The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/08

It was a couple of first-round draft picks that stole the show Monday night. Brett Wallace had his best day to date in his early career.


Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners over New Orleans 11-4

Coming into the night, Nick Stavinoha was sitting on 99 hits this season. Stavinoha made sure he achieved the 100 hit mark with four base knocks on Monday night. The former Bayou Bengal has 103 hits in 291 at bats after having only 131 in 501 at bats in 2007.

After David Freese put up solid numbers in 2007, some chalked it up to him being in a hitter's league at an advanced age. During his time in the California League, Freese hit 17 home runs in 503 at bats for Lake Elsinore. The St. Louis native skipped Double A and now has 14 home runs 277 at bats after hitting a two run shot in the second inning.

Josh Phelps and Jarrett Hoffpauir both had three hits for the Redbirds.

Anthony Reyes hurled 3.2 shutout innings in his first start since being activated from the disabled list. Matt Clement allowed a run on a hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

John Wasdin picked up the victory with 1.1 innings of work. Mark Worrell walked two and struck out two in a scoreless inning.

For the sixth straight game, Colby Rasmus did not see any game action.


RECORD: 49-41, 2nd place, 5.0 games back


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Tops Midland 5-4

The game was scoreless at the end of seven innings. Both teams scored three in the eighth before the game went to extra innings. In the 10th, both relievers let the leadoff man reach base. It would come back to haunt each pitcher as both would score. Neither team scored in the eleventh. In the 12th the thunder-laying Andrew Brown led off with a solo shot off of Andrew Carignan. Marco Gonzalez closed out the twelfth to record his second save.

Springfield starter Adam Ottavino turned in a gem with six shutout innings and eight strikeouts. The Rockhounds' Tommy Everidge took reliever Luke Gregerson deep for a three run home run.

Jose Martinez is acting like he is ready to break out of his season long slump. The 22 year old had three more hits and is now batting .364 over his last seven games. Brown, Isa Garcia, and Allen Craig all had two hits a piece.

The Cardinals were able to tag Brett Anderson, one of the top lefties in the minors, for six hits in 3.2 innings. The young southpaw came out unscathed as Springfield was unable to score off of him.


RECORD: 9-7, 2nd place, 1.0 game back


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Rained Out

The Cardinals and Clearwater will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

RECORD: 8-7, 2nd place, 1.0 games back


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners over Peoria 8-2

It was a big night in the Quad Cities for some of the 2008 draftees. Number one pick Brett Wallace had his best professional day to date. Wallace had three hits, two doubles and a single, an RBI, and three runs scored.

Ninth round pick Aaron Luna's first professional hit was a memorable one, a solo home run. Luna would also walk and come around to score.

Eighth round pick Ryan Kulik picked up his first full season victory after spinning five shutout innings. Kulik recorded 10 groundball outs compared to one fly ball out.

Paul Vasquez had two hits including a two run homer in the eighth. Pete Kozma walked and stole his 12th base.


RECORD: 10-9, 5th place, 2.5 games back


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Falls to Vermont 3-2

The score was knotted at two in the bottom of the ninth when the Lake Monsters' Blake Stouffer led off by hitting a Rigoberto Lugo delivery over the right field wall. It was the only batter Lugo faced.

Starter Lance Lynn continues to impress with four innings of one run ball. Lynn struck out five and walked none. Joshua Hester allowed one run in his four innings while striking out four and walking two.

After collecting three hits last night, Xavier Scruggs singled and doubled to push his average to .180. Beau Riportella had two hits as well and finally has his average above the Mendoza line. Jose Garcia singled and stole his sixth base of the season.


RECORD: 11-10, 3rd place, 3.0 games back


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - DAY OFF

RECORD: 10-10, 4th place, 5.5 games back


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)

RECORD: 6-9, 4th place, 6.5 games back


VSL Cardinals (R) - Took Two From Mets

GAME ONE: Winners over the Mets 4-3

Gerardo Mannbel singled twice and scored two runs. Also, Mannbel walked and stole his eight base of the season. Alberto Rivero and Carlos Yegues each singled twice and Yegues stole a base. Leadoff man Anthony Fonseca went hitless but stole two bases and scored two runs.

Geney Rios threw five innings of one run ball but did not factor in the decision. Reliever Fernando Cedeno picked up his third win with two shutout innings.

GAMES TWO: Shutout the Mets 7-0

Yorbel Alcala collected two hits and three RBIs in the nightcap. Hitting only .120 in his last ten games, Wilfred Vivas singled three times and drove in a run. Jose Cortez had two hits and stole a base.

Moises Colorado hurled four innings while allowing only one hit and striking out 11. Fabian Marquez picked up the win with three innings of work.

Both games were seven innings.



RECORD: 21-22, 6th place, 9.5 games back





Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Adam Ottavino

Ottavino held a hard-hitting Rockhound team scoreless through six innings. The former first- round pick struck out eight along with recording six groundball outs to two fly ball outs.



Minor League Player of the Day - Brett Wallace

Wallace had three last night to push his average to .350, to become our player of the day for the first time. Yes, some may have had bigger days, but hopefully this is only the first of many during Wallace's rise to the big leagues.


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