The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/04

Memphis got another outstanding pitching performance from Jaime Garcia. With some help for Tony Cruz, Palm Beach continues to roll and is now 16 games over .500. The Quad Cities offense forgets to show up and the VSL team has one really bad inning. Springfield had the day off and the DSL team was rained out.


Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Pounds Albuquerque 7-2

Starter Jaime Garcia was outstanding for the Redbirds with seven innings of two run ball. The 21 year old was very stingy with only three hits allowed and struck out nine. Garcia is also keeping the ball on the ground with a 2.48 to 1 groundball to fly ball ratio.

John Wasdin followed with two shutout innings of relief.

After hitting a home run last night, David Freese singled twice and drove in a run. Jarrett Hoffpauir reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Nick Stavinoha homered for the seventh time this season and is hitting .348. Bryan Anderson singled and drove in a run. Chris Duncan singled and drew three walks.

Colby Rasmus continues his hot streak with his eighth home run, a two run blast in the seventh. Rasmus is hitting .410 in his last 10 games.


RECORD: 30-30, 3rd Place,


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - OFF DAY

RECORD: 26-30, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Doubled up on Daytona 2-1

Matt Clement made his first rehab start of the season for Palm Beach. In six impressive innings, Clement allowed only one hit and struck out five. His fastball was clocked at 86-88 and recorded 10 to 3 groundball to fly ball ratio. Davis Bilardello struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief. Cardoza Tucker recorded his first Florida State League save with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings.

Tony Cruz had two hits including a solo home run in the third inning, his fifth. Antonio DeJesus reached base four times with two singles and two walks. Oliver Marmol singled twice. Andrew Brown singled and drove in a run.


RECORD: 37-21, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Shut out by Beloit 5-1

The River Bandits were held to only four hits on the night. Mike Folli doubled for the Quad Cities only extra base hit. Francisco Rivera singled and drew a walk. Adron Chambers and Luis De La Cruz both singled.

Tommy Pham has crashed back down to earth. The Las Vegas native struck out four times in four at bats.

Blake King walked six in 3.2 innings. The Snappers were able to plate two runs and he was tagged with his fourth loss of the season. Matt Spade pitched 1.1 perfect innings. Thomas eager was tagged for three runs, none earned, on two hits and three walks in three innings of work.


RECORD: 29-27, 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) Pounded by the Mets 9-1

Shortstop Gerardo Mannbel reached base three times via two singles and a walk. He is now hitting .371 this season. First baseman Roberto Perez hit his first home run in the fourth inning.

Deimer Bier pitched five shutout innings. Fabian Marquez struck out five hitters in his three innings of relief. Three Cardinal relievers combined to allow nine runs in the sixth, as they lose to the Mets, 9-1



DSL Cardinals (R) Rained Out

RECORD: 0-2, 5th Place, 2.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jaime Garcia

After two so-so outings, Garcia has rebounded with his second consecutive solid outing. In 36 innings at Triple-A, he has posted an ERA of 3.50. The Mexico native has been especially outstanding during the day with a 1.29 ERA and a .180 batting average against.



Minor League Player of the Day - Tony Cruz

After an outstanding professional debut in 2007, Cruz has struggled to maintain any type of consistency this season. Cruz seems to be putting this together as he has hit .368 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games.


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