The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/26

Springfield was the only affiliate with a victory. Memphis fell in extra innings despite another long ball off the bat of Joe Mather. Palm Beach got blasted and the Quad Cities received little production from the top of the order.

Games Played Sunday

Memphis (Triple-A) to Nashville 8-7 in 12 innings

This game went back and forth until Nashville put four on the board in the top of the 12th and Memphis could only answer with three. Anthony Reyes was outstanding but would be long gone before the final out. In six innings, Reyes allowed a run on two hits while striking out six. He also helped his own cause with a solo home run in the third inning.

Mark Worrell pitched 1.2 shutout innings, allowing a walk and striking out four. John Wasdin lost for the fifth time this season after getting knocked around for five runs in three innings.

Joe Mather continues to go deep. Mather his 12th home run in the first and doubled twice and scored again later in the game. Josh Phelps hit a three-run home run in the 12th inning to make things interesting. Colby Rasmus singled and drew a walk.


RECORD: 26-25, 1st place, one game lead

Springfield (Double-A) defeated Corpus Christi 4-1

The Cardinals scored early and then hang on to beat the Hooks. Jon Jay collected three hits and scored a run as did Steven Hill. Allen Craig hit a two-run home run, his 11th, and singled. Tyler Greene singled twice and has hit in seven of his last nine games to a clip of .305. The Georgia Tech product stole his eighth base but also made his 13th error of the season. Casey Rowlett singled, doubled, and drove in a run.

Clayton Mortensen was masterful with eight shut out, three-hit innings. Mortensen would strike out five while recording 14 groundball outs compared to five fly ball outs. Jon Mikrut gave up a solo home run in his only inning of work.


RECORD: 22-27, 3rd place, four games back

Palm Beach (High-A) was trounced by Fort Myers 10-2

Palm Beach starter Brad Furnish was knocked around for four runs in only two innings. Eddie Degerman followed Furnish and was scorched for six runs in three frames. Justin Fiske and Francisco Samuel helped control the bleeding as the two relievers combined for three scoreless innings.

The Palm Beach defense did little to help their staff as the team committed three errors, two by catcher Tony Cruz.

The Cardinals combined for only four hits as a team. Donovan Solano led the offense with two singles. Andrew Brown doubled and drove in a run. Luke Gorsett singled and scored.


RECORD: 30-20, 1st place, four game lead

Quad Cities (A) fell to Kane Country 4-1

With three runs in the eighth, the Cougars overtook the River Bandits. Charlie Kingrey singled three times to raise his average to .304. Francisco Rivera singled twice and drove in a run. Rivera is now hitting .346 in his 26 at bats since joining Quad Cities.

Tommy Pham and Pete Kozma were a combined 0-7 with three strikeouts.

Starter Blake King had trouble throwing strikes, walking five in only 3.1 innings. King allowed a run and struck out three. Matt Spade entered to help control the damage and was able to get out the fourth without allowing a hit and fanned one. Chuckie Fick picked up the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in four innings of relief.


RECORD: 25-23, 4th place, ten games out

VSL Cardinals (Rookie) were off Sunday

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: Clayton Mortensen

The Gonzaga product put together his best start of the season with the eight-shutout innings for Springfield. Mortensen let only four runners reach base.

Minor League Player of the Day: Jon Jay

On Sunday, the outfielder reached base three times with a double and two singles. The former Miami Hurricane is now hitting .288 for Springfield.

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