The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/10

Shaun Garceau and Charlie Kingrey led Palm Beach to victory and outshined their fellow Cardinal Minor Leaguers. Clayton Mortensen did not find the Big Easy, easy, while teammate Nick Stavinoha continues to crush Pacific Coast League pitching.


Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to New Orleans 10-6

It was a rough night for Redbird pitcher Clayton Mortensen. The 2007 Supplemental First Round pick was bombed for eight runs in 4.1 innings. Veteran catcher Raul Casanova tagged Mortensen for two home runs and six RBIs. After relieving Mortensen with one on and one out in the fifth, Matt Clement had trouble finding his command. The right-hander hit the first batter he faced, walked the next, and forced in run when he hit the Zephyrs' Josh Petersen. Clement would settle in to get the next two hitters to get out of the inning without any more damage.

Nick Stavinoha is a man on a mission to return to the big leagues. Stavinoha hit his 13th home run of the season and third in two games. Rico Washington hit his sixth home run of the season in the third inning, a two-run blast.

No Colby Rasmus for an eighth straight game. In the lineup for the Zephyrs was former Cardinal John Rodriguez.


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


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - DAY OFF

The Cardinals return home on Thursday night to host the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Ace Jess Todd is scheduled to start for Springfield.

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


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners over Clearwater 6-1

Shortstop Donovan Solano started things off in the top of the first with his first home run of the season. The 20 year old has quietly put together a fantastic season in a tough pitcher's league. On the day, Solano collected two hits and scored three runs.

Charlie Kingrey was a triple short of the cycle and his home run, a two-run shot, was his first since being promoted. Dan Nelson walked twice and drove in two runs.

After two shaky outings, Shaun Garceau spun six shutout innings. Garceau lowered his ERA to 3.25 and remember he does not turn 21 until the end of next month. "Funky" Eddie Degerman threw two shutout innings, striking out three. Francisco Samuel picked up his 18th save after coming in to bail out Kenny Maiques after he loaded the bases.


RECORD: 10-8, 3rd place, 1.0 games back


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

Amazing, 18-year-old phenom, Richard Castillo pitched five innings while logging four strikeouts. The Silverhawks got only two runs off the right-hander. Matt Spade spun two perfect innings of relief.

The River Bandits got five runs off of South Bend starter and former first round pick, Jarrod Parker. Roberto Espinoza enjoyed his best day of the season with two hits and three RBIs. Oliver Marmol singled twice and scored a run. Nick Peoples scored twice, drove in a run, and scored a run.

Pete Kozma and Brett Wallace each singled and scored a run. Kozma drove in a run as well. Aaron Luna singled and drew a walk.


RECORD: 11-9, 4th place, 2.0 games back


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Falls to Lowell 5-1

The Spinners scored two in the first and three in the sixth to top the Muckdogs.

Charlie Cutler singled twice and drove in a run. Defensively, Cutler made a throwing error and allowed a passed ball. Shane Peterson doubled for the Muckdogs only extra base hit.

Zachary Pitts allowed two runs on six hits in five innings and was charged with the hard luck loss. Arquimedes Nieto threw three shutout innings while striking out three. His ERA is now 0.90.


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


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Dropped Two to Pulaski

GAME ONE: Lost to Pulaski 5-2

Osvaldo Morales collected the only extra base hit, a double. Alex Castellanos had a hit and scored a run but committed his eighth error in only 16 games.

Deryk Hooker threw five solid innings, striking out four. Samuel Freeman picked up his first loss after Pulaski plated two runs in two-thirds of an inning off the lefty.

GAME TWO: Lost to Pulaski 8-5

The baby birds got out to a 5-2 lead before Pulaski scored six in the fourth inning to seal the doubleheader sweep.

Michael Blazek left in the first inning without recording an out. The 19 year old faced only four batters and was charged with two unearned runs. Carlos Gonzalez was thrown into the fire unexpectedly early but responded with eight strikeouts in 3.2 innings. The Mariners did trip up the young Panamanian for three runs.

Niko Vasquez singled twice and scored a run. The 2008 third round pick is now hitting .306. Osvaldo Morales doubled twice and drove in two runs.



RECORD: 10-11, 4th place, 6.5 games back


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Hook the Marlins 8-2

Miguel Flores hurled four innings of one run baseball and struck out six. Chris Notti, picked up his first professional victory after allowing only a run on solo shot in his four innings to go along with five strikeouts. After struggling with his command this season, Ronald Russell struck out one in a perfect inning.

The big hit of the game came off the bat of Ted Obregon. In the fourth inning, the 18 year old hit his first home run of the season, a grand slam. Braulio Hiraldo had three hits to raise his average to .524 in 21 at bats. Luis Mateo and Kevin Moscatel each had two hits.

Devin Shepard's stay in the Gulf Coast League could be short. With two more hits, the 11th round pick raises his average to .400.


RECORD: 7-10, 4th place, 6.5 games back


VSL Cardinals (R) - Rained Out

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - No Report Today

RECORD: 10-19, 4th Place, 12.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Shaun Garceau

The 20 year old recorded 10 groundball outs compared to four fly outs on his way to six shutout innings. The Palm Beach native is now 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA pitching for his hometown team.



Minor League Player of the Day - Charlie Kingrey

Kingrey fell a triple short of the cycle in a Palm Beach win. The home run was his first since being promoted from the Quad Cities.


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