Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/30

Memphis comeback falls short while Springfield wins number six in a row. Palm Beach had the night off while the bats were quiet at the Quad Cities. P.J. Walters puts forth a big effort and D'Angelo Jimenez enjoys his best game of the season.


Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Stung by the Bees 9-7

The minor's hottest team jumped out to a 7-1 lead over Memphis but the Redbirds were able to chip away at the deficit to tie things up. With the help of three walks in the seventh, the Redbirds had the bases loaded with no outs but only came away with two. Rasmus reached on a bunt base hit in the eighth and immediately stole second. Joe Mather hit a check swing double down the first base line and the speedy Rasmus scored easily to tie things up. It would not last long as the Bees responded with two runs off of Mark Worrell in the ninth to seal the victory.

Mike Parisi was roughed up for seven runs on 10 hits and four walks, lasting only four innings. The 25-year-old saw his ERA increase by over a run and a half to 4.41. Matt Scherer came in and quieted the Bees bats with two scoreless innings of relief. Kelvin Jimenez pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and has given up only one run since returning to Memphis.

D'Angelo Jimenez doubled and with a runner on he hit his first home run of the season. He would end the night with three RBIs. Mather singled, doubled, and drove in a run. Josh Phelps had two hits, a walk, and an RBI. Phelps has a hit in 9 of his last 11 games and this was his third multi-hit game in a row. Rico Washington chipped in two hits and drove in a run.

Colby Rasmus had a hit, a walk, and scored two runs. Adding the bunt to his arsenal could make Rasmus even more dangerous. With his speed, this could be a very useful slump breaker that traditionally he has been the victim of. The 21-year-old doubled his stolen base total for the year with two steals on the night.

Bryan Anderson made his Triple-A debut behind the plate and in the number nine spot in the lineup. The 21-year-old was wearing the jersey number 24. He went hitless in three at bats but did draw a walk and threw out former Cardinals farmhand Terry Evans trying to steal.

The Redbirds have an early start time of 11:05 on Wednesday. The rehabbing Mark Mulder is the probable starter for Memphis.


RECORD: 11-15, 3rd place, 4.0 games back


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - winners over Northwest Arkansas 5-4

The Cardinals controlled the action early but pitcher P.J. Walters gave up a three run home run in the sixth to make things interesting. The score was tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the ninth. Mark Shorey led off with a double and was sacrificed over to third by Tyler Greene. The hot-hitting Shane Robinson hit a sac fly to drive in the winning run.

Robinson had a hit and walk as his batting average fell to .419. Jon Jay continues his hot-streak by going 2-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. Mark Hamilton collected two walks and one of those free passes forced in run. Tyler Greene had two hits including his third home run of the season.

P.J. Walters gave up four runs on four hits with nine strikeouts in 8.2 innings. Walters picked off a runner and threw two wild pitches. Of his 99 pitches, 67 were for strikes. Fernando Salas followed by recording the last out of the ninth and was credited with the win.


RECORD: 12-13, 1st place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - DAY OFF

Palm Beach (High-A) and the whole Florida State League had the day off. The Cardinals return to action on Wednesday with a trip to Vero Beach.

RECORD: 17-8, 1st place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Lansing 3-1

Osvaldo Morales continues his hot start with two more hits to raise his average to .389. Matt Arburr had two hits and an RBI and has hit safely in eight in his last ten games. Pete Kozma singled and has hit in 11 of his last 12 games. Charlie Kingrey doubled and was the only River Bandit with an extra base hit.

Brian Broderick allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings. Shaun Garceau gave up a run in four innings but was knocked around for seven hits as well. The pitching staff got help from the middle infielder as Kozma and second baseman Mike Folli turned three double plays.


RECORD: 14-10, 3rd place, 3.5 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 - P.J. Walters

Walters almost went the distance in Springfield's win on Tuesday night. The 23 year old made it through 8.2 innings while striking out nine, before giving way to Fernando Salas who recorded the last out for the win. Walters got a no-decision for his effort, but it was an easy decision to give him "Pitcher of the Day" honors.



Minor League Player of the Day - D'Angelo Jimenez

The major league veteran has gotten off to horrible start, hitting just .151 going into to Tuesday's action, but the Dominican put together his best performance as a Redbird collecting two hits including his first home run of the year.


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