The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/19

Reliever Hugo Castellanos answered the call to the bullpen Friday night, to start the game for the shorthanded Memphis Redbirds. He pitched five shutout innings before turning the ball over to his teammates, to only have the game slip away from them, losing to Albuquerque 5-3. Memphis finishes their first homestand 2-6 on a five-game losing streak.



Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Albuquerque 5-3

In a bullpen game, reliever Hugo Castellenos contributed five shutout innings. The "Condor" gave up two hits and four walks with four strikeouts, leaving the game in the fifth with a slim 1-0 lead. Cliff Politte entered the game in the sixth with a 1.23 ERA to his credit. In just one inning, Politte gave up five runs on six hits, including a home run, as the St. Louis native's ERA swelled to 6.48. Kelvin Jimenez turned in two scoreless innings. Jason Motte pitched the ninth and brought the heat with him. The former catcher notched two strikeouts and a flyout. Motte has made seven scoreless appearances, allowing only three hits, two walks, while striking out 12.

With two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, D'Angelo Jimenez drew a base on balls to give the Redbirds a chance to mount a comeback. Colby Rasmus representing the tying run at the plate, laced a double down the right field line. A noticeably hobbled Jimenez (he fouled a pitch off his right knee earlier in the game) attempting to score all the way from first on the double, was thrown out at the plate to end the game and hand the Redbirds their fifth straight loss.

Earlier in the game, Rasmus singled and scored and was credited with an RBI when he drew a walk with the bases loaded. Cody Haerther went 2-for-4 on the night, with a double off the wall in the fifth, and a base hit in the seventh, to raise his batting average at Triple-A to .370 (7-for-20). Jarrett Hoffpauir singled and drove in his fifth run of the year. The struggling Josh Phelps doubled, drew a walk, and drove in a run.


RECORD: 6-10, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Tulsa 5-2

After putting up 20 runs on board Thursday, the Cardinals scored twice on Friday night, on six hits. Bryan Anderson singled twice and had the only multiple hit night on the team. Luke Gorsett's double was the only extra base hit for the Cardinals. Shane Robinson had a walk, an RBI, and an outfield assists, while Mark Hamilton, Allen Craig, and Jose Martinez each collected a single. After a huge night in his first rehab start at Springfield, Brendan Ryan, playing at third base, went 0-for-5 on the night, including two strikeouts. Adam Ottavino surrendered five runs on six hits, a walk, and two hit batters in 5.2 innings. Ottavino did rack up five strikeouts, as his ERA mushroomed to 7.42. Bob Zimmerman gave up two hits and two walks in an inning and a third. Zachary Zuercher walked one, allowed a hit, and got a strikeout in his one inning of work. Matt Scherer struck out two in one inning.


RECORD: 4-10, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Jupiter 8-2

Starter Brad Furnish suffered his first loss, with the worst outing of the season allowing four runs on six hits including two home runs. Mark McCormick gave up two unearned runs, while striking out three in his three innings of work. Gary Daley's struggles with command continued after he struck out the leadoff batter to start the ninth frame. He was charged with two runs on four walks and two wild pitches before yielding to Marco Gonzalez who came in the game with the bases loaded to get the final two outs.

Brandon Buckman collected two singles and an RBI. Steve Hill doubled, walked, drove in a run, and scored a run. Isa Garcia had a hit and scored a run. Daniel Descalso and Donovan Solano each singled as well. Descalso has yet to walk in 40 at bats.

Catcher Tony Cruz had a night he would rather forget. Not only did he go 0-4 but the Hammerheads stole five bases. All were stolen with left-hander Brad Furnish on the mound.


RECORD: 9-6, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Fort Wayne 7-2

Pete Kozma started at third base and hit his first home run of the year. Kozma also singled but struck out two times as well. The 2007 first round pick has reached base in eight straight games. Charlie Kingrey doubled and singled and has his average up to .256. Mike Folli singled, doubled, and drove in a run. Matt Arburr had two hits including a double and was credited with an outfield assist.

Thomas Eager gave up three runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in three innings. Matt Spade followed with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing a walk and fanning one. Cardoza Tucker pitched the final three innings and allowed four runs on four hits, including a home run and four walks.


RECORD: 7-7, three-way tie for 3rd, 6.5 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 -

The starter in a "bullpen" game for Memphis, Castellanos went above and beyond the call of duty, pitching five complete scoreless innings. He left the game, after the fifth inning with his team holding a slim 1-0 lead. The sidewinder's ERA after Friday night's stellar performance now stands at 1.23 for the season.



Minor League Player of the Day - Colby Rasmus

The 21 year old outfielder, ranked by the Birdhouse as the Cardinals #1 prospect, went 2-for-4 Friday night, to include a bases loaded walk to drive in his fifth RBI of the season and a double in the bottom of the night with two outs and a runner on first. Rasmus was left stranded on the second base bag, when D'Angelo Jimenez was thrown out at home, for the third and final out, trying to score all the way from first on Rasmus' double.


Editor's note
They were down two runs, there were two outs, two runners on base, and Jimenez gets thrown out at home for the final out. What is wrong with this picture?



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