The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/25

The Redbirds had their feathers ruffled but Joe Mather goes boom once again. Springfield was locked in a fantastic pitchers' duel and Palm Beach received production from an unlikely source. The Quad Cities top one of the best teams in their league while the VSL Cardinals fall to the top team in theirs.

Games Played Saturday

Memphis (Triple-A) roughed up by Nashville 11-4

Jaime Garcia labored through five innings while throwing 94 pitches. The lefty scattered seven hits and three walks that led to four Nashville runs. Next, the Sound torched Hugo Castellanos for six hits that led to four more runs in the "Condor's" only inning of work. Matt Scherer helped stop the bleeding with two shutout innings. Scherer gave way to Jason Motte who was knocked around for three runs on four hits and two walks.

Cody Haerther singled, doubled, and drove in a run. D'Angelo Jimenez singled twice and scored a run. Gabe Johnson singled twice while getting the start behind the plate. Nick Stavinoha went hitless but drove in two runs. Joe Mather did not start but hit a big pinch-hit home run in the seventh. The blast was his eleventh of the season, which is four knocks behind Pacific Coast League leader, Dallas McPherson.


RECORD: 26-24, 1st place

Springfield (Double-A) over Corpus Christi 1-0 in 11 innings

The Cardinals and the Hooks met down in Texas for an old fashioned pitchers' duel. The two teams combined for only five hits in 11 frames of baseball. Leading off the final inning, Mark Shorey was hit by a pitch and then sacrificed over to second. Tyler Greene advanced Shorey to third before Jon Jay drove him in. Isa Garcia and Matt Pagnozzi both singled for the only other hits. Pagnozzi would also earn the only walk that Corpus Christi pitchers allowed.

Jess Todd was simply fantastic. The 2007 draft pick gave up only a hit and a walk in seven shutout innings. Luke Gregerson followed with two scoreless innings of his own, allowing a hit and notching a strikeout. Marco Gonzalez picked up the win with a perfect inning of relief. Fernando Salas struck out two to record his third save of the season.


RECORD: 21-27, 3rd place, 4.0 games back

Palm Beach (High-A) doubled up Fort Myers 6-3

Nick Derba led the offense with two doubles including a three-run double that started the scoring in the second inning. Andrew Brown continued to show his liking of Florida State League pitchers with two hits and a run scored. Jim Rapoport singled, walked, stole his tenth base, and scored a run. People need to start taking notice of Donovan Solano. With another two hits, the 20-year-old is hitting .305 while playing a solid shortstop for Palm Beach. Tony Cruz blasted a two run home run in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie.

Shaun Garceau continues to impress. In six innings, the Miracle were only able to plate three runs on seven hits off the 20-year-old. Garceau recorded 11 groundouts and two flyouts as well as fanning five. Davis Bilardello logged 1.1 perfect innings to pick up his first win of the season. Josh Dew earned the save with 1.2 scoreless innings of no hit, two-strikeout ball.


RECORD: 30-19, 1st place

Quad Cities (A) shut out Kane County 4-0

Nick Additon received the start for the River Bandits on Saturday. In four innings, the lefty struggled with his command, walking three. Mark Diapoules rebounded after a rough outing in his last appearance. Finishing the game out, Diapoules scattered five hits without allowing a run. The 19-year-old is now 3-0 with a save and an ERA of 2.08 this season.

Paul Vasquez continues to hit .300 with three hits and three RBIs. D'Marcus Ingram, Charlie Kingrey, and Francisco Rivera each singled and drew a walk.


RECORD: 25-22, 4th place, 9.0 games back

VSL Cardinals fell to the VSL Mets 1-0

Both teams collected four hits but the Mets were the only team that could plate a run. For the Cardinals, catcher Yorbel Alcala had three of those hits. The 18-year-old is now hitting .344 in 32 at bats. First baseman Roberto Perez singled for the only other hit. Right fielder Wilson Perez did draw three walks on the day.

The 6-foot-3 lefty Moises Colorado was dominant with 10 strikeouts in five innings. The 18-year-old allowed only two hits. Hector Corpas was tagged with the loss after allowing a run in 1.2 innings of relief. Yonathan Gonzalez pitched two-thirds of a scoreless inning.


RECORD: 6-5, 3rd 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 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: Jess Todd

After being upstaged by Jaime Garcia previously, Todd was simply brilliant in his start against Corpus Christi. The former Arkansas Razorback pitched seven shutout innings but would not factor in the decision. In three of his four Double-A starts, he has not allowed a run. The 22-year-old has a 1.19 ERA in 22.2 innings and hitters are putting up a measly average of .169 against him.

Minor League Player of the Day: Nick Derba

Thought of as a defense-first catcher, Derba showed he has some skills with the bat with two doubles and three RBIs on Saturday. Going into the game, Derba had only two doubles and two runs batted in this season.

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