to three games when they return to action Wednesday. The Cards have played .500 ball over the last 10 games.

RISING STAR: Andres Rosales is 1-0 with a minuscule ERA of 0.43, through six games, to include four starts. In 21 innings pitched he has given up just one earned run.

RECORD: 11-16, 4th Place, 11.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Pirates 6-2

The Pirates jumped out to an early 5-0 lead by the end of the third and any time you can score five runs against the VSL Redbirds you can expect to come away with a win. Through 61 games, the Cardinals average 3.9 runs per game, to put that in context, the Pirates have scored an average of 6.6 runs through 61 games.

Starter Jose Calero saw his record fall to 2-6 as he only lasted four innings Tuesday, giving up five runs on eight hits, one of them a home run and he surrendered three walks before leaving the game.

The Cardinals could only muster four hits and left eight runners stranded on the bases.


RECORD: 20-41, 7th Place, 22.5 GB



The Cardinals who have a better road record (11-9) than their home record (9-12), have lost their last three games and are just 3-7 over their last 10 contests.

RECORD: 20-21, 4th Place, 7.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Armando Carrasco

The Quad Cities reliever pitched three scoreless, hitless innings for the win Tuesday, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced and striking out four.


Minor League Player of the Day

Andrew Brown

The Muckdogs' third baseman had three of the club's eight hits in Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn.



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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