The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/17

Mark Hamilton keeps the Springfield championship hopes alive with four hits and three RBIs on Monday, as the Cardinals defeated the Arkansas Travelers 10-5.


Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Rocks Round Rock 8-2

With Mike Parisi on the bump, the Redbirds found themselves down 2-0 after two innings. The lead would not last long as Memphis answered in the top of the third. Gabe Johnson led off with a walk and would go to second on a single by Brian Barden. Colby Rasmus would advance both runners before both would score on a two out, two run single off the bat of Nick Stavinoha.

The score would remain tied until the Redbird bats exploded in a four run sixth. Memphis would load the bases on a Josh Phelps lead off single followed by walks to David Freese and Jarrett Hoffpauir. Up came Cody Haerther who connected on a bases clearing double to left. Parisi would later single to drive in Haerther.

In the seventh, David Freese would single with one out. Haerther would continue his fantastic night putting a Fernando Nieve pitch over the right field wall for his first home run in 140 at bats in Triple-A this season. He finished the night with two hits and five RBIs.

Leadoff man Brian Barden had three hits and is hitting .441 in his last eight games. With tonight's double, Rasmus has now reached base in 26 straight games.

Parisi picked up his fourth victory of the season giving up just two runs in seven innings.

Monday's game was the Redbirds 72nd of their 144 game season. This time last year the team was 32-40.


RECORD: 36-36, 2nd Place, 5.5


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Tops Arkansas 10-5

The Cardinals and Travelers locked up on Monday night tied for first place in the Texas League North Division with only two games left to decide the first half champion.

Springfield put the pressure on early jumping out to a 9-0 lead after three and a half innings. The Cardinals put two on the board in the first after walks to Shane Robinson and Allen Craig followed by RBI singles by Mark Hamilton and Mark Shorey. In the second, Jose Martinez and Matt Pagnozzi got things rolling with RBI singles. Robinson advanced both on a bunt. Martinez and Pagnozzi would score on an error that allowed Jon Jay to reach first. Hamilton would then double in Jay as Springfield plated three in the inning.

Three up, three down in the top of the third but Springfield would strike again in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Craig would walk and score on another RBI off the bat of Mark Hamilton. Shorey would walk to leave two men on base for Tyler Greene. The former Georgia Tech star would put his tenth home run of the season over the left field wall to give Springfield a commanding 9-0 lead.

The Travelers' Brian Walker hit a two run shot off of starter Tyler Herron in the bottom of the fourth but that was all that they would score off the former supplemental pick. Herron would go five innings scattering seven hits. The Travelers would score one off of reliever Justin Fiske in the seventh. In the eighth, Arkansas continued to apply the pressure with four singles that led to a run off of Josh Dew. With two outs and runners on first and third, Luke Gregerson replaced Dew and got Corey Smith to pop out to Hamilton to end the inning.

Springfield added one more insurance run in the ninth. Hamilton and Shorey would single and Shorey would eventually score on an RBI single off the bat off Jose Martinez.

Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his eighth save while Herron picked up the win to even his record at 3-3.

Hamilton led the Springfield offense with two singles, two doubles, and three runs batted in.


RECORD: 36-33, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - falls to Daytona 6-5 in 11

Jim Rapoport led off the game with an infield single and advance to second on an error on the throw from shortstop Darwin Barney. Donovan Solano followed with an RBI double to score Rapoport. Up next was Tony Cruz who smacked his sixth home run of the season to put the Cardinals up 3-0 before some fans had even sat down.

The Cubs would answer with two runs in the first and one in the second off of starter Brandon Dickson to tie things up.

Rapoport would start things again in the top of the third as the speedster walked to start the inning. Solano would single to advance the former Stanford Cardinal to third. Brandon Buckman would hit a sacrifice fly to score Rapoport and put Palm Beach back up by a run.

Daytona tied the game back up in the eighth on a double, single, and a fielder's choice off of Cardinal reliever Kenny Maiques. The Quad Cities all-time saves leader would leave after loading the bases and recording only two outs. Davis Bilardello got Maiques off the hook with a strikeout of the Cubs' James Adduci.

Neither team would score in the ninth to lead to extra frames. In the top of the tenth, Buckman led off with a single and was replaced by a pinch runner, the newly promoted Mike Folli. Luke Gorsett would lay down a sacrifice bunt to advance Folli to second and a Daryl Jones single advanced him to third. With runners on first and third, the newly activated Dan Nelson would single to put the Cardinals up by a run. That was all the damage, as Palm Beach could not take advantage of runners on second and third and only one out.

In the bottom of the tenth, the Cubs were given a run after reliever Francisco Samuel walked the leadoff man, Mark Reed. Reed would advance to second on a wild pitch and advance to third on a sac bunt. Daytona would tie the game when Reed scored on Samuel's second wild pitch of the inning.

The Cubs held the Cardinals scoreless in the eleventh after allowing a single to Solano but then retiring him when Cruz hit into a double play to end the inning. Cardoza Tucker entered to pitch the bottom of the inning for Palm Beach. Adduci reached base on an error by Folli, who had stayed in the game to play third. Aducci would advance to third on a single and then score on a wild pitch thrown by Tucker.

With three hits, Donovan Solano raises his average to .310. Dan Nelson, who started the season on the Springfield disabled list, had a single, a walk, and an RBI in his first action of 2008.


RECORD: 41-27, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - All-Star Break

Pete Kozma, Mark Diapoules, and Charlie Kingrey will represent the River Bandits at Dow Diamond, home of the Great Lakes Loons on Tuesday night.

RECORD: 33-31, 4th place, 6.5 games back


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 Phillies 5-1

The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead with a tally in the second. Phillies' hurler Manuel Landaeta would load the bases on three straight walks to lead off the inning before giving up a sac fly to Christofher Dumont. The next hitter to the plate, Billy Bolivar would ground into an inning ending double play to allow the Phillies to escape with minimal damage. The Cardinals would not advance a runner past second base the rest of the game.

Carlos Noguera would allow a leadoff walk in the fifth and would pay for it immediately. Up to the plate came Luis Martinez who homered over the left field wall to give the Phillies the 2-1 lead. In the eighth, Fabian Marquez gave up a leadoff double followed by a single to put runners on first and third. Francisco Diaz would triple to clear the bases and would later score on an RBI single.

Gerard Mannbel would double to put his average at .340.


RECORD: 16-13, 5th place, 2.0 games back


DSL Cardinals (R) OFF DAY

RECORD: 3-9, 5th Place, 5.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Mike Parisi

Parisi picked up his fourth victory of the season Monday night, giving up just two runs in seven innings.



Minor League Player of the Day - Mark Hamilton

Mark had four hits and three RBIs Monday to lead the Cardinals to a 10-5 win over the Arkansas Travelers.


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