The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/27

The Springfield Cardinals, led by "Player of the Day" Shane Robinson and Bryan Anderson, drills Tulsa, 7-3. Quad Cities uses a first rounder and a relative unknown to sweep a double header. Palm Beach stumbles while Memphis continues their downward slide. Mark Diapoules takes home "Pitcher of the Day" honors in his full season debut.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Defeated 4-2 by Iowa Cubs

The Redbirds got out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on doubles by Nick Stavinoha and Rico Washington. They gave the lead up in the bottom of the first on a two run homer of the bat of the Cubs' Jake Fox. It was John Wasdin's seventh home run allowed in his first 23.1 innings. Wasdin would allow one more home run, a solo drive, as he made it through six, giving up four on eight hits to run his ERA to 5.97. Matt Scherer made his Memphis debut with two scoreless innings of relief.

Nick Stavinoha was the only Redbird with multiple hits, collecting a single, double, and scoring a run. The Louisiana State product is now hitting .372. Rico Washington doubled and drove in a run. Cody Haerther and Mark Johnson both singled.

Colby Rasmus went 0-4 with a fielding error. The 21-year old did have two assists in the game.

Memphis has now lost three in a row.


RECORD: 9-14, 3rd place, 5.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Drills Tulsa 7-3

Thanks to four walks followed by a bases clearing double by Bryan Anderson, the Cardinals scored four in the eighth to defeat the Drillers. The 21-year-old Anderson had three hits and four RBIs in the victory. Leadoff hitter Shane Robinson collected three hits, a walk, scored two, and drove in two runs. Jon Jay collected two hits including a double to go along with a walk and a run scored. A lot was made of Jay's early season slump but the Miami alum is now hitting .309. Jose Martinez collected two singles while Casey Rowlett doubled, walked, and scored two runs.

Adam Daniels gave up a run on two hits in only 3.2 innings. Cory Rauschenberger gave up two runs on four hits in 1.1 innings. Nick Webber got credited with the win two shutout innings. After a rough start, Josh Dew made another effective relief appearance working a scoreless inning. In his return, Bob Zimmerman pitched a scoreless ninth.


RECORD: 9-13, 2nd place, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to St. Lucie 9-2

The Mets got out to a one lead run in the first, added two more in the second and never looked back in their lopsided victory. Brad Furnish was roughed up for three runs on five hits and three walks in only two innings. Kenny Maiques followed in relief, allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits, a walk, and a hit batsman. Mark McCormick suffered through his worst start of the season. In three innings, the former Baylor Bear allowed three runs on five hits and a walk. Francisco Samuel stopped the bleeding with a perfect inning of relief.

His time on the DL hasn't seemed to faze Daryl Jones. He collected two more hits tonight to push his average to .340. He was the only Palm Beach player with multiple hits. David Carpenter hit his first home run at Palm Beach, solo shot. Tony Cruz doubled and scored a run.


RECORD: 16-7, 1st place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) Take Two from the Loons

Quad Cities (A) over Great Lakes 6-4 Game 1

Pete Kozma just keeps hitting. In game one, Kozma went 3-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Charlie Kingrey has been red hot with two more doubles and two RBIs to raise his total to 15 in 17 games. Andrew Brown hit a solo shot to add to his three RBI night.

Nicholas Additon got the start but was only able to make it through 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks to go with his two strikeouts. Matt Spade gave up a two run home run in his two innings of relief. Cardoza Tucker pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to notch the win. Tucker is now 3-1 on the year in spite of his 7.11 ERA.

Quad Cities (A) shutout Great Lakes 4-0 Game 2

Mark Diapoules was outstanding in his Quad Cities debut. The 19 year old allowed only two hits while striking out seven in five shutout innings. Justin Fiske followed with two perfect innings of relief while striking out four. Fiske was credited with his first save of the season.

After three RBIs in game one, Andrew Brown added two more in the nightcap. Pete Kozma singled and scored a run. Adron Chambers had a hit and drew a walk. Mike Folli singled, stole a base, drew a walk, and scored a run. Justin Roberson stole his sixth base of the season after reaching via a base on balls. Luis De La Cruz singled and threw out two would be base stealers.

The River Bandits have won four in a row.



RECORD: 12-9, 3rd Place, 4.0 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 - Mark Diapoules

Making his full season debut, Diapoules was dominant for the River Bandits. A 21st round draft and follow selection in 2006, he went 1-3 with a 5.91 ERA in 12 appearances for Johnson City. Was a teammate of Tony Cruz at Palm Beach Community College.



Minor League Player of the Day - Shane Robinson

The former Florida State product reached base four times in Springfield's win over Tulsa. The 2005 college player of the year is now hitting .413/.444/.603 with five doubles and two triples.


© 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.


The Cardinal Nation Top Stories