The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/15

Three St. Louis Cardinals pitchers made minor league rehab starts on Saturday, the good news is that they all won, but it was Mulder who was most impressive with his five complete scoreless frames.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Defeated Round Rock 11-9

The Memphis Redbirds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first in, extending it at one time to 10-2 in the top of the fifth inning before Round Rock staged a valiant comeback, lashing out 15 hits and scoring nine times before it was all over. The Redbirds managed to hang on for a 11-9 victory and make it back to the .500 mark on the season when the dust settled in Round Rock, Saturday night.

If you were worried about Colby Rasmus' early struggles and drop in the standings in the Birdhouse Weekly Prospect Power Rankings, don't. He went 3-for-4, to include two doubles and driving in four runs for Memphis, to lead the Redbirds offense.

It must have seemed like ‘souvenir ball day' at the park, as Memphis batters went deep three times, Brian Barden his sixth in the first; Joe Mather's 13th bomb in the fourth and Nick Stavinoha's eighth in the fifth to give Memphis the big lead that they needed to hold on for a victory.

Major leaguer Brad Thompson made his rehab start for Memphis, the third rehab start for the Cardinals organization on Saturday. Brad earned the win despite giving up four runs on eight hits through five innings. Veteran reliever, John Wasdin earned his third save of the season, facing just one batter, getting a ground out to end the game.


RECORD: 35-35, 2nd Place, 4.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Sweep a Double-header

Game One - The Springfield Cardinals widened their lead to one game in the Texas League North with a 4-0 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in the first game of a doubleheader at Hammons Field. St. Louis starter Mark Mulder, who had offseason surgery on a torn rotator cuff, allowed five hits in five scoreless innings, walking none and striking out two. He threw 47 of 73 pitches for strikes and got eight ground balls and three fly ball outs. He appears to be very close to ready to return to St. Louis, at least according to sources within the organization.

Springfield centerfielder Jon Jay hit a two run homer in a three run first inning to give the Cardinals the lead and eventually the win in game one.

Game Two - Matt Clement, making his second rehab start, started game two of the doubleheader on Saturday and pitched five complete innings, the first three frames scoreless, before giving up three earned runs on five hits and striking out five on the day.

Mark Shorey's three-run homer put the Cardinals ahead for good, and Springfield won game two, by the score of 5-3, as they stay a game a head of Arkansas and three games ahead of North West Arkansas.

The Cardinals (35-32) finish off their eight-game home stand on Sunday, taking on Northwest Arkansas in the final game of the four-game series. Springfield will go with Mark McCormick (0-1), while the Naturals will counter with Rowdy Hardy (2-5). Game time from Hammons Field will be 6:10pm.





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

The Cardinals next game is scheduled for Monday @ Daytona at 7:05 PM.

RECORD: 41-26, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Beloit 8-6

When it rain it pours and that is what it seems its been doing the entire season in Quad Cities. Despite a flooding Mississippi River that had completely surrounded the ballpark and a sporadic rainfall that caused the game to be delayed for 1 hour and 17 minutes, according to Ben Chiswick from the River Bandits Media Relations office, 4,073 strong showed up to cheer on the Quad Cities River Bandits in an 8-6 loss to the Beloit Snappers.

Quad Cities (33-31) played through on-and-off rainfall during the first half of the game, getting a big 4-for-5 night from Mike Folli in a losing effort. Beloit (36-32) took command of the game with a two-out, four-run outburst in the fifth inning, narrowly surviving a late River Bandits rally.

Bandits starter Mike Broderick suffered his fourth loss on the season, as his won-loss record falls to 2-4, after giving up five earn runs on nine hits and a walk, through five complete innings.


RECORD: 33-31, 4th Place, 7.0 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


VSL Cardinals (R) Winners 8-7 over the Astros

The Cardinals jumped out to an early 7-1 lead after four, adding another run in the sixth to make it 8-1 before the Astros mounted a comeback that came up a run short of sending the game into extra innings. The win, the Cardinals third in a row, moves them to just two games out of first place.

Second baseman Gerardo Mannbel lead the Cardinals offense Saturday, going 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Mannbel, who just may be the best player on the team is now hitting .343 this season with a .451 on-base-percentage.

Cardinals starter Deimer Bier picked up his first win, pitching five complete frames, scattering five hits and a walk, while striking out six.


RECORD: 16-12, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) OFF DAY

RECORD: 0-9, 5th Place, 7.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Mark Mulder

The St. Louis Cardinals need help in the starting rotation and after Mulder's performance at Springfield on Saturday, he may be close enough to get the call to return to the Gateway City. Something Cardinals manager Tony La Russa should consider is, letting Mulder work out of the bullpen the rest of June, before putting him back into the rotation.



Minor League Player of the Day - Mike Folli

The infielder went 4-for-5 Saturday, scoring twice and driving in another run to lead his club to a big win.


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