The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/14

Two outstanding pitching performances highlight the night. Jaime Garcia shut out Tucson to win for Memphis while Jess Todd blanked Arkansas for six innings on only two hits. Palm Beach received another solid effort from Shaun Garceau, while Quad Cites lost another date to the rain. The VSL Cards played extras but not long enough for their first winner.

Games Played Tuesday

Memphis (Triple-A) shut out Tucson, 6-0

Sensational is the only way to describe Jaime Garcia's second Triple-A outing. The 21-year-old pitched seven shut out innings while allowing only six hits and one walk. Garcia notched six strikeouts and recorded ten groundouts compared to five fly outs. In his 13 innings for Memphis, he has a 0.69 ERA.

Kelvin Jimenez followed with a shut out inning to lower his ERA to 1.45. Though it was not a save situation, Chris Perez struck out a batter and walked a batter in the ninth.

Nick Stavinoha continues his hot streak in the hot Arizona sun. With two more hits, he pushed his average to .381. The former Bayou Bengal also drew a walk, drove in a run, and scored twice. Joe Mather hit a solo home run in his second consecutive game. Josh Phelps hit a pinch-hit solo home run in the ninth. David Freese reached base twice with a single and a walk. Jarrett Hoffpauir went hitless but drove in two runs with two sacrifice flies.

Bryan Anderson continues to find Triple-A pitching to his liking. He added a hit and a walk to push his line for Memphis to .324/.359/.486.

Colby Rasmus went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.


RECORD: 19-21, 2nd place, 2.0 games back

Springfield (Double-A) fell to Arkansas, 5-4

The Cardinals held a commanding 4-0 lead after seven and a half innings but a shaky bullpen cost the team the victory. Brandon Yarbrough doubled, tripled, and scored two runs. Shane Robinson reached via a hit and an error; he was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts. Jose Martinez had a hit and two RBIs. Steven Hill went 0-for-4 and committed his second error in three games.

In his initial Double-A outing, Jess Todd was fantastic. The former Arkansas Razorback pitched six shutout innings, allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out two.

Bob Zimmermann pitched 1.2 innings and allowed a run on a hit and struck out two. Zack Zuercher allowed a run without recording an out. Luke Gregerson blew his first save of the season and was charged with his first loss after giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth.


RECORD: 17-21, 2nd place, 3.0 games back

Palm Beach (High-A) rallied to defeat Jupiter, 9-5

Brandon Dickson had one of his worst outings of the season, giving up four runs, three earned, in only 3.1 innings. He yielded four hits and three walks while his defense made two errors. Brandon Garner followed with 1.2 shutout innings.

Shaun Garceau put together another strong outing, moving his record to 2-0. In three innings, the 20-year-old allowed a run on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. His only run allowed came on a solo home run. Francisco Samuel allowed a walk and notched a strikeout in a scoreless ninth.

Jim Rapoport collected two more hits while scoring two runs, stealing a base, and driving in a run. Rapoport has a seven-game hitting streak in which he is batting .394 with four stolen bases. Daniel Descalso hit a solo home run in the first, his third of the season. Catcher Tony Cruz had two hits and an RBI while he was 1-for-3 in throwing out would-be base stealers. Brandon Buckman collected three hits and two RBIs. Oliver Marmol hit a two run triple in the ninth. Luke Gorsett had a hit, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole a base.


RECORD: 23-15, first place

Quad Cities (A) and Peoria were rained out.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday that will feature a pair of seven-inning games.

RECORD: 17-17, 3rd place, 8.5 games back

VSL Cardinals tied the VSL Phillies in 11 innings, 6-6

The game was suspended after 11 innings with the game knotted at six. Shortstop Gerardo Mannbel four hits, including a two-run home run, scored twice and drove in three in his five at bats. Left fielder Jose Cortez doubled, walked, and drove in two. Third baseman Hector Garcia drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.

Left-hander Moises Colorado yielded three runs on three hits in three innings of work. Left-hander Miguel Lopez gave up three runs on five hits in two innings of relief. Right-hander David Brito allowed only two hits and struck out two in five shutout innings. Right-hander Fabian Marquez pitched a shutout inning, allowing just a walk.


RECORD: 0-1, 6th place, 1.5 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

Dominican Summer League Cardinals (R)

Season begins in June

2007 RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.5 GB

Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jaime Garcia

Garcia pitched seven shutout innings in the Redbirds victory on Tuesday afternoon. The 21-year-old has posted a very good 2.38-to-1 groundball-to-flyball ratio and has 12 strikeouts compared to only one walk in his 13 innings. Deserving of an Honorable Mention is Springfield's Jess Todd. Like Garcia, Todd was making his second start at his current level and was just as masterful. Todd went six scoreless innings and while he only struck out two, he allowed only two hits.

Minor League Player of the Day - Joe Mather

For the second day in a row, Mather is recognized. The outfielder led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to put the first run on the board. That run would prove to be all pitcher Jaime Garcia would need. In his last six games, Mather has three home runs to push his season total to five, just one shy of team leader Colby Rasmus.

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