The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/21

Carpenter, making his first appearance since having Tommy John surgery in July of 2007, tossed four scoreless frames for the Springfield Cardinals Sunday.


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Oklahoma 6-5

Joey "Bombs" Mather went deep, hitting his 17th Triple-A homer on the season, going 2-for-4 on the night with two runs batted in to raise his batting average to .302. Josh Phelps, did exactly the same thing, hitting his 17th home run, and going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Nick Stavinoha had a 3-for-4 night and is currently hitting 3.46 at Memphis.

Anthony Reyes took the mound for Memphis and suffered his third loss as his record falls to 2-3. Reyes gave up six runs, four of them earned on nine hits, including a home run and three walks. Chris Perez and Matt Scherer combined for three innings of shutout relief but the Redbirds couldn't overtake the Redhawks.


RECORD: 55-46, 2nd Place, 6.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 4-1 over NWA

Carpenter, making his first appearance since having Tommy John surgery in July of 2007, allowed one hit, but walked four and struck out four, throwing 62 total pitches. Carpenter left after four innings in a scoreless game, handing the ball off to Kyle Mura.

Mura earned his third win since joining the club from Palm Beach just two weeks ago. Mura allowed just one run on three hits over four innings. Fernando Salas came out of the bullpen to work a scoreless ninth, netting him his league-leading 17th save of the year

Tyler Greene and Allen Craig both went deep Sunday, hitting their 16th and 18th home run respectively. Craig finished the day going 3-for-4 with his 18th home run, a double and two runs scored. As Craig goes, so goes the Cardinals.

The win over the Northwest Arkansas team put the Cardinals in sole possession of first place.


RECORD: 17-12, 1st Place


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Dunedin 10-7

Starter Shaun Garceau suffered his third loss for Palm Beach, giving up seven earned runs on five hits and three bases on balls while striking out three.

Charlie Kingrey went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, a walk and four runs scored to lead the Cardinals offense. Matt Arburr drove in three runs, going 2-for-4 with his fourth home run on the season.

The Cardinals have now lost five straight has they continue to slowly slip in the standings.


RECORD: 14-14, 4th Place, 2.5 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 6-3 over Fort Wayne

Tommy Pham went 3-for-3 with a game-tying solo homer, his 13th on the season and Jared Bradford earned his first pro win on Sunday evening as the Quad Cities River Bandits rallied for a 6-3 comeback victory over the Fort Wayne Wizards.

Jared Bradford earned his first professional victory with four solid innings of relief. He allowed one run and used two groundball double plays to work around five hits. Though he entered the game with the River Bandits trailing 2-1, the decisive seventh-inning rally put him on top in just his seventh outing since being drafted by the Cardinals in the 18th round out of Louisiana State in June.

Starter Richard Castillo was lifted out of the game after the third inning. Castillo gave up two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four and he didn't factor into the decision. Reliever Pete Parise earned his 10th save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.

TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Brett Wallace went 1-for-3 with a walk and Pete Kozma went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.


RECORD: 16-14, 3rd Place Tie, 4.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Suspended Rain


RECORD: 17-14, 2nd Place, 4.5


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Took 2 from Elizabethton

GAME ONE – Winners 6-1

Jon Bravo picked up his first win in game one, with Niko Vasquez providing the bulk of the offense, going 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. This Vasquez kid is something else, hitting .330 after the end of game one.

GAME TWO – Winners 11-3

A seven inning affair, starter Matt North didn't factor into the decision, after pitching 4.2 innings, giving up three runs, two of them earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jorge Rondon earned the win with a scoreless inning in relief.

Shortstop Niko Vasquez just hits and hits and hits, he went 2-for-4 and scored twice in the night cap. First baseman Curt Smith had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs and two runs scored. Osvaldo Morales and Ivan Castro also went yard in the second game.

BOXSCORE (completion of suspended game 07/13)


RECORD: 16-17, Last Place, 4.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Nats 9-6

The game was called in the 8th inning because of rain, with the Cardinals falling to the Nationals 9-6.

The Cardinals used seven pitchers, trust me, you can check out the boxscore. Jose Calero suffered the loss.

Second baseman Luis Mateo was the offensive player of the day, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.


RECORD: 10-15, Last Place, 7.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) OFF DAY

RECORD: 25-27, 5th Place Tie, 10.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - OFF DAY

RECORD: 14-24, 4th Place Tie, 12.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Chris Carpenter

Pitched four completes scoreless innings in his first rehab start, giving up only one hit and four walks, while striking out four, before turning the game over to the bullpen.



Minor League Player of the Day - Allen Craig

The Springfield Cardinals third-baseman finished the day going 3-for-4 with his 18th home run, a double and two runs scored.


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