The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/18

The game of the night took place in North Little Rock, as it took extra innings to decide the Texas League North first half champion with Springfield and Arkansas battling until the end. Two short season teams made their 2008 debut to mixed results and three games went to extra frames. Jess Todd tosses seven solid innings and Daryl Jones has a big night at the plate.


Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Postponed

Albuquerque had travel difficulties so the game was postponed. The two will square off in two seven-inning games on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM Memphis time.

RECORD: 36-36, 2nd place, 5.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Arkansas 7-6 in 11

With a playoff spot on the line, the Cardinals and Travelers matched up in one of the most exciting games of the season. Springfield got up 4-0 after four innings and with ace Jess Todd on the hill, they had to feel pretty good about themselves. But Todd gave up a lead off home run in the fifth and in the sixth Arkansas got a double followed by an RBI single.

With the game 4-2 going into the bottom of the eighth, Springfield manager Pop Warner decided to bring in his closer, Fernando Salas. Well he got off to a rough start giving up a home run to the first batter he faced. Salas would get a ground out and two strikeouts to end the inning.

With the score 4-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, Salas would go back out to nail down the two-inning save. It was not meant to be as Arkansas' Michael Collins hit a solo shot over the right field wall to knot the score at four.

Neither team would score in the tenth but they would provide for an exciting 11th. Brandon Yarbrough would leadoff and reach first after being hit by a pitch. He was quickly erased as Jose Martinez hit into a double play. With two outs, Matt Pagnozzi drew a walk. With one on and two out, up to the plate stepped "Sugar" Shane Robinson. As he has so many times this season, Robinson was clutch hitting a double that would bring Pagnozzi into score. Jon Jay would then double to score Robinson.

With a two run lead, Luke Gregerson stepped out to begin his second inning of relief. But the heat of North Little Rock must have gotten to the right-hander as he was chased after giving up two runs and only recording one out in the inning. With runners on second and third and the game tied, Justin Fiske entered the game for Springfield. He would walk the first hitter he faced to load the bases. Fiske would then give up a hit to Adam Greenberg that would be the game winner.

In seven innings of work, Todd allowed two runs while scattering seven hits and striking out four. Allen Craig had two hits and two RBIs.

With the win, the Travelers clinch the Texas League North first half crown.


RECORD: 36-34, 1st Place Tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated Cubs 8-7 in 10

The Cardinals were down 7-3 going into the ninth but the Florida State League East's top team still had some fight left in it. Things were looking grim as the Cubs got to quick outs to start the inning. So with their backs to the wall, Antonio DeJesus, Nick Derba, and Jim Rapoport all singled to load the bases. Donovan Solano reached on an error to score DeJesus. So now the bases are jammed for pinch-hitter Tony Cruz. The 2007 draft pick blasted a double to center to clear the bases and tie the game at seven.

In the bottom of the inning, Adam Daniels worked around a leadoff walk to bring the game to the tenth. During extra frames, Daryl Jones provided the big blow with his sixth home run to give Palm Beach the lead. Francisco Samuel would walk the bases loaded in the tenth but would eventually get an inning ending double play.

Rapoport, DeJesus, and Jones each had three hits. Starter Brad Furnish walked six and allowed five runs in only four innings of work.


RECORD: 42-27, 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - MWL All-Star Game

The River Bandits Pete Kozma started at shortstop and collected a hit and scored a run. Charlie Kingrey would draw the start in right field. In three at bats, Kingrey had two hits including a triple, drove in a run, and scored a run. Quad Cites' starter Mark Diapoules gave up a hit in a third of an inning. Their team, the East lost to the West All-Stars 5-4.

The River Bandits return to action on Thursday on the road at Cedar Rapids.


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


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Doubled up by Doubledays 4-2

The Muckdogs would get two runs in the third inning to take the early lead. With two outs in the inning, Beau Riportella would get things cooking with a double. The next hitter, Colt Sedbrook singled to score Riportella and he would advance to second on the throw home. Shane Peterson would then single to score Sedbrook and put Batavia in early control.

The Doubledays would come back to score two in the fifth off Muckdog pitcher Daniel Richardson. Zachary Pitts would come on in relief in the sixth and would be tagged with the loss after giving up a run in both the sixth and the seventh.

On the night, the Muckdogs had only three hits. Riportella's double was the only extra base hit of the night. Xavier Scruggs had a rough professional debut with four strikeouts in four at bats.

Starter Arquimedes Nieto pitched four shutout innings in his North America debut. Jason Buursma struck out two in a scoreless ninth. Could he be the Muckdogs' closer?


RECORD: 0-1, 4th Place, 1.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Winners 6-3 over Bristol in 12

The kids at JC were so excited about starting the season they decided to play three extra innings.

The Cardinals got things going in the second inning with an Edgar Lara hit. He would come around to score on a Travis Mitchell double. The White Sox would tie the game in the fourth, plating a run off of starter Deryk Hooker. Johnson City would add a run in the sixth thanks to a solo home run off the bat of Jarred Bogany. In the seventh, Ivan Castro would single and later score on an error by Bristol shortstop Juan Silverio.

The White Sox would come back to tie things up in the seventh after getting a leadoff single followed by doubles off of right-hander Brett Zawacki. The game would remain tied at three until the top of the 12th.

Mitchell would lead off the inning by striking out but would reach first as the ball got away from catcher Orlando Santos. Guillermo Toribio would walk and Mitchell would advance to third on a throwing error by Santos. With Paul Cruz batting, Toribio stole second. Cruz would reach on a fielder's choice that would score Mitchell. Cruz advanced to second on a wild pitch and so there were now runners on second and third. Brett Lilley singled to score both Toribio and Cruz and put the Cardinals up 6-3. LaCurtis Mayes shut things down in the bottom of the 12th.

Hooker allowed a run while striking out five in four innings of work. Zawacki struck out four in his four innings of relief. Jorge Rondon notched the first victory of the season with two shutout innings.

Brett Lilley had two hits to go along with his two RBIs. Travis Mitchell struck out four times.


RECORD: 1-0, 1st Place


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 Mariners 4-1

The Cardinals scored in the first after singles off the bats off Alberto Rivero and Gerrard Mannbel. Hector Garcia would drive in Rivero with an RBI single but that would be all the offense the Cards could muster.

Mannbel reached base four times with two hits and two walks. He was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Geney Rios was tagged with the loss.


RECORD: 16-14, 5th place, 3.0 games back


DSL Cardinals (R) - DAY OFF

RECORD: 3-9, 5th Place, 3.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jess Todd

With a playoff spot on the line, Todd did all he could in his no-decision, giving up just two runs in seven innings in a losing cause.



Minor League Player of the Day - Daryl Jones

On Tuesday night, the 2005 draft pick collected three hits and scored two runs. His last hit was his biggest, a solo home run in the tenth inning that proved to be the game winner.


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