The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/22

Center fielder Jon Jay went 2-for-4 at Driller's stadium Saturday night to raise his average on the season to .325. This month, Jay is hitting .444 in 19 games with six home runs and 19 RBIs, making a very strong case for 'Player of the Month' honors.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Nashville 8-5

Colby Rasmus continued his torrid hitting streak and amazing reaching base in 32 consecutive games, but it wasn't enough for the Redbirds to beat the Sounds Saturday night, as Nashville scored eight runs to hand the Redbirds their 38th loss on the season, dropping Memphis back to the .500 mark at 38-38.

Nick Stavinoha was not in the lineup, Saturday night. In a report filed by Brian Walton from Fenway Park, "With the decision to place shortstop Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list and only three bats on their bench, the St. Louis Cardinals have decided to add some right-handed power in the person of outfielder Nick Stavinoha. His contract will be officially purchased by the major league club on Sunday."

The 26-year-old will be the ninth player to make his major league debut for the 2008 Cardinals.

Starter Jaime Garcia pitched five complete innings, giving up four runs, three of them earned on four hits and three walks, while striking out three, but did not factor into the decision.

Reliever Ron Flores was saddled with the loss, giving up an earned run in his one inning of relief.

The Redbirds outhit the Sounds 10-9, but left 13 baserunners on the paths.


RECORD: 38-38, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Tulsa 8-1

It was bound to happen sometime, I mean I was actually starting to feel sorry for the Tulsa Drillers after the Cardinals had beat them in front of their hometown crowd, nine straight games. It was a six-run fifth inning that was too much for the resilient Springfield Cardinals to overcome on Saturday night, as the Drillers ended the Cardinals undefeated second-half run.

Starter Tyler Herron (L, 3-4) took the loss, allowing eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits through six innings.

Andrew Brown, playing in right field, hit his third home run in just his sixth game for Springfield, to account for the Cardinals only scoring.

Center fielder Jon Jay continues to swing one of the hottest bats in the Texas League this month, going 2-for-4 at Driller's stadium Saturday night to raise his average on the season to .325. This month, Jay is hitting .444 in 19 games with six home runs and 19 RBIs. BOXSCORE

RECORD: 3-1, tied with of all teams, Tulsa for 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Postponed

Saturday night's game between the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as a double header on August 8th.

RECORD: 0-2, 6th Place, 2.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to the Kernals 4-2

Catcher Roberto Espinoza, a 19-year-old from Venezuela, and infielder Ross Oeder, a 28th-round pick in 2007 out of Wright State, made their Quad Cities debuts batting eighth and ninth in the order, respectively. After Espinoza drew a one-out walk, Oeder drilled a double into left-center that bounced to the wall, scoring Espinoza from first to give the River Bandits an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second.

The Kernels bounced back scoring a run in the third and fourth frame, adding two more runs in the seventh to beat Quad Cities, 4-2.

The Bandits other run on the night, came off the bat of Tommy Pham, who hit his 11th home run of season, a solo shot in the sixth to tie the game, before Cedar Rapids scored two more unanswered runs.

Reliever Brandon Garner (0-1) suffered the loss for Quad Cities, allowing two runs on two hits in .2 innings of relief. Starter Josh Wilson turned in a quality start, leaving in a 2-2 game after firing off six solid innings.


RECORD: 1-2, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 7-5 over Mahoning Valley

The Muckdogs won their second game in a row, despite making three errors Saturday night.

Lance Lynn, the Cardinals first round compensation pick in this year's draft out of the University of Mississippi, pitched two scoreless innings to get things off on the right foot, as the Dogs had to use five pitchers to get through this contest with the Scrappers. Reliever Jason Buursma got a blown save and then his first win, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out three.

Shortstop Colt Sedbrook, St. Louis' 22nd round pick in the draft, has been one of the brightest spots in the lineup early on in this season, went 1-for-3 to raise his batting average to .313 (5-for-16), but he made two errors, giving him three errors in just his first four games, to dull that shine some.

Catcher Blake Murphy, was the offensive star in the Dogs 7-5 victory, going 3-for-4 on the night, after starting the season going 0-for-10. Murphy had two extra-base hits, a double and a triple, while drawing a walk, driving in a run and scoring once.


RECORD: 2-3, tied for 2nd Place, 2.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) Winners 7-6 over Kingsport

The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first, adding another run in the third to take an early 6-0 lead that they let slip away as the Mets, came roaring back scoring four runs in the eight and two more in the ninth to tie it up at 6-6, going into the bottom of the ninth.

Center fielder Travis Mitchell reached base on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the ninth, allowing Joey Hage the Cardinals right-fielder to score from third for the winning run, to give the Cardinals their third straight victory.

Catcher Jack Cawley, the Cardinals 34th round pick out of Pace University, went 1-for-3, with three RBIs to lead the Cardinals offense.

Starter Randy Santos pitched five complete scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out six.

Jose Mateo was the second reliever in the organization to get tagged with a blown save, before getting credited with the win. It was Mateo's first win on the season, to go along with a save on his record already, in three appearances he has yet to give up a run.


RECORD: 4-0, 1st Place Tie


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Defeated the Mets 3-2

The Cardinals came out on top of a well played game in Florida on Saturday when most the teams in the league were getting rained out.

Starter Omar Diaz, pitched four solid innings, giving up just one hit and one walk, while striking out two, in his no-decision outing. Reliever Christian Concepcion picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief, despite giving up three hits, he struck out two to work his way out of a jam.

Center fielder Rainel Rosario went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Cardinals offense.

Right-hander Adam Pragne out of South Mountain Community College earned a save with a scoreless, hitless bottom of the ninth inning.


RECORD: 2-0, 1st Place


VSL Cardinals (R) Tied with the Rays 2-2 in 11

A tie, what is this nonsense? What is the world coming to?

Shortstop Gerardo Mannbel continues to lay some wood on the ball, going 2-for-5, with a double to his credit. On the season, Mannbel is hitting .328 with four home runs and 17 RBIs through 34 games.


RECORD: 17-16, 5th Place, 4.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) No Report Available

RECORD: 4-11, 5th Place, 7.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Omar Diaz

He didn't factor into the decision, he did pitch four stellar scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and one walk, while striking out two.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jon Jay

Center fielder Jon Jay went 2-for-4 at Driller's stadium Saturday night to raise his average on the season to .325. This month, Jay is hitting .444 in 19 games with six home runs and 19 RBIs, as his stock is on the rise again.


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