The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/28

Memphis breaks its losing streak while Springfield's moves into first place in spite of the team's slow start. Palm Beach fell short in extra innings as Quad Cities gets another big effort from a newcomer. On the player's front, Jaime Garcia, ranked as the Cardinals #3 prospect, picked up "Pitcher of the Day Honors" and Osvaldo Morales, the newest River Bandit, took home "Player of the Day".


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Pounded the Cubs 6-2

After struggling in the first three games of the series, Memphis pounded out 15 hits to get back on the winning track. Jarrett Hoffpauir was in the leadoff spot and collected three hits and scored a run. Brian Barden followed with three hits of his own as well as scoring a run. Amaury Marti had two hits including a double and drove in two runs. Josh Phelps singled, doubled, and drove in a run. Matt Pagnozzi doubled, drew two walks, and had an RBI. Also, Pagnozzi threw out one of two would be base stealers.

Mitchell Boggs went five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and struck out six. Of his 79 pitches, 48 were for strikes. Ron Flores walked a batter in 0.1 innings while Mark Worrell followed by striking out the only two hitters he faced. Kelvin Jimenez added two scoreless innings of relief and allowed only one hit. Chris Perez struck out a batter in the ninth.

Joe Mather made his first start since coming off the DL, he played center field in place of Colby Rasmus. Rasmus did not start but entered the game in the ninth as part of a double switch.


RECORD: 10-14, 3rd place, 4.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Knocked out Tulsa 5-2

With first place on the line, Jaime Garcia put together another fantastic outing by allowing two runs on two hits (he did walk four) while striking out seven in six innings. Fernando Salas followed with a perfect inning of relief. Luke Gregerson closed out the game by allowing two hits while striking out two in two innings to pick up a save the old fashion way.

Shane Robinson continues to be red hot with another two hits and two more runs scored. He is 12 for his last 20 and is hitting .418 for the season. Jon Jay had two more hits and has an eight game hitting streak going to push his average to .321. Allen Craig doubled and drove in two. Brandon Yarbrough singled and had an RBI. Tyler Greene was an abysmal 0-4 with three strikeouts.


RECORD: 10-13, 1st place tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - lose 14 inning battle with St. Lucie, 6-4

Tyler Henley collected three hits and scored a run. With one out in the 14th, Henley singled. He then stole second and advanced to third on a ground out by Daniel Descalso. Tommy Pham would later drive him in from third. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn't hang on to the lead. Donovan Solano singled twice. Descalso singled, walked, scored a run, and stole a base. Tony Cruz hit a two run blast, his second home run of the year. After missing three days, Steven Hill was back in the lineup with a single, two walks, and an RBI.

Francisco Samuel picked up the loss by giving up a three run home run in the bottom of the fourteenth after retiring the side in order in the 13th. Starter Kyle Mura allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits in four innings. David Kopp followed and was impressive with four hitless innings allowing only one walk and striking out one. Jon Mikrut turned in two innings of scoreless relief and has yet to be scored on in five games since being assigned to Palm Beach from Springfield. Marco Gonzalez struck out two and allowed a hit and a walk in his two innings of work.


RECORD: 16-7, 1st place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - defeated Great Lakes 5-1

Blake King continues tormenting Cardinal fans. In four innings, the 21 year old struck out eight and allowed only one run on one hit. But he continues to be wild; he walked five. Pete Parise picked up the win with a perfect inning of relief. J.D. Stambaugh pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out three.

Osvaldo Morales had two hits and two RBIs including his first full season home run. Pete Kozma got two more hits and scored two runs. Kozma also stole his second base and has hit in nine of his last ten games. Adron Chambers had two hits and two runs scored as well. Matt Arburr singled, walked, and drove in a run. The 22 year old has hit in eight of his last nine.


RECORD: 13-9, 3rd place, 3.0 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 - Jaime Garcia

Even though it's early, Garcia put together an impressive performance with first place on the line. The 21 year old was a bit wild; four walks, but allowed only two runs over six innings to put his team in a position to win. Garcia now has 36 strikeouts in 29 innings with a 2.33 to 1 groundball to flyball ratio.



Minor League Player of the Day - Osvaldo Morales

With two more hits, Morales is finding the Midwest League to his liking after his recent promotion. Morales is hitting .400/.455/.800 in his first three games for the River Bandits.


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