Cardinals Minors Spring Training Report: 3/30

Our final St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game results report of the spring from Florida. Sunday's Pitcher of the Day is Clayton Mortensen and the repeat Player of the Day is Josh Phelps.

The St. Louis Cardinals minor league clubs completed their final day of spring training camp in their Jupiter, Florida facility on Sunday. There were two intersquad games, but the teams were mixed and matched with players on various clubs, so we were warned that the team a player played for here doesn't necessarily reflect where he will be playing next week.  Still, we hope to have all the rosters very soon, as we know many are anxious to see them.


A day after there was an unconfirmed rumor of a skirmish between tired players in camp from the Palm Beach and Jupiter squads, the benches had to be emptied on Sunday, too, but the reason was different. 


In the words of Cardinals' executive John Vuch, "A swarm of bees made their way through the infield and third base dugout in the eighth inning, causing a brief delay and a hasty stampede of players away from the field.  The bees ended up swarming the steps of our tower for the rest of the game - fortunately we had decided to evacuate when we saw the cloud coming our way, so nobody was trapped in the tower.  Dyar Miller suffered the only casualty from the incident, receiving a single bee sting on his finger." Cardinals Pitcher of the Day – Sunday


The Extended club's starter was Clayton Mortensen who allowed Quad Cities just unearned run on two hits in 4.2 innings. He did walk three and fan three, too. Last year's supplemental round pick will be skipping Palm Beach and join Springfield's rotation. Cardinals Hitter of the Day – Sunday


Memphis first baseman Josh Phelps returns here for the second consecutive day on the heels of a double and home run in three at-bats. Look out for that 2008 Redbirds offense!



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The "underdogs" at least by title, won both games Sunday.


Palm Beach 5, Memphis 3


Predictably, Braden Looper fared better against the high-A-labeled hitters on Sunday than Brad Thompson did on Saturday against the Double-A club. Looper allowed three runs, two earned in 6.1 innings, including a Tommy Pham home run. He allowed seven hits and two walks for a WHIP just under 1.50. Looper fanned three and will pitch next at home against Washington on Friday.


Cliff Politte had a day of "ones" as he allowed one run on one hit and struck out one in one inning on the mound. He needs to put up some more zeroes before getting back to the bigs. Mark Worrell went 1.2 shutout innings on two hits. He fanned three. Chris Perez finished with one perfect inning including a strikeout.


Pitching for Palm Beach, Matt Clement drew the shorter straw, allowing two earned runs in 3.2 innings. He yielded five hits, but walked no one. Clement whiffed two hitters. Mitchell Boggs (1.1 innings), Jason Motte (one inning) and Josh Dew (one inning, one K) were each perfect. Francisco Samuel was charged with a run in his inning, on one hit and two walks. He struck out two.


Memphis hitting standouts included Nick Stavinoha, who went 2-for-3 and Mark Johnson, who doubled and had 2 RBIs. For Palm Beach, Steven Hill (in 5 ABs) and Casey Mulligan (in 2 ABs) had two hits. Tyler Henley singled, stole a base and had two RBIs.



Extended Spring Training club 4, Quad Cities 1


For Quad Cities on the mound, normal Memphis starter Blake Hawksworth went five innings, but allowed three runs on eight hits. He didn't walk anyone, but fanned just one. Brad Furnish (1 K) and Shaun Garceau (2 Ks) each logged one perfect inning. Pete Parise had Politte's "ones", except for no walk.


After Mortensen, the Extended club's other pitchers put up some zeroes. Jess Todd spun one perfect inning including a strikeout. J.D. Stambaugh also pitched one scoreless on two hits. Kenny Maiques got two outs with no scoring.


At the plate for Quad Cities, Domnit Bolivar (single and triple) and Jose Garcia (single and double) each went 2-for-3. What a surprise here. Spring standout Matt Arburr tripled and scored a run and number one draft pick Pete Kozma walked three times.


The Extended club had enough hitting as Mateo Marquez went 3-for-3 with a double and RBI. Chris Gibson singled and doubled with an RBI in four at-bats. Osvaldo Morales doubled, scored and had an RBI, too.



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



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