The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/05

Brandon Dickson earns's 'Pitcher of the Day' honors, despite getting tagged for a loss.


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Take Two

Memphis used two seventh inning rallies to beat Colorado Springs twice Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.

In the first game, the Redbirds and Sky Sox resume the rain suspended game from Friday night. Reliever John Wasdin picked up his second win, pitching four innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chris Perez earned his seventh save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.

The Redbirds used their first seventh inning rally to down the Sky Sox in Friday's resumed game. Nick Stavinoha's two-run single scored Joe Mather and Colby Rasmus, who had knocked in a run with a single.

In the nightcap, I was impressed by P.J. Walter's first appearance at Triple-A. He gave up only two runs, both of them coming off of solo home runs, through five innings, walked one and struck out four. Decent numbers for his debut, but what I like about P.J., is how aggressive he is on the mound, the pace of which he pitches a game and his mound demeanor. He looked like he was in his 10th season at Memphis rather than making his debut.

Jason Motte actually picked up the win with a scoreless frame in the seventh, giving the Redbirds two wins on a great day at the ballpark.

In Sunday's scheduled seven-inning game David Freese's walk-off single to right field scored D'Angelo Jimenez from second base to complete the three-run, seventh-inning rally and give the Redbirds the victory. Freese had entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the seventh. Rico Washington tied the game with a two-run homer to right field after Nick Stavinoha reached base on a strikeout and wild pitch. Memphis had just two hits in the game entering the seventh inning and finished with a season-low four.



RECORD: 14-17, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 8-3 over Arkansas

The Cardinals scored the eight unanswered runs, blowing past the Arkansas Travelers by a final score of 8-3 on Sunday afternoon at Hammons Field.

Allen Craig who is finally swinging a hot bat, hit a ground-rule double that brought home Brandon Yarbrough with the tie-breaking run in the fifth inning, as the Cards took the lead for good at 4-3. The win for the Cards keeps them in first place in the Texas League's North Division.

Right-hander Tyler Herron, called up from Palm Beach to start for PJ Walters, who was promoted to Triple-A Memphis, made his Double-A debut. He pitched 3.2 innings before turning the game over to the bullpen, gave up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four.

Reliever Rob Zimmerman picked up the win, with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Marcos Gonzalez pitched his second scoreless inning, in his second appearance for Springfield.

Brandon Yarbrough the DH for the day, scored three times, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a base on balls. Shortstop Tyler Greene hit a home run, a solo shot, his fourth home run of the season, despite hitting just .181.


RECORD: 14-16, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Reds 2-1

Brandon Dickson had perhaps his best stuff and best start of the season, pitching six complete innings, Sunday, giving up only one run on five hits, didn't issue any free passes, while striking out two. I hate seeing him get tagged with a loss, after that performance.

The Cardinals only managed four hits on the day, with the only run coming in the bottom of the ninth, off an RBI single by Tony Cruz to drive in Daniel Descalso.


RECORD: 19-11, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost 4-0 to W Michigan

The River Bandits were shutout on Sunday as they could only muster up three hits, as the West Michigan Whitecaps scored four runs on eight hits.

Shaun Garceau, making his final start for Quad Cities as we projected, was on a limited pitch count. In three innings pitched, I have him down for 41 pitches, he gave up a run on one hit, while striking out one. Garceau was promoted to Palm Beach after the game.

Not much offense, second baseman Mike Folli did what he was suppose to in the leadoff spot, he went 2-for-4 but was left stranded on the bases both times.


RECORD: 16-12, 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 - Brandon Dickson

He's the first ‘Pitcher of the Day' award winner this season, to actually lose the game of the day. Dickson's six strong innings for Palm Beach on Sunday, deserved a better fate, than to be saddled with a loss.



Minor League Player of the Day - Rico Washington

A clutch two-run homer by Washington gave Memphis the opportunity to complete a two game sweep on Sunday.


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