The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/29

Brandon Dickson had one of the best games on the mound for the system this season, pitching eight shutout innings for Palm Beach, giving up only two hits, and one walk, while striking out three.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - 11-1 over New Orleans

Memphis starter Clayton Mortensen pitched six innings, scattering four hits and allowing just one run to pick up his third win of the season.

The offensive star of the night was shortstop Brian Barden, who went three for five, to include his seventh home run on the season, with two RBIs and two runs scored, just missing hitting the cycle by a double.

Colby Rasmus has reached base in 35 straight games after going 2-for-4 Saturday night, raising his batting average to a semi-respectable .257. Clayton Mortensen, who is on the fast track to the Major Leagues, has won three straight starts. First baseman Josh Phelps homered for the second consecutive game.

Memphis and New Orleans are set to finish a four-game series Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park. Brad Thompson will take the mound for the Redbirds in a 1:05 p.m. start.


RECORD: 44-38, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 10-5 over Frisco

Tyler Herron didn't have his best stuff Saturday night, but his teammates picked him up, scoring 10 runs to pick up the first win over Frisco at Hammons Field this season. Herron pitched five complete innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, including two home runs along with five walks, and still got the win. Relievers Josh Dew and Justin Fiske combined for four no-hit, scoreless innings. Dew struck out four of the six batters he faced over two perfect innings. Fiske followed by allowing just one base-runner over two scoreless frames.

The Springfield Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday night, salvaging the final game of a three-game series against the Frisco RoughRiders with a 10-5 win at Hammons Field.

Down 5-2, an eight-run fifth inning put the Redbirds ahead to stay, as 13 batters came to the plate in the inning.

Cards third baseman Allen Craig has gone more than a month without a home run, as he's been stuck on 11 since May 25th, when he homered in a 4-1 win at Corpus Christi. Craig is still tied for the team-lead with his 11 homers and is tops on the club in RBIs with 47.


RECORD: 4-4, 1st Place Tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 1-0 over Tampa

What a pitching matchup Saturday as the Palm Beach Cardinals managed to edge out a narrow 1-0 victory over the Tampa Yankees.

Cardinals starter Brandon Dickson (W, 6-5) had one of the best starts in the organization of the season, pitching eight shutout innings, giving up only two hits, and one walk, while striking out three.

The Cardinals could only muster up four hits on the night, their only run coming in the 8th inning, as center fielder Antonio De Jesus drove in second baseman Daniel Descalso on a base hit up the middle.

Francisco Samuel earned his 15th save, with a scoreless frame in the ninth.


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


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Shutout by Clinton 9-0

Just a week after the 18-year-old Richard Castillo made his debut in my St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings, following about 12 hours later, tossing five hitless innings to earn a win in his Midwest League debut, Castillo who was garnering a lot of attention this past week by the pundits and Cardinal minor league fans, suffered his first loss at Quad Cities.

Castillo gave up four runs on six hits over five innings of work. Still, the 18-year-old right-hander showed flashes of his impressive potential. Ben Chiswick, the voice of the River Bandits, pointed out in his post-game report that Castillo used a sharp curveball to strike out five batters, and did not issue a walk despite going to three-ball counts to seven of the batters he faced. Needless to say, it's too early to jump off of this bandwagon.

The Bandits only had four hits Saturday, including two doubles, one by Nick Peoples and Oliver Marmol. You aren't going to win a lot of games on four hit. Saturday's loss stopped a three-game winning streak as the Bandits fall to 5-5, in the second half of the season.


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


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to the Scrappers 8-6 in 11

Down 4-0 after two innings the Muckdogs fought back to take a 6-4 lead into the top half of the ninth. The Scrappers, living up to their name, scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings, before adding two more runs in the bottom of the 11th to hand the Dogs their sixth loss on the season.

Reliever Daniel Richardson suffered his first loss for the Muckdogs, giving up the two runs in the last inning.

Not much offense from Batavia, they only managed six hits on the night, but it was none other than shortstop Colt Sedbrook, who went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Second baseman Jose Garcia, chipped in a couple of hits, an RBI and scored a run as well.


RECORD: 6-6, 2nd Place Tie, 2.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Twins 6-1

The Cardinals couldn't hold onto their share of first place in the Appy League Western Division standings, actually falling back to third place, a game back of Elizabethton and a half game back of second-place Bristol.

Starter Michael Blazek was saddled with his first loss, giving up three earned runs on five hits, through four innings, before turning the game over to the bullpen.

Not much offense in Johnson City either Saturday, as the lower minor league affiliates had trouble putting runs up on the board. The Cardinals had only five hits, leaving a total of just four base runners stranded.


RECORD: 8-4, 3rd Place, 1.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Winners 10-5 over LA

The Cardinals doubled up on the Dodgers Saturday, 10-5 as they improve to 5-3 and find themselves just a half-game back of the Dodgers in the GCL Eastern Division standings.

Reliever Jose Penaloza picked up his first win, with a scoreless frame in the fifth inning.

Right-fielder Ryde Rodriquez, who you'll be hearing a lot more of, as time goes on, led the Cardinals offense, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Shortstop Luis Mateo had a 2-for-5 night, driving in two and scoring once, while leadoff man and designated hitter Michael Swinson came through with three base hits, an RBI and he scored twice.


RECORD: 5-3, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Postponed Rain

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Shutout the Phillies 3-0

Left-handed starter Keury Herrera improved to 2-0, pitching five shutout innings, giving up only hit and three walks, while striking out six. Alejandro Pinales and Eduard Estalis, combined for four innings of shutout relief with Estalis picking his fourth save.


RECORD: 7-15, Last Place, 10.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Brandon Dickson

Saturday, Dickson had one of the best games on the mound for the system this season, pitching eight shutout innings, giving up only two hits, and one walk, while striking out three.



Minor League Player of the Day - Brian Barden

The Redbirds' shortstop continues to swing one of the hottest bats in the PCL, going 3-for-5 Saturday with his seventh home run on the season. Barden drove in with two runs and scored twice.


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