The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/03

Quad Cities reliever Armando Carrasco didn't get a win on Thursday or even a hold or a save, but he did pitch three complete scoreless extra innings in relief before surrendering a walk-off home run in the 14th to get tagged for the loss. He gave his ballclub a chance to win and deserved a better fate than a loss.



Games Played Thursday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 7-0 to Tacoma

Starter Chris Lambert (1-3) allowed a run on five hits with three strikeouts in four innings.

The Redbirds were shutout Thursday despite getting nine hits, but leaving all nine runners stranded. Outfielder Skip Schumaker who just joined the team in Washington, went 0-for-4 in his first game back at Triple-A.


2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell


RECORD: 47-66, 4th Place, 21.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Arkansas 4-1

Starter Adam Daniels (L, 4-4) surrendered three runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 5.2 innings.

Designated hitter Mark Shorey had two doubles and scored the Cardinals only run.

AMAURY MARTI WATCH: Cards' outfielder Amaury Marti, who has spent the majority of 2007 in the Mexican League, hit a three-run homer in his first 2007 Texas League at-bat on Wednesday night. Marti finished his 2007 Cards' debut with a double and a three-run homer. His numbers were impressive in the Mexican League, batting .337 with 15 homers and 71 RBIs in 96 games.


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: 23-16, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to St. Lucie 10-3

Cardinals starter Eddie Degerman (L, 1-4) gave up seven runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning three over 3.1 innings to take the loss as the Cardinals four-game winning streak came to an end Thursday.

Second baseman Isa Garcia went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored to lead the Redbirds' offense.

BRANDON BUCKMAN WATCH: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting just .237 with one home run and four RBI over his last 10 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: 19-20, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to South Bend 7-6 in 14

The Swing could only muster seven hits in Thursday's 14 inning marathon against South Bend, but they didn't take advantage of the 11 walks given up by the Silver Hawks, leaving 12 runners on the bases.

Reliever Armando Carrasco (L, 4-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up the winning run on a homer in the bottom of the 14th inning. Armando had given his club a chance for a win, pitching three scoreless innings before giving up the walk-off home run.

The infield provided all the offense, with 2B Jared Schweitzer, 3B Tony Cruz and SS Christian Lopez each driving in two runs for Quad Cities.


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: 22-16, 3rd Place, 1.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 4-3 over Jamestown

Starter Blake King (W, 1-2) pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and no walks while striking out three to pick up his first win for Batavia. Reliever Wayne Daman worked around a hit and a walk in the ninth inning to pick up his first career save.

First baseman Andrew Brown hit his fourth home run on the season in the fourth, to help lead the Muckdogs attack. Second baseman Ross Oeder went 2-for-3, with an RBI, run scored and a walk.


RECORD: 16-25, 5th Place, 8.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Split a Double-Header with Burlington

The Cardinals played two on Thursday, dropping the first game 5-0 before coming back and winning game two by the score of 5-4.

In the first game, the Cardinals could only come up with two hits and they didn't take advantage of the three walks given up by the Royals pitchers, leaving starter Omar Javier (L, 0-4) out there to take his fourth loss of the season.

In the nightcap, OF Travis Mitchell and 1B Matt Arburr both homered to lead the Cardinals past the Royals in the split.

PETE KOZMA WATCH: 0-for-4 with three bases on balls, two runs scored, a stolen base and a fielding error



RECORD: 19-22, 3rd Place, 9.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) RAINED OUT

RECORD: 16-17, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB



VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Pittsburgh 11-3

Starter Jose Calero (L, 2-7) gave up six runs, four earned in just 2.2 innings to fall to 2-7 on the season. The bullpen didn't help much including Calero the staff had four wild pitches Thursday's contest.

NOTE: The box score for Thursday's game has the Cardinals record on the season incorrect, it is 23-46, not 49-20-1


RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 26 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Took Two on Thursday

The Cardinals played both Oakland teams on Thursday, beating Oakland2, 7-6 in gage one and Oakland2 2-1 in the nightcap.



RECORD: 23-26, 4th Place, 9.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Armando Carrasco

The Swing of Quad Cities reliever didn't win on Thursday or even get a hold or a save, but he did pitch three complete scoreless extra innings in relief before surrendering a walk-off home run in the 14th to get tagged for the loss. He deserved a better fate with his performance on the mound in yesterday's contest.


Minor League Player of the Day

Isa Garcia

The Palm Beach Cardinals' second baseman went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in Thursday's 10-3 loss to St. Lucie.



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
July - Jess Todd, Batavia, 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA in seven games (4 starts)fanning 36 batters in his 28.2 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
July - Osvaldo Morales, GCL, .333, 6 HR, 20 RBI


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