The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/16

The Springfield Cardinals find themselves with their backs against the wall after Sunday's 3-1 loss to Northwest Arkansas.


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Round Rock 6-1

Memphis starter Jaime Garcia has had better days. He pitched six complete innings Sunday, giving up six runs on six hits and five walks while striking out just one batter, to get tagged with his third loss of the season.

Leadoff man and shortstop Brian Barden went 2-for-4 with both of his hits being doubles as he raised his batting average to .310 this weekend. David Freese generated what little offense the Redbirds had, going two for four, to include a double and his 10th home run coming in the seventh inning.

Nick Stavinoha, playing in both left and right Sunday, saw his 13-game hitting streak come to an end, going 0-for-4, striking out three times.

Colby Rasmus went 1-for-3 and drew a walk, while Bryan Anderson was shutout, going 0-for-3.


RECORD: 35-36, 2nd Place, 6.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 3-1

The Springfield Cardinals suffered a tough loss Sunday night, falling to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals by a score of 3-1 at Hammons Field. The loss drops Springfield back into a first-place tie with the Arkansas Travelers, who defeated Tulsa on Sunday 7-0. In order to win the First Half North Division Crown, Springfield must win on Monday and Tuesday in North Little Rock. A split would leave the two teams finished in a tie, giving Arkansas the edge thanks to a division-record tie-breaker.

Starter Mark McCormick was tagged for the loss, giving up two runs on four hits and four bases on balls, through four innings.

The Cardinals didn't have much offense on Father's day, seven hits, but they left seven runners on base. Third baseman Allen Craig scored the only run for Springfield, after he had reached base earlier on a walk, to be driven in by shortstop Tyler Greene in the fourth inning.


RECORD: 38-35, 1st Place Tie


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

The FSL West All-Stars defeated the East All-Stars and our guys from the PB Cardinals 9-3 Saturday night.

The Cardinals sent four current players, Tony Cruz, Donovan Solano, Daryl Jones, and Tyler Henley who is currently on the disabled list. Two recently promoted players, pitchers Jess Todd and Jon Mikrut were All-Star selections.

Tony Cruz was the most valuable player for the losing East team, going 2-for-3, with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Solona went 1-for-2 and Daryl Jones had a base hit in two at-bats.


RECORD: 41-26, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Flooded Out

Mississippi River floodwaters rising higher and faster than expected chased the Quad-Cities River Bandits out of Modern Woodmen Park on Sunday.

The contest will not be made up because it is the last scheduled game of the first half. The River Bandits after a couple of days off for the All-Star break, with the exception of shortstop Pete Kozma, outfielder Charlie Kingrey, and right-handed pitcher Mark Diapoules who will be participating in the All-Star game in Midland, Michigan on Tuesday.

RECORD: 31-31,


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) - Off Day

RECORD: 16-12, 3-way tie for 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Defeated Mariners 3-1

Audris Perez, the Cardinals catcher was the offensive star of the day, going 2-for-4, with a double and a home run, scoring twice and driving in a run, to lead his team to their first win on the 2008 season.

Starter Ramon Urena (1-1, 2.77) picked up his first win, pitching six complete innings, giving up only one run on three hits and three walks.


RECORD: 2-9, 5th Place, 6.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Scott Vander Weg

Scott pitched two no-hit, scoreless frames in relief of starter Mark McCormick and Kyle Sadlowski Sunday, to give Springfield a chance to pull out a victory. He faced just one batter over the minimum, walked one batter and struck out one.



Minor League Player of the Day - David Freese

The Memphis third baseman, David Freese, went 2-for-4 Sunday with a double and a solo homerun to put the Redbirds on the scoreboard in a losing cause.


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