The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/10

Anthony Reyes was mediocre in his return to the minors. Tyler Herron was better his second time out but his offense couldn't plate any runs. Palm Beach has lost six of nine but remains in first place. The Quad Cities may have floodwaters around the park but there is an offensive drought inside the stadium.


Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost in Vegas 4-3

Anthony Reyes made his Memphis debut and ran in to trouble in the bottom of the first. With runners on first and third with no outs, Reyes was able to retire the next three batters to get out of the jam unscathed. In the bottom of the second, Reyes allowed a hit but got two strikeouts to get out of the inning.

More trouble in the third but this time his defense helped him out. After giving up a leadoff double and then a walk, Reyes gave up a single to Joe Mather who came up with a strong throw to cut the runner down at the plate. The right-hander got two fly outs to record another scoreless inning.

Reyes walked the leadoff man in the fourth and that would be all for the 26 year old. He finishes the night with three scoreless innings but allowed four hits and three walks while striking out three. Reyes threw 51 pitches, 29 of which were strikes.

Hugo Castellenos then entered in relief and gave the Redbirds to scoreless frames. Mark Worrell followed and gave up two runs, none earned, on a two run homer. (D'Angelo Jimenez made a throwing error to allow Andy LaRoche to reach base) Randy Flores was charged with the blown save after having his worst outing of the season. Flores gave up two run on four hits while striking out three in 1.2 innings and was charged with the loss.

There were two errors committed by the Cardinals on the night and both players led the offense. Jimenez singled, doubled, drove in a run, and scored a run. Mark Johnson made a throwing error and allowed another stolen base. The Memphis backstop is now 1 for 17 in throwing out base stealers. At the plate, Johnson drove in two runs.

Colby Rasmus went 0-5 with three strikeouts. The 21 year old is now hitting .191 and has struck out 11 times in his five games. In his last 24 at bats, Rasmus has one hit.

Memphis made 10 errors in the four game set.


RECORD: 16-20, 3rd place, 2.5 games out


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Shutout by NWA 2-0

Shane Robinson put up another multi-hit game, his fifth in a row to push his average to .431. Allen Craig continues to swing a hot bat with two more hits. A.J. Van Slyke singled and drew a walk. Tyler Greene singled to push his average to .197. Casey Rowlett, Mark Shorey, and Jose Martinez each had a base hit.

Tyler Herron rebounded after a difficult Texas League debut to scatter nine hits over six innings while allowing only two runs. Cory Rauschenberger and Luke Gregerson each added a scoreless inning of relief.


RECORD: 17-18, 2nd place, 1.0 games back


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Dunedin 7-6

Mark McCormick allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings of work. Brad Furnish was cruising along allowing two hits in his first three innings. In the eighth, Furnish gave up back to back homers, the first being a three run shot. The lefty finished the night allowing four runs on six hits in four innings. Jon Mikrut pitched a perfect night and still has not allowed a run in 10 innings.

Jim Rapoport collected two hits and two RBIs as well as stealing his third base of the year. Steven Hill doubled, singled, and drove in a run. Daniel Descalso had a double, RBI, and scored a run. Daryl Jones doubled and scored but struck out three times as well.


RECORD: 21-14, 1st place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Defeated by KCC 4-1

Charlie Kingrey had two hits including a triple and drove in the only River Bandit run. Andrew Brown had two doubles. Jose Garcia drew two walks and scored a run. Domnit Bolivar had a hit and struck out three times. Luis De La Cruz went 0-4 and is now hitting .167. He also allowed his sixth passed ball of the season. D'Marcus Ingram went 0-2 and is hitting .088.

Brian Broderick walked the first hitter of the game and then allowed a triple and a double and just like that the River Bandits were down by two. Broderick would settle in and allow only one more hit over his next three innings. Pete Parise struck out two in an inning of relief. Josh Wilson made his full season debut allowing two runs on two hits while striking out three in three innings. Cardoza Tucker struck out two after relieving Wilson with no outs in the ninth.


RECORD: 16-16, 4th place, 8.0 games back


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 - Tyler Herron

Although he was charged with the loss, the 21 year old rebounded nicely after getting knocked around the last time out. After only getting through 3.2 innings in his Double-A debut, Herron lasted six in Friday's action.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jim Rapoport

With two hits and two runs batted in, Rapoport did all he could to try and help Palm Beach pull out a victory. Starting in the place of the injured Tyler Henley, Rapoport now has three swipes in four attempts.


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