Cardinals Minors Spring Training Report: 3/23

Sunday's St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game results. Pitcher and Player of the Day are Mark McCormick and Tony Cruz, respectively.

On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games were played early due to an inclement weather forecast. Sunday, the by-product was to be dealt with as the Cardinals' fields at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Florida were unplayable due to standing water.


As a result, all games were shifted to the Mets' home at St. Lucie, rather than the single-A clubs at home. The Mets only had three fields available, another adjustment was required.


Rather than playing the four scheduled nine-inning games, instead they played 11, 12 and 12 innings. That enabled the scheduled pitchers to all get their work in. However, the Quad Cities pitchers and position players were sprinkled among the three other games, which means nothing should be read into which teams certain players appeared with on Sunday.


Coaches Mike Shildt, Dyar Miller and Derek Lilliquist pulled off the Easter magic, adapting on the fly and avoiding losing an important day of preparation for the Cardinals minor leaguers.  


Fields permitting, the Cardinals move over to the Marlins side of the Jupiter complex as the "away" teams on Monday.
 Cardinals Pitcher of the Day – Sunday


For Palm Beach, Mark McCormick (pictured) put together the type of performance that has been anticipated from him over several injury-racked seasons. On Sunday, our #20 ranked Cardinals prospect earned the win with five shutout innings on two hits, no walks and five punchouts. Cardinals Hitter of the Day – Sunday


The Palm Beach game also supplied the big bat as Tony Cruz had a pair of extra-base hits in four at-bats. He doubled and slugged a home run, good for two runs batted in.



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New Orleans 12, Memphis 6 (11 innings)


The Memphis pitching was a study of contrasts on Easter Sunday.


Apparently on the bubble in terms of assignment between Triple-A and Double-A, lefty Jaime Garcia made a major statement. The starter went five innings, allowing a single run on three hits and a walk. 


Coming off an impressive outing last time out, Dewon Brazelton laid an egg, getting the same number of outs as runs allowed – five. He yielded seven hits and a walk.  Cory Rauschenberger had a very similar trying day, with the same number of runs, hits and walks allowed over two innings.


Zack Zuercher was charged with one earned run on two hits in his inning and Thomas Eager finished up with a pair of one-hit shutout innings, striking out two.


Before they appeared in the MLB game later in the afternoon, Colby Rasmus had a hit in three at-bats (and hit a two-run home run for the Cardinals) and Rico Washington doubled (and singled twice in four at-bats against the big Mets). Jarrett Hoffpauir went 3-for-6. Also in the extra-base column are Joe Mather with two doubles and Mike Folli with a two-run triple.


Other players who appeared in the Major League game were Mark Johnson (1-for-1), Gabe Johnson (1-for-1), Amaury Marti (1-for-1, RBI, run scored) and Jose Martinez (0-for-2). Luke Gregerson and Matt Scherer were available in Tony La Russa's pen if needed.



Binghamton 5, Springfield 4 (12 innings)


P.J. Walters made himself a serious contender for another Pitcher of the Day award. This time out, he went five innings on two hits and two walks. Two runs crossed the plate, but just one run was earned. P.J. fanned six. Stuart Pomeranz was off again, allowing two earned runs on three hits in 1.2 innings. Kenny Maiques and Jon Mikrut each threw one scoreless inning. Brandon Garner finished with three one-run innings on just one hit and no walks.


Luke Gorsett led the way offensively, with a single and home run in four at-bats, and two RBIs. Allen Craig singled, walked and had an RBI. Tyler Greene singled in three at-bats and scored. Justin Roberson contributed an RBI single in his only at-bat.



Palm Beach 7. St. Lucie 3 (12 innings)


Two runs scored during David Kopp's four innings, but only one run was earned.  He yielded three hits and one walk and fanned two. Chuckie Fick was touched for a single run in two innings. He allowed two hits and a walk. Pete Parise contributed a perfect inning.


Offensively Daniel Descalso led the way with a pair of singles in four at-bats and delivered three runs batted in. Steve Hill and Nick Derba each doubled, walked and scored a run. Daryl Jones went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Donovan Solano had a single, a double and an RBI in two at-bats. D'Marcus Ingram and Jon Edwards each singled in two appearances.



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



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