The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/11

P.J. Walters is making himself at home at Triple-A. Elsewhere, the farm system went 3-1 Saturday, with Adam Ottavino and the Springfield Cardinals suffering the only loss of the day. Mark Diapoules takes home 'Pitcher of the Day' and Daniel Descalso 'Player of the Day' honors.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 7-2 over Tuscon

Arizona Diamondback's Doug Davis made is first rehab start after under going thyroid cancer surgery, pitching 4 2/3 innings while giving up two runs on six hits. Davis fanned three, walked one and threw a total of 85 pitches. Memphis starter, P.J. Walters threw for 6 1/3 innings giving up one run, seven hits, and striking out three batters.

The Redbirds put up one run in the first when Josh Phelps grounded out to third scoring Colby Rasmus. Memphis Joe Mather drove in another run in the fifth with an RBI single to center. A Brian Barden RBI triple gave the Redbirds a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning.

T Tucson 's Jamie D'Antona cut the lead by two in the seventh with a solo shot to left, his fifth of the year. It was countered by a Jarrett Hoffpauir 2-run jack in the eighth extended the Redbirds lead 5-1. Memphis put two more on in the ninth to seal the victory.

Blake Hawksworth (0-5, 8.02 ERA) will start for the Redbirds Sunday.


RECORD: 17-20, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 10-2

The Springfield Cardinals dropped their third straight game on Saturday night, falling to the first place Northwest Arkansas Naturals by a score of 10-2 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. The loss for Springfield (17-19) drops them to two games back of the Naturals in the North Division.

Right-hander Adam Ottavino (0-4), making his first start since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, allowed five runs, two earned, over just 2 2/3 innings. The Naturals scored five times in the first three innings to chase Ottavino and take an early 5-0 lead.

Steven Hill, who was one of six total player transactions made today by Springfield, homered in his debut. Hill, who cranked seven homers at Palm Beach ripped a solo shot to left field in the seventh against Julio de la Cruz, making it a 9-2 game.

In addition to activating RHP Adam Ottavino, the Cards brought up IF Steven Hill and IF Isa Garcia from Palm Beach of the Florida State League. Going to Palm Beach are OF Luke Gorsett, OF/1B AJ Van Slyke and RHP Josh Dew.

The Redbirds will take a day off on Sunday, then return to action on Monday night from North Little Rock, Arkansas, taking on the Arkansas Travelers in game one of a four-game series. Cory Rauschenberger (1-2) will take the mound against Travs' right-hander Fernando Rodriguez on Monday at 7:10pm from Dickey-Stephens Park.


RECORD: 17-19, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 9-1 over Dundin

The Palm Beach Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, scoring nine runs on 14 hits, to extend their lead in the FSL standings to four games ahead of Brevard County.

Starting pitcher David Kopp, pitched five scoreless frames to pick up his first win on the season. Kopp gave up only four hits and a walk while striking out five.

The offensive star of the day was second baseman, Daniel Descalso, who went 2-for-3, with a walk, a double, a home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Daryl Jones and Tony Cruz also had two hits and an RBI on Saturday.


RECORD: 22-14, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 4-1 over KCC

The Quad Cities River Bandits got a strong pitching performance from Mark Diapoules and an early lead thanks to Charlie Kingrey on Saturday night, snapping a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Kane County Cougars.

Mark Diapoules improved to 2-0 on the season after he earned the victory with another stingy outing, tossing five shutout innings and allowing just four hits. The 19-year-old from Florida struck out three and walked one, leaving five Cougars' baserunners stranded. In four appearances since joining the River Bandits, Diapoules has allowed just two runs while going 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 18 innings.

Charlie Kingrey's bat had cooled off of late, hitting only .237 in his last ten games, but he came through Saturday night and smoked a two-run double to the gap in right-center, taking over the team lead with 20 runs batted in while giving the River Bandits an early 2-0 edge, which would be all the runs they would need to end their losing streak.


RECORD: 17-16, 3rd Place, 7.0 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 - Mark Diapoules

One of the fasting rising stars in the farm system, Diapoules has been impressive for Quad Cities. He picked up his second win Saturday with five shutout innings.



Minor League Player of the Day - Daniel Descalso

Descalso was a one-man wrecking machine Saturday leading the PB Cardinals victory. He went 2-3 with a doubles, a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.


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