The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/04

Brian Barden went 3-for-5 on the day to include a double and three RBIs, to lead the Memphis Redbirds offense to a 6-5 win Saturday.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Defeated Colorado 6-5

The Redbirds mounted a comeback Saturday to defeat the Colorado Sky Sox 6-5. Ron Flores picked up his first win on the season, with two scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit and striking out three. Chris Perez picked up his seventh save with a near perfect ninth frame. He struck out the sides, he just happened to walk two to make it interesting, after all he plans on being a St. Louis Cardinals closer, keeping it interesting is kind of a tradition.

Brian Barden went 3-for-5 on the day to include a double and three RBIs, to lead the Redbirds offense. Nick Stavinoha continues to impress those of us, who were about to give up on him, near the end of last season. Nick went 2-for-4, both of his hits were doubles, he had two RBIs and scored a run.

Memphis and Colorado Springs will resume Friday night's suspended game tomorrow at 1:35 p.m. Memphis will send John Wasdin to the hill to face Sky Sox right-hander Cedrick Bowers.

The two clubs will follow with a now scheduled seven inning game after the conclusion of the resumed game. Mike Parisi gets the nod for the home team in the second game with lefty Valerio de los Santos set to pitch for the Sox.

These pitching matchups may change before game time, if the rumors from the clubhouse turn out to be true.


RECORD: 12-17, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - lost to Arkansas 10-4

Springfield just has a problem when they get within reach of the coveted .500 mark. Now granted the team should be given credit, for digging themselves out of the 1-9 hole, they dug themselves into, to begin the season. My grand-pappy use to always tell me, if you find yourself, digging yourself into a hole, stop digging, good advice that the Cardinals apparently have taken.

Cardinals starter, Clayton Mortensen hadn't given up a run at Hammons Field this season, but he made up for it Saturday, surrendering six runs in just 4.1 innings pitched, to get saddled with the loss.

The Cardinals offense couldn't get off the ground, they hit into five double-plays, a new franchise record actually. Mark Hamilton who has had only one hit since last Sunday, grounded into two of the five double-plays.

Mark Shorey the DH for the day, went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, raising his batting average to a respectable .283. Tyler Greene continues to struggle, he went 0-for-4, struck out twice and left four runners on base and made a miscue in the field. Hopefully Tyler can put this bat start of the season behind him soon.


RECORD: 13-16, 1st Place,


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 5-4

The Cardinals continue finding a way to win at home, Saturday they did it by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, to beat the Reds 5-4.

Palm Beach got off to an early 2-0 lead off the bat of, Steven Hill. Starter Jess Todd in perhaps his last game for Palm Beach pitched three complete innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk. Rumor has it Todd is being promoted to Double-A Springfield.

Not often in these game summaries are the middle relievers given their props, but it was an inning and two-thirds, of scoreless relief that Jon Mikrut contributed, that made it possible for the Cards to pick up their 19th win of season.


RECORD: 19-10, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 5-3 over W. Michigan

After suffering an embarrassing 16-3 loss Friday night, the River Bandits jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Saturday and never looked back as they handed the W. Michigan Whitecaps, a 5-3 loss, to even the series.

Domnit Bolivar was the offensive star of the day, batting in the two hole, he went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. Kozma doubled and scored to extend his current hitting streak to eight games, a stretch that began on April 26, just one day after his first eight-game hitting streak came to an end.

Starter Thomas Eager was very impressive, he pitched four complete scoreless innings giving up only one hit, walked three and struck out one, but did not factor into the decision. Eduardo Sanchez picked up the win, despite giving up three runs in his three innings pitched and Cardonza Tucker earned his second save, with two scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.


RECORD: 16-11, 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 - Jon Mikrut

Mikrut has been near perfect since being sent down to Palm Beach from Springfield on April 17th. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, giving the Cardinals a chance to pick up their 19th win.



Minor League Player of the Day - Brian Barden

Brian Barden went 3-for-5 on the day to include a double and three RBIs, to lead the Memphis Redbirds offense to a 6-5 win Saturday.


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