The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/01

Justin Fiske was almost untouchable in a shutout victory for Springfield. Jon Jay reached base four times for Memphis while Josh Phelps continues his home run barrage.


Games Played Thursday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners over Fresno 6-4

Josh Phelps continues to lose baseballs over the outfield fences. In the fifth inning, Phelps hit his 25th home run, a two-run blast, which would become the game winner. Phelps now has seven home runs in his last 20 at bats.

David Freese hit home run number 19 which is two more than he had in about 150 more at bats in 2007. Freese finished with two hits making his average for July just shy of .400. Jon Jay finished with four trips to first base via two hits and two walks. Jay is hitting .455 since being promoted.

John Wasdin picked up his eighth win while Chris Perez saved his 11th with 1.1 scoreless innings.


RECORD: 62-50, 2nd place, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Shutout Arkansas 7-0

Justin Fiske was tremendous, hurling seven innings of one hit baseball. The southpaw struck out nine while throwing 83 pitches, 61 for strikes. Luke Gregerson pitched the final two frames.

Isa Garcia singled twice and drove in two runs. Casey Rowlett singled and had two RBIs. Jim Rapoport tripled, drove in a run, and scored a run.


RECORD: 21-19, 2nd place, 4.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Brevard County 5-4

Casey Mulligan was charged with his first loss after allowing the Manatees to plate a run in the bottom of the tenth. A leadoff double and two intentional walks loaded the bases for Brevard County. With nowhere to put hitter Jimmy Mojica, Mulligan gave him a free pass to force in the winning run.

Mark Diapoules was charged with a run in his five-inning start.

Daniel Descalso had a good night with three hits and a stolen base. Brandon Buckman reached base three times with two hits and a walk.


RECORD: 18-20, 4th place, 5.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners over West Michigan 3-2

In an odd ending, the River Bandits loaded the bases with a single followed by two walks. Adron Chambers came to the plate looking for a hit to win it for the Quad Cities. Instead, he was hit by a pitch that forced in the winning run.

Lance Lynn made his Midwest League debut with five solid innings of work. His only mistake was a home run ball to Christopher White. Lynn did not factor in the decision.

Pete Kozma started the River Bandit offense with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. It was his fifth of the season and second in four days. The young shortstop is slugging close to .500 in July.

Adron Chambers singled twice, stole a base, and scored a run. Tommy Pham singled twice to raise his average to .228 while he is slugging .470.


RECORD: 22-18, 2nd place tie, 0.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners over State College 8-5

The Muckdogs rallied for four runs in the eighth to top the Spikes. Xavier Scruggs' two-out, two-run double sealed the deal for Batavia. Scruggs finished the night with two doubles and three RBIs. After a horrendous June, the former Runnin' Rebel hit .289/.333/.526 with 12 of his 22 hits going for extra bases in July.

Charlie Cutler had two hits, scored two runs, and had two RBIs. Jermaine Curtis had a hit and made his first error in 29 games.


RECORD: 25-16, 2nd place, 1.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Defeated by Princeton 10-6

The Rays scored for runs off of Brett Zawacki in the top of the ninth to get the victory. Zawacki had been very good up to that point, striking out five and giving up just a hit in his first three innings of work. Starter Matt North was charged with three runs on five hits in his four innings on the mound.

Brett Lilley singled three times and is now hitting .321/.445/.384. Alex Castellanos singled, doubled, and scored two runs.

Osvaldo Morales hit his tenth home run of the season and has now homered in four games in a row and seven of his last 10.


RECORD: 21-21, 4th place, 4.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Mets 9-3

It was the Cardinals sixth loss in a row and their 12th defeat in their last 14 games. The Mets pounded out 17 hits, seven of them off of starter Eric Fornataro. The 20 year-old right-hander was efficient, limiting the Mets to only one run. Jose Penaloza was torched for six runs in the top of the ninth. David Medina hit a three run homer in the bottom of the ninth to account for all of the Cardinals' runs. Medina finished the day with three hits. Devin Shepard and Ryde Rodriguez both singled twice.


RECORD: 12-23, 5th place, 10.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Winners over the Mets 6-4

Alberto Rivera collected two singles and a double along with scoring two runs to lead the Cardinals. Wilson Perez doubled twice and drew a walk. Anthony Fonseca and Gerardo Mannbel had two hits apiece. Mannbel drove in two runs as well.

Geney Rios spun six shutout innings of two-hit baseball. The 20 year old struck out five. Yonathan Gonzalez earned his ninth save with a scoreless ninth.


RECORD: 31-33, 5th place, 13.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - Defeated the A's (2) 7-4

Juan B. Cabrera led the offense with three hits, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Shortstop Michael Avila went hitless in two at buts but walked twice, stole three bases, and scored two runs.

Jose Pasen went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits to go along with five strikeouts. Alejandro Pinales picked up his first save with three innings of work.


RECORD: 18-29, 5th place, 12.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Justin Fiske

The southpaw struck out nine batters in seven shutout innings. Arkansas managed only one hit against him.




Minor League Player of the Day - Jon Jay

The former Hurricane reached base four times on Thursday night. Jay collected two hits and walked twice.


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