The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/28

First baseman, Curt Smith, the Cardinals 39th round draft pick, from this year's class out of the University of Maine is playing more like a first-round pick. The 5'10", 200 pound right-handed slugger went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs. After his first games as a professional, he's hitting .471 (8-for-17) with four home runs and a double, with nine RBIs already.


Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 13-10

Memphis and New Orleans slugged it out for over three hours Friday night at AutoZone Park with the Redbirds finally coming out on top 13-10.

Joe Mather led the ‘Birds with five RBI going 3-for-4 and finishing the night a triple shy of the cycle. Memphis pounded out 18 hits with seven different players recording multi-hit games. Jarrett Hoffpauir went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Brian Barden went 3-for-6 with three runs scored. The club set a Memphis professional baseball record using eight pitchers in the game. Matt Scherer picked up the win with one inning of relief work. Starter P.J. Walters left the game after being struck by a line drive in the top of the second inning. Kelvin Jimenez notched his fourth save of the season by recording the final out.

Colby Rasmus went 2-for-3 and walked twice, scoring two of the Redbirds runs. Rasmus has now reached base safely in 34 straight games. The longest such streak in the PCL>

Late reports from the ballpark after the game indicated that Walters will not be going on the Disabled List, but will have a sore arm for a couple of days. The Redbirds have now won five straight.


RECORD: 43-38, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Frisco 5-1

The Cardinals dropped their second straight game to Frisco as the RoughRiders improve to 8-0 in the second half.

Starter Adam Daniels (1-2, 5.68) suffered his second loss for Springfield, giving up four runs on nine hits, including one home run and three walks.

Not much offense, the Cardinals could only muster up eight hits, leaving nine runners stranded, with Texas League All-Star, Allen Craig scoring the only run, it coming in the eighth inning off of a wild pitch.

Mark Hamilton getting the start at first base, went 3-for-3 on the night.


RECORD: 3-4, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to the Yankees 4-1

The Cardinals jumped out to an early one run lead in the bottom of the first off an RBI single by Luke Gorsett to drive in Tony Cruz from third. That would be the extent of their offense, as they managed eight hits, leaving 10 runners stranded.

Starter Kyle Mura (5-4, 4.21) deserved a better fate, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up just two runs on five hits, while he did not walk anyone, he struck out six. Them ‘Damn Yankees'.


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


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 6-3 over

The River Bandits got big nights from their 2-3-4 hitters, as Pete Kozma, Francisco Rivera, and Matt Arburr combined to go 6-for-11 with three extra-base hits, four runs scored, and all six of the team's runs batted in. Matt Arburr the DH, hit his 12th home run on the season and finished the night going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

Bandit's starter, Mark Diapoules (5-1, 3.56 ERA) had an impressive outing, allowing just two hits over 6.2 innings before being removed as his pitch count reached 99. He left the game having allowed just two unearned runs, but issued a two-out walk against the last batter he faced that eventually came around to score against reliever Dylan Gonzalez. In all, Diapoules allowed three runs - one earned - on two hits while fanning five and walking three.


RECORD: 5-4, 3rd Place Tie, 2.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 2-1 over Mahoning Valley

The Muckdogs and Scrappers fought a close one Friday with the Dogs coming away with the 2-1 win.

Zachery Pitts (0-1, 2.00) making his first start for Batavia pitched four solid scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out two. A nice outing, but a no-decision, none the less. Arquimedes Nieto (1-0, 0.75) on in relief, making his case for breaking into the Prospect Power Rankings, pitched three innings to pick up his first win, after scattering four hits and giving up just one run.

Shortstop Colt Sedbrook, has one of those baseball names, like Stubby Clapp or Razor Shines that you just can't help checking to see what he did on the night. Colt went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .341 through his first 11 professional games. An exciting young player, the shortstop, stole a base, was caught stealing and picked off a base, entertaining to say the least.


RECORD: 6-5, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Winners 14-3 over Twins

The Johnson City Cardinals had a big night offensively scoring 14 runs on 11 hits and the generosity of Elizabethton's pitchers who gave the little Redbirds eight free passes to first base. The win puts the Cardinals in a dead heat tie for first with Elizabethton.

First baseman Curt Smith, the Cardinals 39th round draft pick from this year's draft, is playing more like a first-round pick. Friday night he went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs, to raise his batting average up to .471 through his first four games. A small sample of course, but he's making take notice, with a good first impression.

Brett Zawacki (1-1, 4.22) on in relief, earned his first win on the season, scattering three hits and two walks over 2.2 innings.


RECORD: 8-3, 1st Place Tie


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) OFF DAY

RECORD: 4-3, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Beat the Tigers 3-1

Deimer Bier (2-1, 3.03) improve to 2-1 with an impressive performance, striking out nine batters in through five innings, giving up just one run on four hits and the young right-hander didn't walk anyone, always a key a success and those big one or two run margin victories.


RECORD: 19-18, 4th Place, 6.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the A's (1) 5-2

The Cardinals outhit the A's 9-7, but fell three runs short in a 5-2 loss Friday afternoon.

Starter Juan Jaquez (0-2, 5.63) suffered his second loss on the season, giving up three of the A's five runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Left-hander reliever Randy Santos, pitched two scoreless, no hit frames, with just a walk marring a perfect appearance.


RECORD: 6-15, 5th Place, 10.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Zachery Pitts

Pitched four scoreless frames, giving up just one hit in his no-decision.



Minor League Player of the Day - Curt Smith

Smith went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs, to raise his batting average up to .471


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