The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/20

A big night as Springfield breaks its losing streak and breaks in a new closer. A pair of 2005 draft picks highlight the individual performances. After an anemic effort on Sunday, the Palm Beach offense explodes and the Quad Cities receives two outstanding pitching performances. The VSL Cardinals put a big score on the board and Jaime Garcia proves he might be human after all.

Games Played Monday

Memphis (Triple-A) falls to Nashville 7-3

After dominating his previous two outings, Jaime Garcia was roughed up for five runs on eight hits to go along with five strikeouts in his five-inning outing. The groundball pitcher was hurt by the home run, giving up two on the night. He did help himself with a two-run triple to plate the first runs of the game. The Sounds lineup does include big league veterans Laynce Nix, Russell Branyan, and Eric Munson.

Matt Scherer struck out two in his perfect inning of relief. After being so stingy earlier in the season, Ron Flores has now given up seven runs in his last 6.2 innings after giving up two runs in one inning Monday night. Mark Worrell loaded the bases but was able to get out of trouble thanks to two strikeouts.

Nick Stavinoha continues to be one of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League. On Monday night, the Louisiana State product collected two more hits including a solo home run. The 25-year-old is hitting .378 on the season. Though he did not homer, Joe Mather did double but was later picked off. Gabe Johnson reached base three times with two singles and a walk.

Colby Rasmus did not start for the second consecutive game.


RECORD: 22-23, 1st place

Springfield (Double-A) over Tulsa 6-4

Finally, the Cardinals stop the suffering after dropping ten in a row. Plus, does the team have a new closer?

Allen Craig's consecutive home run streak came to an end but the hits kept coming. Craig had homered in his four previous games but with three more hits pushed his average to .294. The 2006 draft pick now has 13 hits in his last five games.

Casey Rowlett and Jon Jay both singled and drove in two runs. With his 33rd RBI, Jose Martinez took over the team lead. Matt Pagnozzi singled and scored a run along with throwing out one runner and picking another off.

Clayton Mortenson kept his team in the game with six strong innings, allowing only three runs on nine hits. The 2007 draft pick recorded 10 ground ball outs compared to three fly ball outs. Marco Gonzalez walked two hitters and only lasted two-thirds of an inning. Luke Gregerson entered in the seventh to get Gonzalez off the hook and then went out and pitched a scoreless eighth. Fernando Salas entered the game in the ninth to close the door but did allow a run on two hits. The save was Salas' first at the Double-A level.


RECORD: 18-26, 3rd place, 5.0 games back

Palm Beach (High-A) wallops Lakeland 13-2

After only recording two hits on Sunday, the Cardinals bats exploded with 15 base knocks highlighted by a seven-run ninth on Monday night. Daryl Jones led the way with three of those hits including two home runs, a two-run blast in the second and a solo shot in the ninth. Brian Cartie builds his case to stay in the lineup by recording three hits and an RBI. The newly-promoted Andrew Brown notched two hits, including his first Palm Beach home run, a three-run blast in the ninth.

Jim Rapoport reached base twice with a single and a walk, scored a run, and stole a base. Donovan Solano continues to hit with two more and two RBIs. Tony Cruz singled twice and drove in a run.

Shaun Garceau was solid, allowing only two runs on five hits in six innings of work. Jon Mikrut followed with 1.2 scoreless frames while Francisco Samuel picked up his third save of the year with 1.1 perfect innings, striking out three.


RECORD: 27-17, 1st place

Quad Cities (A) blanked Peoria 6-0

Tandem starters Brian Broderick and Josh Wilson dominated the Chiefs' bats as the River Bandits properly welcomed Chiefs' manager and Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg to town. Broderick pitched five shutout innings, allowing only four hits and striking out three to record his first victory of the season. Wilson was even better in his four shutout innings. The 21-year-old did not allow a hit or a walk while striking out four to earn his first save of the season.

Midwest League Player of the Week Tommy Pham reached base twice with a triple and a walk. Paul Vasquez is finding his stride with two more hits to raise his average to .318. The former Auburn Tiger has a hit in nine of his last eleven games. After going hitless in his first four at-bats in his full-season debut, Francisco Rivera rebounded with two hits on he night. The 19-year-old hit his first home run, a two run blast in the third inning. Jose Garcia doubled and drove in two runs. D'Marcus Ingram doubled and walked twice as well as going 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts.

Domnit Bolivar's fielding struggles continue as the 19-year-old committed his 11th error in 36 games.


RECORD: 23-18, 3rd place, 7.0 games back

VSL Cardinals pound VSL Rays 16-6

Down 6-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Cardinals plated 10 unanswered runs to make this one a blowout. There were many offensive stars beginning with third baseman Billy Bolivar who walked twice, scored three runs, and hit a three run blast in the sixth. (Doesn't that just sound like a baseball name, Billy Bolivar?)

Left fielder Anthony Fonseca singled twice, doubled, and drove in two runs. Right fielder Wilson Perez notched two hits including a solo home run. Designated hitter Christofher Dumont scored three runs after reaching base via a single and two walks.

Shortstop Gerardo Mannbel singled twice to raise his average to .370 in 27 at bats. For all players on the VSL team with at least 10 at bats, Mannbel is leading in average, on base percentage, hits, and total bases, all as a 17-year-old.

Lefty Moises Colorado struck out seven while allowing two runs in four innings. Right-hander David Brito earned his second win of the season with 2.1 scoreless innings.


RECORD: 3-3, 4th 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: Josh Wilson

After a solid performance his last time out in which he earned his first victory, Wilson was even better on Monday night. The 2005 second-round pick did not allow a hit or a walk in four shutout innings. Wilson struck out four to pick up his first save of the season. The 21-year-old has a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings in 2008.

Minor League Player of the Day: Daryl Jones

Cardinals fans have been waiting for the potential of Jones, another 2005 draft pick, to match his production. In the early going in 2008, Jones has done just that. His two home runs bring his season total to three in 34 games, just one off his career high of four achieved in 127 games in 2007. The former third-round pick collected three hits, three RBIs, and scored three runs.

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