The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/27

Bryan Anderson celebrated his second "Futures Game" selection with a huge night for Memphis including his first Triple-A home run. Adam Ottavino put together his best start of the year in a losing cause. Lots of debuts and strong performances in the low minors led by two Muckdogs coming up a hit short of the cycle.


Games Played Thursday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 8-6 over New Orleans

The Redbirds made a statement early, putting six runs on the board in the bottom of the first. The highlight of the inning was a Bryan Anderson three-run home run. It was his first Triple-A dinger and later he would go on to single and draw a walk.

Shane Robinson was in the leadoff spot and responded with four hits. Joe Mather drew two walks and stole a base. Jaime Garcia helped his own cause with a double and two RBIs.

Colby Rasmus extended his on-base streak to 33 games after singling and drawing a walk on Thursday night.

Garcia was shaky as the Zephyrs were able to plate five runs on the southpaw but the 21 year old did strikeout 10 in 6.2 innings. Kelvin Jimenez picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth.


RECORD: 42-38, 2nd place, 3.0 games back


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Frisco 5-3

After hosting the All-Star game last night, the Cardinals were back out on the field hosting the Rough Riders. Starter Adam Ottavino put together his best start of the season with six strong one-hit innings. Not only was he strong in the box score, sources at Hammons Field tell me he looked better than he has in a long while. Jon Mikrut had a rough night, blowing the save in the ninth and then being tagged with the loss in the tenth.

Allen Craig and Mark Shorey each collected two hits and drove in a run. After a rough night last night, Brandon Yarbrough bounced back with two singles.


RECORD: 3-3, 2nd place, 1.0 game back


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Off Day

RECORD: 3-3, 4th place, 3.0 games back


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Defeated Kane County 6-4

The River Bandits' Charlie Kingrey continues to stroke the ball with three more hits including putting a Brad Hertzler pitch over the right field wall with Francisco Rivera on in the first inning. Kingrey showed his ability on the base paths with three steals in the game. Rivera singled twice as the designated hitter.

After struggling of late, Pete Kozma is showing signs of life with two singles and a run scored. Matt Arburr knocked his eleventh home run of the season in the seventh inning.

Josh Wilson struggled with his command leading to five walks and two runs in 4.2 innings. Wayne Daman picked up the win and Pete Parise logged his sixth save with 1.2 scoreless innings getting four of the five outs by strikeout.


RECORD: 4-4, 3rd place, 3.0 games back


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners over Mahoning Valley 7-6

Jermaine Curtis recorded his second three-hit game of his professional career falling a triple short of the cycle. The home run was the first of his career. Jon Edwards fell a double short of the cycle pushing his average to an impressive .393.

Christian Rosa made his New York-Penn League debut with a double and two RBIs including his first home run, a solo shot in the fourth. Second round selection Shane Peterson collected two hits to push his average to .306.

Former UNLV standout Xavier Scruggs continues to struggle. The 21 year old went hitless in four at bats to lower his average to .063. On a plus note, he was credited with his first two professional RBIs.

Lance Lynn made his second career professional start but this one did not go nearly as smooth as his first. The Scrappers plated three on the former Ole Miss hurler but none of the runs were earned.

Freed Hardeman's Josh Hester was credited with his first win after turning in four two-run innings. Rigoberto Lugo picked up his first save.


RECORD: 5-5, 3rd place, 1.0 game back


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost Elizabethton 7-6

The Twins put four on the board in the second and didn't look back in the match up of 7-2 teams. Guillermo Toribio matched Memphis' Shane Robinson with four hits in the leadoff spot. Ivan Castro got three hits including two doubles to go along with two RBIs.

Niko Vasquez continues to rake. On Thursday night, he hit his first, of hopefully many, career home runs. Alex Castellanos doubled twice and scored two runs. Jairo Martinez hit a two-run home run in the fifth, his second of the season.

Starter Randy Santos was knocked around for five runs on four hits including two home runs in 2.2 innings. Adam Veres hurled three shutout innings including four strikeouts.


RECORD: 7-3, 2nd place, 1.0 game back


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Drop one to the Mets 5-3

2008 twelfth round selection Michael Swinson made his professional debut. The 18 year old went hitless but was able to draw two walks and scored two runs. The Georgia native also stole his first base.

Brian Buck got into his first action of the season with three hits and two runs batted in. Ryde Rodriguez singled for the only other Cardinal hit; he stole a base as well. Rainel Rosario walked twice and scored a run.

Jose Rada was touched for five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in a four-inning start. It was Rada's first start of the season.

The game only went four innings before being called because of rain.


RECORD: 3-3, 3rd place, 1.0 game back


VSL Cardinals (R) - Off Day

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Defeated by the Mariners 5-1

Again, errors hurt the team. Two errors led to three runs, only one was earned in the fourth inning. Santo Sandoval collected the only extra base hit, a double, and scored a run. No Cardinal had multiple hits.

Yedilson Pena and Pedro Pena combined for three shutout innings of relief, striking out five.


RECORD: 6-14, 5th place, 9.5 games back



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Adam Ottavino

After struggling for most of the season, Ottavino put together a fantastic performance, giving up just one hit through six innings.



Minor League Player of the Day - Bryan Anderson

Shane Robinson and Guillermo Toribio both had four hits on the night, but it is Bryan Anderson and his first Triple-A home run that gets the nod. His first home run was a three run blast and he would reach base two more times during the game.


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