The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/16

Mark Mulder returns to the mound in his rehab start at Palm Beach, while Springfield wins back-to-back games for the first time this season. Quad Cities doubles up on Clinton 10-5 while Memphis starter Blake Hawksworth is still looking for his first career win at Auto Zone Park for the Redbirds. Jaime Garcia takes home "Pitcher of the Day" honors.



Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Fell to Albuquerque 5-2

Blake Hawksworth got off to a hot start, allowing only one run and striking out nine through five innings. Unfortunately, "Hawks" came out for the sixth. During the sixth inning, the Isotopes got four runs, three off a home run by Alexis Gomez. Hawksworth left the game having pitched six innings, allowing five runs on five hits, including two home runs, and striking out 10. Hugo Castellanos pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Mark Worrell looked sharp in two perfect innings, striking out two.

With the loss, Blake Hawksworth is still looking for his first ever win at AutoZone Park. The right-hander went 0-7 with a 5.04 ERA in 12 starts at AutoZone Park last season in his Triple-A debut.

Amaury Marti was the only Redbird to collect multiple hits with a single and a double. He also walked and scored a run. Mark Johnson had a double and knocked in a run. Colby Rasmus was 0-3 but collected two more walks. Jarrett Hoffpauir had a double and a run scored but also had three strikeouts. Josh Phelps drove in the Redbirds first run with a sacrifice fly.

St. Louis Cardinal infielder Brendan Ryan played in his second rehab game for Palm Beach, going 0-for-4 on the night.

The Isotopes feature two former Memphis Redbirds, Tagg Bozied who had an RBI, and John Gall who was the defensive replacement in a double switch.


RECORD: 6-7, three games back in the Pacific Coast League American Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) Big 9-1 Win over Midland

Springfield has put together their first winning streak of the back to back wins over Midland. Shane Robinson hit his first home run of the year, a two-run shot, and after driving in a run earlier in the game. Bryan Anderson had two hits to go along with a RBI and a run scored. Jose Martinez collected two hits and two RBIs. Jon Jay continues to hit in the sixth slot; on the night he collected two hits and an RBI. Tyler Greene was back in the leadoff spot collecting a double and a walk while adding two more strikeouts to bring his total to 14 in 46 at bats. Greene stole his fourth base of the season but did commit his fifth error.

Jaime Garcia made his best start of the season. In six innings, Garcia gave up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out eight. Garcia threw 92 pitches on the night, 58 for strikes. Bob Zimmerman, Zachary Zuercher, and Jon Mikrut each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.


RECORD: 3-9, two games back in the Texas League North


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) Defeated the Cubs 4-3

The news of the day in the Cardinals' minor league system was the first rehab start of Mark Mulder at Palm Beach. Mulder pitched five innings giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits with one strikeout. The only earned run came on a solo home run in the fourth. Marco Gonzalez picked up the win while allowing a run on four hits in two innings. Josh Dew worked an inning, striking out two and picking off the only base runner he allowed. Kenny Maiques earned the save but his control issues continue as he walked three in the ninth.

Tyler Henley hit his first two home runs on the night, a leadoff job and a three run blast in the seventh which proved to be the game winner. The Rice product added a double as well. Brendan Ryan went hitless in four at bats as he continues his rehab. Tony Cruz had a hit, a walk, and stole a base. Daniel Descalso added a double.

Daryl Jones and Tommy Pham collided trying to track down a fly ball in the gap. Both would leave the game. Stay tuned to the Birdhouse for any injury updates.


RECORD: 8-4, tied for first in the Florida State League East Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) Doubles up Clinton 10-5

At one point during this game, the River Bandits had scored four runs with only one hit. The Lumberkings had allowed six walks and committed five errors. Luis De La Cruz posted two hits, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Pete Kozma collected a hit, a walk, and a run scored. Charlie Kingrey drew two walks and scored a run.

Brian Broderick was knocked around for five runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings. Nicholas Additon pitched four shutout innings while allowing four hits and striking out four. Justin Fiske came on with two on and one out in the fifth and got out of the inning, stranding both runners.


RECORD: 7-5, 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 - Jaime Garcia

Cardinal fans had been waiting for this performance from Garcia. The organization's top starting pitcher prospect collected eight strikeouts while allowing only one run in six innings.



Minor League Player of the Day - Tyler Henley

The 2007 draft pick out of Rice University drove in all four of Palm Beach's runs on his first two home runs of the season. For the year, Henley is hitting .370 serving as the Cardinals' High-A affiliates' primary leadoff man.


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