The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/03

Tyler Herron pitched eight shutout frames for the Palm Beach Saturday, giving up only three hits and a walk, while striking out three to pick up his second win for the Cardinals.


Games Played Saturday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Fresno 10-9

The Redbirds found themselves in an 8-0 hole before most of the fans in Fresno had settled down in their seats. Memphis starter Blake Hawksworth, was actually tagged for the eight runs in just three innings pitched on nine hits, including two home runs and a walk, while striking out six. The former Cardinals "Minor League Pitcher of the Year" continues to struggle as his record falls to 2-7 with a 7.57 ERA on the season.

Give the bullpen a lot of credit, the Flores brother, Ron and Randy, Mark Worrell and Jason Motte held the Grizzlies to just two runs for the rest of the game, with Worrell giving up two runs in the eighth inning.

The Redbirds never had the lead, but the offense did fight back with 13 hits and nine runs to make it interesting. Left-fielder Rico Washington went 3-for-4 on the night, scoring twice and Brian Barton and D'Angelo Jimenez both went deep with two-run homers to get Memphis back into the game.

On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals gave right-handed pitcher Matt Clement his unconditional release. The move opened up a spot on the Cardinals' 40-man roster, with 39 players currently under organizational control.


RECORD: 63-51, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 5-3 over Tulsa

The Springfield Cardinals picked up their fourth straight win, holding on for a 5-3 victory over the Tulsa Drillers on Saturday, as highly touted prospect Jess Todd snapped a personal two-game losing streak.

Todd improved to 4-5 at Springfield, despite giving up three solo home runs over 6 2/3 innings. Reliever Luke Gregerson worked a scoreless frame in the eighth, to set up closer Fernando Salas, who followed with his own scoreless frame in ninth, to notch his Texas League leading 21st save on the year.

Right-fielder Mark Shorey had three hits and two RBIs to pave the way offensively as leadoff man and center fielder Jim Rapoport had his first three-hit game of the year, stealing a pair of bases in the win as well.

These two clubs have a total of six games remaining head-to-head, all at Hammons Field. Strangely enough, the Cardinals have dominated at Drillers Stadium this year, winning 13 of 16 games, but are just 5-5 at home vs. Tulsa.


RECORD: 23-19, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Shutout Brevard County 2-0

Cardinals' starter Tyler Herron had his best start of the season, pitching eight shutout innings to pick up his second win at Palm Beach. Herron allowed only three hits and a walk, while striking out three to improve to 2-0, with a 2.31 ERA for the Cardinals after appearing in eight games, including five starts.

Closer Francisco Samuel pitched a shutout frame in the ninth to pick up his 23rd save of the season for Palm Beach, 24th overall, including a save he picked up in Quad Cities earlier in the year.

The Cardinals only mustered five hits, but that was four more than they needed, as left-fielder Charlie Kingrey hit his fifth home run for Palm Beach, going 3-for-4 on the night scoring both of the little Redbirds' runs. Leadoff man Tyler Henley went 2-for-3 and drove in Kingrey for the second run.


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


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 6-4 over Dayton

The Quad Cities River Bandits continued to roll on Saturday night, getting a three-run homer from Brett Wallace and seven solid innings from Nick Additon to beat the Dayton Dragons, 6-4, at Modern Woodmen Park.

Rising star, Nick Additon improved to a record of 9-4, pitching seven strong innings for the third time in his last four starts. The 20-year-old southpaw tied a personal career-high as well as a 2008 team-high with nine strikeouts to become the first River Bandits pitcher to win nine games this year. He allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks, battling hard for the quality start despite seeing the leadoff runner reach base in five of his seven innings.

Reliever Pete Parise is quietly putting together a solid 2008 campaign. He entered in the eighth inning to work a six-out save, converting his ninth consecutive opportunity for his 13th save of the year.

Third baseman Brett Wallace led the offense with his three-run homer in the third to give the Bandits an early 4-1 lead. Catcher Roberto Espinoza also drove one out of the park as he drove in the other two runs for Quad Cities.


RECORD: 24-18, 2nd Place. 0.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 6-5 in 10 over State College

It took 10 innings, but the Muckdogs battled back after letting a 4-0 lead from the first inning evaporate. Down 5-4 going into the bottom of the 10th, the Dogs answered with two more runs to secure the 6-5 win.

Adam Reifer picked up his second win for the Dogs, in his one inning of relief that as luck would have it, came in the 10th frame.

Shortstop Domnit Bolivar went 3-for-4 on the night, but it was outfielder Shane Peterson's two RBIs and two runs scored that paced Batavia's offense.


RECORD: 27-16, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Burlington 10-5

Burlington got on the board early and kept the error-prone Cardinals out of the game, doubling up on them 10-5 Saturday.


RECORD: 22-22, 4th Place, 4.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Winners 5-3 over the Dodgers

Right-fielder Ryde Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and shortstop Ted Obregon went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to help lead the Cards past the Dodgers.

Starter Anthony Ferrara pitched five complete innings, giving up just one unearned run, while holding the Dodgers to just two hits, while striking out eight and walking one, en-route to his second win.

David Carpenter, another converted pitcher from behind the backstop, earned his third save with a scoreless frame to close out the game.


RECORD: 13-23, Last Place, 9.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Tied 3-3

How do you finish a season with a 3-3 tie? But that is what happened Saturday as the VSL Cardinals close out their 2008 campaign with a 3-3 tie with the Rays.

The Cardinals finished with a 31-34 record and in fifth place, 13.5 games back, thus eliminating them from the playoffs and post season play.


RECORD: 31-34, 5th Place, 13.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - Winners 6-5 over the A's(1)

Catcher Audris Perez was the star of the game, going 3-for-4 on the day with an RBI and a run scored.

Carlos Mejia picked up the win with Eduard Estalis earning his eighth save, as the Cardinals win their third straight game.


RECORD: 20-29, Last Place, 11.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Tyler Herron

Pitched eight shutout innings to pick up his second win for Palm Beach.




Minor League Player of the Day - Brett Wallace

It was his three-run homer that made the difference in Quad Cities' 6-4 win over Dayton. The win pulled the River Bandits within a half game out of first place.


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