The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/23

The Springfield Cardinals and Brandon Yarbrough like the new park in Northwest Arkansas; they almost played two games there Tuesday, while Memphis and David Freese pounded Round Rock in the final game of their four-game series. Palm Beach continues their dominance in the Florida State League behind superb pitching. Plus, that certain number one prospect is picking up steam.


Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - 10-4 Winners over Round Rock

David Freese fell a triple short of the cycle. The third baseman hit his fourth home run of the season and drove in three runs. Nick Stavinoha got four hits and scored two runs in the win. Mark Johnson singled twice and drove in two runs.

He's back? It looks like Colby Rasmus may have righted his ship, as he hit is second home run in consecutive nights, a three run bomb. The 21 year old now has three round trippers on the year.

Mitchell Boggs started strong by allowing only one hit through four shutout innings. I guess he ran out of steam as the Express put two on the board in the fifth and the sixth. Boggs threw 80 pitches, 53 for strikes, and collected three strikeouts. Mark Worrell came in the game in the sixth to get Boggs out of trouble. With two runs already in and a man on third with no out, Worrell got a ground ball out and then struck out the next two hitters. His ERA is now 1.04. Kelvin Jimenez picked up the win with a perfect inning of relief. Jason Motte gave up two walks but logged two strikeouts in an inning of work. Ron Flores gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth. In eight innings, the lefty has yet to allow a run.

Memphis will get its first day off of the season on Wednesday. The Redbirds will travel to Iowa for a four game series with the Cubs starting on Thursday.


RECORD: 9-11, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Defeated NW Arkansas 7-4, (14 innings)

Bryan Anderson is the catcher that most think of when thinking about the Springfield backstops. On Tuesday night, Brandon Yarbrough would be the one making noise. Serving as the DH, he would single and come around to score in the ninth to tie the game and send it to extra innings. In the 14th, Yarbrough would drive in two to put the game away for the Cardinals. The 23 year old would finish with four hits and three RBIs. Jon Jay continues to find his stroke as he reached base five times on the night. With three more hits, the Miami product now has eight in his last three games. Luke Gorsett singled twice and drove in the game winning RBI. A. J. Van Slyke doubled twice and scored the game winner. Anderson would single twice and score a run. Jose Martinez singled twice and drove in two. Mark Hamilton and Allen Craig both had two hits and Craig drove in a run.

Clayton Mortensen allowed only a run on five hits with four strikeouts in six innings. He got 10 groundball outs compared to five flyball outs. Josh Dew's second Double-A outing went a lot like his first. With a 3-1 lead, Dew gave up two runs on a hit and a walk while only recording one out, a strikeout. Zack Zuercher followed and allowed a two run home run (the base runner was charged to Dew). Matt Scherer got the team out of the eighth without any more damage and then came back out to pitch a scoreless ninth. Fernando Salas provided three scoreless innings, striking out four. Nick Webber pitched the thirteenth, allowing a hit and a walk, which was good enough to pick up a win. Recently activated from the DL, Luke Gregerson pitched the 14th to pick up his first save of the season.

The Cardinals matched up against one of the best names in the minor leagues, pitcher Rowdy Hardy.


RECORD: 6-12, 3rd place, 2.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated St. Lucie 3-1

Isa Garcia is still smoking hot. The former Houston Cougar collected three more hits and is now hitting .417. Garcia also drew a walk and drove in a run. Tony Cruz collected three hits as well and drove in a run. Daniel Descalso will be sore in the morning. The second baseman singed, walked, and scored a run and was hit by a pitch, twice. In his Palm Beach debut, David Carpenter doubled and scored a run. After a hot start, Tommy Pham is hitting only .135.

Mark McCormick pitched four shutout innings allowing only two hits. On the down side, the former Baylor Bear allowed four free passes. The 24 year old has allowed only one run (a solo home run) in 16 innings this season. As stingy as he has been with runs, he has been as charitable with the walks as he has given 12 this year. Brad Furnish rebounded from a rough outing his last time out. On the night, the Texas Christian product went four shutout innings allowing only two hits and struck out four. It was his third victory of the season. In his Florida State League debut, Francisco Samuel made things interesting. The Dominican loaded up the bases with a leadoff double and two walks. Then with two outs, Samuel balked in a run. Samuel was able to get himself out of trouble by striking out the side.

The Cardinals have another early start on Wednesday, 10:35 AM local time. Not only will the team be faced with an early start but also Palm Beach will be facing one of the top young pitchers in the game, Scott Kazmir.


RECORD: 13-6, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Burlington 5-2

Andres Rosales took the loss for the River Bandits giving up three runs on four hits and three walks in four innings. Two of the four hits were solo home runs. Matt Spade pitched another scoreless frame, increasing his scoreless inning streak to 6.2 this season. Blake King followed with four innings, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts. Also, King hit a batter. The 21 year old is still having command issues with 12 walks in 15.1 innings. In 2007, King walked 78 in 110.2 innings.

Domnit Bolivar collected two hits and drove in one of the River Bandit runs. Matt Arburr doubled, drove in a run, and scored a run. In his last 10 games, Arburr is hitting .333. Adron Chambers and Andrew Brown each collected to hits. Brown scored a run as well. Pete Kozma singled and has hit in nine of his last 10 games.


Record: 8-9, 4th place, 7.0 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 - Brad Furnish

Furnish picked up his third win on the season, pitching four shutout innings, giving up only two hits while striking out four.

An Honorable Mention belongs to Fernando Salas with three shutout innings of relief for Springfield allowing only a hit and striking out four.



Minor League Player of the Day - David Freese

Brought over in the Jim Edmonds trade, Freese is off to a good start in his new organization. On Tuesday night, Freese hit his team leading fourth home run. On the year, the St. Louis native has nine RBIs.

Honorable Mention to Brandon Yarbrough with his four hits and three RBIs for Springfield in their 14 inning marathon at Northwest Arkansas.


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