The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/04

Clayton Mortensen, who was selected in the supplemental first-round (36th overall) of the June, 2007 First-Year Player Draft as compensation for the Brewers' signing of free agent Jeff Suppan, is already proving to be effective at the Triple-A level. In Thursday night's win over Nashville, he tossed seven strong innings, to improve to 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA on the season for the Memphis Redbirds.


Games Played Thursday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Defeats Nashville 5-1

Clayton Mortensen was outstanding helping rest an overused bullpen with seven strong innings. The Sounds were able to manage only one run on six hits off the Gonzaga product. In his last three starts covering 20.2 innings, Mortensen has allowed only two runs (0.87 ERA). Mark Worrell finished with two shutout innings.

Sounds' starter Lindsay Gulin stymied the Redbirds for six innings as Memphis could only muster three hits off the soft-tossing lefty. But after he exited, the Redbirds took the lead off of former big league closer Derrick Turnbow in the seventh and added three insurance runs in the eighth.

Josh Phelps doubled, tripled, and walked. Phelps came around to score each time he was on base and drove in two runs. Bryan Anderson had two hits and the game winning RBI off of Turnbow. Although he is hitting .344, Anderson is still having his troubles behind the plate. The 21-year-old allowed his seventh passed ball in 39 games.

Shane Robinson had a hit and drove in the first Redbird run of the game.

For the second straight game, Colby Rasmus did not start.


RECORD: 47-40, 2nd place, 5.0 games out


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners over Frisco 7-3

The two Texas League division leaders hooked up in Frisco, Texas, to help declare North-South supremacy. The Roughriders entered the night with a 10-2 record while leading the league in average, on base percentage, slugging, runs, and home runs.

Kyle Mura's was impressive in his Double-A debut, as the 23-year-old hurled five shutout innings against a talented Roughrider' offense. Even with a six-run lead, Josh Dew could not shut the door and was chased after Frisco scored two off the right-hander in two-thirds of an inning. Fernando Salas entered the game with two runners on and the tying run standing in the on deck circle. Salas was able to record the third out to nail down his 14th save of the season.

It has been a rough season for Jose Martinez especially the Month of June when he hit .161/.227/.161. The 22 year old seems to be putting things together especially on Thursday night. Martinez collected three hits including a home run to go along with five RBIs. The three hits extended his hit streak to a modest six games.

Mark Shorey had three hits as well including a home run, his seventh of the season. Shorey has quietly pushed his average up to .299. Jim Rapoport singled, drew a walk, stole a base, and scored two runs. Rapoport isn't hitting much but he already has three stolen bases in six games.


RECORD: 7-5, 1st place tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Rained Out

No make up date has been announced. The Cardinals will host Jupiter on Friday. Mark Diapoules, Charlie Kingrey, and Matt Arburr were all scheduled to make their Florida State debut.

RECORD: 6-6, 3rd place, 1.5 games back


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners over Cedar Rapids 2-1

Richard Castillo continues to broaden his legend as the 18-year-old spun seven shutout innings. He is now 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA in the Midwest League. Pete Parise picked up his seventh save of the season.

Francisco Rivera singled twice and scored a run. The 19-year-old is now hitting .310. Pete Kozma went hitless in four at bats but stole two bases and scored a run.

Brett Wallace went hitless in his first three at bats. Leading off the eighth, Wallace singled to left field off of reliever Chris Armstrong. It was his first hit of hopefully many in his Cardinal career.


RECORD: 7-8, 5th place, 3.5 games back


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Defeats Hudson Valley 5-2

Starter Arquimedes Nieto struck out five in five innings in route to the victory. It was his second victory of the season and his ERA stands at 1.06. Adam Riefer recorded the last out of the game to pick up his third save.

Blake Murphy had three hits to go along with an RBI and a run scored. Jermaine Curtis singled twice to push his average to .339. After picking up three hits last night, Frederick Parejo singled two more times on Thursday night. Colt Sedbrook entered the game as a pinch runner and stole his sixth base.


RECORD: 9-8, 3rd place, 2.5 games back


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Falls to Kingston 11-3

Starter Carlos Gonzalez was spanked for five runs in only three innings. His piggyback partner, Mike Blazek, was torched for six runs in 3.1 innings of work.

The offensive highlight of the night was Alex Castellanos first professional home run. The third baseman out of Belmont-Abbey finished the night with two hits and two RBIs. Brett Lilley doubled and drew three walks. The former Golden Domer has pushed his on-base- percentage over .400.


RECORD: 8-8, 4th place, 4.5 games back


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Defeated by the Dodgers 4-2

The Cardinals managed only three hits, two of which were by Luis Mateo. Rainel Rosario had the other Cardinal hit.

The Dodgers scored three runs off of starter Omar Diaz. The rehabbing Gary Daley pitched a shutout inning after not recording an out in his last appearance.

The game was called after the home half of the sixth because of rain.


RECORD: 5-7, 4th place, 4.5 games back


VSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Phillies 3-1

Gerardo Mannbel, Roberto Perez, and Yorbel Alcala each collected two singles. Hector Garcia went hitless but drew three walks and scored a run.

Javier Avendano hurled six shutout innings while striking out seven along the way. Yonathan Gonzalez was charged with the loss and his third blown save after giving up three runs in 1.2 innings of relief.


RECORD: 20-20, 5th place, 7.0 games back


DSL Cardinals (R) - No Report Available at the Deadline



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Clayton Mortensen

Mortensen put together his third outstanding start in a row with seven innings of one run baseball on Thursday night. Quietly, he is now 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA in Triple-A.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jose Martinez

The Venezuelan led the Cardinals with three hits and five RBIs in a match up of Texas League division leaders. Martinez has now hit in six straight games.


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