The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/04

Memphis starter P.J. Walters didn't get a decision, despite that he threw 7.1 innings shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out ten Sacramento batters.


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to the River Cats 3-2

P.J. Walters deserved a much better fate than a no-decision Sunday as the Redbirds ended up with a 3-2 loss.

It was closer Kelvin Jimenez who was tagged with a blown save and a loss, as he gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Not much offense Sunday, Cody Haerther went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Redbirds offense.


RECORD: 63-52, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Tulsa 6-5

The Tulsa Drillers scored three runs in the top of the 8th inning to come from behind and hand the Springfield Cardinals a 6-5 loss Sunday night at Hammons Field, as the Cardinals continue to have a hard time putting the Drillers away at Springfield.

Isa Garcia and Mark Shorey both hit solo home runs in the bottom of the 7th to put the Cardinals up 5-3, but the Springfield bullpen failed to hold the lead.

Starter Adam Ottavino, pitched five complete innings, giving up three runs on six hits, including two home runs and three walks, while striking out six, in his no-decision. Reliever Luis Perdomo suffered the loss for Springfield. He pitched one-third of an inning, gave up three hits, and three runs (one earned).

Mark Shorey had another big night at the plate, on top of his solo home run in the 7th, Mark went 4-for-4, with two RBIs and two runs scored.


RECORD: 23-20, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Jupiter 12-8

The Cardinals had 13 hits and score eight times, but it wasn't enough as Jupiter responded with 12 runs on their own on 18 hits.

Starter Brad Furnish made it through four innings, giving up six of the 12 runs on seven hits, including one home run and four walks and was tagged with his eighth loss as his won-loss record falls to 7-8.

Designated hitter Brandon Buckman, a name you haven't heard a lot this season, went 4-for-5 with a double and RBI and two runs scored. Shortstop Daniel Descalso went 3-for-4 with a home run and Matt Arburr also went deep, driving in three runs and scoring twice.


RECORD: 20-21, 4th Place, 5.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Dayton 1-0

This is a tough loss. Chuckie Fick suffered a second consecutive heartbreaker Sunday night, after setting career-highs with six strikeouts and 7.1 innings last Monday at Great Lakes. The 22-year-old right-hander turned in another impressive performance on Sunday, tossing seven strong innings and establishing a new career high with eight strikeouts. He allowed just one run while scattering seven hits and not issuing a walk, inducing a pair of double play balls along the way. Over his last two outings, Fick is 0-2 despite a 2.51 ERA, 14 strikeouts, and no walks over 14.1 innings of work.

The River Bandits could only muster up seven hits, catcher Blake Murphy was the only player with a multi-hit game, as he went 2-for-3. Since getting called up from Batavia, Blake is hitting .444 (4-for-9) through his first three games for Quad Cities.


RECORD: 24-19, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to Williamsport 6-5

Scott Gorgen on in relief for Angel Tapia, suffered his first loss, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks.

Left-fielder Beau Riportella led the team with three hits and shortstop Scott Sedbrook also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 on the day.

The loss Sunday puts the Dogs a game back of Jamestown in the NYP Pinckney Division standings.


RECORD: 27-17, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Winners 5-4 over Burlington in 10

Reliever Samuel Freeman improved to 4-1 for Johnson City with a scoreless two-thirds of an inning pitched in the top of the 10th.

Designated hitter Osvaldo Morales walked in the bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run. First baseman Curtis Smith went 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored, to raise his batting average to .350. Third baseman Matt Rigoli hit his second home run on the season, a solo shot in the 8th to eventually send the game into extra innings.


RECORD: 23-22, 4th Place, 4.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Marlins 5-3

The Cardinals were outhit, 16-5 but managed to lose by only 5-3.

Center fielder Ryde Rodriguez was the only Cardinal with an extra-base and multi-hit game, he went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .327.

Starter Jose Calero was tagged with the loss.


RECORD: 13-24, Last Place, 9.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Phillies 9-5


RECORD: 20-30, Last Place, 11.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - P.J. Walters

Pitched 7.1 shutout innings and still didn't get a win. How was your day?




Minor League Player of the Day - Mark Shorey

Went 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored in Springfield's Sunday's loss to the Tulsa Drillers.


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