The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/22

The big boys, Mather and Phelps, push the Redbirds over .500 for the first time in a month. Springfield got a little revenge along with Tyler Herron's best start at Double-A. Palm Beach took on one of the minors' top pitchers but the final score didn't show it. The Quad Cities lost late while the VSL team scored late to win.

Games Played Wednesday



Memphis (Triple-A) over Nashville 7-6

The Redbirds matched up against old friend Jeff Weaver. Memphis jumped out early and then held on in an eventful ninth. Cody Haerther singled to get things going and was later driven in on a big fly by Josh Phelps, his sixth of the year. Haerther finished with two hits on the night and though the home run was Phelps only hit, he would drive in a run later in the game.

Hot-hitting Joe Mather homered again, his sixth in nine games. Mather leads the Redbirds with nine home runs this season. Also, Joey Bombs drew two walks. David Freese doubled, singled, and scored a run. Bryan Anderson singled, scored a run, and picked a runner off third.

The ninth was eventful as new closer Jason Motte was knocked around for two runs on four hits while only recording one out via a strikeout. Ron Flores entered the game with two runners on and finished the game with a strikeout and a pop up.

Starter P.J. Walters allowed four runs, three earned on six hits and four walks in six innings of work. The victory was his second in Triple-A even though his ERA now stands at 4.91.

Colby Rasmus was back in the lineup going hitless in three at bats while working a walk.

Boxscore

RECORD: 24-23, 1st place



Springfield (Double-A) slips by San Antonio 2-1

In a rematch of last year's Texas League Championship, Springfield traveled to San Antonio to take on the Missions. On this night, the Cardinals were able to exact some revenge.

Shane Robinson returned to the lineup after missing four days. The Texas League's leading hitter picked up where he left off with two singles, an RBI, and an outfield assist. His RBI proved to be the game winner. Playing behind the plate Wednesday night, Steven Hill also singled and drove in a run. Tyler Greene singled, walked, and scored.

Tyler Herron enjoyed his best Double-A start by allowing only one run on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings. Though he was roughed up in his first go round at Double-A, Jon Mikrut experienced a fine return, throwing two shutout innings while giving up only one hit. Fernando Salas collected up his second save by striking out the side in the ninth.

Boxscore

RECORD: 19-26, 3rd place, 4.5 games back



Palm Beach (High-A) falls to Lakeland 12-11 in 11 innings

Although one of the top pitching prospects in the game was on the mound, both teams put up big numbers on the board in this one. As a team, the Cardinals stroked five home runs including back-to-back ones in the sixth.

Andrew Brown led the offensive outburst by jacking two solo home runs. Jim Rapoport collected three hits including his first home run, a three-run blast to tie the score in the eighth. Luke Gorsett singled twice and hit a solo home run. Daryl Jones continues to stroke the ball with three hits and two runs scored. Antone DeJesus singled three times and scored two runs. Donovan Solano and Brian Cartie each collected two hits.

Kyle Mura was torched for nine runs on nine hits while striking out seven in 3.2 innings. Mura's ERA jumped from 3.93 to 5.68. Eddie Degerman allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. Davis Bilardello made his full season debut, pitching two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Brandon Garner gave the team two scoreless innings. Josh Dew walked two and gave up a hit to allow the winning run to score. It was Dew's first loss at Palm Beach.

Pitching for Lakeland was Rick Porcello. The Cardinals scored four runs on nine hits in five innings on the 2007 first round pick of Detroit.

Boxscore

RECORD: 28-18, 1st place



Quad Cities (A) falls to Peoria 4-3

Chuckie Fick was solid, giving up only one earned run on five hits with two strikeouts in a five-inning start. Blake King slipped back in some of his old, bad habits, walking five batters in three scoreless innings. Matt Spade was charged with his first loss after the Chiefs scored two in the ninth. Pete Parise was charged with his first blown save by allowing two inherited runners to score.

Charlie Kingrey was responsible for all of the River Bandits runs with a three-run blast in the sixth. Pete Kozma singled twice and scored a run as did D'Marcus Ingram. The 20-year-old Ingram stole his third base of the season as well.

The red-hot Tommy Pham went hitless in four at bats including two strikeouts.

Boxscore

RECORD: 23-20, 3rd place, 8.5 games out



VSL Cardinals over VSL Phillies 9-7

Shortstop Gerardo Mannbel continues to punish pitching with a two-run triple and a total of three RBIs on the day. The 18-year-old drew two walks as well. Third baseman Hector Garcia reached base three times with two singles and a walk while driving in two runs. Centerfielder Alberto Rivera tripled, singled, scored two runs, and drove in a run.

Right-hander Deimer Bier allowed only two runs on five hits over his five-inning start. While allowing a run on two hits to go along with his two strikeouts, right-hander David Brito picked up his third win of the season. Yonathan Gonzalez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the season.

Boxscore

RECORD: 5-3, 2nd 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 on Saturday, May 31 as they entertain the DSL A's #2 club.

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



Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Herron

After allowing 10 runs in his first 15 Double-A innings, Herron was masterful in his start at San Antonio. In six innings, the 21-year-old allowed only one run.



Minor League Player of the Day: Andrew Brown

Though his pitching staff let the club down, Brown was outstanding with two home runs on the night. Quietly Brown has eight home runs, one of the leading totals in the Cardinals' minor league system. It was his third home run in only five games for Palm Beach.



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