The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/30

Springfield Cardinals' starter, Jess Todd tossed an eight inning gem on Sunday, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out 10 batters, in what ended up being a no-decision for one of the hottest prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals pipeline.


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 3-2 over New Orleans

The Redbirds extended their current winning streak to seven games Sunday, with a 3-2 win and series sweep over the New Orleans Zephyrs.

I was expecting Brad Thompson on the mound Sunday, but Memphis went with Mike Parisi who pitched 7.2 very good innings to earn his fifth win and third straight for the ‘Birds. He scattered four hits and gave up two runs with five strikeouts. Kelvin Jimenez nailed down his third save of the series and fifth of the year.

Brian Barden led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run and David Freese added his 12th round tripper with a two-run shot before the inning was over. Barden and Freese each led the Redbirds with two hits apiece. Colby Rasmus had reached base in 35 straight games but saw his streak come to an end going 0-for-4.


RECORD: 45-38, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 2-1 over Midland in 10

Starter Jess Todd got a no-decision, even after pitching eight shutout innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out 10. Todd taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning, only faced three batters above the minimum Sunday. It's just a matter of time before he's starting at Memphis. Reliever Luke Gregerson picked up the win, with two complete scoreless and hitless frames.

It took the Cardinals 10 innings before they could score, with Jose Martinez scoring on a double by Casey Rowlett for the win.

The Cardinals are getting Gold Glove type of defense, with 1B Mark Hamilton (.996), 3B Allen Craig (.952) and OF Jon Jay (1.000) all lead their respective positions with the top fielding percentage in the league.


RECORD: 5-4, 1st Place Tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to the Yankees 7-1

Tampa scored two runs in the top of the first, all the runs they would need, off of Cardinals' starter Brad Furnish (7-4, 3.99) who suffered his fourth loss on the season. Furnish scattered seven hits over seven innings, giving up three runs in the losing cause.

The Cardinals had nine hits on the day, but scored only once, as they left eight runners on the bases. Every position player in the starting lineup, got a base hit, talking about spreading what little offense you had, around.


RECORD: 4-5, 3rd Place Tie, 3.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Defeated Clinton 4-3

Starter Nick Additon became the first River Bandit to win six games this season, allowing three runs, two earned, on just four hits and a walk over seven innings of work. The 20-year-old from Florida had given up only two hits and no earned runs through his first six frames before Clinton tagged him for a pair of solo homers in the seventh.

Designated hitter, Matt Arburr, hit his 13th home run on the season. Arburr has now gone deep in three of his last four games and is hitting .393 with four homers and eight RBI in his last seven games. Domnit Bolivar delivered a major blow with his second home run on the season, to help the Bandits get by the Lumberkings.

Wayne Daman pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game, picking up his second safe on the year.


RECORD: 6-5, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Postponed Rain

RECORD: 6-6, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Danville 12-2

The Cardinals suffered a 12-2 loss to Danville on Sunday, man is that going to leave a scar.

Left-hander Jon Bravo suffered the loss, giving up six earned runs through 3.1 innings pitched, while striking out five batters to avoid even more damage. Bravo has struck out an amazing 17 batters through his first 9.2 innings pitched as a professional, but he has also given up 13 hits and seven earned runs. A project in the works, to say the least.

Designated hitter Osvaldo Morales went deep Sunday, for just his second home run in 37 games this season, split between Quad Cities (27 games) and Palm Beach (10 games).


RECORD: 8-5, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) -Lost to the Marlins 9-4

It was a rough day at the ballpark for the GCL Cardinals who committed five errors in Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Marlins.


RECORD: 5-4, 2nd Place Tie, 1.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Off Day Sunday

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Off Day Sunday

RECORD: 7-15, 5th Place, 10.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jess Todd

Todd continues to be one of the hottest pitchers in minor league baseball this season, tossing an eight inning gem on Sunday, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out 10 batters, in what ended up being a no-decision for the "Rising Star".



Minor League Player of the Day - David Freese

Freese went deep Sunday for Memphis, a two-run homer, his 12th on the season, to propel Memphis to their seventh straight win.


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