The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/05

Pete Kozma, the St. Louis Cardinals 2007 first-round draft pick, went 4-for-6 on the night with two RBIs and two runs scored to propel Quad Cities to a 9-2 win over Cedar Rapids. Nick Additon picked up his seventh win on the season. Additon, who didn't have a loss in June, is now 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in his last 10 starts, dating back to May 20.


Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 4-2 over Omaha

Redbirds starter, Mike Parisi pitched seven shutout innings before leaving the game in the eighth with bases loaded and two outs. Charged with two runs from the jam, Parisi picked up his fourth consecutive win since being sent down from St. Louis and 6-1 on the season at Memphis.

With a little of help from his friends, Josh Phelps hit two home runs and Joey ‘Bombs' Mather hit his team leading 16th homer to give the Redbirds their lead.

Kelvin Jimenez, the Birdhouse ‘Minor League Pitcher of the Month' for June, recorded his seventh save of the season with a scoreless frame in the ninth.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Colby Rasmus did not play.


RECORD: 48-40, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Frisco 8-1

The RoughRiders roughed up Cardinals starter Adam Daniels for eight runs in just three innings, getting three runs in the first before adding five in the third to chase Daniels from the game.

The Cardinals would only manage to muster up six hits on the night with third baseman Allen Craig getting two hits, including an RBI double in the ninth to drive in the only Springfield run.

The loss drops the Cardinals to 7-6 in the second half.

FERNANDO "You Look Marvelous" - Fernando Salas, an undrafted free agent pick-up of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007, has proven to be quite a find out of the Mexican League. After Thursday's save, Salas now has a league-high 14 saves in 18 opportunities. Salas has fanned a team-best 68 men, while walking just 11 over 46 innings. Springfield's all-time single-season saves record is 29, held by both Chris Perez (2007) and Mark Worrell (2006).


RECORD: 7-6, Second Place, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Jupiter 6-2

The Cardinals lost to the Hammerheads 6-2, despite a strong performance out of Brandon Dickson their starter. Dickson gave up just two runs over seven innings while striking out six.

Mark Diapoules made his first appearance for Palm Beach since getting promoted from Quad Cities, Mark gave up three runs on three hits, walked one and struck out one.

First baseman Matt Arburr provided the offense, scoring both runs with one coming off his first home run for Palm Beach in the second inning.


RECORD: 6-7, 5th Place, 1.5 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 9-2 over Cedar Rapids

The River Bandits provided their own fireworks for the Fourth of July and didn't wait until the end of the game to do it. Scoring three runs in the first to take the lead and never looked back, Quad Cities cruised to a 9-2 win over Cedar Rapids to salvage a series split.

Starter Nick Additon, the Birdhouse ‘Minor League Pitcher of the Month' for June, picked up his seventh win. Nick pitched scattered five hits over six complete innings, giving up two runs, only one earned, while walking won and striking out three.

Shortstop and the Cardinals 2007 First-Round Draft Pick, Pete Kozma kicked it up a notch Friday night, going 4-for-6 with two RBIs and scoring twice.

Third baseman Brett Wallace, the 2008 First-Round Draft Pick, picked up his second professional base hit and first RBI. He's 2-for-9 in his first two games.


RECORD: 8-8, 5th Place, 3.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 9-2 over Hudson Valley

The Muckdogs scored early and often as they defeated Hudson Valley 9-2 Friday night.

Shane Peterson, who some fans have question my ranking him at #24 in the Prospect Power Rankings, as responded to the doubters, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Batavia offense. Shane the Cardinals second-round draft pick out of this year's draft is hitting .352 (19-for-54) through his first 16 games for the Muckdogs.

Right-fielder Jon Edwards is putting up some gaudy numbers. Edwards had another nice night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, his fourth on the season. Edwards is now hitting .380 (19-for-50) through 15 games, with 11 of his hits being for extra bases (6-2B, 1-3B, 4-HRs).


RECORD: 10-8, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Burlington 2-1

Johnson City starter Matt North deserved a much better fate than a no-decision Friday. North pitched five complete innings, giving up just three hits and one run. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four. Talking about tough luck, Matt has appeared in four games, including three starts. In 19.0 innings pitched, he's given up only three runs while walking five and striking out 22 and has a 1-0 record with a 1.42 ERA to show for it.

Jon Bravo, didn't get much love from the baseball Gods either. He gave up a run in 3.1 innings pitched on just two hits and a walk while striking out four, but was tagged for the loss.

The Cardinals offense avoided a no-hitter with RF Paul Cruz getting the only hit of the day, a solo homer in the ninth, to spoil a no-hit shutout for Burlington.


RECORD: 8-10, 4th Place, 6.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Marlins 6-1

Starter Chris Notti was tagged for the loss, giving up three runs, two of them earned in four innings on three hits and two walks, while striking out four.

Miguel Flores on in relief pitched four shutout innings to give the Cardinals a chance to comeback, which they didn't.

The Cardinals could only come up with six hits on the day with the designated hitter, Braulio Hiraldo, getting half of them, going 3-for-3 with a walk and scoring the Cardinals only run, in his first game with the GCL Redbirds.


RECORD: 5-8, 4th Place, 5.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Mariners 8-3

The Cardinals had a 3-1 lead going into the sixth, but the Mariners would score seven unanswered runs to hand the Cardinals their 21st lost of the season, dropping them below the .500 mark and eight games off the pace.


RECORD: 20-21, 5th Place, 8.0 GB


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

RECORD: 9-17, 5th Place, 9.5 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Nick Additon

Picked up his seventh win on the season, giving up just one run in six innings.



Minor League Player of the Day - Pete Kozma

A big 4-for-6 night and with two RBIs and two runs scored.


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