The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/21

Anthony Reyes pitched his best game since returning to Triple-A in a Memphis win. Palm Beach and Daryl Jones keep rolling while the Quad Cities fell in extra frames. The VSL Cardinals win again and Springfield had the day off.

Games Played Tuesday



Memphis (Triple-A) defeated Nashville, 4-1

Anthony Reyes pitched a solid five innings, allowing only one run on three hits to go along with his seven strikeouts. Reyes threw 82 pitches of which 54 were strikes. John Wasdin followed the World Series hero with three scoreless innings allowing only one hit. Memphis closer Jason Motte made things interesting by loading the bases in the ninth. With the help of two strikeouts, Motte picked up his second save.

Joe Mather singled twice and drove in two runs. With two more hits, Brian Barden has raised his average to .331. Mark Johnson singled, doubled, and scored two runs. Jarrett Hoffpauir singled and drew two walks.

For the third game in a row, Colby Rasmus was not in the starting lineup. According to team officials, Rasmus is not injured.

Boxscore

RECORD: 23-23, 1st place (tie)



Springfield (Double-A) did not play

Springfield had the night off. After breaking their 10 game losing streak on Monday, the Cardinals will return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. Tyler Herron is scheduled to make the start for Springfield.

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



Palm Beach (High-A) took out Lakeland, 5-2

The Cardinals scored three in the ninth to save the game from going into extra innings while continuing their first-place pace. Nick Derba and Daryl Jones started the frame with singles before pinch hitter Daniel Descalso singled in Derba for the game winner. Donovan Solano would later triple to drive in two insurance runs.

Jones reached base three times with two singles and a triple. He used his speed on the basepaths while stealing his sixth base. Luke Gorsett singled twice but struck out twice as well. Andrew Brown singled, doubled, and scored a run. Brian Cartie doubled and scored a run.

Brad Furnish was able to make it through five innings even though the left-hander did not have his best stuff. Furnish walked four and gave up three hits that led to two runs with three strikeouts. In two shutout innings, Kyle Sadlowski allowed three hits to go along with a strikeout. Josh Dew rang up two hitters in a perfect inning top pick up his second win. Francisco Samuel loaded the bases after striking out the first two hitters of the inning before a groundout ended the inning. It was Samuel's fourth save of the season.

Boxscore

RECORD: 28-17, 1st place, 4.0 games ahead



Quad Cities (A) lost to Peoria, 10-6 (10 innings)

After being down 6-0, the River Bandits got five in the sixth to climb back in the game. The big hit of the inning was a two-run home run of the bat of Matt Arburr. They scored another run in the bottom of the eighth and the game needed extra frames to find a winner.

It was a wild tenth as the leadoff man reached after striking out on Cardoza Tucker's wild pitch. The next hitter doubled and Tucker loaded the bases by hitting Chiefs' hitter Marquez Smith. Luis Batista cleared the bases with a triple and scored on a sac fly.

Tucker left after recording only one out while giving up four runs. Matt Spade relieved Tucker and retired the next two batters to get out of the inning.

Starter Mark Diapoules was beat up for six runs on six hits in only 3.1 innings of work. Pete Parise pitched 1.2 scoreless frames. Nick Additon allowed only one hit to go with three strikeouts in four shutout innings.

Tommy Pham collected two more hits and scored two more runs. Charlie Kingrey singled twice and scored a run. Francisco Rivera doubled and drove in two runs.

Boxscore

RECORD: 23-19, 3rd place, 7.5 games back



VSL Cardinals over VSL Astros, 4-2

Shortstop Gerardo Mannbel continues to hit with a solo home run and a single on Tuesday. The long ball was his second of the season and he stole his third base. Mannbel went back-to-back with left fielder Jose Cortez in the third inning. The blast was Cortez' first round-tripper of the season. Catcher Yorbel Alcala singled three times. Left fielder Anthony Fonseca collected two hits to raise his average to .462 in 13 at bats.

Right-hander Javier Avendano pitched five innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Yonathan Gonzalez, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to pick up his first win.

Boxscore

RECORD: 3-3, 4th place 2.5 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: Anthony Reyes

After starting the year in the St. Louis bullpen, Reyes has returned to Memphis to reestablish himself as a starter. On Tuesday night, the 26-year-old held Nashville to only one run on three hits in a five-inning start. Since his return to the Redbirds, Reyes has 13 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.



Minor League Player of the Day: Daryl Jones

For the second consecutive night, Jones brings home this honor. With three hits in his last two games, he is hitting .320/.399/.500 with three home runs and six stolen bases. The 20-year-old ranks seventh in the Florida State League in hitting, ninth in on base percentage, and fourth in slugging percentage.



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