The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/10

Two pitchers trying to return from the disabled list highlighted the night. Jason Isringhausen made his first rehab appearance with two scoreless innings at Palm Beach. Brad Thompson made his first appearance since April 22 and he looked the part. The right-hander had trouble with his command that led to two home runs.


Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - falls to Iowa 6-3 in eight innings

Brad Thompson was rusty in his first game action since April 22. He was unable to hit his spots and it cost him as Iowa touched him for four runs on five hits including two home runs. Thompson threw 52 pitches, 29 for strikes while recording nine groundouts compared to zero fly outs. Hugo Castellanos went 3.1 innings while allowing two runs on two hits. Matt Scherer had allowed a leadoff hit when the game was called.

David Freese continues his torrid pace as a solo home run extends his hitting streak to eight games. It was his ninth long ball of the season while he has driven in 12 runs during his hit streak.

Colby Rasmus was robbed of his tenth home run when the Cubs' Felix Pie went up over the 373 sign and brought the ball back into the stadium. The 21 year old doubled earlier in the game. Chris Duncan doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run.

This game was called after eight innings due to rain.


RECORD: 32-33, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - shelled by Arkansas 12-2

The Travelers scored early and often chasing starter Mark McCormick after only 1.2 innings. Arkansas scored eight runs on five hits and four walks. The two big blows came off the bats of Nate Sutton who hit a grand slam and Ben Johnson who hit a two run shot. Kyle Sadlowski followed and helped stop the bleeding, as the Travelers were only able to score run in his 3.1 innings.

In his return to the Texas League, Josh Dew pitched two scoreless innings. Marco Gonzalez was roughed up for three runs including a two run homer.

Brandon Yarbrough paced the offense with three hits and an RBI. Jon Jay singled twice and drove in a run to raise his average to .308. Tyler Greene doubled and scored a run. The Texas League All-Star is batting .215.


RECORD: 31-31, Tied for 2nd, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)- over Clearwater 2-1

St. Louis Cardinals' closer Jason Isringhausen pitched two scoreless innings, striking out one and giving up a hit. It took the Cardinals' All-Time Saves Leader twenty pitches to get through the two frames.

Regular starter Brandon Dickson was outstanding throwing six shutout innings. The Threshers were only able to manage three hits and a walk. Francisco Samuel did pick up his eleventh save but allowed a run on two hits.

Tony Cruz went hitless but was able to drive in two runs. Luke Gorsett singled twice and is pushing average up toward .300. Andrew Brown reached base three times with a double and two walks.

Antonio DeJesus walked twice, scored a run, and stole a base. Oliver Marmol entered the game as a pinch runner and stole a base, his tenth.


RECORD: 40-24, 1st place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Postponed

Quad Cities (A) and Peoria game was postponed due to wet grounds. The game will be made up as a part of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

RECORD: 30-29, 4th place, 9.0 games back


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 Mariners 4-2

Jose Cortez reached base three times via a single, double, and a walk. The 19 year old also scored a run. Gerard Mannbel singled, walked, and drove in a run. He made his fourth error as well.

Deimer Bier pitched four innings of one run ball but did not factor in the decision. The Mariners plated two runs off of Fernando Cedeno and he was charged with his third loss of the year.


RECORD: 12-11, 4th Place Tie, 3.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Day Off

RECORD: 0-6, 5th place, 5.0 games back



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Brandon Dickson

Though he did not see his first action until the third inning, when Dickson did get started he was superb. In six shutout innings, he allowed only three hits and a walk. The victory was his fourth of the season while his ERA is a very respectable 3.39.



Minor League Player of the Day - Brandon Yarbrough

The Texas League All-Star collected three hits on Monday night as well as driving in a run. The catcher is now hitting .275 while serving as the everyday catcher since Bryan Anderson was promoted.


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