The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/15

Springfield's Luke Gregerson had a birthday he would soon rather forget while Tommy Pham had one his best days as a professional. Palm Beach rallied to overcome an early deficit while the Quad Cities swept its doubleheader with help from Pham. Memphis had the day off and the VSL Cardinals remain winless.

Games Played Wednesday

Memphis (Triple-A) had the day off.

No games were scheduled in the Pacific Coast League on this day. The Redbirds return home to take on Oklahoma on Thursday.

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

Springfield (Double-A) fell to Arkansas, 4-3

Springfield closer Luke Gregerson probably could think of a million ways to celebrate his 24th birthday. I bet blowing his second save in consecutive nights was not one of them. In the ninth, the Travelers scored two runs on three hits and a walk while Gregerson was able to record just a single out.

After three bad outings, Clayton Mortensen rebounded with seven strong innings lining himself up for his second win of the season. The Gonzaga product allowed only one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out four. The 23-year-old recorded 13 groundball outs compared to four outs recorded in the air. Fernando Salas pitched a perfect inning of relief and has allowed only one run in his last 14.1 innings.

Steven Hill had his finest performance at Double-A to date with four hits including two doubles and a run scored. In the field, he committed his third error in four games. Mark Shorey put together a two hit night and drove in his eleventh run in 24 games. Jose Martinez went hitless but tied Allen Craig for the team high in RBIs with his 28th. Isa Garcia singled twice and drove in a run.


RECORD: 17-22, 2nd place, 4.0 games out

Palm Beach (High-A) over Jupiter 2-1 in 12 innings

With the early start, someone must have forgotten to wake the offenses, as the game was scoreless after 10 innings. Tony Cruz doubled to lead off the eleventh and would come around to score on a Brian Cartie groundout. Francisco Samuel, in relief of Josh Dew, would give the run back in the bottom of the inning. In the 12th, Jim Rapoport singled and moved to third on a hit by Donovan Solano. With Cruz batting, Rapoport scored on a wild pitch. Jon Mikrut replaced Samuel with two on and two out in the bottom of the inning and close the door.

Rapoport singled twice, drew a walk, and stole his sixth base. The 2006 draft pick has an eight game hitting streak during which he is hitting .405. In his full season debut, Brian Cartie singled, doubled, and drove in a run. Oliver Marmol extended his hit streak to five games with two more hits and stole his seventh base.

After a shaky outing in his last appearance, Brad Furnish was superb on this night. The TCU product allowed only one hit and struck out two in five scoreless innings. Mark McCormick followed with five strikeouts and one hit allowed in three scoreless. Josh Dew struck out five in his two innings of relief. Samuel was charged with his first blown save but picked up his third win. It was Mikrut's fifth save since being demoted.


RECORD: 24-15, 1st place

Quad Cities (A) outlasted Peoria 3-2 in Game 1 (seven innings)

Tommy Pham started things off with a bang by leading off the game with a home run. It was his second since joining the River Bandits. Pham also walked, stole a base and came around to score in the third. Pete Kozma reached base in all three at bats by collecting a single, double, and a walk. The 20-year-old caused a little havoc by stealing his fifth base of the season and scoring a run.

Charlie Kingrey and Andrew Brown both singled and drove in a run.

Thomas Eager won his second game of the year by allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three in five innings. Matt Spade pitched another shutout inning while lowering his ERA to 1.35. Cardoza Tucker picked up his third save.


Quad Cities overcame Peoria 7-4 Game 2 (seven innings)

Though they were down 4-0 after the first, the Quad Cities never let up and tied the game in the third thanks to two run home runs off the bats of Tommy Pham and Matt Arburr. Andrew Brown got in on the action in the fifth with a solo shot, his fifth long ball of the year.

Pham added a single, is hitting .417 and has homered in all three games since returning to the Quad Cities. Brown doubled and also scored on Arburr's home run. Osvaldo Morales singled and tripled. Charlie Kingrey doubled, singled, drove in a run, and scored a run. The 2007 draft pick is hitting .421 during his five game hit streak.

Eduardo Sanchez picked up his third win of the season by allowing four runs on three hits and four walks in five innings of work. The Venezuelan struck out six and is averaging more than a strikeout an inning for the season. Pete Parise was awarded his second save with two shutout innings.


RECORD: 19-17, 3rd place, 6.5 games back

VSL Cardinals downed by VSL Mariners 8-2

Right-fielder Billy Bolivar had a hit, walk, and drove in both Cardinal runs. Third baseman Hector Garcia walked and scored a run. Shortstop Gerardo Mannbel collected a hit and scored a run.

The defense was very shaky as the team committed four errors and Catcher Yorbel Alcala allowed a passed ball.

Right-hander Javier Avendano allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three in two innings. Lefty Ruben Alvarado pitched three innings and allowed five runs of which two were earned. Right-hander Gregorio Ramos had some command issues, giving up three walks and one run in two innings of relief. Right-hander Geney Rios struck out the side in his only inning. Right-hander Carlos Noguera notched a strike out and gave up only a hit in his inning of work.


RECORD: 0-2, 7th place, 2.5 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: Brad Furnish

After getting knocked around in his last outing, Furnish pitched five shutout innings allowing only one hit. The 2006 draft choice is now 3-2 with a 3.32 ERA and is 3-0 when he is the starter in the tandem starter program.

Minor League Player of the Day: Tommy Pham

After being overwhelmed at Palm Beach, the 20-year-old has been spectacular in his first three games for the Quad Cities. On Wednesday, Pham hit two home runs, drove in three, and stole a base. In his first three games with the River Bandits, Pham has three home runs while having only four in his previous 162 professional games.

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