The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/14

Memphis and Omaha battled for 12 innings before Josh Phelps belted a three-run, walk-off home run to send the Redbirds home a 6-5 winner Sunday.


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Beat the Royals 6-5 in 12

Memphis and Omaha battled for 12 innings before Josh Phelps belted a three-run, walk-off home run to send the Redbirds home a 6-5 winner Sunday.

Mark Worrell picked up the win despite allowing two runs in one inning of relief work. Starter Mitchell Boggs tossed seven solid innings and gave up two runs on four hits. Phelps finished the day 3-for-6 with two runs scored and three RBI.

Memphis finishes the first half of their Pacific Coast League season one win shy of the franchise record (55) set in 2000 on their way to the PCL Championship. Nick Stavinoha will represent the Redbirds at the Triple-A All-Star game in Louisville, KY on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. EDT. The Redbirds resume their PCL schedule on Friday, July 18 at Oklahoma with game time slated for 7:05 p.m.

Remember outfielder, ‘Sugar' Shane Robinson, he went 3-for-5 Sunday and drove in a run.

ROSTER MOVE: Outfielder Cody Haerther was sent back down to Springfield Sunday.


RECORD: 54-44, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost Another One to the NWA

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals got five first-inning runs, on their way to a 6-5 victory over the Springfield Cardinals on Sunday evening at Hammons Field. The Naturals took three of four from Springfield on the home stand, including the final two games.

Starter Adam Ottavino a former first-round draft pick returned to form, unfortunately it was to his 2008 form, as he was tagged with the loss giving up six run on five hits, including a home run to a former St. Louis Cardinal prospect, Juan Richardson, four walks while striking out four. It's been a rough year for Adam as his record falls to 1-5 with a 6.08 ERA.

Allen Craig and Andrew Brown had a multi-hit day but it wasn't enough to take home bacon. Take home the bacon?

Fan favorite Cody Haerther just re-assigned to Springfield, went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Haerther had hit .243, 2 HRs, 22 RBIs in 69 games, 189 at-bats for Memphis and often appeared lost in the shuffle of outfielders at Triple-A.

FUTURES GAME: RHP Fernando Salas, earned a hold for the World Futures, pitching a scoreless frame in the seven. RHP Jess Todd, tossed a scoreless frame in the fourth inning, walking one and striking out one. Catcher Bryan Anderson, didn't get an official at-bat, taking a base-on-balls in his only at-bat.


RECORD: 10-11, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Lakeland 6-5 in 10

RHP Mark Diapoules, making his second start for Palm Beach, after posting a record of 5-1 with a 3.56 ERA at Quad Cities, to begin the season, didn't get a decision for his seven innings on the mound. Mark gave up one run on six hits and two walks, while striking out six.

Closer Francisco Samuel, who already has 18 saves on the season, was tagged with his 5th blown save of the season and Kenny Maiques suffered his second loss for Palm Beach.

Right-fielder Charlie Kingrey went 3-for-5 on the night, including his second Palm Beach home run as he edges toward the .300 mark, hitting .297 after his first nine games in the Florida State League.


RECORD: 13-9, Tied for 1st Place


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to the Lumberkings 8-4

The Clinton Lumber Kings jumped out and scored eight times through the first three innings as they beat the Quad Cities River Bandits 8-4 on Sunday afternoon.

The Bandits, actually outhit the Lumberkings, 10-9, but didn't get onto the scoreboard until the 8th and 9th inning, not enough time or offense to overcome the 8-0 deficit.

First baseman Carlos Pupo hit his first home run for QC, a three-run shot in the 9th. First-round picks; Pete Kozma and Brett Wallace both had two hits on the day and Wallace scored a run.

QC starter Ryan Kulik, took the loss after he gave up eight runs, five of them earned on six hits and three walks, while striking out one and giving up two home runs on the day.

The River Bandits and LumberKings will complete their three-game series on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Alliant Energy Field. The young Quad Cities phenom, Richard Castillo (3-1) will face Derek Holland (7-0) in the game before Quad Cities heads back to Modern Woodmen Park.


RECORD: 12-12, 4th Place Tie, 5.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - RAINED OUT

RECORD: 14-11, 2nd Place Tie, 3.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Suspended Rain

Sunday's game between Johnson City and Elizabethton was suspended in the fifth inning because of rain, with the Cardinals ahead 3-1. The game will be completed on July 20th at 6:05 PM ET.


RECORD: 12-13, 3rd Place, 6.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Suspended Rain

Suspended game, to be completed on July 18th at 11:00 AM ET


RECORD: 8-11, 4th Place, 6.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - OFF DAY

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - NO REPORT

RECORD: 12-20, 4th Place, 11.0



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Mark Diapoules

Mark gave up just one run on six hits and two walks, while striking out six for Palm Beach, but did not factor into the decision.



Minor League Player of the Day - Josh Phelps

Josh Phelps finished the day for the Memphis Redbirds going 3-for-6 with two runs scored and three RBI.


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