The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/05

Tony Cruz, the Quad Cities third baseman went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and a walk, Saturday, to lead the Swing to a 7-4 win over W. Michigan and into a tie for first place in the Midwest League Western Division standings with the Beloit Snappers.



Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Tacoma 3-2

The Redbirds lost their third game in a row since their Wednesday night's dramatic 16-13 win, when Tagg Bozied drove in eight runs in a record-setting night to help Memphis overcome a 10-run Tacoma second inning.

Starter Mike Smith (L, 10-10) gave up three runs on 10 hits and three walks while fanning five in seven innings to see his record fall to the .500 mark.

Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir went 3-for-4 on the night, raising his batting average to .312 and scored one of the two runs for Memphis.

RICK ANKIEL WATCH: 1-for-4, with a triple, an RBI and run scored

2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell


RECORD: 47-68, 4th Place, 22.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 4-2 over Tulsa

Starter P.J. Walters pitched seven solid innings as Springfield beat Tulsa, 4-2, on Saturday to win his first Double-A game. Rehabbing Tyler Johnson struck out two in a perfect eighth and Jason Motte pitched around a hit in the ninth for his fifth save for the Cardinals. Look for Motte to get more save opportunities now that closer Chris Perez has been promoted to Memphis.

Amaury Marti hit his second homer in just four games since joining the Cardinals.



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: 24-17, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to St. Lucie 8-5

The Cardinals suffered another loss at the hands of the Mets Saturday, despite outhitting them 11-9.

Starter Trey Hearne (L, 4-9), winless since June 23, gave up seven runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five innings to take the Cardinals third loss in a row.

Right-fielder Luke Gossett went 3-for-4 with a run scored, a double and an RBI. Catcher Chris Grossman continues to hit well above the coveted .400 mark for the Cardinals, going 2-for-4 to raise his average to .457 in his 11 games since being promoted to Palm Beach from Quad Cities.


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: 19-22, 3rd Place, 5.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 7-4 over W. Michigan

Starter Clayton Mortensen, the Cardinals first round supplemental pick in this year's draft, gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over four innings, but didn't factor into the decision as the Swing moved into a tie for first place with Beloit.

Reliever Chuckie Fick (W, 1-0) allowed a run on two hits while striking out two and walking one in three innings to pick up his first win.

Third baseman Tony Cruz went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and a walk to lead the offense.

OF Antone DeJesus extended his hitting streak to 14 games Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

STEVEN HILL WATCH: 3-for-4, 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: 24-16, Tied for 1st Place


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Jamestown 7-6

Starter Pete Parise (L, 3-1) was roughed up Saturday, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts, getting knocked out of the game after facing five batters in the second inning without retiring anyone.

Catcher David Carpenter had two hits to include his first home run and scored twice.

TYLER HENLEY WATCH: The Cardinals eighth round draft pick this year out of Rice University, went 1-for-6 Saturday. In his first five games as a professional the center fielder is hitting .400 (8-for-20)


RECORD: 17-26, 5th Place, 8.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) OFF DAY

The Cardinals have the weekend off and will take on Kingsport in the first of a two game set with the Mets.

RECORD: 19-20, 3rd Place, 11.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Winners 5-3 over the Nationals

Second baseman Guillermo Toribio drove in two of the Cardinals runs and catcher Luis Miguel De La Cruz had the only multiple hit night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Cardinals used six pitchers Saturday to include Stuart Pomeranz who started the game and the eventual winner Wladimir Mendoza and Rigoberto Lugo who picked up his fourth save.


RECORD: 17-17, 2nd Place, 10.0 GB



RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB




DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Athletics1 3-1

Starter Carlos Amauri Mejia pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out two, for a no-decision. Arquimedes Nieto (L, 2-2) took the loss, giving up three runs over five innings.

Shortstop Ted Obregon scored the only run on an RBI double by CF Edwin Gomez.


RECORD: 23-27, 4th Place, 10.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

P.J. Walters

Walters pitched seven solid innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two Saturday to earn his first Double-A win.


Minor League Player of the Day

Tony Cruz

The Quad Cities third baseman went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and a walk, Saturday.



Organizational Pitchers 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, 0.94 ERA, 36K, 28.2 IP


Organizational Players 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, DSL, .333, 6HR, 20RBI


Birdhouse Award Winners

Jarrett Hoffpauir, Springfield, Player of the Month for June, .337, 7HR, 24RBI

Tyler Herron, Quad Cities, Starter of the Month for June, 5-0, 2.27 ERA, 31.2 IP

Kyle McClellan, Springfield/Palm Beach, Reliever of the Month for June, 2-0, 0.00 ERA

Colby Rasmus, Springfield, Player of the Month for June, .340, 8HR, 24RBI

P.J. Walters, Quad Cities, Starter of the Month for May, 4-0, 0.88 ERA

Luke Gregerson, Palm Beach, Reliever of the Month for May, 0-0, 11SV, 0.64 ERA

Joe Mather, Springfield, Player of the Month for April, .324, 10HR, 16RBI

Tyler Norrick, Palm Beach, Pitcher of the Month for April, 3-1, 1.63 ERA

Jason Motte, Palm Beach, Reliever of the Month for April, 1-0, 3SV, 0.90 ERA


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