The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/07

Springfield climbed to .500 and was the only affiliate with a victory. Memphis, Palm Beach, and the Quad Cities were all blown out by at least six runs. Allen Craig continues to be red hot and Luke Gregerson is beginning to find his groove.


Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Las Vegas 8-2

It was a crucial night for Blake Hawksworth, once the top prospect in the Cardinals system. The right-hander came into the game with a record of 0-4 with an ERA of 8.69. The 25 year old allowed two hits in the first but was able to get out of trouble. In the second, he gave up a lead off triple to John Ford-Griffin who would then score on a wild pitch. But Hawks got out of the inning without any more damage. He would load the bases in the third but got out of it without allowing a run. In the fourth, Hawksworth gave up two hits and a walk good for another run. A walk and a two out double chased him in the fifth. So he finished the night giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks. He struck out three and threw a wild pitch. Hawksworth threw 107 pitches, 68 for strikes.

Mark Worrell would follow and allow five runs, only one earned, on four hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. Jason Motte pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.

Brian Barden doubled, tripled, and scored a run. Cody Haerther and Josh Phelps added two hits apiece. Nick Stavinoha homered for the fourth time this season.


RECORD: 14-19, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Held on for a 7-6 win over Arkansas

Shane Robinson led off with a single and would then steal a base. Jon Jay followed with a single that scored Robinson for the early lead. Allen Craig, batting third, would single followed by a walk issued to Mark Hamilton. With one out, Brandon Yarbrough would continue his hot hitting with a two-run single. So the Cardinals were up 3-0 after one inning.

Robinson would end with three hits on the day and three runs scored. Jay would later double and drive in three runs. Craig would collect two doubles and drive in two on the day. Matt Pagnozzi doubled and scored a run.

Adam Daniels was beat up for five runs on six hits and three bases on balls in only 4.1 innings. Bob Zimmerman pitched 1.2 shutout innings and was credited with the win. Zack Zuercher gave up a run in his 1.1 innings while Marco Gonzalez was perfect in his two-thirds of an inning. Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth to collect his sixth save.

The Cardinals are back to .500 after their dreadful 1-9 start.


RECORD: 16-16, 1st Place Tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Sarasota 9-2

Kyle Mura gave up a run on three hits to go along with five strikeouts in three innings. David Kopp followed with 3.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks. Kopp did strikeout three. Jon Mikrut gave Palm Beach 1.1 scoreless innings and has yet to be scored upon in nine innings. Kenny Maiques was down right awful, allowing five runs on only one hit and two walks and two hit batsmen in just two-thirds of an inning. Brandon Garner was charged with a run in his third of an inning.

Donovan Solano singled twice and is hitting a very quiet .328. Tommy Pham singled twice as well to raise his average to .154. Daniel Descalso walked, reached by a hit by pitch and scored a run. Steven Hill had a hit and drew two walks.


RECORD: 20-12, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Shelled by Dayton 11-1

Luis De La Cruz homered to account for the only River Bandit run. It was his first home run of the season. Domnit Bolivar and Matt Arburr both doubled and that was the only hits the Quad Cities collected. Blake King gave up four runs on six hits but only one walk in four innings. Chuckie Fick gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and struck out four over three innings in his 2008 debut. Cardoza Tucker allowed four runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning. Justin Fiske finished up allowing a hit before getting the final out.


RECORD: 16-14, Tied for 3rd, 6.0 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 picked up his second save in as many days with a perfect ninth. His ERA now stands at 1.26 and the Texas League is hitting only .128 against him. The 23 year old's six saves ranks third in the Texas League.



Minor League Player of the Day - Allen Craig

The 2006 draft pick had three hits and two RBIs in the Springfield win on Tuesday afternoon. In his last six games, Craig is 11-26 (.423) with two home runs and nine RBIs. For the season he is hitting .277 with four home runs and 25 RBIs, which is fourth best in the Texas League.


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