The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/12

Memphis pounded the Tucson Sidewinders on Sunday, giving struggling Blake Hawksworth his first win on the season. Quad Cities was rained out, as Springfield and Palm Beach both had the day off. The Venezuelan Summer League (VSL) Cardinals begin play today.


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 10-3 over Tucson.

Memphis scored four runs in the first inning off Josh Phelps, Cody Haerther, and Jarrett Hoffpauir RBI singles along with a Rico Washington sac fly giving the Redbirds a 4-0 lead.

The Redbirds added one more in the second inning when Colby Rasmus hit a solo shot to left. Memphis extended the lead in the fourth when Nick Stavinoha hit a line drive single to left scoring Brian Barden from third.

That would be enough run support to give struggling Blake Hawksworth his first win of the season. Blake pitched six complete innings, scattering 10 hits, allowing three earned runs. He walked none and struck out four, to improve to 1-5 on the season with a 7.49 ERA. Let's hope this is a beginning of him getting on the right track this season. Hawksworth has never won a game at home in Memphis, and the former Cardinals' ‘Minor League Pitcher of the Year', finished last season with a 4-13 record and a 5.28 ERA.

Tucson cut the lead by four in the fourth inning when a Wilkin Castillo grounder scored Jamie D'Antona and a Jesus Merchan RBI single, which extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Jamie D'Antona hit a solo homerun in the fifth to make the score 6-3 Memphis. D'Antona's bomb gives him homeruns in back-to-back games against the Redbirds.

That would be as close as Tucson would get, as the Redbirds had plenty of offense Sunday, racking out 20 hits on the day and scoring 10 runs. Colby Rasmus, Brian Barden, Nick Stavinoha and Bryan Anderson all collecting three hits. Colby Rasmus and Josh Phelps both went deep, with Phelps earning ‘Player of the Day' honors, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.

In a non-save situation, veteran John Wasdin, pitched three no-hit innings to shut the Sidewinders down.

Sunday's win puts the Redbirds just one game off the pace and they will face Tucson again tonight with Mitchell Boggs getting the start


RECORD: 18-20, 3rd Place, 1 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - OFF DAY

The Cardinals had the day off on Sunday.

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


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - OFF DAY

The Cardinals had the day off on Sunday.

RECORD: 22-14, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Rained Out

The Quad Cities River Bandits and the Kane County Cougars had their scheduled series finale postponed on Sunday, as wet grounds forced the series to end a day early.

A makeup game has not yet been scheduled, but will take place when the River Bandits travel to Kane County for a four-game series on May 23-26.

RECORD: 17-16, 3rd Place, 7.5 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 today.

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 - Blake Hawksworth

Blake scattered 10 hits over six innings, surrendering only three runs to pick up his first win of the season.



Minor League Player of the Day - Josh Phelps

Josh made his two hits, one of them a home run, count on Sunday, driving in two runs and scoring two to help pace his team to a 10-3 win over Tucson.


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