The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/29

Mitchell Boggs leads the Redbirds over the Cubs by logging the first Memphis complete game in over a year. In Springfield, the bullpen let an early lead slip away. Palm Beach wins ugly as the River Bandits forces extra innings and then shelled in extra frames. Way down south, the VSL Cardinals defeat the same team as their major league counterparts.


Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - defeats Iowa 6-1

Mitchell Boggs was fantastic for the Redbirds on Wednesday afternoon. The 24 year old allowed only one run on five hits in Memphis' first complete game of 2008. Of his 116 pitches, 69 were for strikes while he notched five strikeouts. Boggs did not allow a run until the ninth when the Cubs' Felix Pie led off with a single and came around to score.

Gabe Johnson led the offense with four RBIs and reached base four times via a double, two singles, and a walk. Brian Barden singled three times to raise his average to .333. Joe Mather doubled, walked twice, and scored a run. Colby Rasmus posted the same line but scored twice. Nick Stavinoha doubled and singled and is now hitting .355. David Freese continues his recent surge with two more hits and an RBI. The 25 year old has hit in seven of his last eight games for a .379 clip (11-29) with eight runs batted in.

Before the game, reliever Kelvin Jimenez was promoted to the big leagues. Nick Webber was promoted to take his spot in the Memphis bullpen.


RECORD: 28-26, 1st Place


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - lost to San Antonio 7-5

Mark McCormick turned in a shaky performance as the Missions touched him for three runs on four hits and four walks in five innings. Marco Gonzalez relieved the former Baylor Bear. On his 24th birthday, Gonzalez was touched for a solo home run in two innings of relief. Luke Gregerson coughed up the lead giving up three runs on three hits and two walks in only two-thirds of an inning. Jon Mikrut pitched 1.1 shutout innings.

Shane Robinson singled three times, drove in two runs, and scored a run. Jose Martinez hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot. Jon Jay and McCormick both singled.


RECORD: 23-28, 4th Place, 5.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - defeated Jupiter 3-2

With the scored tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Nick Derba led off with a strikeout but reached first when the Hammerhead catcher let the ball get by him. Nathan Southard moved Derba over with a sacrifice bunt. Later in the inning with two outs, Tony Cruz hit a ground rule double that would score Derba and prove to be the game winner.

Cruz would end the game with two hits along with a run scored. Luke Gorsett reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Oliver Marmol would enter the game for Gorsett as a pinch runner and steal his ninth base of the season. Derba went hitless in four at bats with three strikeouts.

Elvis Hernandez was solid in five innings of two run baseball. The right-hander would allow four walks and did not factor in the decision. Davis Bilardello earned his second win in only his third Florida State League game with two shutout innings. Josh Dew struck out one in his scoreless frame while Francisco Samuel earned his seventh save with two strikeouts in the ninth.


RECORD: 32-20, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - lost to the Bees 4-1 (11 innings)

The River Bandits lone run came in bottom of the eighth on a leadoff single from Domnit Bolivar and three Bees' errors in the inning. The River Bandits logged only two hits on the night, singles from Bolivar and Adron Chambers who also stole a base.

Brian Broderick was touched for a solo home run that proved to be his only mistake in a four-inning start. Josh Wilson pitched three shutout innings while scattering four hits. Thomas Eager gave the team two hitless innings to go along with two strikeouts. Dylan Gonzalez gave up three runs on two home runs in the bottom of the eleventh. One was off the bat of the second pick of the 2007 draft, Mike Moustakas.


RECORD: 26-24, 4th Place, 11.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS)

Season begins June 18th, on the road against the Auburn Doubledays

2007 RECORD: 31-43, 12th Place, 16.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R)

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 (R)

Season begins on June 19th, on the road against the GCL Marlins

2007 RECORD: 24-30, 3rd Place, 15.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) Defeated the Astros 9-4

Hector Corpas, the 18-year-old right-hander picked up his second victory of the season with 3.1 shutout innings. Yonathan Gonzalez struck out the side in his only inning of work.

Shortstop Osmir Medina collected three hits, two RBIs, and scored two runs. Right-fielder Anthony Fonseca singled twice and drove in three runs. Third baseman Hector Garcia and Centerfielder Alberto Rivero each had two hits.


Record: 7-6, 4th Place, 3.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R)

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 - Mitchell Boggs

The right-hander threw the first complete game for Memphis in over a year as he beat the last Redbird pitcher to accomplish the feat, Randy Kiesler, May 8, 2007. He extended his record to 5-1 as well as lowering his team leading starter's ERA to 3.17.



Minor League Player of the Day - Gabe Johnson

Johnson put together his finest offensive performance of the season and substantially raised some of his numbers. With three hits he increased his total from 12 to 15 (25% increase) and with four RBIs, increasing from eight to 12 (50% increase). On the day, the 28 year old raised his batting average 35 points to .238.


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