Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/08

The Cardinal system once again had mixed results on the night, winning two and dropping two. Memphis and the Quad Cities put up big offensive numbers while things are getting ugly in Springfield. Andrew Brown (pictured left) picked up "Player of the Day" honors.



Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners over New Orleans (Mets) 9-1

Mitchell Boggs was solid in his Triple-A debut logging six innings while allowing only one run on three hits and walk. He notched only two strikeouts; I would really like to see him miss a few more bats. Ron Flores had a mixed outing, facing four batters, allowing two hits and striking out two. Jason Motte followed and struck out three of the five batters he faced. He did give up a walk. Chris Perez came in to work the ninth, allowing a lead off walk to old friend and former Cardinal, Fernando Tatis. That would be all the Zephyrs would muster, as Perez got the next hitter to pop out to Phelps at first and then would strikeout the final two batters he faced.

Brian Barden led Memphis hitters with three hits and four RBIs. Jarrett Hoffpauir added three hits as well and scored three runs. Joe Mather hit his second home run in a six run ninth, a two run bomb. Colby Rasmus drew a walk, drove in a run, and scored a run.


RECORD – 3-2, 1st Place


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): thumped by Midland (Athletics) 12-0

Not a lot of good can be said about the beating the Cardinals took on Monday night. At the plate, Mark Hamilton was the only Springfield player with multiple hits, two singles. Hamilton is hitting .429 on the young season. The team had no extra base hits. Peter Maestrales made is debut with the club and had a hit and an error. Bryan Anderson had a hit and an error as well. Tyler Greene was responsible for Springfield's third error.

Adam Daniels labored through four innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and four bases on balls. Zachary Zuercher followed with three runs allowed on four hits, including two homeruns, in a pair of innings. Believe it or not, things got worst. Jon Mikrut gave up six runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings. On a positive note, Fernando Salas retired all four hitters he faced, including three by strikeout.

A lineup note: Peter Maestrales started at second while Jose Martinez got the start at shortstop and Greene played third. Allen Craig handled the DH duties.


RECORD: 0-5, Last Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): fell to Brevard County (Brewers) 5-3

Tandem starters Brandon Dickson and Tyler Herron were on the hill for Palm Beach. Dickson went 4.2 innings allowing four runs on nine hits. Gary Daley came Gary Daley came in with the bases loaded in relief of Dickson. Daley having control issues is an understatement as he hit the next three hitters. All three runs were charged to Dickson. Daley got a groundout to shortstop Oliver Marmol to end the inning. Out next was Tyler Herron who gave up one run on three hits to go along with two strikeouts. Tony Cruz led the offense with two hits and two RBIs. Donavon Solano added two singles and is hitting .400 in his first five games of 2008. Tommy Pham and Daryl Jones had a single apiece.


RECORD: 4-1, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A):

Andrew Brown exploded for five RBIs on two hits including his first River Bandit home run. Pete Kozma must like the number two. In the second spot in the lineup, the former first rounder had two hits, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Replacing an injured Jose Garcia, Mike Folli had two hits, drew a walk, and scored three runs. Domnit Bolivar drove in two runs on a double as well as being credited with an RBI on one of his two walks. Thomas Eager allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. Reliever Justin Fiske followed and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. The other tandem starter, Cardoza Tucker, faired much better. In four innings of work, Tucker gave up a solo home run while striking out eight. He gave up only one other hit and walked one.


RECORD: 3-2, 3rd Place, 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 - Mitchell Boggs

The former college quarterback gave up an unearned run in the first but went on to allow only two hits over the next five to pick up the win over New Orleans. Cardoza Tucker is deserving of an honorable mention for his eight-strikeout performance for the Quad Cities.



Minor League Player of the Day - Andrew Brown

The former Nebraska Cornhusker had a huge night in a win for the Quad Cities. He hit his first home run of the season and drove in five runs, also his first of the seasons. Another honorable mention goes to Brian Barden of Memphis. The shortstop put up three hits and drove in four runs.


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