The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/31

Quad Cities put on a power display in a shutout of Burlington. Memphis got knocked around in the cornfields of Iowa, while Springfield had two outstanding performances from Jess Todd and Mark Hamilton. Palm Beach couldn't overcome Shaun Garceau's control problems and things were even worse for the VSL team.


Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Iowa 10-3

All the Redbird runs came in the third inning off a three run blast by David Freese, his sixth. Nick Stavinoha reached base three times with two singles and a base on balls. Gabe Johnson and D'Angelo Jimenez both singled and drew a walk.

Colby Rasmus had a hit and drew a walk. The 21 year old has hit in eight of his last nine games.

Anthony Reyes was touched for four runs on nine hits in his six-inning start. Matt Scherer gave up two runs on three hits in his only inning of work. Nick Webber will probably want to forget his Triple-A debut. The Central Missouri State product was pounded for four runs including a three run home run off the bat of Felix Pie.


RECORD: 28-28, 2nd place, 1.0 games back


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Defeated Missions 5-2

Jess Todd was tremendous once again pitching seven innings of shutout ball. The only hit the Missions were able to manage off the former Arkansas Razorback, was a leadoff single in the first. The 22-year-old struck out two and recorded 13 groundball outs compared to 6 fly ball outs. In his last two games, Todd has pitched 14 shutout innings and allowed a ridiculous two hits. Kyle Sadlowski was roughed up for two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Fernando Salas picked up his fifth save with three strikeouts in 1.1 innings.

Mark Hamilton led the Springfield offense with a solo shot and a two run blast. The former Tulane Greenwave now has six home runs on the season. Shane Robinson reached base four times with two singles, a double, and a walk. Jon Jay singled twice as did Allen Craig who also had two RBIs.


RECORD: 24-29, 3rd place, 5.0 games back


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - 5-1 winners over the Mets

Luke Gorsett seems to be finding his groove. The former Nebraska Cornhusker singled, doubled, and drove in a run. The 23 year old is hitting .341 in his last 10 games. Another former Cornhusker, Andrew Brown, singled and doubled as well. Antonio DeJesus collected the only other Cardinal hit, a single.

Shaun Garceau struggled through 5.2 innings. The 20 year old walked five along with giving up five hits that contributed to four Mets' runs. Richard Castillo made his Florida State League debut with 2.1 scoreless innings. St. Lucie scored a run on two hits off of Davis Bilardello in his only inning of relief.


RECORD: 33-21, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Defeated Bees 7-4

The River Bandits overcame three errors with five home runs to beat the Bees on Friday night. Tommy Pham led the home run barrage with two long balls, a two run shot followed by a solo shot. Matt Arburr got into the action with two solo home runs. Not to be outdone, Charlie Kingrey added a solo shot.

Pete Kozma walked and scored a run but did strike out three times on the night. Luis De La Cruz singled twice.

Chuckie Fick picked up his first victory of the season with three runs allowed in five innings. Blake King allowed a run on two hits and two walks in three innings. Pete Parise notched his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.


RECORD: 28-24, 3rd place, 10.0 games back


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 Phillies 19-10

The two teams combined for 10 errors to go along with nine Cardinal walks. In 2.1 innings, the right-handed Geney Rios allowed eight runs, four earned, on four hits and three walks. The line of the night went to the Phillies' Leonel Bastidas who was scored upon seven times but only one run was earned.

Centerfielder Alberto Rivero collected three hits and scored three runs. Right fielder Christofher Dumont singled twice and drove in two runs. Third baseman Gerardo Mannbel reached base three times with a single, double, and a walk. The 18 year old also scored two runs and drove in a run as well.


RECORD: 8-7, 3rd place, 3.0 games back


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 - Jess Todd

The 22 year old gathers this honor for his second start in a row. Todd has been absolutely outstanding in his last two starts with seven scoreless innings and only one hit allowed in both.



Minor League Player of the Day - Mark Hamilton

Somewhat a forgotten man in the early going of 2008, Hamilton made everyone take notice with two home runs and three RBIs on Friday. The 23 year old also drew a walk. While he is only hitting .240 this season he has still reached base at a clip of .346.


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