The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/06

The Birdhouse has reason to believe that the St. Louis Cardinals will recall Joey "Bombs" Mather from Memphis today. Corresponding roster moves are still in the works.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Omaha 8-6

The Redbirds outhit the Royals, 11-10, but came up short in runs scored, leaving seven runners stranded on the bases Saturday.

Brian Barden had a good night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. David Freese, went deep for the 13th time on the year, but together they couldn't generate enough offense for a win.

P.J. Walters started, he scattered seven hits and two walks over six innings, giving up four runs, but did not factor into the decision. Reliever Ron Flores was tagged with the loss.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Going into Saturday's game Bryan Anderson had a seven-game hit streak intact with his last five games all being multi-hit games. Anderson has driven in nine runs during the hit streak, including his first Triple-A home run on June 26. The ‘Birds backstop has also been solid behind the plate during the streak posting a 2.71 team ERA (19ERx63.0IC). Bryan went 1-for-3 in Saturday's loss to Omaha to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

C Colby Rasmus missed his fourth consecutive start due to a slight groin strain. He was in the original starting lineup for Saturday's game but was a last minute scratch.

ROSTER MOVES: I'm anticipating Joey "Bombs" Mather will be recalled to St. Louis today, no word on the corresponding move at the deadline for this report.


RECORD: 48-41, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Frisco 3-0

You can't win if you don't score. Starter Jess Todd pitched good enough to win on most nights, but was victimized by a lack of run support. Todd allowed just the two runs on three hits over six innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked just one, throwing 87 pitches over his six innings.

The Cardinals only had six hits in Saturday's loss, with Allen Craig leading the anemic offense going, 2-for-4 on the night.

How would you like to have an ERA of 1.69, after 11 starts and 69.1 innings pitched and only have a 2-3 won-loss record?

Tyler Herron, (4-4, 5.10) will be on the mound Sunday against Midland. Herron, bless his heart is having a tough season, the debate has already began about his rankings in the PPR and where he'll be ranked by the traditional pundits next season.


RECORD: 7-7, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated Jupiter 6-4

Starter Brad Furnish didn't factor into the decision after pitching seven complete innings, giving up four runs on just three hits, including a home run, and one walk while striking out seven. Reliever Davis Bilardello picked up the win with a scoreless frame in the eight. Franciso Samuel picked up his 17th save for Palm Beach.

Offensively, Tony Cruz went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Daryl Jones, who looks like a ballplayer if I ever saw one, continues to swing one of the hottest bats in the organization, he went 2-for-4 on Saturday, driving in a run as well. Jones is now hitting .322, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs, with an OBP of .404 and he has 16 stolen bases to his credit.


RECORD: 7-7, 3rd Place, 1.0 GB


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

This year's first-round draft pick Brett Wallace brought 4,746 excited fans to their feet on Saturday evening with his first professional home run during an eight-run seventh inning as the Quad Cities River Bandits defeated the Peoria Chiefs 9-2.

Leadoff man Adron Chambers had a productive day, going 2-for-3, with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.

Brian Broderick had been scheduled to start Saturday, but was a late scratch from the lineup with a sore elbow. Major kudos to Chuck Fick who gave up just one run through four innings, in his spot start for the Bandits.

Wayne Damon earned the win with five strong innings out of the bullpen. Daman threw four perfect frames before giving up a run on three hits in the ninth.

. TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Pete Kozma went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. No one runs, hotter and colder than Kozma. He's hot now, hitting .350 (7-for-20) for the month of July.


RECORD: 9-8, Tied for 2nd, 2.0 GB (three teams, Beloit, Cedar Rapids, Peoria, all tied up in first with 11-6 records


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to Vermont 6-5

Starter Scott Gorgen pitched four innings, giving up two runs on four hits, striking out three without walking anyone, but did not factor into the decision.

Angel Tapia was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks in his three innings of relief.

Shane Peterson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Jose Garcia also racked up three hits on the day.


RECORD: 10-9, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Suspended Game

The game was suspended in the fifth inning because of rain, with the scored tied, 4-4.


RECORD: 8-10, 4th Place, 6.5GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Nationals 4-3

The Cardinals lost a close one Saturday to the Nationals 4-2. Starter Kevin Siegrist pitched four impressive innings, giving up only one hit, did not walk anyone and struck out three.

Third baseman went 1-for-4 with his hit being a solo homer in the fifth inning. Leadoff man and center fielder Michael Swinson went 2-for-5 with two doubles.


RECORD: 5-9, 4th Place, 6.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Tigers 9-8

Outfielders Anthony Fonseca and Alberto Rivero, batting one and two in the lineup went a combined went a combined 5-for-8 with an RBI and six runs scored, but they couldn't do it all on their own as the Cardinals fall to the Tigers, 9-8.

The Cardinals sent five pitchers to the mound with starter Carlos Noguera getting battered for five runs in just two innings, but it was Yonathan Gonzalez who was tagged with a blown save and a loss.


RECORD: 20-22, 6th Place, 9.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) Day Off

RECORD: 9-17, 4th Place tie, 10.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Chuckie Fick

Making a spot start in the place of an injured Brian Broderick, Fick delievered big time, giving up only one run in four innings.



Minor League Player of the Day - Brian Barden

Another big night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.


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