The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/17

Memphis was led by their three hottest hitters while Palm Beach continues to roll with solid pitching and timely hitting. Pete Kozma again reminds us why he was a first round draft pick while helping the Quad Cities to another victory. In Springfield, the Cardinals lose their eighth straight and an ugly game is played in Venezuela.

Games Played Friday

Memphis (Triple-A) over Oklahoma 13-8

Joe Mather is red hot. After hitting a walk off home run Thursday night, Mather went deep in the first inning on Friday evening. After struggling in the early going of the 2008 season, Josh Phelps has really turned things around. Phelps belted three hits including a three-run home run and totaled five RBIs on the night.

Brian Barden continues his hot streak by reaching base four times, via three hits and a walk, and scored four runs. Barden has hit in nine of his last ten and is hitting .583 in his last five games. His average is now .342 and that isn't even tops on his own team. That honor goes to Nick Stavinoha, who doubled off the wall and drove in his 25th run. David Freese singled twice, stole a base, and drove in a run.

P.J. Walters was torched for seven runs in 4.2 innings. What is interesting that even though he was knocked around, he was still able to strike out seven. Matt Scherer returned from the disabled list to pick up his first Triple-A victory. Mark Worrell contributed two perfect innings while striking out three. Jason Motte struck out the side in a perfect ninth.


RECORD: 20-21, 2nd place, 1.0 game back

Springfield (Double-A) lost to Tulsa, 10-9

Down by seven runs going into the bottom of the second, the Cardinals put up four in the inning and slowly chipped away before tying the game 9-9 in the bottom of the seventh. The game would stay tied until the 11th when Tulsa scored a run off reliever Zack Zuercher. It was Springfield's eighth consecutive loss.

Adam Ottavino was hammered for seven runs on seven hits, including a grand slam in the first, and lasted only two innings. The 2006 first-round pick now has a Double-A ERA over nine. Nick Webber followed and gave up two unearned runs on three hits in four innings of relief. Bob Zimmerman and Luke Gregerson each threw a shutout inning. The struggling Gregerson struck out two in his inning of work. Fernando Salas chipped in two scoreless innings while striking out four. The 22-year-old has allowed only one earned run in his last 15.1 innings. Zuercher yielded a run on a hit and two walks.

Allen Craig homered for the second consecutive night. Tyler Greene hit his fifth home run of the year and singled as well. Still, he is batting only .202. Left fielder Steven Hill was in the two hole and responded with two hits, including his second Double-A home run. He remains shaky in the field, committing his fourth error in six games since being promoted. Mark Hamilton was back in the lineup at first base and picked up a single and scored a run. Jose Martinez drove in two runs and now has 30 RBIs on the season. Jon Jay doubled and drove in a run.


RECORD: 17-24, 3rd place, 5.5 games back

Palm Beach (High-A) downed Vero Beach 3-2

The Cardinals put up three in the six to earn the win over the Rays. Luke Gorsett doubled and tripled while posting two RBIs. The third run scored on a wild pitch. Antonio DeJesus doubled and drew a walk, but was picked off third base. Descalso committed his ninth error of the season.

Kyle Sadlowski went five innings allowing just a run on three hits. Elvis Hernandez picked up the win via two innings during which he allowed a solo home run and struck out five. Josh Dew provided the drama with two hits and a walk in a scoreless inning. Francisco Samuel picked up his second save with two strikeouts in the ninth.


RECORD: 26-15, 1st place

Quad Cities (A) over Burlington 8-1

With only 21 hits on the season to start the night, Domnit Bolivar added four to his total, with three singles and a double, and raised his average 27 points to .223. Pete Kozma singled twice and drove in three runs. Luis De La Cruz doubled, singled, and drove in a run. Tommy Pham singled, stole a base, and collected an RBI. Osvaldo Morales hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot. Bolivar and Kozma each committed their ninth errors of the year.

Nick Additon pitched five shutout innings, allowing only four hits and punching out three. Mark Diapoules notched his first save of the season while striking out six in four innings of relief.


RECORD: 21-17, 3rd place, 6.5 games back

VSL Cardinals (Rookie) fell to the VSL Mets 9-7

It was a sloppily-played game as the Cardinals committed six errors and the Mets booted five. Right-hander Carlos Noguera allowed an unearned run on three hits in 4.2 innings. Next up was right-hander Fabian Marquez who was charged with five runs, two earned, in 2.2 innings but did strike out four. Left-hander Moises Colorado was handed his first blown save and first loss by giving up two runs on a hit and three walks in only two-thirds of an inning.

First baseman Roberto Perez belted four hits and drove in two runs. Catcher Limbert Rivas singled three times and drove in a run. Second baseman Gerardo Mannbel and designated hitter Peter Jaspe singled twice and scored a run. Mannbel is hitting .444 in 18 at bats.


RECORD: 1-3, 7th place, 3.5 games back

Batavia Muckdogs (Short-Season A)

Season begins June 18th on the road against the Auburn Doubledays

2007 RECORD: 31-43, 12th Place, 16.0 GB

Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

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 (Rookie)

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 (Rookie)

Season begins in June

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

Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Nick Additon

While showing dominance early in the season, Additon has been inconsistent of late. On Friday night, the 20-year-old pitched five shutout innings to pick up his fourth victory. In 33.2 innings, he has a 3.74 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Minor League Player of the Day: Josh Phelps

With three hits and three runs scored, Phelps helped lead the Redbirds to within one game of first place. Phelps hit his fourth home run of the season and drove in five runs. The 30-year-old has a 10 game hitting streak and four home runs and 11 runs batted in during his last six. After hitting .245/.286/.337 in April, he is hitting .342/.405/.658 so far in May.

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