The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/14

It was a night of superb pitching debuts down on the farm. Jess Todd picked up the win for Memphis while Deryk Hooker almost matched Todd's feats for the Quad Cities. While rehabbing in the Gulf Coast League, Steven "King of the" Hill slugged three home runs, indicating his assignment there could be short.


Games Played Wednesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners over Round Rock 2-1

In his Triple-A debut, Jess Todd proved he was worthy of the promotion. Wearing number 33, Todd's only mistake was a solo home run surrendered Nick Gorneault in the seventh inning. The 22-year-old struck out six and recorded 10 groundball outs compared to four fly ball outs.

Jason Motte struck out two in the ninth to pick up his fifth save.

On the night, Memphis had only three hits. The Redbirds got two runs in the second after Rico Washington walked followed by back-to-back doubles from Jarrett Hoffpauir and Mark Johnson. Washington had two walks and a hit.


RECORD: 66-58, 2nd place, 6.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to San Antonio 6-2

Brandon Dickson is finding the Texas League rough early in his Double-A career. With four runs, three earned, in 4.1 innings, his ERA now stands at 9.42 in 14.1 innings.

Brandon Buckman continues to hit after being promoted from Palm Beach. The slick fielding first baseman collected four hits and is hitting .462 in seven games since joining Springfield. Daryl Jones reached base three times with a single and two walks.

With two singles, Jim Rapoport is threatening to cross the Mendoza line.


RECORD: 27-24, 2nd place, 5.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners over Brevard County 4-3

Leading off the bottom of the eleventh, Luke Gorsett put a Joshua Wahpepah over the left-centerfield wall for the Cardinal victory. Four Cardinal relievers combined for 5.2 shutout innings. Pete Parise hurled the last two frames to pick up the victory.

Tyler Henley had a hit and two RBIs. Daniel Descalso and Brian Cartie both collected doubles.

Pete Kozma went hitless in five at bats including three strikeouts. Kozma is now hitting .188 since being promoted.


RECORD: 27-24, 4th place, 2.5 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Rallied over Beloit 5-3

Another debut at the Quad Cities, Deryk Hooker was on the mound after jumping a level when promoted from Johnson City. Hooker was fantastic with six innings of one run baseball.

The River Bandit offense slumbered for eight innings before putting together a five-run rally in the top of the ninth. The team sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning with Francisco Rivera starting the rally with a leadoff double. Adron Chambers chipped in a two-run single and Jon Edwards followed with an RBI single to close out the scoring.

Brett Wallace had three hits to raise his average to .353. Edwards and Rivera both had two hits on the night. Oliver Marmol singled, doubled, scored, drove in a run, and stole his 11th base.


RECORD: 28-24, 3rd place, 3.0 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners over Tri-City 5-2

In a game twice rain delayed, the Muckdogs put three runs on the board in the third and never looked back. LaCurtis Mayes is now 3-0 after picking up the victory in relief of Miguel Tapia after the second rain delay. Scott Gorgen threw 3.1 shutout innings but struggled with his command, walking four.

Adam Reifer continues to impress. With two strikeouts in the ninth, Reifer picked up his 16th save.

For a second straight night, Beau Riportella put together a two-hit game. After driving in three runs last night, the 2007 tenth round pick scored two runs tonight. Brett Lilley had two hits and drove in two runs. The former "Golden Domer" is hitting .370 in nine games since being promoted.


RECORD: 32-22, 2nd place, 1.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Shutout Greeneville 1-0

Scott McGregor is finding the Appalachian League to be kinder than Conference USA. At the University of Memphis, McGregor posted a 5.19 ERA in 2008 compared to his 0.82 ERA he now has after Wednesday's action. The former Tiger spun six shutout innings while allowing only two hits and striking out five.

Edgar Lara had three hits including two doubles. Jarred Bogany singled three times and drove in a run. With two more hits, Luis Mateo is batting .342 since joining Johnson City.

Jorge Rondon picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.


RECORD: 30-25, 2nd place tie, 3.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Marlins 7-6

In his second game back, Steven Hill showed his rehab stint could be short. Hill slugged three home runs in four at bats. Rainel Rosario and Ryde Rodriguez both had a hit and an RBI.

Miguel Flores gave up two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth while the GCL team continues to struggle. The rehabbing Gary Daley made it through only two-thirds of an inning before being pulled after giving up a run and two more walks.


RECORD: 15-29, 5th place, 11.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Phillies 6-1

Luis Pimentel and Santo Sandoval both had two hits for the Cardinals. Sandoval drove in the team's only run.

Randy Santos was tagged with the loss after being charged with two runs in three innings of work.


RECORD: 24-35, 5th place, 15.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jess Todd

In his third stop this season, Todd was fantastic allowing only one run over 6.1 innings for the Redbirds. The former Razorback struck out six while solidifying him as one of the top pitching prospects in the system.




Minor League Player of the Day - Steven Hill

"The King" had a monster day during his rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League. In four at bats, Hill hit three home runs indicating he could be back at Springfield sooner than later.


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