The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/06

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals' bullpen falters, as starter Eric Fornataro ends up with a no-decision, after pitching five solid innings. Ryan Kulik fails to win his third straight Tuesday night.


Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Topped Sacramento 7-1

The Redbirds missed a great opportunity in the first, loading the bases with no outs. But Bees' pitcher Vincent Mazzaro buckled down and struck out the heart of the Memphis lineup, Josh Phelps, David Freese, and Rico Washington, to get out of the inning.

Tyler Greene led off the third inning by reaching on an error and then stealing second. Jon Jay would single to score Greene and give the Redbirds an early lead.

Starter Mike Parisi did not allow a hit in 3.2 innings but was lifted for reliever Ron Flores.

The Redbirds put the game away with four runs in the sixth inning and would later put up a tally in the seventh and in the ninth.

Jay and Freese both had two hits. The St. Louis native, David Freese, is hitting .378 since July 1. Bryan Anderson reached base three times with a single and two walks.

Flores picked up the win with two shutout innings. Mark Worrell notched three strikeouts in 1.1 innings while Jason Motte got two strikeouts in one inning of relief.


RECORD: 64-53, 2nd place, 4.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - OFF DAY

There were no games scheduled in the Texas League. The Cardinals are on the road traveling to San Antonio to take on the Missions on Wednesday night.

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


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Doubled up Daytona 8-4

The Cardinals sent 10 men to the plate and put six runs on the board in the fourth. Matt Arburr had three hits, an RBI, and scored two runs. Charlie Kingrey reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Tyler Henley pitched in a two-run single.

Mark Diapoules picked up his first FSL win after scattering eight hits that led to three runs in six innings.


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


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Defeated by Cedar Rapids 4-2

Brett Wallace tried to single-handedly pop the Kernels on Tuesday afternoon. On the day, Wallace collected half of the River Bandits' six hits and drove in half of the team's runs. With the three hits, the first round pick raised his average to .361. Another 2008 draft pick, Aaron Luna, doubled and walked along with driving in the team's other run. Also, Luna stole his first base.

Ryan Kulik's three-game winning streak came to an end after Cedar Rapids managed three runs on eight hits in his six solid innings. Kulik showed signs of dominance with nine strikeouts.


RECORD: 24-20, 2nd place, 2.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Off Day

There were no games scheduled in the New York-Penn League. The Muckdogs will try to break a two game losing streak, hosting a doubleheader with Auburn on Wednesday. Auburn and Batavia are tied for second place, one game behind first place Jamestown.

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


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Defeated Pulaski 13-7

The Mariners put up a run in the bottom of the first inning. The Cardinals quickly answered when Osvaldo Morales led off the second with his 11th home run. Pulaski would put up a crooked number in the second and the third to jump out to a commanding 5-1 lead.

Neither team scored in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Pulaski replaced starter Jose Rios with Taylor Lewis. The move proved to be advantageous for the baby birds. With one run in and two outs, Jared Bogany came up with the bases loaded. Bogany hit a harmless grounder to shortstop that George Soto that cleared the bases and tied the game at five.

The seesaw match up continued with both teams scoring a run in the sixth. The birds added another run in the seventh before putting the game away with six runs with two outs in the eighth.

In his first Appalachian League start, Luis Mateo made his presence felt in a big way. The Puerto Rican collected five singles and stole two bases.

Catcher Jack Cawley (the number 2 position) had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in two runs. Morales' only hit was the home run but he did draw three walks and scored four runs.

Stop thief! As a team, the Cardinals stole eight bases.

Brett Zawacki was charged with five runs in only three innings of work. Matt North picked up the victory after striking out five in four innings of work. His lone mistake came on a solo home run off the bat of Tommy Johnson.


RECORD: 25-22, 4th place, 3.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Doubled up by the Mets 6-3

Eric Fornataro spun five innings of one run baseball before giving way to Jose Rada. After holding the Mets scoreless in his first inning of relief, the 20 year-old was tagged for five runs in the seventh. Rada is now 0-4 with a 7.80 ERA. David Carpenter added a shutout inning.

Ted Obregon's two doubles and three RBIs were the only highlights of the Cardinals' offense.


RECORD: 13-26, 5th place, 10.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

RECORD: 31-34, 5th Place, 15.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - Pounded by the A's (2) 13-2

Juan B. Cabrera collected three hits to pace the offense. His double was the team's only extra base hit.

Four Cardinal pitchers combined to allow 13 runs on 13 hits. Keury Herrara was tagged with the loss after the A's scored six runs in 3.2 innings off the southpaw.


RECORD: 20-31, 5th place, 13.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Ryan Kulik

Tagged for the loss, Kulik came in to the game looking for his third straight win. Kulik showed his dominance with nine strikeouts in just six innings of work




Minor League Player of the Day - Luis Mateo

The shortstop's first game in Johnson City was a show stealer. The 18 year old had five hits and two stolen bases out of the leadoff spot to lead the Cardinals to victory.


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