The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/03

The Memphis contest was suspended but action will resume on Sunday. Springfield used the long ball late to roll to victory while both Palm Beach and the Quad Cities came down on the losing end. Luke Gregerson came in to shut down a sticky situation and Allen Craig is heating up.


Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - vs Colorado Springs, Suspended Rain

Mitchell Boggs got the start for the Redbirds and had made it through three innings allowing a solo home run and a three walks. Colby Rasmus had doubled in the bottom of the first and had come around to score on a Brian Barden single.

The Redbirds and Sky Sox will resume Friday night's game in the third inning at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. The resumed game will finish the scheduled nine innings. After that game is completed the teams will follow with a game now scheduled for seven innings.

RECORD: 11-17, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 7-3 over NWA

The Cardinals got a solo home run in the seventh from Matt Pagnozzi followed by a three run blast by Allen Craig that proved to be the back breaker. Luke Gorsett would hit a solo shot of his own in the eighth for added insurance. Craig would also single twice and score a run, and steal a base earlier in the contest. Gorsett singled and drove in a run as well as hitting his second home run of the season. Tyler Greene singled, walked, and scored a run. He also stole his seventh base of the season.

Jon Jay went hitless to end his hitting streak at 12 games. Jay did draw a walk, steal a base, and score a run.

Jaime Garcia continued to roll, allowing one run on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings but did not factor in the decision. Bob Zimmerman was credited with the win with two innings of relief. Zimmerman allowed a run on two hits and a walk. Zack Zuercher entered the game in the ninth and allowed a run on two hits and a walk without recording an out. Luke Gregerson would enter and strikeout two, to close it out for his fourth save.


RECORD: 13-15, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - lost to Vero Beach 4-1

Daniel Descalso hit his first professional home run in the top of the first to give the Cardinals the early lead. Unfortunately, it would be the only run Palm Beach would be able to plate. Descalso would also single and draw a walk. Daryl Jones singled twice but did strikeout in his other two at bats. Donovan Solano and David Carpenter both singled.

Oliver Marmol committed his fifth error of the season while Descalso committed his seventh.

David Kopp allowed four runs on four hits in four innings to get tagged with his first loss of the season. Brandon Garner (wearing Marco Gonzalez's uniform) allowed two hits while striking out one in an inning of relief. Kyle Mura allowed two hits and struck out two in his three innings of work. Mura had an impressive groundball to fly ball ratio of 6-0.


RECORD: 18-10, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - bombed by West Michigan 16-3

J.D. Stambaugh was shelled for eight runs, three runs, on six hits in 2.2 innings. Wayne Daman gave up a run in 1.1 innings. Blake King was just as shaky as his tandem starter mate. King allowed five runs on four hits and three walks in 2.1 innings but did strikeout four. Justin Fiske gave up two runs on four hits in only two-thirds of an inning. Matt Spade pitched a perfect inning to help end the onslaught.

Pete Kozma singled, walked, and drove in a run. The former first round pick is now hitting .340. Charlie Kingrey walked and singled and his average now stands at .329. D'Marcus Ingram singled and scored a run.


RECORD: 15-11, 3rd 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 - Luke Gregerson

Gregerson entered the ninth with the bases loaded and no one out. Although he did allow one of the inherited runners to score on a groundout, the 2006 draft pick struck out two and earned his fourth save of the season. His save total ranks third in the Texas League.



Minor League Player of the Day - Allen Craig

With home runs on consecutive days, Craig is beginning to heat up and provide the power many expected. He now has four long balls on the season after hitting 23 in 2007. His three RBIs move his season total to 22. Both his RBI and home run totals rank him in the top ten on the Texas League leader board.


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