The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/18

The VSL team was the only one with a Saturday win. Springfield lost their ninth in a row. In Memphis, Blake Hawksworth had one of his strongest starts of the year. Allen Craig is the second prospect this week to homer in three straight games while Donovan Solano is quietly hitting over .300 for Palm Beach. In the Quad Cities, the offense was anemic but Tommy Pham continues to show his power.

Games Played Saturday

Memphis (Triple-A) falls to Oklahoma 4-3 in 10 innings

Nick Stavinoha put two hits on the board including a two run homer in the seventh to plate the first Redbird runs of the game. D'Angelo Jimenez singled twice and scored a run. The only other Memphis hit came off the bat of Mark Johnson, a solo shot in the eighth.

Colby Rasmus was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and is now hitting .182 this season. David Freese went hitless in four at bats and struck out three times.

Blake Hawksworth allowed only two runs on four hits in six innings while striking out six. Definitely his best outing in his last five starts. John Wasdin allowed a run in two innings of relief. Kelvin Jimenez was tagged with the loss after allowing a run in the tenth.


RECORD: 21-22, 1st place tie

Springfield (Double-A) outslugged by Tulsa 12-8

The Cardinals gave up seven in the eighth to let this game slip through their hands. It was their ninth loss in a row. In his Texas League debut, Mark McCormick labored through only two innings while throwing 48 pitches. The 24-year-old did not allow a run on two hits and struck out three. Adam Daniels was rocked for five runs on 11 hits including two home runs in 4.2 innings. In only one inning of work, Bob Zimmerman was knocked around for six runs including a grand slam in Tulsa's seven-run eighth. Zack Zuercher allowed a solo shot in his only inning of relief.

Allen Craig homered for his third straight game and scored three runs. Tyler Greene went deep for the second day in a row to push his home run total to six. Now if he could get his average up from .209. Jose Martinez collected three hits and two RBIs. Jon Jay singled, doubled, and stole a base. Steven Hill singled twice but struck out in his three other at bats.


RECORD: 17-25, 3rd place, 5.0 games back

Palm Beach (High-A) pummeled by Vero Beach 11-3

Jim Rapoport returned to the lineup to single twice and score a run. Rapoport excelled in the field with two outfield assists on the night. Donovan Solano singled three times to push his average to .310. Remember, he is only 20. Brian Cartie continues to torch Florida State League pitching with a single, double, and two runs batted in. Daryl Jones doubled and drove in a run.

David Kopp had his worst outing of the season, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks in only 2.2 innings. Eddie Degerman made his 2008 debut giving up two runs on five hits while striking out seven in 4.1 innings. In only one inning of relief, Brandon Garner was hammered for three runs on three hits. Jon Mikrut helped stop the bleeding with a two-strikeout scoreless inning.


RECORD: 26-16, 1st place

Quad Cities (A) silenced by Burlington 3-1

Tommy Pham got things started for the River Bandits with a leadoff home run. Unfortunately, that was the only run for the Quad Cities for the night. Paul Vasquez and Domnit Bolivar both singled and doubled. Bolivar also committed his tenth error on the year. D'Marcus Ingram collected two singles.

Blake King was knocked out early by allowing six hits that led to three runs in only two innings. Justin Fiske pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. Chuckie Fick was outstanding in his five innings of work, allowing only four hits.


RECORD: 21-18, 3rd place, 7.5 games back

VSL Cardinals over VSL Pirates 5-4

The Cardinals put up five in sixth and held on to win their second game of the season. Designated Hitter Christofher Dumont provided the excitement with a grand slam in the inning. Center fielder Alberto Rivera singled twice and drove in the other run.

Right-hander Geney Rios went five innings and picked up his first victory of the year by allowing only three runs on four hits. Right-hander Javier Avendano pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.


RECORD: 2-3, 6th place, 3.0 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: Blake Hawksworth

Though he did not factor in the decision, Hawks put together his best start in his last five outings and one of his better starts of the season. Hawksworth allowed only two runs on four hits in six innings while striking out six. The 25 year old is now 1-5 with a 6.90 ERA.

Minor League Player of the Day: Nick Stavinoha

After a down year in 2007, Stavinoha has put himself back on the Cardinal prospect map with a sensational start in 2008. So far, he has established himself as one of the best hitters in the Pacific Coast League with a .369 average. The 25 year old now has 27 RBIs on the year after having only 49 in 2007.

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