The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/09

Jaime Garcia pitches well again at Memphis; Springfield wins seventh straight game, despite a less than stellar performance by Matt Clement on his second rehab assignment. Palm Beach loses third straight to Tampa, as Quad Cities doubleheader is rained out with the (0-6) DSL Cardinals still looking for their first win of the season


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 4-2 over Round Rock

Memphis scored three runs in the first inning and to lead to a series split with the Round Rock Express, thanks to a 4-2 win Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.

Cody Haerther drove in three runs in the game, including a two-run single in the first inning. He padded the Redbirds lead in the bottom of the eighth with a run-scoring double.

Starter, Jaime Garcia earned the win for the home team with 6.2 strong innings. The lefty allowed one run on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Ron Flores picked up his third save despite allowing a run on two hits in the ninth inning.

Top Prospect Watch: Colby Rasmus went 0-for-3 but he did reach base on a walk, stole a base and scored a run. Bryan Anderson went 1-for-3 and is currently hitting .329 for Memphis.


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


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 9-7 over Arkansas

Shortstop Tyler Greene hasn't gotten off to the best start of this season, but he hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth as Springfield to lead the Cardinals pass Arkansas 9-7 at Hammons Field, for their seventh straight win.

Starter Matt Clement making a rehab start with Springfield, got a no-decision, throwing 75 pitches over five innings. He allowed six runs, three earned, on seven hits. He struck out two, walked three and hit a batter. He will need to take full advantage of the 30-day rehab period allowed for major league pitchers.

Sugar Shane Robinson continues to lead the Texas League in hitting, (.382) extending his hitting streak to 12 games, going 1-for-5, Sunday. His 12-game hitting streak ties him with Jose Martinez, with the longest hitting streaks of the season.

Springfield's Allen Craig went 0-for-5 Sunday, giving some fans cause for concern, as Craig finished the recent Tulsa series, going 0-13, including an 0-6 performance on Friday night in Springfield's 9-4 win. Craig hasn't homered since May 25th and has recorded only two RBIs since the 25th. Despite that, he still leads the club with 11 homers and 40 RBIs. Jose Martinez is also slumping with only two hits in his last nine games, going 2-31 in that span.


RECORD: 31-30, Three-way Tie for 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Suffered 3rd Straight Loss

Palm Beach suffered their third straight loss to Tampa, as the Yankees down three runs by the score of 8-5, responded by scoring four runs in the bottom of the eighth, and held on for a 9-8 victory over the Cardinals.

First baseman Andrew Brown led the Cardinals offense, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored.

Reliever Franciso Samuel, having a great season, with 10 Class-A saves to his credit already, was tagged with the loss and a blown save Sunday, as his record falls to 3-3, with a 2.82 ERA in 21 games for Palm Beach.


RECORD: 39-24, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Double-header Cancelled

The doubleheader between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Quad Cities River Bandits scheduled for Sunday was cancelled due to rain. There will be no make-up date as both teams will not meet again before the end of the first half.

Leading off, OF Adron Chambers has been hitting atop manager Steve Dillard's lineup on the current road trip, and the 21-year-old native of Pensacola, Florida, is taking advantage of the opportunity. The former SEC football player at Mississippi State has hit safely in four straight starts to open the month of June, batting .400 (6-15) with four walks and five runs scored.

The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park to close out the first half with a seven-game homestand that begins with a four-game series against the Peoria Chiefs on Monday.

RECORD: 30-29, 4th Place, 9.0 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



The Cardinals have managed to stay in the pennant race to date, despite as a team, hitting a league worst .241 and .648 OPS.

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


DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Phillies 3-2

The Phillies jumped out to an early 3-0 lead by scoring a run in the top half of the first and two more in the second. Give the winless Cardinals credit they did hold the Phillies at bay for the rest of the game. The Cardinals could only muster up two runs on four hits and a walk, just not enough offense to get them that long awaited first win of the 2008 campaign.


RECORD: 0-6, Last Place, 5.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jaime Garcia

Garcia pitched 6.2 strong innings Sunday, giving up just one run on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts to pick up his third win, second straight for Memphis.



Minor League Player of the Day - Andrew Brown

In a losing cause for Palm Beach, first baseman Andrew Brown with a big 3-for-5 day, including a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored.


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