Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/01

Allen Craig drove in three runs to lead Springfield to victory over Midland. Batavia's Angel Tapia hurled five shutout innings to pick up the win while Scott Gorgen continues to mow down New York-Penn League hitters. Meanwhile, the Quad Cities and GCL teams get torched for a combined 34 runs.


Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Nashville 5-4 in 10

The Redbirds tied the game in the bottom of the ninth to force an extra frame. The Sounds came out strong in the tenth and scored two off of Mark Worrell to pick up the victory.

P.J. Walters scattered eight hits over five innings along with striking out five Sounds' hitters. The rehabbing Matt Clement was strong, striking out two in an inning of relief.

Bryan Anderson led Memphis with three extra-base hits, two doubles and a triple. Josh Phelps singled twice and drove in his 45th run. Joe Mather singled, walked twice, and drove in a run. Colby Rasmus singled, walked, and scored two runs. Mather and Rasmus each stole a base, the sixth and 13th, respectively.


RECORD: 45-39, 2nd place, 4.0 games back


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Outlast Midland 5-4

The bullpen made things interesting once again when the Rockhounds Javier Herrera blasted a two-run home run off of closer Fernando Salas in the ninth. Salas would buckle down to pick up the two-inning save, his 13th save of the season.

Kyle Sadlowski was the starter for the Cardinals and lasted five innings allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Marco Gonzalez picked up the victory with two hitless innings of relief.

Allen Craig proved his worth in the cleanup spot with two hits and three RBIs. Tyler Greene bumped his average up to .231 with three hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Jose Martinez singled twice and drove in his 41st run of the season.


RECORD: 6-4, 1st place tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners over Tampa 4-3

The score went back and forth but the Cardinals were the team left standing at the end of the ninth. Luke Gorsett started the scoring with a two-run dinger in the second inning. Brian Cartie was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, a single and a double. Tyler Henley doubled and scored a run out of the leadoff spot.

Tyler Norrick picked up his first victory of the season with seven strikeouts in a five-inning start. In two shutout innings of relief, Elvis Hernandez struck out four Yankee hitters. Francisco Samuel picked up his 16th save with two strikeouts in the ninth.


RECORD: 5-5, 4th place, 2.5 games back


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Crowned by the LumberKings 17-5

Starter Brian Broderick probably wishes he would not had made the one-hour trip from Davenport to Clinton. The right-hander was shelled for nine runs in only 1.1 innings. Dylan Gonzalez gave the team 3.1 innings of relief but Clinton was able to get to him for three runs. Brandon Garner probably would have liked to have stayed back in the Quad Cites, too. The Lumberkings plated five runs off Garner in only two-thirds of an inning.

Domnit Bolivar singled and hit his third home run of the season. Nick Peoples slugged a two-run shot in the sixth inning, his second. Oliver Marmol and Roberto Espinoza each had two hits for the Quad Cities.

The Lumberkings out hit the River Bandits 25 to 10.


RECORD: 6-6, 5th place, 2.0 games back


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Shutouts Jamestown 5-0

After not striking out a single hitter in his first nine innings of the season, starter Angel Tapia whiffed seven Jammer batters in five shutout innings on Monday night. Tapia yielded only three hits in an outstanding outing to pick up his second victory. Scott Gorgen impressed as well, striking out five hitters in only three innings of work. The 21 year old now has seven strikeouts in five shutout innings.

After a horrible start to his professional career, Xavier Scruggs had his best game as a professional with two hits including his first home run, a solo shot. Scruggs was not the only to get in on the action. Blake Murphy hit his first professional home run as well, a two-run blast in the third.

Beau Riportella led the offense with two singles and a double along with scoring a run.


RECORD: 7-6, 3rd place, 2.5 games back


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Danville 4-3

With two more hits, it is safe to say Ivan Castro has been red hot in his last four games. Over that span, Castro is hitting .533 (8-15) including ripping his second home run of the season on Monday night.

Guillermo Toribio reached based three times with two singles and a walk. He is now hitting .375 in the early going.

Reynier Gonzalez was solid positing five innings of one run ball and notching five strikeouts. Jose Mateo was tagged with the loss after the Braves plated three runs on five hits off the right-hander.


RECORD: 8-6, 3rd place, 3.0 games back


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Shelled by the Nationals 17-3

Not much positive to report in a game in which the Cardinals were out hit 21 to 6.

Omar Javier was blasted for seven runs on nine hits in only four innings. It was worse for reliever Orlando Munoz who was punished for five runs in his only inning of work.

Carlos Pupo continues to supply the power with two more hits including a two-run home run. Ryde Rodriguez singled but was erased after he was caught stealing.


RECORD: 5-5, 3rd place, 2.0 games back


VSL Cardinals (R) - Doubles up the Pirates 6-3

The Cardinals only collected five hits but got help from three Pirate errors. Carlos Noguera was charged with two runs, one earned, in five innings of work to pick up his first win. The bullpen was outstanding hurling four shutout innings but did not strikeout a single hitter. Yonathan Gonzalez picked up his seventh save.

Billy Bolivar collected two hits and scored two runs. Wilfred Vivas provided the damage with a three-run triple in a five-run Cardinal' fifth inning.


RECORD: 20-18, 4th place, 5.5 games back


DSL Cardinals (R) - vs A's(2) Postponed

RECORD: 7-15, 5th place, 7.5 games back



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Miguel Tapia

After not having a strikeout in his first two appearances, Tapia struck out seven on Monday night. Tapia picked up his second victory to go along with an ERA of 1.93 in 14 innings this season.



Minor League Player of the Day - Allen Craig

The Texas League All-Star edges out Bryan Anderson and his three extra-base hits for the daily honor. In a Springfield victory, Craig drove in three runs to push his season total to 51, good enough to put him in the top 10 among Texas League hitters. He also leads the leagues third basemen in fielding percentage.


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