The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/08

The Springfield Cardinals are closing in on a first half division title with outfielder Jon Jay and closer Fernando Salas picking up 'Player and Pitcher' of the day honors respectively. Elsewhere, Memphis, Palm Beach, and the DSL Cardinals suffer losses, while the Quad Cities' game is suspended by heavy rains and the VSL Cardinals pull out a victory south of the border.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Round Rock 3-2

Round Rock held off a late Memphis rally and edged the ‘Birds 3-2 Saturday night in front of a season-high 14,178 fans at AutoZone Park.

In the bottom of the ninth inning Memphis rallied for a run and had the bases loaded with one out. However, Express reliever Fernando Nieve struck out Colby Rasmus on three pitches before Nick Stavinoha flew out to right field to end the game. Yordany Ramirez's solo home run to lead off the ninth inning was the margin of victory for Round Rock.

Memphis starter Clayton Mortensen took the loss in his Triple-A debut. The right-hander gave up two runs on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts over 5.1 innings. Jack Cassel earned the win for the Express pitching seven strong innings. He allowed one run on five hits with three walks to notch his fifth win for the club.

The Redbirds and Express wrap up their four-game series this afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 p.m. Southpaw Jaime Garcia is set to go to the mound for Memphis with Round Rock scheduled to start Chad Reineke.


RECORD: 31-32, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winner 8-6 over Tulsa

The Springfield Cardinals pulled to within one game of first place in the North Division, with an 8-6 win over the Tulsa Drillers on Saturday night at Drillers Stadium. The win matches Springfield's longest winning streak of the year at six straight and moves the Cardinals to the .500 mark at 30-30.

Starter Adam Ottavino, apparently on a very tight leash, pitched 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, one of them a home run and two walks.

Cards' reliever Luke Gregerson (2-3) picked up the win with a scoreless frame in the eighth, with Fernando Salas earning his ninth save of the season for Springfield.

Jon Jay had a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-4, with a walk and two runs scored. Isa Garcia went deep, hitting his second home run of the year, going 2-for-5, with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. ‘Sugar' Shane Robinson extended his hitting streak to 11 straight, with a 1-for-5 day.


RECORD: 30-30, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Tampa 7-5

Coming into this series with Tampa riding a six game winning streak, the Cardinals suffered their second loss in a row to the Yankees Saturday, by the score of 7-5.

Starter Elvis Hernandez pitched two innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two before giving up the ball to the bullpen. Reliever Davis Bilardello was tagged with the loss, giving up a run on four hits and a walk in two innings of relief.

Andrew Brown and Daryl Jones, each had two hits on the day, both going 2-for-4 and scoring once.


RECORD: 39-23, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Suspended

The Quad Cities River Bandits and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers played three full innings on Saturday night before nearby lightning and heavy rain forced the game to be suspended with the River Bandits leading 6-1 at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

The suspended game will resume with the top of the fourth inning at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and will go the full nine innings of regulation. Quad Cities and Wisconsin will then play Sunday's regularly scheduled contest 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game. The second game will consist of seven scheduled innings of regulation.


RECORD: 30-29, 4th Place, 9.5 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) Winners 5-3 over the Phillies

Starter Javier Avendano scattered seven hits over five innings, giving up two runs, but did not factor into the decision Saturday. Reliever Carlos Oraa picked up his first win while giving up just one run in three innings, on three hits, without walking anyone. Closer Yonathan Gonzalez earned his fourth save on the season with a scoreless frame in the ninth.


RECORD: 12-10, 4th Place, 2.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to A's (1) 9-1

The Cardinals lost to the A's Saturday by the score of 9-1, as the Dominican affiliate of St. Louis is still looking for their first win on the season.

The staff gave up nine runs and the lineup managed to score a run on just four hits,


RECORD: 0-5, 5th Place, 4.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Fernando Salas

Making the closing job of a pitcher look easy, Salas picked up his ninth save Saturday to keep the Springfield Cardinals in contention for a first half division title.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jon Jay

Jay went 3-for-4 Saturday to lead the Springfield Cardinals to a big win over Tulsa as the Cardinals remain in the hunt for a first half division Texas League Title.


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