The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/26

Tens were wild Wednesday as four of the St. Louis Cardinals farm clubs scored 10 runs. Curt Smith and Brian Broderick took home, 'Player & Pitcher of the Day' honors respectively.


Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Off Day

The Redbirds had an off day on Wednesday and begin a four-game set at home against New Orleans.

RECORD: 41-38, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Texas League All-Star Game

The Texas League's South Division defeated the North Division in 10 innings, winning by the final score of 7-3 on Wednesday night.

The Springfield Cardinals had a total of seven players participate in the All-Star Festivities. Starters for the North Division; P Jess Todd, OF Jon Jay, 3B Allen Craig and SS Tyler Greene. Off the bench, catcher Brandon Yarbrough and pitchers Luke Gregerson and Fernando Salas. Shane Robinson was voted to the team, but will miss the game due to his promotion to Triple-A Memphis last week.


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


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 10-6 over Fort Meyers

The Palm Beach Cardinals offense exploded Wednesday night, with 14 hits and 10 runs to beat the Fort Meyers Miracles, 10-6.

Starter Shaun Garceau pitched five complete innings in his no-decision, giving up two runs on four hits, including two home runs and four walks. Blake King earned his first hold in his first appearance for Palm Beach, despite giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning. He walked two and struck out two and to be honest I was surprised to see his promotion to Palm Beach this week.

Right-fielder Luke Gossett led the offensive juggernaut, going 3-for-3, with two RBIs and three runs scored, raising his batting average to a more respectable .261 on the season. Left-fielder Daryl Jones, having a very good season, went 2-for-3, with an RBI and scored three runs as well.


RECORD: 3-3, 3rd Place Tie, 2.5 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 6-1 over Kane County

Quad Cities starter, Brian Broderick became the first River Bandits pitcher this season to toss seven innings this season. Broderick gave up just one run while scattering nine hits with no walks and striking out two. It's amazing how much trouble you can avoid and get out of, if you don't give up those free passes. An excellent outing by Broderick, his best start of the season.

Designated hitter Matt Arburr and catcher Paul Vasquez paced the offense with three hits each, with Arburr driving in two runs and scoring twice. Chuck Fick, making his first appearance since June the 3rd, because of a forearm contusion he suffered playing catch, pitched an almost flawless inning of relief, walking one, but retiring the other three hitters he faced. Brandon Garner also tossed a scoreless frame to keep the Cougars caged Wednesday.


RECORD: 3-4, 5th Place, 3.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to Jamestown 3-1

The Dogs lost a pretty good game to the Jamestown Jammers, Wednesday with both teams racking out seven hits, but it was the Jammers who pushed three runs across the plate to hand the Dogs their fifth loss of the season, dropping them a game below the .500 mark.

Starter Thomas Eager had an impressive outing actually in his first loss for Batavia. Eager pitched four complete innings, giving up just one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven.

Colt Sedbrook, who is leading the Muckdogs with a .344 batting average, went 1-for-4 on the night, and made his fifth error at short. Designated hitter, Charles Cutler, the Cardinals 14th round draft pick this year from UCLA, scored the only Muckdogs run.


RECORD: 4-5, 4th Place, 2.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Winners 10-7 over Greenville

The Cardinals were the second team in the farm system Wednesday night to score 10 runs, as they pounded out 14 hits, including four extra-base hits, a home run, two triples and a double. The win, the Cardinals third straight, moved them into a first place tie with Elizabethton.

Starter Reynier Gonzalez had his tail pulled out of the fire, after giving up four earned runs on five hits and six walks, which is going to kill you, while striking out three in his four innings on the mound. Reliever Santo Maertz picked up the win with a scoreless frame in the fifth inning.

The star of the day was Curt Smith who was drafted in the 39th round of the 2008 First Year Player Draft, as he went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. His professional career is certainly off to a good start, in his first two games, he is hitting .556 with two home runs and 4 RBIs.


RECORD: 7-2, 1st Place


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Winners 10-8 over the Nationals

Tens were wild Wednesday as the GCL Cardinals were the third Cardinals farm club to score 10 runs and they would need them all, as they hung on and beat the Nationals 10-8.

Starter Omar Javier had a rough night, as the Nationals scored six runs against him, but only two of them were actually earned. In his 3.1 innings on the mound, he struck out three, while walking two. Reliever Casey Mulligan earned his first win for the Cardinals, with two scoreless frames, giving up only one hit, while walking one and striking out three. Mulligan, also picked a runner off of first in the ninth inning, and then walked the next batter, before striking out the final two batters.

Second baseman Luis Mateo had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Designated hitter Carlos Pupo added three hits of his own, including his first home run, driving in four of the Cardinals 10 runs.


RECORD: 3-2, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Winners 10-5 over the Mariners in 10

Make that four Cardinal teams to score 10 runs Wednesday, as the VSL Cardinals doubled up on the Mariners 10-5.

The Cardinals scored six runs in the top of the 10th for their 18th win, as they improved to 18-18 on the season.

The Cardinals designated hitter, Jose Cortez went 5-for-6 with a double and three RBIs while scoring a run to lead the offense.

Yonathan Gonzalez improved to 3-0 on the season with three scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.


RECORD: 18-18, 4th Place Tie, 6.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - No Report Available

No report available at the deadline for this report

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



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Brian Broderick

Had his best and perhaps the team's best start of the season at Quad Cities, pitching seven innings, giving up just one run, it coming in the first inning, before shutting the opposition down for six frames.



Minor League Player of the Day - Curt Smith

The Cardinals 39th round draft pick went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Johnson County Cardinals to a 10-7 win over Greenville.


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