The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/05

Curt Smith had a huge night for Johnson City and Kyle Mura recorded another solid outing for Springfield. The Bees buzzed Mitchell Boggs while Allen Craig powered his team into extra innings.


Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Buzzed by Sacramento 11-3

Mitchell Boggs had not allowed more than three earned runs in his past seven games but the Bees put three on the board in the bottom of the first. Boggs was chased after Sacramento plated eight runs on 10 hits including three home runs in four innings. On a positive note, Boggs did strikeout six.

Randy Flores struggles have followed him from the big leagues. In 1.1 innings, the southpaw was charged with two runs on four hits.

Jon Jay singled, doubled, and is now hitting .333 since being promoted. Josh Phelps celebrated his PCL Player of the Week award with another home run, his 26th, and three RBIs.

David Freese reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Freese is now sitting just shy of .300.

RECORD: 63-53, 2nd place, 5.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners over Tulsa 6-5

The game was knotted at one before the Drillers scored three runs off of reliever Josh Dew in the top of the eighth. The Cardinals were quick to answer thanks to the bat of Allen Craig. With two on and two out, Craig parked a Darren Clarke pitch over the left field wall for his 20th home run of the season.

The game would stay tied at four until Neil Wilson hit a solo shot off of Jon Mikrut in the top of the 13th to give the Drillers a one run lead. In the bottom of the inning, Andrew Brown reached on a fielding error and would go to second on a wild pitch. Ryan Mattheus then walked Daryl Jones to set up Matt Pagnozzi for the heroics. With one out, Pagnozzi slapped a double to left that scored Brown and the fleet-footed Jones for the win.

Starter Kyle Mura continues to be extremely effective with six innings of one run ball. Mura scattered seven hits and the only run came on a Daniel Carte solo home run.

Pagnozzi finished his night with two hits and three RBIs as did Allen Craig. Jim Rapoport singled twice out of the lead off spot and threw a runner out at home.

RECORD: 24-20, 2nd place, 3.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Falls to Jupiter 7-2

The Hammerheads took advantage of a shaky Palm Beach bullpen to score five runs over the final three innings.

Starter Blake King allowed two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work. The right-hander did log five strikeouts in the outing but once again, he struggled with his command, walking four. Relievers Casey Mulligan and Eddie Degerman both were charged with two earned runs.

Brian Cartie and Daniel Descalso collected two hits each for the Cardinals. Cartie's double was the team's only extra base hit.

Tyler Henley's hit streak ended at 11 games after the former Rice Owl went hitless in four at bats.

RECORD: 20-22, 4th place, 6.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Off Day

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


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Pummeled by Williamsport 10-1

George Brown allowed only one earned run over five innings. Thomas Eager threw only a third of an inning before leaving with an injured elbow. His replacement, Daniel Richardson, was tagged for three runs in only two-thirds of an inning. In his only inning of work, LaCurtis Mayes struck out the side. Unfortunately, he was also charged with three runs.

Jon Edwards is heating back up. The oversized outfielder collected two more hits to push his average to .304. Charlie Cutler singled twice and scored a run.

RECORD: 27-18, 2nd place tie, 1.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Knocked off Burlington 11-3

Curt Smith scored five times to lead the JC offense. The Maine alum collected four hits including two doubles. Jared Bogany doubled three times and drove in three runs.

Mike Blazek hurled four shutout innings while collecting five strikeouts along the way but did not factor in the decision. Jose Mateo earned the win but was roughed up for three runs on seven hits in his four innings of work. Impressively, Mateo did notch seven strikeouts.

RECORD: 24-22, 4th place, 3.5 GB


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

The Nationals used a three-run fifth to pick up the victory over the Cards. Joe Babrick collected two hits and an RBI. Devin Shepard singled, walked, and has now hit in six straight games.

Omar Diaz was charged with the loss after the Nationals got four runs off of him in 4.2 innings. Adam Prange rebounded with a shutout inning after getting hammered for five earned runs without retiring a batter in his last outing.

Record: 13-24, 5th place, 9.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over



DSL Cardinals (R) - Off Day

RECORD: 20-30, 5th place, 11.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Kyle Mura

Even though he did not factor in the decision, Mura continues to put up solid outing after solid outing. On Monday night, he was taken deep for the only run he allowed in a six-inning start.




Minor League Player of the Day - Curt Smith

Smith collected four hits and scored five runs to pace Johnson City's lopsided victory over Burlington. The Maine alum is now hitting .365/.401/.568 in 148 at bats.


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