The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/09

Jaime Garcia and Shaun Garceau were tremendous in their debuts. Memphis had to play extra frames in the best game of the day while Tony Cruz helped Palm Beach get back on a winning track. The Quad Cities had very little offense of their own but got to witness quite a bit first hand.


Games Played Thursday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 4-3 over Las Vegas in 12 innings

How often does a lead off walk come back to haunt you? It was certainly true for 51's pitcher Greg Jones as he walked Brian Barden to start the 12th. Joe Mather would bunt him over and then Barden would advance to third on a Mark Johnson groundout. With Rico Washington batting, Jones threw a wild pitch that allowed Barden, the winning run, to score. John Wasdin pitched the bottom of the inning to pick up his first save.

In his Triple-A debut, Jaime Garcia was outstanding. In his six innings on the hill, the lefty gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits, four of which were infield singles. Garcia struck out six and walked none. The unearned run was a result of his throwing error in the first.

Ron Flores pitched a perfect inning to lower his ERA to an anemic 0.51. Jason Motte struck out two in two innings of relief. Back in the bullpen, Hugo Castellenos allowed a hit in his one inning of action. Chris Perez could not pitch around a David Freese error in the bottom of the 11th and was charged for his second blown save of the season but he did get credited with the win. Wasdin gave up a hit and struck out a batter in the 12th.

Colby Rasmus led off the game with a hit but failed to reach base in his next five at bats. Rasmus struck out three times and was picked off during his only time on base. Barden had a hit and drew two walks. Joe Mather singled, doubled, and scored a run. Joey "Bombs" is hitting .344. Bryan Anderson doubled twice and drove in a run. Freese had a hit, an RBI, and a run scored. The third baseman was charged with two errors on the night. Nick Stavinoha had a hit and an RBI. The former Bayou Bengal is hitting .360.


RECORD: 16-19, Tied for 2nd, 1.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - NWA 6-2 over Springfield

The Naturals jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one and added three more in the fourth to cruise to the victory. Shane Robinson is becoming ridiculous. The 2006 draft pick singled, doubled, walked, scored a run, and drove in a run. He is hitting .429 this season. Tyler Greene doubled and scored a run. Mark Hamilton and Jose Martinez both singled.

Clayton Mortensen had his third straight rough outing. The Gonzaga product allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits in 3.2 innings. He did strikeout six. Josh Dew pitched 1.1 scoreless. Zack Zuercher gave up a run on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Bob Zimmerman and Fernando Salas combined for 2.1 perfect innings and each pitcher struck out two.


RECORD: 17-17, Tied for 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 5-1 over Dunedin

Shaun Garceau made his Florida State League debut and was superb. The West Palm Beach native went five scoreless innings while allowing only three hits, three walks, and striking out three. Brandon Dickson followed with four solid innings to notch his first save of the season. Dickson gave up a solo home run and got one strikeout.

Tony Cruz is heating up. The Palm Beach Community College product hit a two run blast as well as a double. His home run was his third of the season. Cruz is hitting .400 in his last six games (10-25) and has now knocked in 17 runs. Isa Garcia collected two hits, drove in a run, and stole a base. Nathan Southard doubled, singled, and scored a run. Antonio DeJesus collected two singles.


RECORD: 21-13, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) -

Mike Folli had a hit and drove in the only run. Paul Vasquez had the only other River Bandit hit and he struck out in each of his other three at bats. D'Marcus Ingram drew two walks and scored the only Quad City run. Pete Kozma walked, was hit by a pitch, and stole a base.

The River Bandits committed three errors including Kozma's seventh in 30 games.

Eduardo Sanchez gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits in 2.2 innings. Matt Spade walked three in 1.1 scoreless innings. Thomas Eager allowed eight runs, six earned on four hits including two home runs, and four walks. Wayne Daman gave up a hit in a scoreless inning. Cardoza Tucker struck out two in his only inning of work.


RECORD: 16-15, 3rd Place, 7 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 - Jaime Garcia

In his Triple-A debut, Garcia was fantastic with six strikeouts and no walks in six innings. Though he did not factor in the decision it is a tremendous first step for the Cardinals' top minor league starting pitcher. Deserving of an Honorable Mention is Shaun Garceau. The 20 year old allowed only three hits in five scoreless innings in his High-A debut.



Minor League Player of the Day - Tony Cruz

With two more hits including his third home run of the season, Cruz is our player of the Day. The two run blast put the Cardinals up 3-0 in the sixth and would prove to be the game winning RBI.


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