The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/07

It was a night of debuts with Donovan Solano and Brandon Buckman debuting at Springfield while Jon Edwards made his debut at the Quad Cities. Pete Kozma made his first start at Palm Beach and Brett Lilley did the same at Batavia.


Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Falls to Sacramento 7-6

The Redbirds got off to a great start, unfortunately the pitching could not hold off the powerful Bees. In the top of the first, Josh Phelps continued his power streak with a two-run shot to get Memphis on the board. David Freese then stepped up and parked his 20th home run over the right-centerfield fence. It was the fourth time the Redbirds have gone back-to-back this year with Freese being involved in three of them.

Clayton Mortensen gave two runs back in the bottom of the inning. The 2007 draft pick struggled with his command all day. In the end, he would be roughed up for six runs on four hits and six walks in only 3.2 innings.

With the scored tied at six in the bottom of the ninth, Sacramento used a hit by pitch and two singles to score the winning run off of Kelvin Jimenez.

Tyler Greene had his best Triple-A game with three hits, two RBIs, and a stolen base. Greene has a hit in eight of his nine games for Memphis with five doubles and three stolen bases.

Phelps ended the day with three hits. In his last 10 games, he has nine home runs and 20 RBIs. Freese ended the game with two hits and has multiple hits in six of his last seven games.

Randy Flores pitched two shutout innings while allowing only one hit.


RECORD: 64-54, 2nd place, 5.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 1-0 over San Antonio

Brandon Buckman started at first base and batted sixth in his Springfield debut. The former Cornhusker singled twice in four at bats.

Donovan Solano made his Double-A debut by starting at second base and batting fifth. The 20 year old singled in his first at bat.

Jose Martinez had two hits and stole a base. Jim Rapoport doubled and scored the lone Springfield run. Daryl Jones was hitless in four trips to the plate and is now hitting .222.

Justin Fiske scattered seven hits before leaving after 5.1 shutout innings. When Fiske left in the sixth, he left Luke Gregerson two runners on base. Gregerson quickly erased them by forcing an inning ending double play. Luis Perdomo followed with a shutout frame.

Fernando Salas struck out two Mission hitters on the way to his 22nd save.


RECORD: 25-20, 2nd place, 3.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated Daytona 4-1

The Cardinals got a run in the fifth and three unearned runs in the sixth for the victory over the rival Cubs.

In his Palm Beach debut, Pete Kozma doubled in his first at bat. The 2007 first round pick drew a walk in his next plate appearance before striking out in his final two at bats. Daniel Descalso reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Brian Cartie and Paul Vasquez both collected two hits.

Shaun Garceau picked up his seventh win at Palm Beach after allowing a run on five hits in six innings. The 20 year old lowered his ERA to 3.38. Pete Parise made his debut at Palm Beach with two shutout innings. Francisco Samuel picked up his 24th save after striking out two in the ninth.


RECORD: 22-22, 4th place, 4.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Shutout by Cedar Rapids 2-0

For the second game in a row, Brett Wallace had half of the River Bandits' hits. Wallace singled twice in the game and now is hitting .366 as a professional.

Jon Edwards was hitless in his Midwest League debut but did draw a walk. Domnit Bolivar tripled and Roberto Espinoza singled to round out the Quad Cities' offense.

Lance Lynn pitched well but his offense kept him on the hook. The former Rebel was tagged for a solo home run while striking out four. Kenny Maiques pitched a shutout inning and, most importantly, did not issue a walk.


RECORD: 24-21, 3rd place, 3.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Split a DH

GAME ONE Batavia - Falls to Auburn 2-1

This was completion of a game started on July 20. Zachary Pitts was charged with the loss after giving up two runs in six innings. Hector Cardenas spun three shutout innings while striking out three.

Shane Peterson reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Jermaine Curtis's double was the Muckdogs only extra base hit.

GAME TWO Batavia – Shutout Auburn 1-0

Arquimedes Nieto was superb, spinning five innings of one hit baseball while striking out six. Adam Reifer struck out two in a scoreless ninth to pick up his 13th save.

Chris Swauger singled, doubled, and scored the team's lone run. Brett Lilley had two hits in his first Batavia start.

So the two teams end the night still tied for second place. Game two was only seven innings.



RECORD: 28-19, 2nd place tie, 1.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Pulaski 5-2

Reynier Gonzalez was tagged for five runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. Kevin Thomas logged three shutout innings and has posted an ERA of 0.78 in his first 24 professional innings.

Alex Castellanos reached base three times with two singles and a walk. On the bases, 22-year-old stole four bases and now has 18 in 42 games. Luis Mateo singled and stole a base, his third in two Appalachian League games.


RECORD: 25-23, 4th place, 3.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Off Day

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


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Demolished the Mariners 16-5

The Cardinals used 17 hits and four Mariner' errors to post their highest run total of the season. Leadoff hitter Wader Perez collected four hits including two doubles and drove in four runs. Victor Ferreira singled three times and scored three runs. Jeudis Polanco reached base four times with three singles and a walk.

Jose Pasen picked up his third win with five innings of two-run ball. Christian Concepcion made eight appearances with the Gulf Coast League team posting an ERA of 21.13. He has been demoted to the DSL and his 2008 debut brought much of the same. The 18 year-old allowed a three-run home run and did not record an out.


RECORD: 21-31, 5th place, 24.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Arquimedes Nieto

The Muckdogs' ace spun five shutout innings while allowing only one hit. The 19 year old is now a perfect 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA.




Minor League Player of the Day - Tyler Greene

In a losing effort, Greene collected three hits including a double, his fifth in his last six games. The 24 year old has a hit in nine of his Triple-A games.


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