The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/01

P.J. Walters remained unbeaten in six starts as the Redbirds won their series opener against the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-2 Saturday night. Walters gave up just three hits in 6.1 innings and struck out five, picking up his fourth win for Memphis.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 7-2 over ‘Topes

Memphis starter P.J. Walters improves to 4-0 at Triple-A Memphis, with another solid performance that is causing his stock to rise significantly this month. Through the first six innings, Walters surrendered only a lonely double in the third inning and allowed only two more base runners, via, the walk. Walters finished the night, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out five.

Leadoff man and shortstop, Brian Barden gave the Redbirds an early 2-0 lead, with his fourth home run on the season that came in the third inning, with Bryan Anderson on base, after being walked.

Colby Rasmus extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 3-for-4 on the night, to include a double and getting a free pass with a walk, raising his batting average to .214. First baseman Josh Phelps also had a good night at the plate, going 3-for-5, driving in a couple of runs, while scoring once.

Chris Duncan started in left field for the Redbirds and went 0-for-4 with a walk.


RECORD: 29-28, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Corpus Christi 7-2

After losing three straight to Springfield this season, the Corpus Christi Hooks beat the Cardinals for the first time this year, winning by a final score of 7-2 on Saturday night at Hammons Field.

Springfield starter, Clayton Mortensen (3-4) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits over five innings. The right-hander walked a season-high six men and struck out a season-best eight in the loss.

Shortstop Tyler Greene and catcher Brandon Yarbrough both hit solo home runs to make up the Cardinals offense, in the losing cause.

The Cards fall to just 1-3 on the current home stand and are only 9-17 at Hammons Field in 2008.

Struggling Adam Ottavino is scheduled to start for Springfield on Sunday.


RECORD: 24-30, 3rd Place, 5.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 10-4 over the Mets

After losing the first game of a three-game set to the lowly last-place Mets on Friday, 5-1, the Cardinals rebounded Saturday with 15 hits on the night, scoring 10 runs to beat the St. Lucie Mets, 10-4.

Starter Brad Furnish (W, 4-3, 3.78) picked up his fourth win on the season, pitching five complete innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three.

Offensively, right-fielder Luke Gorsett, led the offensive juggernaut, going 3-for-5, with three doubles, three RBIs and a run score, raising his batting average to .311. Shortstop Donovan Solano, went 4-for-5, to include a double and an RBI while scoring twice.


RECORD: 34-21, 1st Place,


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Stung by the Bees 3-2, in 10

A 10th-inning error on Saturday night, led to a 3-2 loss to the Burlington Bees at Modern Woodmen Park, marring what was otherwise a good night for the ballclub.

Outfielder Charlie Kingrey, went 3-for-4 on the night, including a solo home run in the first inning, his fifth blast on the season, to give Quad Cities the early lead. The 23-year-old from Louisiana is hitting .442 in his last 11 ballgames.

Quad Cities' starter, Eduardo Sanchez had allowed just one hit over four shutout innings before Burlington got to him in the top of the fifth. He finished the night pitching 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out six, in his no-decision. Reliever Wayne Daman (L, 1-1, 3.55) pitched in some tough luck, getting tagged with the loss, giving up the winning run in the 10th, despite it being an unearned run.


RECORD: 28-25, 3rd 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 Mariners 7-2

The Cardinals racked up 11 hits on Saturday afternoon, jumping out to an early 4-0 lead over the Mariners.

Cardinals' shortstop, Gerardo Mannbel paced the club's offense, going 3-for-4 on the day, including his third home run on the season, a solo shot in the third inning. Mannbel raised his batting average to .338 on the year.

Right-fielder Anthony Fonseca, also off to a good start, went 2-for-4, raising his batting average to .375.

Hector Corpas (W, 3-1, 0.77) picked up his third win, all in relief, pitching 2.2 shutout innings, giving up only one hit, while striking out two. Starter, Moises Colorado, pitched 3.2 shutout innings, before giving way to the bullpen.


RECORD: 9-7, 3rd Place tie with the Pirates, two games off the pace


DSL Cardinals (R) NO REPORT

We will update this report, when we can confirm results from the DSL games on Saturday.



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - P.J. Walters

Walters improved to 4-0 on the season with the Memphis Redbirds. P.J. was almost unhittable through six innings, giving up only a double in the third, before giving way later to the bullpen in the seventh inning.



Minor League Player of the Day - Luke Gorsett

Gorsett went 3-for-5 Saturday, with three doubles, three RBIs and a run score, raising his batting average on the season to .311


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