The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 07/31

It was a busy night down on the farm with 10 games being played. Mitchell Boggs continues to turn in impressive pitching performances for Memphis while teammate Josh Phelps continues to find the seats. In the Quad Cities, Brett Wallace had a great night during the team's doubleheader.


Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners over Fresno 6-1

Mitchell Boggs put together another solid start for the Redbirds. The right-hander was charged with only one run on three hits in 6.1 innings. The lone run came on a solo shot off the bat of Travis Ishikawa. Boggs is now 7-1 in the PCL.

Jason Motte struck out three in 1.2 innings. Chris Perez struck out the only two batters he faced after entering the game with the bases loaded.

Josh Phelps is on a power surge. Phelps hit a three run home run in the fourth inning. It his is seventh in five games and 24th of the year. During that span he has driven in 15 runs.

Jon Jay collected two hits including his first Triple-A home run. David Freese doubled and is now hitting .294. Brian Barton singled three times and scored a run.


RECORD: 61-50, 2nd place, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners over Arkansas 3-2

The Cardinals broke their five-game winning streak and newly acquired pitcher Luis Perdomo earned his first Texas League victory. Perdomo hurled two shutout innings while striking out two. Fernando Salas picked up his 19th save with a scoreless ninth.

Starter Kyle Mura just continues to get it done. The son of former Cardinal Steve allowed only two runs, one earned in six innings of work.

Brandon Yarbrough singled twice and drove in two runs. Mark Shorey had two hits and is quietly hitting .288. Daryl Jones singled and stole a base. Jones has put together a modest four-game hitting streak.


RECORD: 20-19, 2nd place, 5.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Split a Double-header

GAME ONE: Winners 6-4 over Daytona

The Cardinals overcame a four-run first inning by the Cubs to pick up the victory. Donovan Solano had three hits and scored two runs. Tyler Henley singled, doubled, and had two RBIs. Nick Derba singled twice.

In his return to the Florida State League, Mark McCormick walked five batters that would lead to four earned runs in only 2.2 innings. Eddie Degerman picked up the win after pitching 1.2 scoreless frames. Francisco Samuel picked up save number 21 with a scoreless inning of relief.

GAME TWO: Doubled Up by Daytona 6-3

Blake King was roughed up for five runs in only 3.1 innings of work. He did manage five strikeouts.

After collecting three hits in the first game, Solano walked three times in the nightcap. Daniel Descalso had two hits including a solo home run.

Both games were seven innings.



RECORD: 18-19, 4th place, 4.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Split a Double Header

GAME ONE: Fell to West Michigan 7-2

Jared Bradford was touched for three runs on seven hits in a four-inning start. It was Bradford's second loss as a professional. Kenny Maiques made his return to the Quad Cities by allowing two walks in a shutout inning.

The first rounders were getting it done for the River Bandits. Brett Wallace pounded out three hits while Pete Kozma collected two. D'Marcus Ingram collected two his including a solo home runs and was credited with driving in both of the team's runs.

GAME TWO: Winners over West Michigan 5-2

Wallace added another two hits including a three run homer in the first inning. It was his fourth professional home run. Roberto Espinoza singled twice and drove in two runs.

Ryan Kulik picked up the victory by hurling 5.2 innings and allowing only one earned run. Pete Parise notched his 12th save with 1.1 shutout innings.

Both games were seven innings.



RECORD: 21-18, 3rd place, 1.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Defeated Williamsport 8-1

Though he was inconsistent with his command, Thomas Eager continued to be stingy with New York-Penn League hitters. In 34 innings at Batavia, the opposition has only scored eight runs (2.12 ERA) and managed to score more than an earned run in a game only once (July 1). George Brown picked up his second save by throwing three shutout innings and striking out six.

Jon Edwards and Xavier Scruggs provided the power for the Muckdogs with both hitting two-run home runs. Scruggs hit his fourth home run of the season while Edwards hit his sixth.

Jermaine Curtis singled three times and scored a run. Colt Sedbrook had two singles and scored two runs.


RECORD: 24-16, 2nd place tie, 2.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Winners over Princeton 14-11

It was a barnburner in Eastern Tennessee with the two teams combining for 29 hits and five home runs before all was said and done.

Alex Castellanos collected three hits and four RBIs including his sixth home run, a three run shot in the eighth to win it for JC. Castellanos also stole a base. Curt Smith had three hits and three RBIs. Osvaldo Morales hit his ninth home run of the season. Niko Vasquez singled twice, scored two runs, and drove in a run. Brett Lilley had three hits and two RBIs. Jared Boganny had three hits and stole two bases. As a team, the baby birds stole five bases.

Mike Blazek was tagged for six runs in only 2.2 innings of work. Sam Freeman was charged with a blown save but also picked up his third victory after the Rays scored one off of the southpaw in his only inning of relief.


RECORD: 21-20, 3rd place tie, 3.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Thumped by the Nationals 17-1

The Cardinals have now been beat by a margin of 31-1 in their last two games. Jose Rada was charged with the loss after being tagged for five runs in a four-inning outing. Adam Prange allowed six runs without recording an out.

The team had only three hits with Braulio Hiraldo collecting the only extra base hit, a double. As a team, the Cardinals committed four errors.


RECORD: 12-22, 5th place, 9.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Winners over the Tigers 4-1

The Cardinals overcame three errors and being out hit 15-9 to pick up the victory. Billy Bolivar singled three times and drove in two runs to pace the offense. Hector Garcia and Limbert Rivas had two hits apiece.

Carlos Noguera had an interesting line of 5.2 innings, 10 hits, and no runs allowed. It was his second victory of the season.


RECORD: 30-33, 5th place, 13.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - OFF DAY

RECORD: 17-29, 5th place, 13.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Mitchell Boggs

Boggs put together another impressive performance on the road and now has seven victories to go along with a 2.98 ERA this season at Memphis.




Minor League Player of the Day - Brett Wallace

In a doubleheader for the Quad Cities, Wallace combined to collect five hits including a three-run home run. Wallace is now hitting .345 with four home runs since joining the River Bandits


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