The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/14

Cody Haerther delivered a three-run double Sunday to lead the Memphis Redbirds to a dramatic comeback 7-5 victory over the first place Omaha Royals. Elsewhere Kris Honel and Steven Hill pick up "Pitcher of the Day" and "Player of the Day" honors, respectively.



Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 7-5 over Omaha

Down 5-3 to three in the eighth, the Redbirds responded with four runs of their own to come back and beat the division leading Omaha Royals 7-5. The Redbirds thrilling comeback began in the bottom of the eighth inning of three consecutive singles from Brian Barden, Nick Stavinoha and David Freese to load the bases. With Memphis trailing 5-3 Cody Haerther who had just been promoted from Double-A Springfield this past week, delivered a three-run double to put the Redbirds ahead 7-5, a two run lead that would hold for the night.

Left-fielder Nick Stavinoha went deep in the sixth inning off of the Royals Brandon Duckworth, who was tagged for the loss. It was Stavinoha's second home run on the season. Outfielder Colby Rasmus went hitless Sunday, but did reach base on a walk, stole a base and scored a run.

Reliever Cliff Politte came on in the seventh inning and earned the win in relief with 1.1 innings of work. Starter Joe Rogers allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits before leaving in the fifth inning with an elbow injury. Closer Chris Perez earned his third save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.

Memphis closes out this series with Omaha on Monday and has a chance to do something that they didn't do much of last season, and that is sitting on first place in the division.


RECORD – 6-5, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost 7-3 to Midland

When it rains it pours and in the Midwest it has been raining on the Springfield Cardinals parade since opening day. Sunday, the Cardinals dropped their third straight game, to see their record fall to 1-9 to open the 2008 season, losing to the Midland RockHounds by a score of 7-3.

Adam Daniels who was originally scheduled to be the starter Sunday, was placed on the DL Saturday with a twisted knee that was too sore for Daniels to pitch. Cory Rauschenberger, who had just been recalled from Memphis was tentatively scheduled at the last minute to make the start. Nick Webber actually started the game, due to Rauschenberger's late arrival from Memphis. Rauschenberger would eventually be tagged with the loss, giving up six earned runs, on five hits, one of them out of the park and two walks, in just two innings pitched. Welcome back to the Springfield Cardinals.

Reliever Kris Honel, who had just joined the team this past week, worked two scoreless innings, striking out five batters in the process.

The designated hitter, Mark Hamilton went 3-for-4 on the day, to include a run scored, a double and a base on balls, as he raised his batting average to .333 for the year. Second baseman Jose Martinez, went 2-for-5, driving in two of the three runs for the Cardinals.

You know these bus rides just keep getting longer and longer when you are playing 1-9, ball.


RECORD: 1-9, Last Place & Beyond, 3.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Brevard County 7-3

The Cardinals had a chance to move into first tie Sunday with the Jupiter Hammerheads, as the Hammerheads were getting nailed in 6-2 loss at Port St. Lucie, but blew it as the Manatees took the rubber game of a three game set, 7-3.

The Cardinals starter David Kopp pitched good enough to earn a win that is if you ignore that he only pitched four innings. He gave up just one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out five, before turning the game over to the tandem starting system.

Reliever Marco Gonzalez, who had pitched very well this season, already picking up a win and had gone six innings in relief without giving up even a hit, was tagged with the loss Sunday. Gonzalez on in relief of Kyle Mura who had pitched three innings and faced one batter in the eighth giving up two runs in process, allowed four runs on three hits and two walks, before giving way to Kenny Maiques who came in and got the last batter out.

On offense, Steven Hill continues to punish FSL pitching, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. He had some help on Sunday with Donovan Solano chipping in with his own 2-for-4 day that included a double and two RBIs.

Brendan Ryan in the game on a rehab assignment, had a rough day, going 1-for-5, making a throwing error and getting picked off base.


RECORD: 7-4, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost 11-1 to the Silver Hawks

Sunday the Quad Cities River Bandits were looking for their first sweep of the season, after already taking the first two games against the hapless 0-9, South Bend Silver Hawks, by the end of the day, the Bandits were still seeking their first sweep as they were mauled by the Silver Hawks by the score of 11-1.

Cardoza Tucker took the loss after being roughed up for seven runs, five of them earned, on five hits over 2.1 innings of work. Matt Spade pitched the final two innings, keeping the Silver Hawks caged to avoid any further embarrassment. Matt only allowed one hit and a walk in his two frames.

The River Bandits got their only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth when Charlie Pelt, hit a home run, his first of the season, over the berm in right field.

You may have heard the term "The Defense Never Rests", well it did Sunday in Quad Cities as the River Bandits committed a season high four errors. I should note, I didn't look it up, but I'm really hoping that four errors in a single game is a season high.


RECORD: 5-5, 3rd Place, 5.0 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 - Kris Honel

It's hard to get "Pitcher of the Day" honors when your ballclub is struggling out of the gate with a 1-9 record, but Kris Honel, who had just joined the club last week, came in the game on Sunday in the seventh inning with the club already down 7-3 and pitched the final two innings, giving up only one hit and striking out five.



Minor League Player of the Day - Steven Hill

Hill went 2-for-4, with a double and two runs scored, in the Palm Beach Cardinals 7-3 loss to Brevard County. The right-handed hitter Hill is hitting a robust .351 (.364 vs. lefties/.346 vs. righties), through the first 10 games of the season.


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