The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/13

P.J. Walters returned to form Thursday night to improve to 5-1 on the season, while Jon Jay had a big night at the plate, in what turned out to be a losing cause as Springfield fell out of sole possession of first place. The Quad Cities game against Beloit was rained out and will not be made up. The VSL Cardinals were winners as the 0-7 DSL Redbirds got what they needed, more rain.


Games Played Thursday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 3-2 over Iowa

Resiliency and a short memory are two musts of any successful pitcher. P.J. Walters seems to have both. His last time out, the 23-year-old was knocked around for nine runs in only 1.2 innings. Thursday night, the right-hander was outstanding, giving up only two runs on six hits, through six innings. Walters struck out seven to push his record to 5-1 despite a 6.15 ERA. Matt Scherer and Jason Motte combined for two innings of shutout relief. Ron Flores picked up his fourth save with a perfect ninth.

Colby Rasmus continues to pound Triple-A pitching in June as he collected two more hits as well as scoring and driving in a run. Nick Stavinoha matched Rasmus' line except that one of his hits was a double. Cody Haerther had a hit and drew three walks. Bryan Anderson singled and scored a run.


RECORD: 34-34, 2nd place, 4.0 games back


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 9-6

The Cardinals of the Ozarks put on a power display but came up on the losing end. In all, Springfield hit four home runs on the night. Jon Jay had three hits including a solo home run, his eighth of the season. Mark Shorey hit a two run shot, his fifth on year, to go along with a single.

All-Star Tyler Greene singled and hit a solo shot, his ninth. Mark Hamilton hit his eighth home run of the season and second in as many nights.

Adam Ottavino continues his struggles in what turned out to be a no-decision, scattering seven hits that led to three runs in 4.2 innings. Jon Mikrut threw 1.1 shutout innings. Marco Gonzalez was touched for three runs in only one inning of work. Fernando Salas was charged with the blown save as well as the loss after Mario Lisson hit a solo home run. The Naturals scored two runs off of Josh Dew in the ninth.


RECORD: 33-32, 1st place tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Clearwater 6-2

Palm Beach starter, Elvis Hernandez must have left his control in the clubhouse as the Dominican had a hard time finding the plate. In 5.1 innings, he walked five and allowed four hits that led to six Thresher runs. Hernandez did strikeout five in the loss. After a good showing in his first outing since coming of the restricted list, Kenny Maiques control issues returned as he walked three in just 1.2 shutout innings. After getting shelled last night, Brandon Garner bounced back to record a shutout inning. Francisco Samuel struck out two in a perfect ninth.

Daryl Jones singled twice, driving in a run and scoring once. Jim Rapoport contributed two base hits as well. Donovan Solano walked and scored a run. Daniel Descalso walked and collected a base hit.


RECORD: 41-26, 1st place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Postponed Weather

The Quad Cities River Bandits and the Peoria Chiefs had their series finale cancelled due to heavy thunderstorms on Thursday evening, but the homestand will continue through the weekend as scheduled at Modern Woodmen Park.

Thursday's cancellation will not be made up because it was the last scheduled meeting between the River Bandits and the Chiefs this half. Quad Cities welcomes in the Beloit Snappers for a three-game weekend series starting Friday and leading into the All-Star break.

RECORD: 32-30, 4th place, 8.0 games out


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) Defeated the Pirates 4-2

Hector Garcia singled four times and drove in two runs. Alberto Rivero singled, doubled, drove in a run, and scored a run. Anthony Fonseca collected two hits and scored two runs.

Hector Corpas improved to 4-2 with five shutout innings while striking out three. David Brito pitched two scoreless innings of relief to lower his ERA to 0.40 in 22.1 innings.


RECORD: 14-12, 4th Place, 2.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Rained Out

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



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - P.J. Walters

After getting absolutely scorched his last time out, P.J. struck out seven while allowing only two runs in six innings of work, to pick up his fifth win.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jon Jay

With three hits including his eighth home run of the season as well as a steal and two runs scored, Jay has now hit in nine of his last ten games. During that span, he is hitting .462 with three home runs, seven RBIs, eight runs, and two steals.


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