The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/20

The Quad Cities River Bandits hit five home runs Saturday to bounce back from a 6-0 deficit to hand the Fort Wayne Wizards a stunning 10-9 loss. Mike Parisi pitched six complete innings for Memphis, giving up only one run, for his best start of the season, picking up his second win in four starts.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 4-2 over Round Rock

Round Rock scored first but not enough as the Redbirds came back to win 4-2 on Saturday night. Starter Mike Parisi had his best start of the season, pitching six complete innings, giving up only one run, on three hits and a walk, while striking out three on the night.

The St. Louis Cardinals closer of the near-future, Chris Perez collected his fourth save on the season, the old fashion way, pitching the last two innings of the game. Perez just gave up just one hit and a walk, while striking out three of the eight batters he faced.

The Redbirds must have been glad to be back on the road Saturday after going 2-6 on their first homestand. Memphis hit .222 with three homers and 26 runs scored at AutoZone Park. However, on the club's first road trip they hit .264 with 10 home runs and 40 runs scored at Oklahoma and New Orleans.

Going into last night's game the Memphis offense had scored 66 runs this year while the team's pitchers have also given up 66 runs. David Freese leads the team with 10 runs scored and Blake Hawksworth, has allowed the most with 16 runs.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Colby Rasmus has labored at the plate this season, but he has a mini three-game hitting streak going that he can build on, it's just a matter of time, don't worry, be happy, and trust me.


RECORD: 7-10, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Tulsa 8-4

It may come as a surprise, but Saturday's game was the first sellout for the Springfield Cardinals this season; unfortunately for the fans, all 7,676 of them, they had to witness an 8-4 beating by the Tulsa Drillers.

Springfield starter P.J. Walters got a break and got a no-decision, despite giving up four home runs in five innings. It was Walters' worst start of the season.

Josh Dew who had just been promoted to Springfield from Palm Beach came into the game in the seventh inning to make his Texas League debut. He pitched two innings, giving up three runs, to get tagged with the loss.

Jose Martinez, playing second base and batting in the five hole, went 3-for-4 to include a double and a three-run homer. Martinez drove in all of the Cardinals runs.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Third baseman Allen Craig went 3-for-4 and took a base on balls, while scoring two of the Cardinals runs. Ranked at #11 in the Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect rankings, Craig has played better defense than expected but has struggled at the plate. Craig is hitting .228, 1 HR, 7 RBI, this season.

The Cardinals (4-11) and Drillers (7-8) will meet for the final game in this four-game set on Sunday. St. Louis Cardinals' left-hander Mark Mulder is scheduled to pitch as part of his rehab assignment on Sunday afternoon, as the Cardinals need a win to split the four-game series.


RECORD: 4-11, Last Place, 3.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 12-5 over Jupiter

Kyle Mura improved to 2-1 on the season, picking up the win Saturday, pitching five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. His sidekick, David Kopp earned his first save, despite giving up three runs in the final four innings.

The Cardinals DH, Isa Garcia went 1-for-4, but he made that one hit count, a triple in the fifth inning to drive in three runs. Garcia also scored in the second on Steven Hill's second home run on the season.

Tommy Pham, back in the lineup Saturday, after missing a couple of days suffering from the ill-effect of a collision with Daryl Jones in the outfield. Pham contributed a sac bunt to the cause and scored a run. Daryl Jones is expected to be back within a week to 10 days.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: He just barely made into the Birdhouse Top 40 Prospects rankings, coming in at #40, but Steven Hill is setting the world on fire this season, hitting .362, 2 HR, 13 RBI with slash stats of .361/.397/.552. As if these numbers aren't impressive enough, the right- handed catcher is hitting .400 against lefties and a remarkable .342 against righties. Keep your eyes on the "Crown Prince of Palm Beach".


RECORD: 10-6, Three-way tie for 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 10-9 over the Wizards

The Quad Cities River Bandits staged the biggest comeback of the season, on the back of five home runs on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium, the home of the Fort Wayne Wizards. Down 6-0 by the end of the third inning, the Bandits battled their way back into the game and staged a dramatic unprecedented comeback this season in the ninth inning.

The River Bandits were down 7-3 in the eighth, when Pete Kozma led off the inning with his second solo homer in as many days. Charlie Kingrey followed with a single, and two batters later Matt Arburr hit the first pitch he saw over the left field wall, his second home run of the night, to make the score 7-6, pulling Quad Cities within one run of the Wizards. In the ninth, Andrew Brown hit a three-run homer that would eventually give the Bandits their most electrifying win of the season.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: He's not on any top prospect rankings list, but he's a rising star and he's on the mound for Quad Cities Sunday. Left-hander Nick Additon (2-0, 0.69 ERA) is having one of the best starts of any pitcher in the Cardinals minor league system.

The River Bandits will finish their three-game series in Fort Wayne on Sunday; then they will return to Modern Woodmen Park for a season-long nine game homestand beginning on Tuesday.


RECORD: 8-7, 3rd Place, 5.5 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 - Mike Parisi

Memphis Starter Mike Parisi pitched six innings, giving up only one run, on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. His best start of the young season.



Minor League Player of the Day - Matt Arburr

His two home runs and four RBIs helped lead his club back from a 6-0 deficit to the most dramatic comeback in the Cardinals organization this season.


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