The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/24

Memphis held off Nashville again while Springfield's modest winning streak is over. Quad Cities broke a losing skid in a doubleheader split. Palm Beach and the VSL Cards each took losses.

Games Played Friday



Memphis (Triple-A) edged Nashville 5-4

Memphis again stalled a final inning Nashville rally for the second time in three games to take the win at AutoZone Park.

Redbirds reliever Kelvin Jimenez loaded the bases in the top of the ninth before he collected the final two outs for his first save of the season. John Wasdin was credited with the win in relief. Redbirds starter Mitchell Boggs gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits over five innings.

Third baseman David Freese's RBI double gave Memphis the eventual winning run in the bottom of the seventh after they tied it up in the sixth on Brian Barden's sacrifice fly. First baseman Josh Phelps paced the offense with four hits, including a two-run home run. Phelps drove in three runs and catcher Bryan Anderson contributed three hits.

The Memphis infield defense really helped the cause by turning four double plays.

Boxscore

RECORD: 26-23, 1st place, two-game lead



Springfield (Double-A) fell to San Antonio 5-2

The San Antonio Missions came from behind to score four times in the seventh and eighth for a 5-2 win over the Redbirds, breaking Springfield's modest three-game winning streak.

The Springfield defense had a rough night, tying their season-high with four errors, leading to three unearned runs. Not coincidentally, that was the margin of defeat. Catcher Brandon Yarbrough committed three of the miscues, his fifth, sixth and seventh of the season.

Allen Craig extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 2-for-4 and scoring both runs. In the fourth inning, Craig singled and scored on Yarbrough's sacrifice fly, tying the game at 1-1. The third baseman led off the sixth with another single and scored on an RBI grounder by Jose Martinez, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. Shortstop Tyler Greene added a pair of singles, but also committed an error and grounded into a double play.

Reliever Jon Mikrut took the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, in one-plus inning of work. A bases-loaded walk by Zack Zuercher in the eighth added to the misery. Springfield starter Mark McCormick worked four innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits in a no-decision.

Boxscore

RECORD: 20-27, 3rd place, five games back



Palm Beach (High-A) lost to Fort Myers 5-3

The Fort Myers Miracle scored twice in the fifth and seventh innings to erase a 2-1 Palm Beach lead and power them to a 5-3 home win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

After allowing an unearned first-inning run, starter and losing pitcher Brandon Dickson held the Miracle at bay until running into a bit of trouble in the fifth. Both runs scored on sacrifice flies. Reliever Brandon Garner yielded the final two Fort Myers runs on four hits over two innings.

Though they were held to four hits by four Fort Myers pitchers, the Cardinals offense worked nine walks, yet left nine runners on base. They also fanned eight times. Three of the hits were doubles, two from second baseman Daniel Descalso and the other by third baseman Tony Cruz. Descalso collected two RBIs.

Boxscore

RECORD: 29-19, 1st place, four-game lead



Doubleheader Game 1: Quad Cities (A) was shaded by Kane County 4-3 (7 innings)

Down 3-0 in the fourth inning, the River Bandits tied the score due to some help from the Cougars' defense. Charlie Kingrey started the rally with a double and scored from third when Francisco Rivera's fly ball to center was mishandled. Adron Chambers' chopper up the middle scored Rivera, and Chambers would then come home on an error by the second baseman.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Cougars scored the game-winner against Dylan Gonzalez, who took the loss in his Quad Cities debut. Starter Josh Wilson went 4.2 innings, yielding three runs on eight hits.

In addition to the double, Kingrey also contributed two singles.

Boxscore

Doubleheader Game 2: Quad Cities (A) defeated Kane County 6-2 (7 innings)

Quad Cities were at risk of being swept as they entered the fourth inning without a hit and trailing 2-0. Francisco Rivera then singled and scored on Paul Vasquez' RBI double. Jose Garcia's two-run double in the fifth put Quad Cities in front for good. Garcia doubled again in the sixth and scored the final River Bandits' run.

Brian Broderick picked up the win with five solid innings, his second "W" of the season and second in a row. With the victory, Quad Cities snapped their four-game losing streak.

Boxscore

RECORD: 24-22, 4th place, nine games out



VSL Cardinals lost to the VSL Tigers 3-2 (10 innings)

In his third inning of work, reliever Francisco Cedeno took the loss as the Tigers plated an unearned run in the top of the tenth. Starter Geney Rios was very sharp, spinning five shutout innings on four hits. He walked no one and struck out five.

The Cardinals offense managed just five hits in contrast with the 30 outs. The impatient hitters fanned 12 times but coaxed just one walk. Catcher Yorbel Alcala singled, doubled and collected an RBI. Shortstop Osmir Medina singled twice in three at-bats.

Boxscore

RECORD: 6-4, T-3rd 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: Geney Rios

VSL Cardinals starter Geney Rios was very sharp on Friday, spinning five shutout innings on four hits. He walked no one and struck out five. Rios kept the ball down effectively, with seven ground ball outs compared to just three flies.

On the season, the 20-year-old has fanned 15 and shown good control, walking just four in 15 innings. Rios has allowed four earned runs for a 2.40 ERA.



Minor League Player of the Day: Josh Phelps

Memphis first baseman Josh Phelps led his first-place club to victory with a season-high four hits, including a double and a two-run home run, his seventh of the year. Phelps drove in three runs on the night and has 28 RBI so far in 2008.



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