Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/04

It was opening day around the minor leagues Thursday, Memphis fell to Oklahoma in 10, the Springfield Cardinals dropped one to Frisco and the Palm Beach Cardinals edged the Jupiter Hammerheads 5-4 for the only organizational win of the day. Quad Cities' big home opener was rained out and will be made up as part of a double-header on Saturday.



Games Played 04/03


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 4-3 to Oklahoma in 10

The Memphis Redbirds jumped off to a 3-0 lead by the fourth inning, off the back of an RBI by Josh Phelps in the first inning to drive in Colby Rasmus who had led off the game with a double. In the third inning Amaury Marti hit a two run homer to drive in Joe Mather who had tripled to lead off the inning. That would be unfortunately would be all the scoring for the Redbirds on opening night.

Starter Mike Parisi pitched 4.2 innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out two. Reliever Kelvin Jimenez suffered the loss, giving up a run on two hits and a walk in the 10th.

The St. Louis Cardinals top prospect, Colby Rasmus, went 3-for-5 on the night with a double and a run scored.


2008 RECORD: 0-1


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Frisco 6-3

Unfortunately the Springfield Cardinals saved all their fireworks until after the game. An error in the first inning led to an unearned run being scored and that was as close as the Cardinals would come to winning their much anticipated home opener.

Starter P.J. Walters lasted through five complete innings and managed to work himself out of a few jams. He gave up three runs, two of them earned on eight hits. On a positive note, he struck out five.

Fan favorite Cody Hearther had the first hit and RBI on the new season. Haerther looks in the best shape of his career. On a positive note, OF Jon Jay, OF Shane Robinson and SS Tyler Greene, all who missed significant playing time in 2007, appeared to be 100% healthy to start the season.

Shane Robinson using his plus speed to beat out one infield grounder, went 3-for-3 on the night.




Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 5-4 over Jupiter

The Palm Beach Cardinals fought back from an early 3-0 deficit by the fourth inning, scoring five almost unanswered runs, the Hammerheads added another run in the seventh frame but it wouldn't be enough to spoil the Cardinals home opener.

Josh Dew picked up his first win of the season, on in relief, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Kenny Maiques basically picked up where he left off last season, picking up his first save. Maiques had 31 saves last season for Quad Cities, breaking a few records on the way.

Left-fielder Daryl Jones went 3-for-4 on the night. Teammate Tommy Pham went 2-for-4, with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. It was two sweet.




Quad Cities River Bandits (A): RAINED OUT

The much-anticipated return of the Quad Cities River Bandits to Davenport will have to wait one more night, as Thursday's scheduled season-opener against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers was postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The first of two seven-inning contests will begin at 1:00 p.m. as previously scheduled.

Meanwhile, the River Bandits will make their triumphant return on Friday night, setting the stage for a weekend affair that will include an extravagant post-game fireworks display.

FIRST HALF RECORD – Rain 1, River Bandits 0



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Josh Dew

Josh Dew earned his first win of the season, shutting down the Jupiter Hammerheads for one and two thirds of an inning in relief. He is picking up where he left off in 2007, when he finished the season with 13 consecutive scoreless frames in relief.




Minor League Player of the Day - Tommy Pham

Tommy had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-4, with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Cardinals past the Hammerheads 5-4. Selected in the 16th round (496th overall) of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Pham was ranked by the Birdhouse in 2007 as a Top 40 Prospect, coming in at #39.



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