The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 09/03

Cory Rauschenberger tossed six strong innings, helping the Springfield Cardinals clinch the Second Half North Division Pennant on Sunday night with a 11-1 win over Arkansas at Hammons Field.



Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Nashville 5-4

The Redbirds come up short Sunday losing to Nashville 5-4. Randy Keisler (L, 8-11) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings. Relievers Troy Cate and Brian Falkenborg combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

Infielder Mike McCoy who was playing in center field and batting leadoff Sunday, went 3-for-3 with a walk.


The Redbirds play their final game of the season today, in what has been a very long season with the worst record in the entire Pacific Coast League.

2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell


RECORD: 56-87, 4th Place, 32.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 11-1 over Arkansas

Catcher Bryan Anderson and first baseman Mark Hamilton both homered and drove in three runs Sunday as Springfield won the second-half division title by beating the Arkansas Travelers 11-1.

Cory Rauschenberger (W, 11-8) gave up just one run on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings to pick up his 11th win on the season.

ALLEN CRAIG WATCH: DH in Sunday's game, 1-for-4 with a walk, a HR and two runs scored

COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 1-for-2, with a triple, three walks and two runs scored

BELATED NEWS: FORMER CARDS NAMED TRIPLE-A ALL-STARS: Speaking of All-Stars, the International League handed out its Post-Season All-Star Awards on Tuesday, as two former Springfield Cardinals are on the 12-man squad. Infielder Aaron Herr was named as the top Utility player, while Cory Doyne was the top closer. Herr is currently hitting .273 with 18 home runs and 82 RBIs in 128 games for the Louisville Bats (CIN). Doyne converted 29 saves in 30 opportunities this year for the Norfolk Tides (BAL), going 0-1 with an ERA of 2.23.

PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE NOW: By winning the First Half North Division title, the Springfield Cardinals will be going to the Texas League Playoffs for the first time in team history. Individual Playoff Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by stopping by the Cardinals Ticket Office at Hammons Field or by calling (417) 863- 2143. The Cards are guaranteed at least two games at Hammons Field, as they'll open the best-of-five with two games at home on Wednesday, Sept. 5th and Thursday, Sept. 6th. The Redbirds could potentially play as many as six home games during the Texas League Playoffs. We hope you join us at Hammons Field for the upcoming Texas League Playoffs as the Springfield Cardinals look for their first Texas League Championship.

2007 All-Stars: Bryan Anderson, Sean Danielson, Jaime Garcia, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Joe Mather, Chris Perez, Colby Rasmus, Juan Richardson; Post Season All-Stars, OF Colby Rasmus, C Bryan Anderson and RHP Chris Perez were all selected to this year's Post Season Team.


FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 35-32, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 4-3 over Jupiter

Trey Hearne (W, 5-11) picked up his fifth win, after 21 starts this season, pitching in relief Sunday, as he tossed five shutout innings.

Right-fielder Luke Gorsett led the offense with fifth home run, a two run shot in the fourth, to give the Cardinals all the runs they would need to pull out the win and finish the season at the .500 mark.

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: 35-35, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Beloit 13-0

Talk about a Swing in the tide, Quad Cities has now lost six straight games in a row. Fortunately for the Swing they were guaranteed a playoff berth before even stepping onto the field Sunday as Kane County lost their first game in at doubleheader in Wisconsin. That outcome, combined with a win by Cedar Rapids over Peoria later in the afternoon, officially eliminated the Cougars and the Chiefs from playoff contention.

Starter Shaun Garceau failed to make it out of the first inning, facing 12 batters but recording just two outs while giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks.

Quad Cities managed seven hits on the day but left 10 runners stranded on the bases. CF Jose Ramirez and SS Oliver Marmol each had two hits.

STEVEN HILL WATCH: 0-for-3 with a walk

FOR THE RECORD: RHP Kenny Maiques has put his imprint on the Quad Cities record books this season, establishing new marks for saves in a season and saves in a career with a total that currently stands at 31. The 22-year-old flamethrower has been especially dominant since a botched play at the plate led to a blown save in South Bend on August 2, as Maiques has allowed just four hits since while going 7-for-7 in save chances and fanning 12 over 10 scoreless innings.

MEDICAL WATCH: 2B/LF Jaime Landin has been battling an assortment of injuries lately, including a sore right shoulder has kept him out of the lineup in all but one game since 8/21 and left him day-to-day. CF Antone DeJesus has been limited to pinch-running duties since 8/21 with a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. 2B Jared Schweitzer was placed on the DL on 8/20 with a partial tear to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. RHP Elvis Hernandez was placed on the DL on 8/30 with a strained right shoulder.

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: 40-29, Tied for 1st Place with Cedar Rapids


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Williamsport 2-0

Starter Logan Collier (L, 2-2) gave up two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings. Blake King finished up with four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out five.

The Dogs could only come up with three hits on the day, singles by Domnit Bolivar, Jon Edwards and Mateo Marquez.

Batavia has now lost four games in a row as their season is winding down with just four games left to play.

PETE KOZMA WATCH: 0-for-4, with two strikeouts, hitting .143 (2-for-14) through his first four games at Batavia

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


RECORD: 27-42, 5th Place, 17.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) SEASON OVER

RECORD: 28-40, 3rd Place, 22 GB



Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) SEASON OVER

RECORD: 24-30, 3rd Place, 15.5 GB



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




RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Cory Rauschenberger

It was Cory Rauschenberger leading the Cardinals to their second-half title Sunday as he picked up his 11th win on the season.


Minor League Player of the Day

Luke Gorsett

It was Luke's two-run home run that lead the Palm Beach Cardinals to victory Sunday and a .500 record for the season.



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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