Thursday's opponents for the St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers were the Los Angeles Dodgers' teams.
On Friday, all four clubs have a "camp" day, meaning no scheduled games.
Scout.com Cardinals Pitcher of the Day – Thursday
Scout.com Cardinals Hitter of the Day – Thursday
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15 players were released by the Cardinals this morning. They include the organization's second and third round picks in 2004, Mike Ferris and Eric Haberer.
|Chris Grossman||27||Indy baller purchased before 2007 season.|
|Gerard Haran||22||Purchased from Golden League July, 2007.|
|Christian Reyes||21||Also 1B - 27th rounder in '06 from Puerto Rico.|
|Rob Sanzillo||22||46th-rounder in 2007 from Johns Hopkins|
|Scott Thomas||22||38th-rounder in 2006. 23rd birthday on Friday.|
|First baseman (1)|
|Mike Ferris||25||Second-rounder in 2004 couldn't get altitude.|
|Brandon Johnson||23||Free agent 2B into camp with no contract.|
|Jared Schweitzer||24||3B taken in 30th round in 2006. Played for QC.|
|Will Groff||23||29th-rounder in 2006 from SUNY-Cortland.|
|Jose Ramirez||23||Venezuelan signed in winter of 2004.|
|LH pitchers (2)|
|Eric Haberer||25||3rd-rdr. in '04 & former top prospect plateaued.|
|Marcus Markray||25||Ex-31st rounder from '01 tried to catch on later.|
|RH pitchers (3)|
|Dennis Dove||26||MLB debut in '07, required surgery, now gone.|
|Steve Hill||24||34th-rounder in 2007. No more name confusion!|
|Ray Silva||24||Non-drafted free agent signed last summer.|
A nice day for the
Recent assignee to minor league camp, outfielder Colby Rasmus was on base twice with a single and walk in four plate appearances. Josh Phelps went 2-for-2 and scored both times. Amaury Marti had three hits in four at-bats and collected two RBIs.
Fernando Salas did his part with
two perfect innings and Pete Parise added one of his own. But
First sacker Mark Hamilton broke his streak of three straight two-hit games, but was on base three times with a hit, two walks. He also was credited with an RBI.
Korean import Jai Chul Chung seems to be enjoying his surroundings, with two perfect innings, including four strikeouts. Two recent signees did well. Kris Honel allowed just one baserunner on a walk in two innings and Cardoza Tucker went two scoreless innings on two hits and a walk. Each fanned one.
There was plenty of offense and plenty of running as three players had three-baggers. Don't know if I have seen that many triples by one team in a single game.
Brian Broderick had an excellent three inning outing, with just one baserunner on a hit, while fanning three. Wayne Daman went two, also with a single hit against him, though an unearned run game across the plate. Matt North was touched for three runs in two innings and Logan Collier was also charged with a run in his pair of frames on the mound.
In another oddity, all nine Quad Cities starters had at least one hit. They include Beau Riportella, with a pair of triples and a pair of RBIs, too. Jose Garcia smacked a three-run home run. D'Marcus Ingram had two hits and Charlie Pelt doubled and walked, scoring both times.
Basic player stats provided through the courtesy of Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch.
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