The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/09

Mitchell Boggs returned to Memphis and picked up the victory with six solid innings of work. Boggs was helped out by the Redbirds' lone All-Star, Nick Stavinoha, who jacked two home runs.


Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners over New Orleans 3-1

Mitchell Boggs stifled Zephyr hitters for only one run on four hits in six solid innings of work. Boggs recorded 11-groundball to three fly ball outs. Kelvin Jimenez picked up his ninth save while lowering his ERA to 1.27.

Nick Stavinoha hit two solo shots to lead the offense. David Freese had a base hit and Cody Haerther homered for the only other Redbird hits.

For the seventh straight game, Colby Rasmus did not play.


RECORD: 51-41, 2nd place, 4.5 games back


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Shutout by Midland 2-0

The Rockhounds' James Simmons was superb limiting Cardinal hitters to only two hits over eight shutout innings. Simmons struck out 11. Allen Craig and Mark Shorey each doubled and Casey Rowlett tripled for the only offense.

Kyle Mura was solid in his own right. Midland scored only two runs in six innings off of the right-hander. Scott Vander Weg and Kyle Sadlowski each chipped in a shutout inning.


RECORD: 9-8, 2nd place, 2.0 games back


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

Falls to Clearwater 3-2

Tony Cruz and Daniel Descalso each collected a single and a double. Daryl Jones singled twice. Dan Nelson collected a pinch-hit single and drove in a run.

Mark Diapoules scattered six hits over six innings but did not factor in the decision. Francisco Samuel was charged with a blown save and the loss after the Threshers scored two runs without the reliever recording an out.

Palm Beach – Winners over Clearwater 6-4

Casey Mulligan picked up his first win after hurling two shutout innings. Davis Billardello picked up the save with two shutout innings of his own.

After collecting two hits in the first game, Daryl Jones had two more including a triple. Dan Nelson singled, doubled, and drove in two runs. Tony Cruz had another two hit game and drove in two runs.

Both games were seven innings.



RECORD: 9-8, 3rd place, 1.0 games back


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - OFF DAY

The River Bandits return to action on Wednesday at South Bend.

RECORD: 10-9, 4th place tie, 2.5 games back


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - OFF DAY

The Muckdogs will host the Lowell Spinners for a three game series starting on Wednesday night.

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


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Rained Out

The Cardinals and Pulaski will play a doubleheader on Wednesday.

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


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Dodgers 10-9

Yunier Castillo singled twice and hit his first home run of the year, a two-run shot, in the fourth inning. Devin Shepard busted out with a three hit performance to push his average to .333. David Medina doubled and hit a solo shot in the seventh.

Gary Daley hurled a perfect inning. Scott McGregor made his professional debut and allowed two runs in his only inning of work.


RECORD: 6-10, 4th place tie, 7.0 games back


VSL Cardinals (R) - Thumped by the Pirates 10-3

The Pirates pounded out 15 hits off four Cardinal pitchers. Hector Corpas picked up the loss after giving up five runs in four innings. In only 1.1 innings, the Pirates scored five off of reliever Ruben Alvarado.

Jose Cortez was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, a double and a solo shot in the fifth. Gerardo Mannbel singled and scored a run.


RECORD: 22-23, 5th place, 10.0 games back


DSL Cardinals (R) - Falls to the A's(1) 5-2

Leadoff man Wader Perez singled twice and stole a base. Marcos Martinez singled, doubled, and scored a run.

Jose Pasen was charged with the loss after the A's scored four runs in only three innings off the right-hander. Pedro Pena did not allow a run in four solid innings of work while striking out three.


RECORD: 9-19, 5th place, 12.5 games back



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Mitchell Boggs

After returning from his first cup of coffee, Boggs held Zephyr hitters at bay to pick up the victory on Tuesday night. With the win, the Redbirds pulled within 4.5 games of first place Iowa.



Minor League Player of the Day - Nick Stavinoha

Stavinoha continues his stellar season with three hits including two long balls on the road at New Orleans. The 26 year old now has 12 home runs this season and his now hitting .359.


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