The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/14

Colby Rasmus collected two more hits Friday night, including his 10th home run on the season. Colby is hitting just .237 this year, but has turned things around of late with a .348 batting average during the first two weeks of the month of June.


Games Played Friday the 13th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Round Rock 9-7

Starter Clayton Mortensen, looking for his first Triple-A win, came close Friday night as the Redbirds were up 6-3 after six innings. John Wasdin, on in relief of Mortensen in the sixth, gave up four runs, including two home runs in just his 1.1 innings of work. Matt Scherer picked up the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in his only inning of work. Mortensen was charged with three runs on six hits while striking out seven in 5.1 innings of work.

Colby Rasmus is red hot as the 21-year-old collected two more hits including his tenth home run of the season. Nick Stavinoha extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a base hit and driving in two runs. Brian Barden reached base four times with three singles and a walk. Cody Haerther chipped in two hits. Josh Phelps hit a pinch hit home run in the eighth to tie the game at seven, before Round Rock would score two more runs for the win.


RECORD: 34-35, 3rd place, 4.5 games back


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Rained Out

The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday. The Cardinals will start a rehabbing pitcher in both games. Matt Clement will get the call in game one while Mark Mulder is scheduled to pitch the nightcap.

RECORD: 33-32, 1st place tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - All-Star Break

All-Star game to be played Saturday.

RECORD: 41-26, 1st place, 1st half winner of the Florida State League


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Defeated Beloit 5-4

Though not as spectacular as in previous starts, Nick Additon pitched 4.2 shutout innings while allowing only three hits and striking out five. Matt Spade picked up the win after pitching 1.1 scoreless innings. Mark Diapoules was tagged for four runs in only 1.2 innings. Wayne Daman was credited with the save after hurling 1.1 scoreless frames.

Francisco Rivera doubled, singled, and drove in two runs. Charlie Kingrey collected two hits and drove in a run. Paul Vasquez singled and doubled. Domnit Bolivar had a hit and stole a base but also committed his 16th error of the year.

Kingrey and Tommy Pham both threw out a runner at the plate.


RECORD: 33-30, 3rd Place, 6.5 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) - Shutout the Rays 8-0

Javier Avendano hurled five shutout innings while notching six strikeouts. Fabian Marquez followed with two more shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.89.

Though Alberto Rivera had only one hit on the day, it was a big one. The 19 year old hit a grand slam in the sixth, his second home run on the day. Osmir Medina had two hits and scored two runs. Roberto Perez singled, doubled, and drove in two runs.


RECORD: 15-12, 5th Place, 2.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R)

At least it wasn't as bad as when the big clubs matched up later in the night. The Cardinals were up by one going into the bottom of the ninth but the bullpen couldn't nail down the club's first victory. Starter Jose Pasen was touched for five runs only one of which was earned. Charllan Jimenez was charged with the loss after the Phillies scored two runs on him in the ninth.

Audris Perez doubled and hit a two run home run. He ended the day with four RBIs.


RECORD: 0-9, Last Place



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Javier Avendano

The 17 year old set the tone Friday afternoon, picking up his first win with five shutout innings south of the border.



Minor League Player of the Day - Colby Rasmus

The 21-year-old outfielder had two hits Friday night, including his 10th home run to raise his batting average on the season to .237. The Cardinals top prospect is hitting .348 during the month of June.


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