Cardinals Minors Spring Training Report: 3/21

Friday's St. Louis Cardinals minor league intrasquad spring training game results. Pitcher and Player of the Day are Dominican Hector Cardenas and Colombian Donovan Solano, respectively.

On Friday, all St. Louis Cardinals minor league clubs has a "camp" day, meaning no scheduled games against outside competition. So, instead, they took it out on each other. Three games were held with the Cardinals winners every time!


Saturday's opponents for the Cardinals minor leaguers will be the Florida Marlins' teams once again. This time, all the Cardinals clubs are "home", while the visitors have to walk a few hundred feet farther from their side of the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Florida. Cardinals Pitcher of the Day – Friday


Lefty Hector Cardenas pitched a "complete game" for Quad Cities 1, allowing just one hit and no walks over four innings. He fanned two. Cardenas was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in April, 2006 out of the Dominican Republic. The 21-year-old pitched in the Dominican Summer League in 2006 and in the Gulf Coast League last season. No walks on Friday might have been the 6-foot-3 Cardenas' most important stat. Cardinals Hitter of the Day – Friday


For Palm Beach, Donovan Solano collected two hits in two at-bats, including a home run. He also collected a pair of RBIs in the victory. The shortstop was our 20th ranked prospect three years ago, dropped to number 36 in 2007 and missed the cut in 2008. The Colombian has been around so long, it is easy to forget that he just turned 20 years of age.



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Springfield 4, Memphis 2 (seven innings)


Mike Parisi took the loss with all four runs allowed, three earned in 4.1 innings. He yielded seven hits, but didn't walk anyone. Parisi fanned two Double-A hitters. Trey Hearne contributed a pair of perfect innings in relief.


For the winning Springfield club, Adam Daniels went 3.2 shutout innings. The 25-year-old lefty yielded just one hit and a pair of walks while fanning two. Fresh from major league camp, 2007 supplemental first-rounder Clayton Mortensen was touched for two runs in 2.2 innings on three hits. He walked two and fanned four.


Cody Haerther was the offensive leader for Memphis, with a triple and two walks. Springfield had four doubles, one each from A.J. Van Slyke and Brandon Yarbrough plus a pair from Dan Nelson. The Springfield RBIs came from Yarbrough, Nelson (2) and Jon Jay, who went 2-for-3 in the win.



Palm Beach 7, Quad Cities #1 (split squad) 4 (five innings)


For the winners, Shaun Garceau went 3.1 innings and was charged with a pair of runs. He allowed three hits and two walks and fanned five. Francisco Samuel contributed a perfect inning in which two of the three outs were punchouts.


Quad Cities starter J.D. Stambaugh yielded just one run in four innings. He walked no one, scattered five hits and fanned three. The game got away from Eduardo Sanchez, who was touched for four runs in 1/3 of an inning.


Palm Beach's hitting leaders were Steve Hill who had a double and two singles in three at-bats and Daryl Jones who singled, was hit by a pitch and scored. For the Quads, Pete Kozma and D'Marcus Ingram each scored and had an RBI. Kozma added a double, while Ingram also singled, walked a and stole a base.



Quad Cities #1 (split squad) 0,  Quad Cities #2 0 (four innings)


Like Cardenas noted above, Dylan Gonzalez also went all the way. In his four scoreless innings, he yielded three hits and a pair of walks. Gonzalez struck out three.


Outfielder Charlie Kingrey collected the only extra base hit on either side, a double.




Basic player stats provided through the courtesy of Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch.



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