The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/25

Joey 'Bombs' Mather takes one out of the park for his 14th home run on the season, as Brad Furnish returns to form. It's the Texas League All-Star game tonight, with our own Dustin Mattison reporting from Hammons Field with details, photos and live game coverage throughout the day.


Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Defeated Nashville 8-6

The Sounds matched the Redbirds run for run before taking a one run lead in the fifth. It stayed that way until the seventh when the Redbirds put two on the board to take a one run lead. Memphis added an insurance run in the eighth.

Colby Rasmus has now reached base in 32 straight games but his hit streak ended at 13 games. The 21 year old drew three walks but went hitless in the game. Joe Mather had a huge night with four hits including his 14th home run. In all, Joey Bombs drove in three and scored two runs. D'Angelo Jimenez doubled and hit his fourth home run of the season, a two run blast.

Brad Thompson was roughed up for five runs on nine hits in only four innings. Working out of the bullpen, Matt Clement picked up the win with a scoreless frame. Mark Worrell picked up his second save with a hitless ninth.


RECORD: 41-38, 2nd place, 4.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - All-Star Break

The Cardinals will host the Texas League All-Star game on Wednesday night. I will be at Hammons Field so check The Birdhouse for updates throughout the afternoon and evening.

RECORD: 3-2, 2nd place, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Split a Double-Header

GAME ONE: After several inconsistent outings, Brad Furnish showed why he was a second round draft pick. The former TCU pitcher allowed only one run on two hits in six innings of work. Francisco Samuel struck out two in nailing down his 14th save.

One day shy of his 21st birthday, Daryl Jones accounted for half of the Palm Beach hits. Jones went 3-3 with a double and an RBI. No other Cardinal had more than one hit. Donovan Solano walked, singled, and scored two runs.

GAME TWO: Palm Beach falls to Fort Myers 6-3

Both teams scored three in the first but the Miracle put a tally on the board in the second through the fourth to distance themselves from the Cardinals. Palm Beach got their runs after Jim Rapoport and Donovan Solano singled. Third in the order was catcher Tony Cruz who put an Alex Burnett pitch over the wall for a three run blast. All three collected two hits in the game. Daryl Jones added a hit to end the night with four hits.

Tyler Norrick probably was hoping for a better night in his 2008 debut. The former SIU Saluki lasted only 1.1 innings while Fort Myers tagged him for four runs. Kenny Maiques pitched a shutout inning but made it interesting with a walk and a hit.

Both games were seven innings affairs.



RECORD: 2-2, 5th Place, 2.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to KCC 7-1

The game was tied at one going in the seventh when the Cougars put three on the board and followed with three more in the eighth. Dylan Gonzalez and Pete Parise both gave up three runs in the seventh and eighth, respectively. Phenom Nick Additon struggled with his control, which led to four walks but was able to control the damage only allowing one run in a 4.2 inning start.

Adron Chambers was the only River Bandit with multiple hits with a single and a triple. Matt Arburr hit his tenth home run of the season for the team's only run.


RECORD: 2-4, 5th place, 3.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) The only Muckdog with multiple hits was Jose Garcia who singled twice and drove in a run. After a huge Monday, Jon Edwards singled and scored a run. Jermaine Curtis drew a walk and scored.

Miguel Tapia picked up the win as Jamestown managed only one run on four hits in five innings. Scott Gorgen made his professional debut with two shutout innings while striking out two Jammers' batters.


RECORD: 4-4, 3rd place, 2.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Shutout Greenville 6-0

The Cardinals got two strong pitching performances from Matt North and Jon Bravo. North struck out five in a five-inning start. Bravo followed with six strikeouts in only three innings of relief.

Niko Vasquez doubled twice and drove in three runs. The 19 year old is now hitting .364. Joey Hage singled three times and was 1-2 in stolen bases. Edgar Lara singled, doubled, and scored twice.


RECORD: 6-2, 2nd place, 0.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Marlins 14-5

Starter Pablo Ortiz was pounded for six runs in only 2.1 innings. A trio of relievers combined to give up eight runs over the next 4.2 innings to put the game out of reach. Jose Rada was the only reliever to post a scoreless inning.

The rehabbing Tyler Henley is beginning to find his stroke with two hits including a triple and two runs scored. Luis Mateo singled twice and drove in two runs. Rainel Rosario singled, doubled, and scored a run. The 19 year old is now hitting .412. Ryde Rodriguez singled and drove in two runs.


RECORD: 2-2, 3rd place, 1.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Battered by the Phillies 12-4

The Phillies scored four runs in the top of the first off of Cardinals' starter RHP Hector Corpas (L, 4-4) who gave up six runs total on the day, through four innings on seven hits, including two home runs and two walks, while striking out two.

Right-fielder Anthony Fonseca went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to raise his batting average to .297 on the season. Second baseman Carlos Yegues was the only other Redbird to have multiple hits Tuesday, Carlos went 2-for-4 and scored two of the four Cardinal runs.

The loss was the Cardinals third straight as they fall to 17-18, one game below the .500 mark.


RECORD: 17-18, 5th Place, 6.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - OFF DAY

RECORD: 5-13, 5th place, 9.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Brad Furnish

The southpaw has really struggled of late with 17 runs allowed in his last 28 innings (5.46 ERA). Furnish showed why the Cardinals drafted him in the second round of the 2006 draft, giving up just one run in six innings for his seventh victory of the season.



Minor League Player of the Day - Joe Mather

With four hits Tuesday, including his 14th home run of the year, Mather raised his average up to .316 on the season.


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