The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/12

Mike Parisi looking for a second chance at the major leagues, pitches a complete game gem, while Tommy Pham's walk-off grand slam leads the River Bandits past the Chiefs 7-3 in game one of two on Wednesday. Jason Isringhausen takes a big step towards returning to St. Louis, while Jess Todd continues to dominate Texas League hitters.


Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Rare win over Iowa, 5-2

After getting his first taste of Major League Baseball, Mike Parisi is wasting no time in trying to get back to the show. In his first start since being demoted, the 25-year-old, Parisi came out on top in a duel with the Cubs' Rich Hill, pitching a two run complete game as Iowa was only able to muster up four hits off the right-hander. Mike struck out four while throwing 103 pitchers of which 73 were strikes.

Colby Rasmus contributed two hits to the cause and is hitting .316 during the month of June. Nick Stavinoha singled twice and drove in a run.

After getting off to a fast start, Brian Barden had been struggling of late. On Wednesday afternoon, Barden blasted a two run home run to go along with a double and a walk, scoring three times on the day.

Prior to Wednesday's win over the Cubs, the Redbirds had lost eight of 10 to Iowa this season.




Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Tops Arkansas 6-1

In what has been a constant, prolonged battle for first place, the Cardinals now stand alone atop the Texas League North!

Jason Isringhausen made the start for the Cardinals, working 1.2 innings while striking out two and allowing a hit. Izzy threw 22 pitches, 14 for strikes.

Jess Todd followed the Cardinals All-Time Saves Leader and with another superb performance. The 22-year-old scattered five hits that led to only a single run while striking out six. His ERA stands at 0.83 in 43.1 Texas League innings.

With Steven Hill sidelined for an extended period with a broken hand, Springfield will turn to Mark Hamilton who lost playing time due to his lack of offense, Mark will have to step it up now with Hill being out of action. Allen Craig collected two hits and drove in two run. Casey Rowlett had two hits including a solo home run. Jon Jay singled, walked, and scored a run.


RECORD: 33-33, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Falls to Clearwater 9-3

The Cardinals were about to set it on cruise control as they were up 3-0 going into the top of the seventh. Unfortunately, when the dust settled after the seventh inning, the Threshers scored nine runs, six off them of Brandon Garner and three off of Cardoza Tucker.

In a bullpen game, Richard Castillo got the start for Palm Beach. The 18-year-old continues to be outstanding with three innings shutout innings and has yet to allow a run in 11.2 innings. Eddie Degerman spun three shutout innings but did walk three. Catcher Casey Mulligan pitched a scoreless ninth.

Donovan Solano singled three times and is hitting .307 as a 20 year old in the Florida State League. Tony Cruz had two hits and drove in a run. Jim Rapoport singled twice and drew a walk. Daryl Jones tripled, drew a walk, drove in a run, and scored a run.


RECORD: 41-25, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Split a Double Header with Peoria

GAME ONE: QUAD CITIES 7, PEORIA 3 (8 innings) - Scheduled for seven innings, the River Bandits scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to force extra frames. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Chiefs walked the bases loaded. So with two outs and the bases loaded, up steps Tommy Pham, fresh off his two home run performance on Tuesday night. Pham sent a pitch from Stephen Vento over the left field wall for a walk off grand slam.

The home run was Pham's tenth since being sent to the Quad Cities and was his only hit in game one. Francisco Rivera doubled in the two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Arburr reached base three times with a walk and two singles.

Josh Wilson was roughed up for three runs on five hits in 4.1 innings. Pete Parise picked up the win with 3.1 shutout innings.

GAME TWO: PEORIA 2, QUAD CITIES 1 - Although on most nights he struggles with his command, Blake King struck out seven while not allowing a walk in a four-inning start. King was tagged with the loss after the Chiefs picked up two runs, one earned, on six hits. Even after Peoria had six men reach base, four hits and two walks, on Dylan Gonzalez, he pitched three shutout innings.

The River Bandits had only four hits in game two. Mike Folli singled, doubled, and drove in a run. Charlie Kingrey singled twice.





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 Mets 7-2

Alberto Rivera reached base three times with two singles and a walk. The 18 year old also drove in a run. Wilfred Vivas also singled twice and walked. Gerard Mannbel had a hit and has hit in nine of his last ten games.

Geney Rios struck out five in 5.1 innings along while walking three that led to a run. Carlos Oraa was tagged for two runs on three hits without recording an out. It was his first loss of the season.


RECORD: 13-12, 5th Place, 3.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Mariners 7-4

The Cardinals stay winless. Michael Avilla led off the game with a home run. He finished with two hits on the day. Roberto Reyes and Jorge Lopez both reached base three times with two hits and a walk. Lopez drove in a run as well.

Keury Herrera was tagged for four runs on one hit and three walks in 2.1 innings, while striking out. Carlos Mejia was charged with the loss after the Mariners scored three runs on four hits in only 1.2 innings off the 19 year old.


RECORD: 0-7, 5th Place, 6.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Mike Parisi

Parisi led the Redbirds over Iowa with a complete game gem. It was Memphis' second complete game of the season (Mitchell Boggs pitched the first). On the night, Parisi threw 103 pitches, 73 of which were strikes.



Minor League Player of the Day -

After hitting two home runs on Tuesday night, Pham with a flare for the dramatic, hit a walk-off, two-out grand slam to carry Quad Cities past Peoria 7-3, in the first game of a double header on Wednesday.


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