The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/02

Richard Castillo tossed seven shutout innings Friday night for Quad Cities, while Isa Garcia had a big night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double an RBI and three runs scored. Together they take home "Pitcher & Player of the Day" awards respectively.


Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) -Winners 5-4 over Fresno

The Redbirds scored two runs in the top of the ninth to comeback and beat the Fresno 5-4.

Starter Clayton Mortensen scattered seven hits and two walks over five innings, while striking out five, but did not factor into the decision. Lefty reliever Ron Flores picked up the win and Jason Motte the save, while walking one and striking out three in the ninth, making it his fourth save on the season for Memphis.

Jon Jay is feasting on Triple-A pitching, he went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs a run scored and reached base on a walk. Tyler Greene and David Freese each added a double and a base hit, while Brian Barton lifted one out of the park.

ROSTER MOVES: Jaime Garcia was recalled by St. Louis before Friday's contest. Garcia made two appearances, including a start, for the Cardinals in July before being optioned back to Memphis July 21. Kelvin Jimenez has been optioned from St. Louis. The right-hander had pitched in five games in his most recent stint with the Cards.

AWARED WINNERS: Josh Phelps has been named the Cardinals minor league Player of the Month for July. Phelps has had a powerful month hitting 14 homers and driving in 36 runs while hitting .337. Jason Motte has been named the Cardinals minor league Pitcher of the Month for July. Motte allowed one run on eight hits in 13 outings spanning 15.2 innings for the ‘Birds. The flame thrower fanned 27 with three walks while holding opponents to a .148 average.


RECORD: 2nd Place, 63-50, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 8-7 over Tulsa

The Cardinals won their third straight game, with an 8-7 win over the Tulsa, Friday night at Hammons Field. The Redbirds (22-19) remain four back of Northwest Arkansas in the North Division.

Starter Brandon Dickson made his Texas League debut and picked up his first win, allowing five runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings. Fernando Salas worked a scoreless frame in the ninth to earn his 20th save.

Second baseman Isa Garcia led the offense, going 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI and scored three times. Allen Craig also had four hits on the night, with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

Three Cardinals went deep Friday night including, James Rapoport, Daryl Jones and Andrew Brown.


RECORD: 22-19, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 6-4 over Brevard County in 10

The Cardinals scored two unanswered runs in the top of the 10th to beat Brevard County 6-4, Friday night.

Elvis Hernandez on in relief, pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, including a home run and two walks, while striking out one. Hernandez was tagged with a blown save, but managed to pick up the win to improve to 5-1 on the season for the Cardinals. Francisco Samuel earned his 22nd save.

Leadoff man and center fielder Tyler Henley led the offense, going 3-for6 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Henley who has struggled at the plate most of the season, hitting just, .248 in July, is hitting .310 (13-for-42) in his last 10 games. Second baseman Daniel Descalso had four hits and an RBI.


RECORD: 19-20, 4th Place, 5.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 18-0 over Dayton

The Quad Cities River Bandits were fire on Friday night, establishing season highs for runs and hits and improving to a season-best seven games over .500 with an 18-0 slaying of the Dayton Dragons at Modern Woodmen Park.

The young phenom, Richard Castillo improved to 6-1 with a big win Friday night. The 18-year-old right-hander hit the first two batters of the ballgame in the top of the first, but quickly settled into a groove and went on to throw seven shutout innings while allowing just five singles. He tied a career-high with seven strikeouts and did not issue a walk, inducing a pair of double plays to earn his sixth win in just eight Midwest League starts. He allowed only two baserunners to reach scoring position, and none after the fourth.

Every Quad Cities position player got at least one hit and at least one run, highlighted by Aaron Luna's two-homer, five-RBI night, a four-hit performance by Adron Chambers and Blake Murphy's eighth-inning grand slam.


RECORD: 23-18, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 12-7 over State College

Who let the Dogs out? The Batavia Muckdogs made five errors Friday night, but scored 12 runs on 14 hits to beat State College 12 to 7.

LaCurtis Mayes picked up the win, pitching two-thirds of a perfect inning, while relievers Zach Pitts and Jason Buursma combined for four innings of shutout relief. Starter Arquimedes Nieto, who didn't factor into the decision, pitched 4.1 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out one, it one of his few off nights this season.


RECORD: 26-16, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Winners 6-1 over Princeton

The Cardinals didn't waste any time, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first and never looking back as they defeated Princeton 6-1 Friday night.

Cardinals' starter Kevin Thomas was almost perfect through five shutout innings, giving up only one hit, no walks while striking out seven as he earned his first win. In six games this season for Johnson City, including two starts, Thomas has pitched 20 innings, giving up just 15 hits and five walks, while striking out 17, holding opposing batters to a .197 batting average. He has a 1-0 record with an ERA of 0.90.

Left-fielder Jario Martinez went deep, with his fourth home run on the season, a two run blast in the first with two outs to give the Cardinals a lead that would stand the test of time.


RECORD: 22-21, 4th Place, 5.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - OFF DAY

RECORD: 12-23, Last Place, 9.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Pirates 9-5

The Cardinals used 20 players Friday night, but came up on the short end of a 9-5 game at the hands of the VSL Pirates.


RECORD: 31-34, 5th Place, 14.0 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - Winners 11-5 over the Mariners

The Cardinals offense exploded for 16 hits to lead to 11 runs to beat the Mariners 11-5, Friday.

RECORD: 19-29, Last Place, 11.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Richard Castillo

Tossed seven shutout innings Friday night has Quad Cities remains in the hunt for a division title.




Minor League Player of the Day - Isa Garcia

The Springfield Cardinals' second baseman went 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored.


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