The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/02

The minor league affiliates played nine games on Tuesday night and loss each and every game. Fortunately for Palm Beach, their game was rained out. Allen Craig provided early fireworks for Springfield with two home runs and four RBIs.


Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Nashville 5-1

The Sounds jumped on Redbird ace Jaime Garcia early and were up four runs by the end of the fourth. Garcia did not help himself making two throwing errors. The southpaw left after five innings having given up four runs, two earned, and striking out four. Hugo Castellanos and Jason Motte combined for three shutout innings.

Jarrett Hoffpauir collected three hits and has quietly raised his average above the .300 mark. Also, "Hoff" drove in the only run of the game for the Redbirds. After getting his first cup of coffee, Nick Stavinoha singled twice and is now hitting .348 in the Pacific Coast League.


RECORD: 45-40, 2nd place, 5.0 games back


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Fell to Midland 8-7 in 10 innings

The Cardinals were up two going into the ninth but reliever Luke Gregerson melted down once again. The Rockhounds' Jon Zeringue cracked a two-run homer over the centerfield wall to tie the game off the right-hander. Midland got another run that was charged to the struggling reliever in the tenth. Gregerson has allowed seven runs in his last 6.2 innings.

After a stellar performance his last time out, Adam Ottavino was shelled for three home runs in six innings. Ottavino scattered eight hits and struck out seven.

All-Star Allen Craig did all he could for the Cardinals, hitting his 12th and 13th home runs of the season and driving in four runs. Isa Garcia singled twice, drove in a run, and scored a run. Matt Pagnozzi collected two hits and drove in two runs.


RECORD: 6-5, 1st place tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Rained out.

The Cardinals and Vero Beach will play a doubleheader on Thursday.

RECORD: 5-5, 4th place, 2.0 games back


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Cedar Rapids 7-4

Recent draft pick Jared Bradford got into his first professional game and picked up his first professional loss. The former Bayou Bengal was roughed up for four runs in only two-thirds of an inning. Starter Josh Wilson logged six solid innings of one run baseball.

Leadoff man Oliver Marmol went hitless but reached base twice. The College of Charleston product made the most of his opportunities with two stolen bases and two runs scored. Francisco Rivera doubled twice to raise his average to .304. Last year's first round pick, Pete Kozma, went 0-4 to see his average drop to .265.

After signing a contract on Tuesday, Brett Wallace is set to report to the River Bandits on Wednesday.


RECORD: 6-7, 5th place, 3.0 games back


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Drops two to Jamestown

GAME ONE – Lost to Jamestown 9-1

Shane Peterson led the Muckdogs offense with three singles. Jose Garcia singled twice and drove in the only Batavia run. Xavier Scruggs had a hit and scored a run.

Thomas Eager got knocked around for three runs on five hits and four walks in four innings. Lugo was tagged with four runs in his only inning of relief.

GAME TWO – Lost to Jamestown 3-2

The Muckdogs tried to hold off the Jammer sweep but came out on the short end of the stick. Jermaine Curtis, a third baseman and 2008 draft pick, must have been motivated by third baseman Wallace's signing. The former UCLA Bruin singled twice and doubled to push his average to .314. Also, Curtis drove in a run and scored a run.

After collecting three hits in the first game, Shane Peterson went hitless in his only at bat as a pinch hitter. Jon Edwards doubled and drew a walk.

George Brown spun two innings with three strikeouts but the Jammers were able to plate two runs against the southpaw. Jay Buursma was charged with the loss after yielding an unearned run in the sixth inning.

Both games of the doubleheader were seven innings.



RECORD: 7-8, 4th place, 3.0 games back


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Defeated by Danville 7-2

Adam Veres and Randy Santos combined for seven innings of work but the Braves touched the duo for six runs on nine hits. Veres did strikeout seven in his four-inning start.

Niko Vasquez reached base three times via a walk, single, and double. The Las Vegas standout drove in a run and scored a run as well. Joey Hage singled twice and scored a run.


RECORD: 8-7, 3rd place, 4.0 games back


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Mets 3-0

In a rain-shortened game, the Cardinals managed only three hits, none for extra bases. After playing for Palm Beach last night, Tyler Henley singled and walked in two plate appearances. Ryde Rodriguez and Mateo each singled and stole a base.

All of the Mets runs came on two home runs off of starter Jose Rada. The 20 year old scatter 10 hits in five innings of work. Miguel Flores chipped in a scoreless inning of relief.


RECORD: 5-6, 4th place, 2.5 games back


VSL Cardinals (R) - Defeated by the Rays 9-4

Starter Geney Rios and four relievers were charged with nine runs but only two were earned as the defense made 10 errors behind them. Yes, 10 errors! Rios made it through four innings, striking out three.

In the field, Gerardo Mannbel made three throwing errors while Billy Bolivar and Wilfred Vivas were charged with two errors each.

Bolivar made up for his fielding deficiencies with a two-run home run in the second, his second blast of the season. Jesus Montero cracked a two-run pinch-hit home run in the ninth.


RECORD: 20-19, 4th place, 6.5 games back


DSL Cardinals (R) - Defeated by the A's (2), 2-1

The Cardinals managed only two singles, one each off the bat of Jorge Lopez and Wader Perez. Lopez drove in the team's only run.

Jose Pasen spun five one run innings but did not factor in the decision. Angel De Jesus allowed a run in two innings of relief and was charged with the loss.


RECORD: 7-16, 5th place, 11.0 games back



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Josh Wilson

In a River Bandit loss, Wilson controlled the early action, yielding only one run on four hits in a six-inning start. The Kernels managed only one hit in his final four innings. Wilson ended the game by retiring the last eight batters he faced.



Minor League Player of the Day - Allen Craig

With two home runs and four RBIs, Craig put the Cardinals in position to win on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the Springfield bullpen melted down again and Craig and the Cardinals came out on the losing end.


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