The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/21

Jon Edwards drove in a career-high five runs Monday to lead Johnson City to a 7-4 over the Bristol Sox in game one of the double-header.



Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to the Iowa Cubs 7-5

Memphis starter Mike Smith allowed four runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over five innings but did not factor into the decision. Closer Chris Perez ended up with a blown save and a loss Monday, giving up three runs on two walks and a three run homer in the ninth.

First baseman Tagg Bozied whose season is going unnoticed by most pundits, hit his 24th home run on the season in the top half of the ninth to give the Redbirds a temporary lead over Cubs.

The Redbirds have lost seven of their last 10 games and currently have the worst record in the 16 team Pacific Coast League.

SKIP SCHUMAKER WATCH: 1-for-4, with a walk and a run scored

2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell


RECORD: 51-79, 4th Place, 28.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Corpus Christi 8-4

Corpus Christi doubled up on the Springfield Cardinals Monday, beating them by the score of 8-4 to knock the Cardinals out of a first place tie in the Texas League North Division with Arkansas.

Starter Mitchell Boggs gave up three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings, before turning the game over to the bullpen. The Cardinals reliever Mike Sillman (L, 1-1) gave up five runs on two hits and three walks while recording two outs in the seventh to get tagged for the loss.

Shortstop Jose Martinez, third baseman Rico Washington and Boggs each drove in a run for the Cards in the losing cause.

COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 1-for-5, with a run scored

Colby Rasmus was named Texas League Player of the Week earlier today, taking home the award for the second time this year. Rasmus led the league last week with 11 hits, going 11-18 (.611) in five games. Rasmus had a pair of homers and three RBIs. Rasmus is the second two-time winner this year, joining Joe Mather, who won the award twice in the first half of the season.

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: 28-27, 2nd Place, 1 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Split a double-header with Vero Beach

The Cardinals split a double-header Monday with the Vero Beach Devil Rays, winning the first game 9-2 before dropping the nightcap 6-1.

GAME ONE: Starter Adam Ottavino (W, 11-7) gave up two runs on four hits and six walks with two strikeouts in five innings. Reliever Jon Mikrut pitched two hitless frames for his third save.

First baseman A.J. Van Slyke drove in three runs for the Redbirds, while RF Luck Gorsett and catcher Brandon Yarbrough each drove in two.

GAME TWO: Palm Beach starter Stuart Pomeranz (L, 0-1) gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits and a walk with one strikeout in 2.2 innings.

The Cardinals could only muster two hits in the nightcap.

ALLEN CRAIG WATCH: 2-for-4, with an RBI and three runs scored in game one and 0-for-3 in game two

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: 27-30, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): POSTPONED RAIN

The Swing of the Quad Cities and Clinton LumberKings had their scheduled game postponed on Monday due to wet grounds and pending nighttime thunderstorms. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Gates will open at 4:45 p.m. as the first-place Swing of the Quad Cities look to continue their run towards a division title.

DARYL JONES WATCH: OF Daryl Jones has had trouble with his vision this season, struggling through side effects such as glares and halos resulting from off-season Epi-LASIK surgery. Jones visited the doctor twice in July to get eye drops to help alleviate the problems, and has been on a tear ever since receiving a prescription at his second appointment on July 28. Since, he is hitting .357 (25-70) with 18 runs scored and 14 RBI in 20 games.

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: 35-19, 1st Place


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Beat Mahoning Valley 3-2

Pitcher Thomas Eager (W, 1-5) picked up his first win on the season, pitching three scoreless frames, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out six of the 14 batters he faced.

Closer Josh Dew picked up his 12th save, striking out the only batter he faced to close out the game.

Third baseman Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI to lead the Dogs past the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

ANDREW BROWN WATCH: 3-for-5 with two doubles

2007 All-Stars: Josh Dew, Jess Todd, Andrew Brown


RECORD: 22-34, 4th Place, 11.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Split a double-header with Bristol

The Cardinals split a double-header Monday with the Bristol Sox, winning the first game 7-4, before dropping the second game 4-3.

GAME ONE: Reliever Joel Pichardo (W, 2-1) gave up one unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out one over two innings for the win. Matt Spade retired the final batter in the seventh for his first save. Starter Andres Rosales pitched four solid innings, scattering six hits, giving up only one run, while striking out eight and not walking anyone.

Designated Jon Edwards had a big game at the plate, going 2-for-3, with a walk, a home run and a career high five RBI. Third baseman Nick Vera had three hits and scored twice in the first game.

GAME TWO: Starter Omar Javier (L, 0-7), still looking for his first win, gave up four runs, three earned on six hits and two walks while striking out five over 4.2 innings to suffer his seventh loss.

Second baseman Mike Foli provided the offense for the Redbirds with a three-run homer.

PETE KOZMA WATCH: 2-for-3, with a walk and two runs scored in game one, 0-2 with two walks in game two



RECORD: 26-35, 3rd Place, 18.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Marlins 5-4

Matt North gave up four of the Marlins five runs on Monday and was tagged with the loss. In four innings, North surrendered four runs on four hits, while striking out two and walking no one.

Right-fielder Brian Buck and PH/DH Scott Thomas each drove in two runs for the Cardinals.


RECORD: 22-27, 3rd Place, 12.5 GB



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



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

The Cardinals committed three errors leading to four unearned runs as they lose 5-2 to the Mariners Monday.

Starter Angel Cruz pitched 5.2 innings, giving up five runs, only one earned, on four hits and two walks, while striking out five.

Reliever Carlos Mejia had a very good outing, pitching 3.1 no-hit innings, striking out five along the way.


RECORD: 28-33, 4th Place, 15 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Carlos Mejia

The DSL Cardinals' reliever pitched 3.1 no-hit innings Monday, striking out five along the way.


Minor League Player of the Day

Jon Edwards

The Johnson City Cardinals' outfielder drove in a career high five runs Monday, going 2-for-3, with a walk and a three-run home run.



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

Osvaldo Morales, DSL, Player of the Month for July, .333, 6HR, 20RBI
Nick Additon, Johnson City, Start of the Month for July, 1-0, 1SV, 1.78 ERA
Justin Fiske, Batavia, Reliever of the Month for July, 6G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA

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 May, .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, Starter 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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