The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/15

P.J. Walters pitches seven shutout innings as Springfield gets its second victory in dramatic fashion and a former first rounder helps keep the River Bandits going. The Redbirds fall short in their attempt to win the team's first series of the season.



Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) Fell to Omaha 4-1

In the final game of a four game set, the Redbirds were trying to win their first series of the season but instead split their third series. Mike Parisi got the loss allowing three runs on nine hits in six innings. He also logged six strikeouts. Ron Flores threw two shutout innings. In his return from the big league club, Kelvin Jimenez gave up a run on three hits in his only inning.

David Freese was the only player with two hits, a single and a double, and scored the only Redbird run. Colby Rasmus notched a single and an RBI. Nick Stavinoha and Brian Barden continued their hot hitting with a hit a piece.


RECORD – 6-6, 1.5 games back in the Pacific Coast League American North division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) Defeated Midland 3-2, in 10

With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the tenth, Bryan Anderson hit the game winner, a two run home run. It was Anderson's first long ball of the year. The catcher finished with three hits and three runs. On defense, the 21 year old threw out two would be base stealers. Shane Robinson had three hits as well, including two doubles. Luke Gorsett added two hits including a triple. Tyler Greene had a hit, scored two runs, and stole his third base of the season.

P.J. Walters had a terrific night with seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits and striking out five. Fernando Salas was credited with the win but was charged with a blown save. Matt Scherer got the save but allowed a run on two hits including a solo home run.


RECORD: 2-9, two games back in the Texas League North


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Day Off

The Palm Beach Cardinals had the day off on Monday. They resume action on Tuesday by hosting the Daytona Cubs. St. Louis Cardinals' Mark Mulder is reportedly making his first rehab start.

RECORD: 7-4, one game back in the Florida State League East.


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 6-5 over Clinton

The River Bandits traveled to one of my favorite ballparks in all the minors, Alliant Energy Stadium. The Lumberkings came into Monday's action riding a seven game winning streak. Pete Kozma singled twice, drew three walks, scored a run and drove in a run. David Carpenter added two hits and two RBIs. Charlie Kingrey added a double and two RBIs.

Shaun Garceau pitched four shutout innings, striking out three. J.D. Stambaugh was roughed up for five runs in 3.2 innings. Francisco Samuel got the win with 1.1 shutout innings.


RECORD: 6-5, four games back in the Midwest League Western division.


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 - P.J. Walters

He may not have factored in the Springfield win but P.J. Walters deserves this honor. His seven shutout innings and five strikeouts make his outing one of the best of the season for any Cardinals' Minor Leaguer.



Minor League Player of the Day - Bryan Anderson

The 21 year old might have started off slow but he is really picking up the pace of late. On Monday night, he almost willed his team to victory, which have been few and far between this season. Also of note is that he threw out two would be base runners. Pete Kozma deserves mentioning as he reached base in all five of his at bats.


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