The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/17

Memphis Redbirds' third baseman, David Freese, a St. Louis native, enjoyed a power surge on Wednesday with two home runs and three RBIs. Freese's second home run was estimated at 457-feet after hitting the YMCA located beyond left-centerfield.



Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Albuquerque 6-4

Memphis starter John Wasdin gave up back-to-back home runs in the third inning to seal his fate on Wednesday. One of the homers was hit by former Cardinal farmhand John Gall, a two time Cardinal Minor League Player of the Year. Gall would homer twice off of Wasdin before the day was over. On the day, Wasdin pitched five complete innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits, including four home runs. Cliff Politte followed up with two perfect innings, striking out three. Kelvin Jimenez notched one strikeout in his only inning of work. Jason Motte struck out two and allowed a hit in the ninth.

Third baseman David Freese provided the offense for Memphis. The St. Louis native homered twice, a two run blast in the fifth and a solo shot in the ninth. Colby Rasmus was 0-4 and is now hitting .179. Catcher Mark Johnson singled twice. Josh Phelps went 1-4 and is hitting .189. In 53 at bats, Phelps has yet to draw a walk.

Like we reported this weekend, it was announced during the game that Memphis will have a "bullpen game" on Friday.

Memphis falls to 6-8 and is now in third place in the Pacific Coast League American North.


RECORD: 6-8, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Off Day

The Cardinals return to Hammons Field to take on the first place Tulsa Drillers. Shortstop Brendan Ryan should be in the lineup for the Cardinals on Thursday. He is supposed to play in all four games against Tulsa. Plus, team officials believe Mark Mulder will make his second rehab start at Springfield on Sunday. The team is enjoying wins in consecutive games for the first time this season.

RECORD: 3-9, Last Place, 2.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 3-0 over the Cubs

The Palm Beach Cardinals got outstanding pitching performances from tandem starters; Jess Todd and Kyle Sadlowski. Todd started with five innings allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out four. Sadlowski followed with four innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out three. Both pitchers' ERA stands at 1.50 for the year.

Think Steve Hill is ready for Springfield? Hill continues his hot start with three more hits and two RBIs. He is now hitting .391 with ten runs batted in. Tyler Henley had a hit and an RBI. The rehabbing Brendan Ryan collected two runs, drew a walk, and stole a base. One of his hits was a double. Donovan Solano had two hits and a walk. Solano is batting .333 with a .382 on base percentage. After starting the year on the disabled list, Jim Rapoport saw his first action of the year as a pinch runner and then staying in the game to play center. The speedster got his first steal of the year as well.


RECORD: 9-4, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Clinton 4-2

Blake King gave up three runs on three hits and two walks to go along with six strikeouts in five innings. Andres Rosales followed giving up a run on a hit and two walks while striking out three in three innings.

David Carpenter was the only River Bandits with multiple hits, both singles. Carpenter also drew a walk, drove in a run, and allowed a passed ball. Pete Kozma doubled and scored in the first and then later walked. Andrew Brown had an RBI double. Adron Chambers had a hit and stole a base.


RECORD: 7-6, 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 - Jess Todd & Kyle Sadlowski

Our first co-winners of this daily award, goes to Jess Todd and Kyle Sadlowski who were both equally impressive in the win over the Daytona Cubs. Jess recorded seven groundball outs compared to three flyouts while Sadlowski induced five groundball outs to three flyouts. Both hurlers' ERA stand at 1.50 for the season.



Minor League Player of the Day - David Freese

The St. Louis native enjoyed a power surge with two home runs on Wednesday, driving in three of the Redbirds' four runs. Freese has three home runs for the season as the Redbird everyday third baseman. Honorable mention goes to Palm Beach's Steven Hill.



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