The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/21

Jon Jay went 4-for-4 on Sunday including a three-run homer and a triple to help lead the Springfield Cardinals to a 10-3 win over the Tulsa Drillers. Meanwhile, Memphis starter Blake Hawksworth had his best start in two seasons, as Palm Beach moves into first place, and the Wizards cast a spell on the River Bandits.


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 3-2 over Round Rock

The Redbirds just edged the Round Rock Express, by the score of 3-2 on Sunday - a win made possible by the best start of Blake Hawksworth that I'm going to guess, in about two years. Blake pitched six shutout innings, giving up only two hits and two walks, while striking out five. Jason Motte, blew his first save of the season, allowed his first and second runs of the season, but also picked up his first win, thanks to the RBI base hit by Brian Barden to drive in Casey Rowlett from second base, for the go ahead run. Closer Chris Perez pitched a scoreless frame in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his fifth save of the season.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Colby Rasmus (BH#1), went 2-for-4 on the day to raise his batting average on the season to .222. Colby is starting to hit a little; he has a four game hitting streak on the line tonight. He is really struggling against righties, hitting just .200 (10-for-50) against right-handers this season.


RECORD: 8-10, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 10-3 over Tulsa

The Springfield Cardinals got a big boost to their rotation Sunday, getting six shut-out innings from major league starter Mark Mulder. Mulder, making his second minor league rehab start and his first for Springfield, held the Tulsa Drillers to just three hits and three walks in six scoreless frames.

Outfielder Jon Jay who has struggled at the plate during the first month of the season, went 4-for-4 on the night, just missing hitting for the cycle, by a little double. He had a three-run homer and a triple to spark the Cardinals anemic offense.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: First baseman Mark Hamilton (BH#12), went 2-for-4, raising his batting average to .322, while playing solid defense at first.


RECORD: 5-11, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated Mets 10-5

They started the day in a three-way tie for first place in the Florida State League, Eastern Division standings. When the sun was setting in the west, they were in sole possession of first, after defeating the Mets 10-5, while Brevard County and Jupiter were both lost their Sunday's contests and share of first place.

Jess Todd, representing the back half of the tandem rotation, earned his second win by giving up just one run on three hits, while striking out five in 3.2 innings pitched. Jon Mikrut, earned his first save since joining the club this week.

First baseman Brandon Buckman led the offense, going 3-for-4, to include a double and four RBIs. Tyler Henley and Isa Garcia, each contributed three base hits, with Henley, batting in the leadoff spot, scoring three runs and Garcia scoring once.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Steven Hill (BH#40) went 1-for-4 on the day, but it was a very productive one for four, he drove in a run, walked and scored twice.


RECORD: 11-6, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Fort Wayne 13-6

Quad Cities somehow found a way not to take advantage of six errors committed by the Wizards. It was like "Bizzaro World" day at the ballpark, Just one day after hitting five home runs in a dramatic come-from-behind victory, the River Bandits were treated to payback as four of the Fort Wayne Wizards' 16 hits left the yard in a dismal 13-6 loss at Memorial Stadium.

The River Bandits scored first, with a run in the first, but that would be the last time they would hold a lead. The Wizards worked their spell, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first, adding runs on the scoreboard in five of the next seven innings.

Quad Cities jumped on Fort Wayne relief pitcher Brandon Gomes for three runs in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of an RBI-single by Pete Kozma and a two-run homer by Andrew Brown, his second in as many days, to close to within 12-6, but that would be as close as the Bandits would get.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Pete Kozma (BH#16) went 2-for-5, with an RBI and a run scored. He is currently hitting .322 with 2 HR and 7 RBIs through the first 16 games of the season. The kid is starting to play like a number one draft pick, hitting .388 with 2 HR and 5 RBI over his last 10 games. He batted second in the lineup yesterday, but he's usually hitting in the leadoff spot, due in large part to his .420 OBP.


RECORD: 8-8, 4th Place, 6.0 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 - Blake Hawksworth

Pitched six shutout innings for Memphis Sunday, but did not factor into the decision. In his six innings, he gave up two hits and two walks, while striking out five. He threw 94 pitches in the game, 54 of them for strikes, in one of his best outings in two years. He deserved a much better fate than a no-decision.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jon Jay

All he needed was another at-bat and a double and Jay, who had been struggling all season at the plate, would have hit for the cycle on Sunday. He did manage to go 4-for-4, to include a three-run homer in the seventh and a triple while scoring three runs. His best game offensively this season.


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