The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/24

Blake Hawksworth tossed four no-hit innings in a rehab start for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals Wednesday night, while Daryl Jones went 4-for-4 with his seventh home run on the season, to earn "Pitcher & Player of the Day" awards respectively.


Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 1-0 over Portland

Starter Mike Parisi pitched solid six innings Wednesday as the Redbirds beat Portland 1-0. The right-hander and short-time major league veteran scattered seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts before giving way to the bullpen, which held on to secure the win, with Mark Worrell picking up his fifth save.

Third baseman David Freese, whom we seem to be talking about lately, knocked in the game's only run with a single in the second inning to score Josh Phelps. Olympian Brian Barden went 2-for-4, raising his batting average to .292.

INJURY UPDATE: Wednesday, Brian Walton reported; The official result of Colby Rasmus' MRI is that he has a knee sprain. The 21-year-old's MRI exam Wednesday revealed what is being called by the St. Louis Cardinals a Grade I (mildest) MCL sprain of his left knee. The outfielder will likely be held out of game action for the next month and will not participate with Team USA in the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, China.


RECORD: 57-47, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Arkansas 4-2

Starter Jess Todd gave up four runs on eight hits, including one home run and a walk to get tagged for his fourth loss at Springfield. Todd is currently 3-4 with a 2.45 ERA for the Springfield Cardinals on the season.

Jose Martinez had three hits and blasted a solo homer in Wednesday's 4-2 loss at Hammons Field.

On a positive note, Tyler Greene went 1-for-4 in last night's 4-2 loss, extending his hitting streak to a season-best 15 straight games. Allen Craig tied Springfield's franchise mark with a 15-game hitting streak earlier this season, initially established in 2005 by Aaron Herr.


RECORD: 18-14, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 5-3

The Cardinals stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over Dunedin Wednesday night.

It took six pitchers, but it was Davis Bilardello who picked up the win and Francisco Samuel earned his 20th save of the season to secure the much needed victory.

Outfielder Daryl Jones, may be having what some may call, the comeback player-of-the-year type of season, went 4-for-4 on the night, including his 7th home run this season and he drove in four of the five runs for the Cardinals.


RECORD: 15-16, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 6-4 over Lansing in 11

Mike Parise picked up his third win on the season, to improve to 3-1, with two shutout frames to end the game and secure the win for the Bandits.

Offensively, Brett Wallace, Tommy Pham & Roberto Antonio Espinoza all had multi-hit games to lead the offense.


RECORD: 17-15, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 5-3 over Oneonta

Starter Angel Tapia improved to 4-2 on the season, picking up the win Wednesday night. Tapia pitched five complete innings giving up just two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two, for his second straight win.

Closer Adam Reifer earned his 10th save in just 14 appearances for the Muckdogs, with a perfect frame in the ninth, retiring the side in order.


RECORD: 19-15, 2nd Place Tie, 4.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Winners 4-2 over Bristol

The Cardinals overcame a couple of errors, giving up two unearned runs to beat Bristol, 4-2.

Scott McGregor picked up the win, pitching three complete scoreless innings, scattering three hits and three walks. Reliever Jorge Rondon, picked up his third save.

Designated hitter Osvaldo Morales had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-4, with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored. Right-fielder Edgar Lara, also went yard Wednesday, finishing the night going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double.


RECORD: 18-17, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Winners 6-5 over the Dodgers

A good win for the Cardinals, but why doesn't a win over the Dodgers, never feel as good as a win over the Mets or Cubs?

Blake Hawksworth, in Florida on a rehab assignment, pitched four innings of no-hit ball, before turning the game over to the bullpen. He walked two and struck out three, but didn't factor into the decision.

Chris Notti got the win and I still have to get use to David Carpenter being in the bullpen as a pitcher, instead of a catcher, he picked up his second save with a scoreless frame in the ninth to end the game.


RECORD: 11-17, 5th Place, 6.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R)

Game one, (Completion of game previously suspended on 7/15/08) lost to the Mets, 6-5.

Game two, the regularly scheduled game, defeated the Mets 6-3 in the seven inning affair.



RECORD: 26-30, 5th Place, 12.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - Split 2 with the A's(1)

Game one, winners 4-3 in seven innings.

Game two, lost to the A's by the score of 10-4 in seven innings.



RECORD: 15-27, 5th Place, 13.0 GB



Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Blake Hawksworth

On a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, Hawksworth pitched four no-hit innings in a no-decision, before turning the game over to the bullpen.



Minor League Player of the Day - Daryl Jones

Went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for the Palm Beach Cardinals.


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