The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/05

Springfield got the victory thanks to Tyler Herron's seven shutout innings, while last year's number one pick, Pete Kozma helped power the River Bandits. There was a Brandon Buckman sighting in Palm Beach while the VSL kids forget to bring their bats. Memphis and the DSL Cardinals had the day off.


Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Day Off Wednesday

The Redbirds will be back in action at Auto Zone Park on Tonight.

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


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Drilled Tulsa 4-1

Shane Robinson just continues to hit. With two more on Wednesday night, the left fielder has pushed his average to .383. One of his hits was a solo home run in the third. After a slow beginning, Mark Shorey is beginning to find his stroke. The 23 year old hit his third home run of the year along with a base hit. The High Point product is hitting .310 in his last 10 games.

After a homerless drought, Steven "King of the " Hill got back to circling the bases with a solo shot in the eighth. The home run was Hill's third since joining the Texas League.

Tyler Herron bounced back from his previous rough outing with a tremendous start at Tulsa. The 21-year-old Florida native pitched seven shutout innings while striking out three. The Drillers were only able to manage two hits against the right-hander. Luke Gregerson allowed a run in his only inning of work. Fernando Salas picked up his eighth save with a scoreless ninth.


RECORD: 27-30, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Tops Daytona 5-4

After a monster start in 2007, I was hoping for a fast start for Brandon Buckman out of the gate in 2008. Unfortunately, that has not happened. But on Wednesday night, Buckman found his long ball stroke with a dinger in the eighth that proved to be the game winner. The former Nebraska Cornhusker now has two home runs this season.

Brian Cartie tied the game at four in the bottom of the fifth with a three run home run. It was his second of the season. Donovan Solano reached base three times with two singles and a walk. The 20 year old also came around to score two runs. Daryl Jones doubled and stole a base.

Brandon Dickson got knocked around for four runs on 13 hits in only 4.2 innings. Richard Castillo continues to impress with two more shutout innings while racking up three more whiffs. The 18-year-old Venezuelan has yet to allow a run in 5.2 innings. Josh Dew earned his third win of the season with a shutout eighth. Francisco Samuel continues his dominant ways with two strikeouts in the ninth to pick up his tenth save.


RECORD: 38-21, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 11-6 over Beloit

On draft eve, last year's number one pick, Pete Kozma singled and drove in two runs. Paul Vazquez continues to "hit it where they ain't" with three singles to raise his average to .316. Osvaldo Morales collected two singles and a double along with driving in a run. Matt Arburr blasted his eighth home run of the season, a two run shot. Nick Peoples drove in two runs while Mike Folli singled twice and scored two runs.

Vasquez did allow two past balls while Nick Peoples committed two errors.

Thomas Eager was touched for six hits that led to four runs, three earned in 3.2 innings. Wayne Daman picked up his second win with 1.1 shutout innings. Pete Parise struck out three in 1.1 innings.


RECORD: 30-27, 3rd Place, 10.0 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) - Lost to the Pirates 3-1

The Cardinals had only six hits and shortstop Osmir Medina had four of them. Left fielder Anthony Fonseca singled and drove in the only run. Gerardo Mannbel had a double.

Carlos Noguera was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings. Miguel Lopez and David Brito combined 3.2 scoreless innings.


RECORD: 10-9, 4th Place, 4.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - Day Off Wednesday

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



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Tyler Herron

Seven shutout innings, makes Herron easy choice for today's accolades. The 21 year old is now 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA.



Minor League Player of the Day - Shane Robinson

With two more hits including a home run, Robinson has upped his average to .383. His average is tops by 18 points among the Texas League leaders while he is second in on base percentage.


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