The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/06

The Cardinals minor league affiliates split the four games played on Monday night. First place Springfield and Palm Beach continue to roll with key contributions from each team's offensive leaders, Shane Robinson and Steven Hill, respectively. Memphis and the Quad Cities both saw their starters, Mark Mulder and Nick Additon, get knocked around early.


Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Colorado Springs 7-6

St. Louis Cardinals Assistant to the General Manager Alan Benes was positioned behind home plate with a radar gun and a notebook. His job was to chart the performance of rehabbing starter Mark Mulder. The big lefty sat in the high eighties topping out at 89. His command was inconsistent but his control was better than previous outings. He is still lacking arm speed. He worked a lot on his offspeed pitches but didn't seem to fool any of the Sky Sox hitters. As the game went on, he did smooth out his mechanics and began to look more comfortable. Mulder still looks very rusty and I just don't see how he will be ready for big league competition soon. Mulder finished throwing 90 pitches, 61 for strikes, over six innings of work. The 30-year-old allowed seven runs on nine hits with two walks, two hit batsmen and four strikeouts with 10 groundball outs compared to four flyball outs.

Ron Flores was outstanding in relief with two shutout innings and striking out five. Kelvin Jimenez struck out the side in the ninth.

Rico Washington now has home runs on consecutive days as he hit a solo shot in the seventh. D'Angelo Jimenez would follow with his second home run on the season in the same inning. Jimenez also singled and scored a run. Brian Barden singled twice and scored a run. Cody Haerther had two hits and scored a run. Catcher Bryan Anderson singled twice and scored a run. Colby Rasmus had a sacrifice fly but struck out three times.


RECORD: 14-18, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Defeated Arkansas 4-1

Shane Robinson once again led the way with two doubles, a single, an RBI, and a stolen base. Jon Jay doubled and drove in a run. Brandon Yarbrough tripled and walked along with scoring a run. Tyler Greene singled and scored a run. The hot-hitting Allen Craig went 0-4 with two strikeouts.

Cory Rauschenberger made his second start of the season allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts in five innings. The struggling Josh Dew gave up a hit and struck out a batter in 1.1 scoreless innings. Fernando Salas followed with 1.2 scoreless innings and retired three Traveler hitters via the strikeout. Luke Gregerson allowed a walk and a hit but closed it out in the ninth to notch his fifth save.


RECORD: 15-16, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners over Reds 2-1

Steven Hill led off the bottom of the ninth with a double. "The King of the" Hill would advance to third on a passed ball and then would be replaced by pinch runner Nathan Southard. Tony Cruz would single to drive in Southard and secure the victory.

The ninth inning double would be the King's only hit of the game. Cruz collected three singles and scored a run. Daryl Jones singled and his average now stands at .329.

Brad Furnish gave up a run on two hits and three walks in five innings. Mark McCormick followed with three shutout innings, striking out three. Francisco Samuel got the win with a scoreless ninth.


RECORD: 20-11, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Dayton 9-2

Dayton put up four in the bottom of the first and the River Bandits were not able to recover being down three runs. Mike Folli led off the game on a double and would later score on an RBI ground out by Pete Kozma. It would be all Folli or Kozma would contribute to the offense on the night. Adron Chambers singled and doubled. Chambers also had an outfield assist and was the only River Bandit with multiple hits. Paul Vasquez singled and drove in a run. Jose Garcia walked and scored a run.

Nick Additon was tagged for five runs on four hits and two walks in only two innings of work. He would strikeout four and gave up a home run. Wayne Daman gave up three runs on three hits in two innings of relief. Mark Diapoules was solid, allowing one run on four hits and three strikeouts in four innings. The 19 year old now has an ERA of 1.38.


RECORD: 16-13, 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 - Cory Rauschenberger

Making only his second start of the year, Rauschenberger was solid as the Springfield Cardinals climbed within a game of .500. Allowing only one run in five solid innings, the former Cory Meacham lowered his ERA to 6.38.



Minor League Player of the Day - Shane Robinson

We may have to rename this, the Shane Robinson Player of the Day award. The former Florida State Seminole had three more hits including two doubles to raise his average to .394. Robinson has hit in 10 of his last 11 games.


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