The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/09

Johnson City Cardinals' starter, Deryk Hooker gave up just one hit and struck out 11 batters in five innings Friday night.


Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to New Orleans

Adam Wainwright making his first rehab appearance, pitched two-thirds of an inning to start Friday's game, giving up three runs on four hits, including a home run. He walked one and struck out one.

Wainwright was on a 25 pitch count and told reporters after the game, "My arm felt very good and my finger felt very good," Wainwright said. "My location was still not good, and I've got to build on that. Hopefully I can continue to get better each time I'm here."

Blake Hawksworth, who normally would have started the night, pitched 5.2 innings, giving up a couple of runs on five hits and three walks.

Nick Stavinoha led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

NOTES: Stavinoha returned to Memphis after appearing in seven games for St. Louis...Brendan Ryan made his first appearance with the Redbirds after playing in 68 games with the Cardinals and hitting .248 this season...Brian Barton extending his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the seventh...David Freese has hits in 12 of his last 13 games, while Phelps has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.


RECORD: 64-55, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to San Antonio 4-3

The Cardinals let a 3-0 lead slip away in the ninth, as the Missions on a mission scored four times in their final at-bat on Friday night, spoiling Jess Todd's seven scoreless innings.

Starter Jess Todd allowed just one hit over seven innings, ending up with a no-decision for his outstanding start Friday night. He walked two batters and struck out three.

Luke Gregerson was tagged with the loss, as he gave up the four runs in two-thirds of an inning in the ninth.

Brandon Buckman hit his first home run for the Cardinals, his fifth on the season, as he went 2-for-4 to lead to the offense.


RECORD: 26-21, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Split Double-Header

The Cardinals split a double-header Friday night against Jupiter, in a couple of well played ballgames.

GAME ONE: The Cardinals would score only one run on five hits, but that was all they needed, to shutout the Hammerheads 1-0.

Starter Brad Furnish pitched a complete game shutout (seven innings), giving up only two hits, while walking two and striking out four.

Not much offense, shortstop Pete Kozma had the only multi-hit night. Kozma went 2-for-3 with a double.

GAME TWO: It was the Cardinals who were shutout in game two, dropping the nightcap to Jupiter, 4-0.

The Cardinals could only muster two hits and Eddie Degerman was tagged with the loss.



RECORD: 23-24, 4th Place, 5.5 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Fell to Cedar Rapids 3-1

The River Bandits losing streak reached five games with a 3-1 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

What seemed to be a common theme Friday, Cardinals pitching just wasn't getting much run support.

Nick Additon, one of the rising stars in the organization, suffered a tough-luck loss despite throwing seven solid frames for the fourth time in his last five starts. The 20-year-old southpaw from Florida allowed two runs on four hits while fanning five over seven frames. BOXSCORE

RECORD: 24-23, 3-way Tie for 4th Place, 4.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to Auburn 5-1

The Dogs starter Scott Gorgen was tagged to the loss. He pitched five complete frames, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out six.

Not much offense, though Chris Swauger went deep, going 2-for-3 on the night, with his other hit being a double.


RECORD: 29-20, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Shutout Greenville 6-0

Deryk Hooker had a huge night Friday, picking up his first win for Johnson City. Hooker pitched five complete frames, giving up just one hit and no walks, while striking out 11 batters.

The Cardinals had 12 hits and score six times, with Curt Smith having another big game, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. In his last ten games, Smith is hitting .386 with 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored.


RECORD: 26-24, 4th Place, 4.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Shutout by the Marlins 4-0

The Cardinals only managed one hit Friday and committed three errors in route to another loss.

Starter Miguel Flores had a very good start and deserved a better fate than a no-decision. He pitched five complete shutout innings, giving up only one hit and two walks while striking out five.


RECORD: 14-27, Last Place, 10.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Split a Double-Header with the Phillies

BOXSCORE Game One 5-4 Loss to the Phillies

BOXSCORE Game Two Winners 4-0 over the Phillies

RECORD: 23-32, Last Place, 12.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Deryk Hooker

Struck out 11 batters in five shutout frames Friday night.




Minor League Player of the Day - Curt Smith

A big 3-for-4 night included a home run and three RBIs.


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