The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/26

The former California Golden Bears slugger, and Springfield Cardinals third baseman, Allen Craig, went 4-for-4, with a home run and four RBIs, raising his batting average 37 points Friday night, to a more respectable .265.


Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Iowa 16-3

Blake Hawksworth was his fifth start Friday night, still looking for his first win on the season. He wasn't flying very high to begin with, but the Hawk had his wings clipped, as he gave up embarrassing 11 earned runs on 10 hits and three walks, as one of my favorite kids in the organization falls to 0-3 with an unsightly 8.25 ERA.

Colby Rasmus went 0-for-4 as his batting average dips to .213. Nick Stavinoha was the only Redbird with two hits in Friday's massacre, the bulked up right fielder went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.


RECORD: 9-13, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 12-4

Mark Mulder just barely got out of the first inning Friday night, facing nine batters and giving up three runs, before it was over. The Cardinals rallied back from the early 3-0 deficit to defeat the Tulsa Drillers 12-4 and give Mulder his second win with Springfield.

Allen Craig has a season-high four hits to include his second home run on the year and four RBIs, to lead the Redbirds to their first win on the season after the other team had scored first.


RECORD: 8-13, tied for 2nd, 2.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated Vero Beach 6-1

The Palm Beach Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Vero Beach Devil Rays and extended their winning streak to seven games.

Brandon Dickson picked up his first win, pitching five innings, giving up only one run on four hits and one walk, while striking out two. Tyler Herron pitched four shutout innings in relief, giving up only one hit and now walks as he struck out three, to earn his first save.

Daryl Jones continues to show signs that he may finally live up to his potential, going 2-for-4, with a double and two RBIs. Tony Cruz hit his first home run. BOXSCORE

RECORD: 16-6, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) Rained Out

Friday night's game against the Great Lake Loons was rained out and will be made up today as part of a double header. The first pitch of the first game is scheduled at 4:30 p.m.

RECORD: 10-9, 4th 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 - Tyler Herron

Herron came on in relief of Brandon Dickson, who by the way, had his best start of the season, but it was Herron who shutout the Devil Rays for four innings, giving up only one hit while striking out three.



Minor League Player of the Day - Allen Craig

Craig struggled early in April at the plate, but he is hitting .372 with one home run and 11 RBIs, in last 10 games.


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