The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/08

Mark Shorey led the Springfield Cardinals to roller coaster victory in San Antonio. The offense was the story for Batavia but starter Ramon Delgado quieted the Doubleday bats.


Games Played Thursday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - OFF DAY

The Redbirds return home Friday to host New Orleans. Adam Wainwright should see action as he begins his rehab assignment.

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


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners over San Antonio 8-7

The Cardinals got two runs in the top of the first only to see starter Brandon Dickson allow four runs in the bottom of the inning. Jose Martinez hit a solo home run in the fourth to pull the Cards within one. In the top of the fifth, Allen Craig homered with two outs to start the rally followed by hits from Mark Shorey, Andrew Brown, and Brandon Buckman. Springfield ended the inning with three runs, all scored with two outs.

But just like the first, Dickson could not hold the lead and gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning before being pulled. The Missions scored seven runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings off the 23 year old. Dickson has an ERA of 10.80 in 10 Texas League innings.

Jon Mikrut helped control the madness with 1.2 shutout innings.

Donovan Solano singled and would score on a Shorey RBI double to tie things back up in the seventh. Isa Garcia led off with a single and scored on a Jim Rapoport ground out to give the Cardinals the lead in the eighth.

Marco Gonzalez hurled 1.2 shutout innings to get credited with the hold. Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless ninth that included an 11-pitch at bat by Colt Morton with two outs that ended in a strikeout. It was Salas' 23rd save of the year.

Solano had three hits and scored two runs. Shorey finished a home run short of the cycle and drove in three runs.

Allen Craig is now hitting .311 with 21 home runs and 78 RBIs.


RECORD: 26-20, 2nd place, 1.5 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Daytona 5-1

Only two Cardinals were able to muster hits against a strong trio of Cub pitchers. Antonio DeJesus collected three singles and drove in the team's only run. Nick Derba had two hits but is still only hitting .140. Matt Arburr drew a walk, stole a base, and scored the lone Cardinal run.

Tyler Herron was charged with two runs on five hits and four walks in 4.1 innings.

Aaron Luna made his Palm Beach debut and struck out in his two at bats.


RECORD: 22-23, 4th place, 5.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Popped by Cedar Rapids 10-1

"Phenom" Richard Castillo was roughed up for five runs, two earned, in six innings of work. The 18 year old did strikeout six. Matt Spade was tagged for five runs in his only inning of work.

Only three River Bandits managed to get a hit on Thursday night. Carlos Pupo and Blake Murphy each collected two singles. Tommy Pham singled for the team's other hit.


RECORD: 24-21, 3rd place, 3.5


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Pummeled Auburn 11-0

After struggling offensively in last night's doubleheader, the Muckdogs' bats were ready tonight. The big hit of the night was Chris Swauger's three-run home run in the fourth inning. Colt Sedbrook had four hits and scored two runs.

Frederick Parejo singled three times, drove in two runs, and stole a base. Xavier Scruggs had two hits and two RBIs. Jose Garcia had two hits including a solo home run.

Ramon Delgado was super with five innings of one hit baseball. The 21 year old struck out seven. Adam Veres hurled three innings and struck out six.


RECORD: 29-19, 2nd place, 1.0 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Pulaski 6-2

The Mariners put up three in the fifth and the sixth with the help of three hit batter's and two wild pitches. Johnson City out hit Pulaski 8-5.

Randy Santos was charged with the loss after the Mariners plated three runs in five innings. Santos struck out six and hit three batters.

Niko Vasquez singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored a run. Jack Cawley singled twice and is quietly hitting .345 in 19 games at JC.


RECORD: 25-24, 4th place, 4.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Winners over the Dodgers 6-4

Ryde Rodriguez had two hits, two RBIs, and scored two runs to lead the Cardinals' attack. Rainel Rosario stroked a two-run home run in the eighth, his fourth of the season. Ted Obregon, Juan Castillo, and Yunier Castillo each collected two singles.

Chris Notti was superb spinning five shutout innings and allowing only three hits. The 19 year old did not factor in the decision. Pablo Ortiz picked up the win after pitching two shutout innings. Adam Prange picked up his second save after recording the final out.


RECORD: 14-26, 5th place, 9.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Winners over the A's (1) 4-3

The Cardinals scored two in the top of the ninth and reliever Eduard Estalis spun a perfect ninth to notch his ninth save. Carlos Meija threw five shutout innings and allowed only to hits but did not factor in the decision.

Victor Ferreira was the only Cardinal with multiple hits. Wader Perez tripled, drew two walks, and scored two runs.


RECORD: 22-31, 5th place, 12.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Ramon Delgado

For the second night in a row, our pitcher of the day comes from Batavia. Delgado pitched five innings of on one hit baseball while racking up seven strikeouts.




Minor League Player of the Day - Mark Shorey

The unheralded outfielder collected three hits and drove in three runs to lead Springfield to victory. Shorey is now batting .302 with 60 RBIs.


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