The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/12

The Johnson City Cardinals would use six pitchers to get the 15 inning marathon into the win column. The bullpen with Kevin Thomas, Jose Mateo, Jorge Rondon, Joel Pichardo combined for shutout innings eight innings. For the first time, it's a bullpen that takes home 'Pitcher of the Day Honors.


Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 3-2 over Omaha

Memphis starter P.J. Walters had one of his best starts of the season, pitching eight solid innings eight innings to earn his team-best seventh win of the year. The right-hander gave up just one run on three hits with eight strikeouts.

Kelvin Jimenez, the Birdhouse ‘Minor League Pitcher of the Month' for June, pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down his 10th save.

Another Jimenez, D'Angelo Jimenez, finished the night going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, as the Redbirds rallied by Omaha late with two runs in the eighth inning to beat the Royals 3-1 Friday night at AutoZone Park.

The ‘Birds and Royals have a day-night doubleheader scheduled for tomorrow with the first game beginning at 12:05 p.m. and the nightcap at 6:05 p.m. Following the first game will be Conversations with History: Memories of the Negro Leagues a symposium with former Negro League players. The symposium will be held in the Toyota Center next to AutoZone Park. In the night game the teams will wear throwback uniforms. The Redbirds will don the Memphis Red Sox uniforms and the Royals will wear Homestead Grays uniforms.


RECORD: 52-43, 2nd Place, 6.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Beat NWA 4-2

HIT PARADE: Allen Craig went 3-for-5 on Thursday night, extending his hitting streak to a season-high 14 straight games. The streak surpassed the team's previous season-high of 12 this year, established earlier in the season by Shane Robinson. Six of his last seven games during the streak have been multi-hit games. During the 14-game streak, Craig's batting .396 (23-58). Springfield's franchise record hitting streak is 15 straight, set by Aaron Herr back in 2005. Friday night, Craig went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 15, with his 15th home run on the season, coming in the bottom of the ninth.

JAY GETS MONTHLY LEAGUE AWARD: Jon Jay has been named the Topps Texas League Player of the Month for the month of June. Jay led the league with a .385 batting average with a remarkable .473 on-base percentage. He had a total of 12 multi-hit games and tied for second with six home runs.

JAY TO MISS EIGHTH STRAIGHT: The Cards will again be without the service of outfielder Jon Jay, as he misses his eighth straight game with a strained muscle in his right shoulder. Jay injured the shoulder swinging at a breaking ball from Midland's Andrew Carignan on July 1st at Hammons Field. His status remains day-to-day.


RECORD: 10-9, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Beats Lakeland 7-5

Palm Beach Cardinals starter, Brad Furnish had a night with some mixed results. He pitched six complete innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, with two of the four hits going out of the park. On a more positive note he struck out eight batters in his no-decision.

Kenny Maiques, picked up his first win of the season with a scoreless frame in the ninth.

Designated hitter, Luke Gossett drove in four of the Cardinals seven runs, with his fourth home run on the season, with three men on and two outs, to lead the Cards past Lakeland.


RECORD: 12-8, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 4-2 over Silver Hawks.

The River Bandits jumped out to an early lead and never looked back Friday night, pounding out 12 hits in a 4-2 victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks.

Quad Cities' starter, Chuckie Fick, making his second spot start in place of injured right-hander Brian Broderick, gave up just two runs on six hits

The St. Louis Cardinals first-round draft pick, Brett Wallace, extended his hitting streak as a professional, to eight games, a stretch during which the 2008 first-rounder is hitting .357 with five extra-base hits, eight runs, and seven RBI.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Pete Kozma went 0-5 Friday night, striking out twice as his batting average falls to .260.


RECORD: 12-10, 4th Place Tie, 3.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - 5-2 Winners over Lowell

Angel Tapia started the game Friday night, pitching four complete innings, giving up two runs, one earned on four hits, without walking anyone while striking out three. A good start, but Tapia did not factor in the win.

Scott Gorgen earned his first win with a very impressive appearance, pitching three complete scoreless frames, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out seven for the win. RHP Jason Buursma earned his first save with a perfect scoreless frame in the ninth.

Designated hitter, Blake Murphy had a two-run double and Domnit Bolivar hit a home run, to help the Dogs slip by Lowell.


RECORD: 13-11, 2nd Place Tie, 4.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - 4-3 Winners over Twins in 15

The longest game of the day the Cardinals slipped by the Twins 4-3 in 15 innings.

Starter Reynier Gonzalez had one of his best starts of the season, a start that could get lost in the 15 inning marathon. Gonzalez pitched five innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven in the process, but didn't factor into the decision.

The Cardinals would use six pitchers to get this one in the win column, with Kevin Thomas, Jose Mateo, Jorge Rondon, Joel Pichardo combined for eight innings of shutout relief. What a great performance from the Johnson City bullpen. Ironically it was Santo Maertz who gave up two runs, one of them earned who picked up the win.

There wasn't much offense, in 15 innings the Cardinals could only muster up eight hits. Ivan Castro drove in two of the Redbird runs, with Guillermo Toribio scoring two runs.


RECORD: 11-13, Last Place, 7.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Doubled up on the Mets 8-4

First baseman David Medina had three RBIs and center fielder Rainel Rosario scored three runs as they led the Cardinals pass the Mets.

The Palm Beach Cardinals, RHP David Kopp, began his rehab with a perfect inning to start the game off, with Andres Rosales earning the win, with three scoreless frames. Eric Fornataro, earned his first hold on the season and he has five no-hit innings to his credit, in his first three professional games.


RECORD: 8-11, 3rd Place, 6.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Defeated the Phillies 5-4 in 11

The Cardinals made three errors but still managed to come away with a 5-4 win, in 11 innings Friday.

Starter RHP Carlos Noguera had his best start of the season, pitching six complete scoreless innings, giving up just four hits, and because he didn't walk anybody and struck out two, the Cards were able to rack up a win. Noguera didn't factor into the decision, as Carlos Oraa earned the win with 3.1 innings in relief, giving up just one hit, again didn't walk anyone while striking out three.

Give offensive credit to PH-DH, Jose Cortez who went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs.


RECORD: 24-23, 4th Place, 9.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - Split a double-header with the A's (2)



RECORD: 11-20, Last Place, 12.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Johnson City Bullpen

The Johnson City bullpen combined for eight shutout innings, giving the Cardinals a chance to pull out a 4-3 win over the Twins.



Minor League Player of the Day - Luke Gossett

In the bottom of the first, the score 0-0, two outs and the bases loaded, Luke Gossett hit a grand slam over the left field wall to give the Cardinals a early 5-0 lead.


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