The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/06

Quad Cities' Nick Derba, the designated hitter in Sunday's contest, went 3-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer in the 8-4 loss to W. Michigan.



Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Portland 6-5

The Memphis Redbirds outhit Portland 11-8 but came up short in the run department, losing 6-5 Sunday.

Reliever Andy Cavazos (L, 1-5) retired two batters in the eighth, but surrendered a walk and a home run to get tagged with a blown save and the loss. Starter Randy Keisler pitched 6.2 innings, scattering five hits and four walks, allowing three runs, two of them earned, but did not factor into the decision.

Third baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Since being promoted to Memphis, Hoffpauir is hitting .320 at Triple-A through 28 games. Hoffpauir who can also play second base was a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star and named the Texas League Player of the Week on June 25.

Hoffpauir is hitting .458 on the season with runners in scoring position and he should be in the mix for a spot on the St. Louis Cardinals roster next season. Certainly St. Louis has had their problems leaving runners in scoring position.


2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell


RECORD: 47-69, 4th Place, 22.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Tulsa 6-5

Starter Eric Haberer (L, 11-5) gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out three as his personal seven-game winning streak came to an end.

First baseman Mark Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and a walk.

COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 1-for-3, with a double, two walks and two stolen bases


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: 24-18, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Dunedin 8-0

The Cardinals lost their fourth game in a row Sunday as first place Brevard County won its fourth straight game to pull ahead of Palm Beach by six games. With only 28 games to go, the Cardinals have their backs against the wall if they hope to win the second-half division title.

Starter Brad Furnish (L, 1-3) who started the season at Quad Cities, was charged with five runs on six hits and five walks over 5.1 IP, to suffer his third loss for Palm Beach.

Palm Beach could only muster up four hits Sunday. Designated hitter Jonathan Jay went 2-for-4 with a double, RF Luke Gorsett doubled and CF James Rapoport lined a base hit for the Cardinals, in what was otherwise a quiet day with the bats.


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: 19-23, 4th Place, 6.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to W. Michigan 8-4

Starter Shaun Garceau (L, 7-9) was tagged for six runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out three over 3.2 innings. Got to give some credit to middle-reliever Armando Carrasco who pitched three scoreless innings in relief, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out one, to give his club a chance to get back into the game. Kenny Maiques closed out the game with a scoreless frame in the ninth.

Nick Derba the DH in yesterday's contest went 3-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer.

STEVEN HILL WATCH: Playing behind the plate Sunday, Hill went 2-for-4 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: 24-17, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Williamsport 3-1

Starter Thomas Eager gave up just one hit and a walk with a season-high seven strikeouts over five scoreless innings, but didn't get a decision. Reliever Clay Long (L, 0-4) gave up three runs on four hits with two strikeouts over two innings to take the loss.

Catcher David Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.


RECORD: 17-27, 5th Place, 9.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) OFF DAY

RECORD: 19-23, 3rd Place, 11.5 GB



Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Marlins 6-3

The Cardinals used six pitchers again Sunday in the 6-3 loss to the Marlins.

Reid Gorecki who is with the Cardinals on a rehab assignment, went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI and is hitting .313 (5-for-16) through his first four games.


RECORD: 17-18, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB



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



DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Mariners 5-2

Starter Ramon Urena (L, 0-1) still looking for his first win in four appearances, three starts, gave up four runs, two of them earned on nine hits and no walks, while striking out four through five complete innings.

The Cardinals had 11 hits, none of them for extra bases and left eight runners stranded in Sunday's contest.


RECORD: 23-28, 4th Place, 10.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Thomas Eager

The Batavia starter gave up just one hit and a walk with a season-high seven strikeouts over five scoreless innings but didn't get a decision.


Minor League Player of the Day

Nick Derba

The Quad Cities DH went 3-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer Sunday.



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, 0.94 ERA, 36K, 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, 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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