The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/03

It was an up and down night for the Cardinal affiliates. On the night that Brett Wallace made his professional debut, Lance Lynn picked up his first pro victory in a Batavia blowout. Daryl Jones is hitting .415 (22-for-53) since the All-Star break, proving that the he is getting closer to being Texas League ready.


Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Defeated Nashville 3-2

Seven Redbird pitchers combined to four-hit the Sounds. A rehabbing Anthony Reyes allowed a run on a hit and a walk in 2.1 innings. Reyes threw 47 pitches, 27 for strikes. After hurling a shutout inning on Monday, Matt Clement threw another shutout inning. Ron Flores picked up the win while Kelvin Jimenez logged his sixth save of the season.

Nick Stavinoha, David Freese, and Bryan Anderson each singled twice in the game. Jarrett Hoffpauir doubled and scored a run. It was the only extra-base hit for the Redbirds. Joe Mather singled, drew a walk, and drove in a run.


RECORD: 46-40, 2nd place, 4.5 games back


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - OFF DAY

No games were scheduled in the Texas League on Wednesday. Springfield returns to action on Thursday at Frisco with Kyle Mura scheduled to make his Double-A debut. It will be a battle between the Texas League's North and South Division leaders.

RECORD: 6-5, 1st place tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Split a Double-Header

GAME ONE: Lost to Vero Beach 4-3

Both teams scored three runs in the third but the Rays were able to add a run in the fourth that proved to be the difference. Two of the runs in third came on an RBI double off the bat of Tyler Henley. Daniel Descalso and Donovan Solono each added a double and Descalso scored a run.

Shaun Garceau had control issues walking five in 4.2 innings. It was his second loss at Palm Beach and his ERA stands at 3.76. Casey Mulligan hurled 1.1 scoreless innings.

GAME TWO: Defeated Vero Beach 11-2

After a disappointing loss in game one, the Cardinals came out strong and ran away with the nightcap. In only his second start of the season, Eddie Degerman spun five innings of two run baseball. The "Wild Boys" Blake King and Kenny Maiques combined for two shutout innings and neither walked a batter. King struck out the side in his inning of relief.

Hitting in the three spot, Daryl Jones reached base three times with two singles and a walk. The 21 year old scored three runs and drove in two. Jones is now hitting .324 with 28 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Texas League anyone?

Tyler Henley doubled, walked twice, and scored two runs. Tony Cruz doubled, singled, and had two RBIs.

Both games were seven innings.



RECORD: 6-6, 4th place, 1.5 games back


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Popped by Cedar Rapids 9-3

Brett Wallace made his professional debut while another 2008 draft pick, Ryan Kulik, made his full season debut. It was not a memorable first appearance for Kulik as the Kernels scored four runs in the second inning off the southpaw. It would be the end of night for Kulik after the game was delayed by rain. Chuckie Fick would last 3.2 innings but the Kernels plated two runs on three hits off of the 22 year old.

After signing a contract that made him a millionaire on Tuesday, some might press but not the polished hitter Wallace. Though he would go hitless, Wallace showed patience in drawing two walks. In his other two at bats, the first round pick popped out to first and flew out to left. Wallace batted third and served as the team's designated hitter.

Pete Kozma singled for the only River Bandit hit.

The team's three runs came in the second on a hit by pitch, two walks, an error, and a sacrifice fly.

Carlos Pupo went hitless in four at bats in his first game at the Quad Cities.


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


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Scorched Hudson Valley 12-0

The Muckdogs bats exploded on the Renegades with three innings in which the team scored three runs or more. Chris Swauger had his best game as a professional with three hits including his first home run.

Jon Edwards continues to pound the baseball. Edwards hit his third home run of the year in the first inning, a two run shot. With two hits on the night, the 20 year old pushes his average to .372 and is definitely positioning himself for a call up to the Quad Cities.

Frederick Parejo collected three hits including two doubles out of the leadoff spot. Blake Murphy hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot, in the seventh.

Starter Joshua Hester threw four shutout innings but did not factor in the decision. Lance Lynn struck out three in three innings of one hit relief to pick up his first professional victory.


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


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Kingsport 8-7

The baby birds put up a four spot on the board in the top of the first but could not make the lead stand up. Curt Smith had an RBI double in the inning and would score on a two-run homer off the bat of Joey Hage.

Jairo Martinez had two hits and two runs batted in. Travis Mitchell hit a solo shot in the eighth to tie the game at seven. Niko Vasquez singled and drew a walk.

Jorge Rondon allowed an earned run in the bottom of the ninth and was charged with his first defeat of the season. It was the first earned run he has allowed in seven appearances. Brett Zawacki was knocked around for six runs on ten hits in only three innings of work. Deryk Hooker struck out four and was tagged for an unearned run in three innings of relief.


RECORD: 8-8, 4th place, 5.0 games back


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Off Day

RECORD: 5-6, 4th place, 3.0 games back


VSL Cardinals (R) - Tied with the Astros 2-2

The game was suspended in the seventh inning. The game is scheduled to be completed on July 18. Osmir Medina and Hector Garcia both had two hits for the Cardinals.

Starter Hector Corpas threw five shutout innings but will not factor in the decision.


RECORD: 20-19, 4th place, 7.0 games back


DSL Cardinals (R) - Winners 11-3 over Mariners

The Cardinals put four on the board in the sixth and the ninth to secure the rare victory. Roberto Reyes and Juan Cabrera each drove in two runs. Santo Sandoval drew three walks and came around to score three runs.

Angel Cruz picked up the victory with eight strikeouts in six innings. Randy Santos threw two shutout innings to pick up his first save.


RECORD: 9-16, 4th place tie, 9.5 games back



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Lance Lynn

The 2008 supplemental pick hurled three shutout innings to record his first victory as a professional. Lynn struck out three and has yet to allow an earned run in three appearances for Batavia.



Minor League Player of the Day - Daryl Jones

In a doubleheader split, Jones singled in the first game before going off in game two reaching base three times, scoring three runs, and collecting two RBIs. Jones is now hitting .324 and seems set to make his Texas League debut. The only question is when.


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