The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/23

Memphis received another solid start from Blake Hawksworth and more of Joe Mather's power stroke. Springfield used five hurlers to top San Antonio and Palm Beach continues to roll against the Florida State League competition. The Quad Cities' offense is almost nonexistent while the VSL Cardinals seem to be hitting their stride.

Games Played Thursday

Memphis (Triple-A) blasts Nashville 10-2

Joe Mather continues his power surge with his tenth home run, a solo shot in the fifth. It was his seventh home run in his last 10 games. Brian Barden got things going with a leadoff home run, his third long ball of the season. Nick Stavinoha remains one of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League with three more singles and three runs scored.

Colby Rasmus reached base three times with two singles and a walk. The 21-year-old drove in a run and scored twice.

Blake Hawksworth put together another solid performance. In 6.1 innings, "Hawks" allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out four. Matt Scherer came on in relief and did not allow a hit in the final 2.2 innings.


RECORD: 25-23, 1st place, 2 game lead

Springfield (Double-A) slips by San Antonio 6-4

Adam Ottavino labored through only three innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. Kyle Sadlowski picked up his first Double-A victory with three shutout innings. Sadlowski did not allow a hit but did walk three. Nick Webber and Marco Gonzalez combined for three shutout innings of relief. Displaced closer Luke Gregerson was back in his familiar role. In his only inning of work, Gregerson allowed a run on three hits but did pick up his seventh save.

Brandon Yarbrough punished Mission pitching for three hits of which two were doubles and walked once. Jose Martinez singled twice and scored two runs. Shane Robinson reached base three times by singling twice and drawing a walk.


RECORD: 20-26, 3rd place, 5 games back

Palm Beach (High-A) edges Fort Myers 4-3

Andrew Brown is still swinging a hot bat with three more hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Jim Rapoport singled twice and stole his eighth base. Donovan Solano and Daniel Descalso both collected singles.

Elvis Hernandez picked up his second win while giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and striking out five. In his Palm Beach debut, Justin Fiske threw two innings of one hit ball and notched four strikeouts. Francisco Samuel picked up his fifth save with a two-strikeout ninth.


RECORD: 29-18, 1st place, four game lead

Quad Cities (A) falls to Peoria 7-1

Thomas Eager was knocked around for six runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of work. Cardoza Tucker followed and allowed a run in 1.2 innigns. Eduardo Sanchez pitched four shutout innings while allowing only three hits.

The River Bandits only managed four hits and two of them were off the bat of Matt Arburr. The 2007 draft pick accounted for the only run, a solo home run in the eighth. Domnit Bolivar and D'Marcus Ingram both singled.


RECORD: 23-21, 3rd place, 8.5 games out

VSL Cardinals over VSL Mariners 4-2

Shortstop Gerardo Mannbel continues to rake with two more hits to push his average to .385. Right fielder Anthony Fonseca reached base three times with two hits and a walk while driving in a run. Left fielder Jose Cortez singled twice and scored.

Right-hander Carlos Noguera scattered seven hits in 4.2 innings while allowing only one run. Right-hander Hector Corpas made his season debut and picked up his first win. Yonathan Gonzalez earned his second save in as many days with a one-run ninth.


RECORD: 6-3, 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: Blake Hawksworth

In 6.1 innings for Memphis, Hawksworth allowed only one earned run. In his last two starts, the 25-year-old has given up only three runs in 12.1 innings.

Minor League Player of the Day: Brandon Yarbrough

Springfield's catcher reached base four times and two of his three hits went for extra bases. Yarbrough also drove in a run and scored a run while providing solid defense behind the plate.

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