Games Played Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Oklahoma 7-1
The Redbirds could only put one run on the board and as Lou Pineilla of the Chicago Cubs will tell you, you're not going to win a lot of games scoring just one run. Blake Hawksworth (0-1, 9.64) struggled in his first start of the season, giving up six runs, five of them earned in 4.2 innings pitched. He walked three and struck out four and after finishing with a 4-13 record with Memphis last season, you know he wanted to get off to a good start. This wasn't hit. The Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2006 is still looking to recover the form that earned him that honor.
Catcher Mark Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double and scored on an RBI single by Casey Rowlett in the 8th inning. Colby Rasmus had a base hit in four trips to the plate. Casey was the final player to join the team and is making his impact felt.
Reliever Kelvin Jimenez was recalled to St. Louis, to replace Russ Springer who was placed on the 15-Day DL on Saturday.
RECORD – 1-2, three-way tie for first place
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost 3-0 to Frisco in 11
The Roughriders rode roughshod over the Cardinals, sweeping them in three game set at Hammonds Field to open the 2008 season. The Cardinals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the third inning, adding another run in the fourth. The Roughriders came charging back and scored three runs in the sixth, added another run in the eighth as the Cardinals put two runs on the board in the bottom of the same inning, sending the game into extra innings. Frisco scored three unanswered runs in the 11th frame to sweep Springfield three straight.
Starter Clayton Mortensen pitched five very strong innings for not, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out four. It was the best start by a Cardinal this week. Reliever Nick Webber suffered the loss, giving up the three runs in the 11th inning.
Cody Haerther, the club's DH (did they claim him off of waivers to be a DH?) had two hits on the day and scored a run, Cody is hitting .385 through the first three games and he's healthy. RF Luke Gossett went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored two runs to lead the offense.
BOB IS BACK: Former Missouri State Pitcher Bob Zimmermann worked two scoreless innings in Thursday's opening night loss to Frisco, striking out three in the process. Zimmermann was part of the 2003 squad that led Missouri State to the College World Series and is the first former Bear to play for the Springfield Cardinals. "Zimm" was originally drafted in the third round by the Angels back in 2003 but signed with the Cards in January as a Free Agent.
COMING UP: Adam Ottavino the former first round pick, is scheduled to make his first start Sunday.
RECORD: 0-3, 1 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 10-1 over Brevard County
The Palm Beach Cardinals had fireworks Saturday, racking up 18 hits and scoring 10 runs including five runs in an explosive ninth inning. Third baseman Donovan Solano went 3-for-5, drove in three runs and scored a run to lead the Cardinals offense. First baseman Brandon Buckman and DH Steven Hill also had three hits a piece. Keeping an eye on outfielder Daryl Jones, I'm expecting him to have a big season, he added two hits of his own and is hitting .600 (6-for-10), through the first three games.
Starter David Kopp pitched four solid scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out four. Reliever Kyle Mura picked up his first win, pitching three innings in relief, allowing just one run on three hits, no walks and striking out one.
RECORD: 3-0, 1st Place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A): Lost both games of a double-header
The Wisconsin Rattlers beat the River Bandits twice on Saturday, both times by the score of 2-0, a total of 14 shutout innings. In game two, it was so bad, the River Bandits could only muster up one hit, a double in the fifth inning off the bat of Domnit Bolivar. Bolivar would later advance to third on a wild pitch and that was as close as they would come to scoring a run Saturday.
On a positive note, the Bandits pitching staff only gave up four runs in 14 innings. Nick Addition, the pitcher of the day, pitched four scoreless frames in game two, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out nine, yes count them, nine batters in four innings.
I do have some concern about the lack of concern of potential offense at Quad Cities.
RECORD: 1-2, 2.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS)
Season begins June 18th, on the road against the Auburn Doubledays
2007 RECORD: 31-43, 12th Place, 16.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R)
Season begins on June 17th, on the road against the Bristol Sox
2007 RECORD: 28-40, 3rd Place, 22.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)
Season begins on June 19th, on the road against the GCL Marlins
2007 RECORD: 24-30, 3rd Place, 15.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R)
Season begins in May
2007 RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R)
Season begins in June
2007 RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Nick Addition
Additon pitched four scoreless frames in the back end of a double-header for Quad Cities on Saturday, striking out an amazing nine out of 14 batters that he faced. The River Bandits would go on and lose both games in the double-header by the score of 2-0.
Additon wsa selected in the 47th round (1418th overall) of the June, 2006, First-Year Player Draft.
Minor League Player of the Day - Donovan Solano
Solano had a big day at the plate for the Palm Beach Cardinals, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and scoring a run. Solano has previously been ranked by the Birdhouse as a Top 40 Prospect, ranking as high as #20 in 2006. He failed to make the Top 40 rankings this season.
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