The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/16

Quad Cities starter Ryan Kulik retired 11 consecutive batters en-route to a big win with playoff implications.


Games Played Friday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Rained Out

The Memphis and Round Rock game, the final game of a four-game series Friday night at AutoZone Park, was rained out. There are no plans to make up the game.

RECORD: 66-59, 2nd Place, 7.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 3-2 over San Antonio

The Cardinals won their second straight game with a 3-2 victory over the San Antonio Missions to pull within three games of first place in the North Division standings.

Texas League saves leader, Fernando Salas, got the win, tossing a scoreless ninth inning. Jonathan Mikrut and Luis Perdomo combined for three scoreless innings out of the Springfield bullpen. Starter Adam Ottavino got a no-decision, allowing two runs on eight hits over five innings.

Catcher Brandon Yarbrough led the offense, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.


RECORD: 29-24, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Brevard County 10-1

The Cardinals hopes for a second half division title to go along with their first half title, took a big hit and a step back Friday night at the hands of Brevard County in an ugly 10-1 loss.

Starter Blake King suffered the loss, despite just giving up one earned run in six full innings. Eddie Degerman was hit hard as he gave up seven runs in just 1.1 innings pitched.

The Cardinals scored only one run on seven hits and left nine runners stranded on the bases Friday night.


RECORD: 27-26, 4th Place, 4.5 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 11-4 over Beloit

The Quad Cities River Bandits defeated the Beloit Snappers 11-4 Friday night, in a game that had playoff implications. Quad Cities clinched a potential tiebreaker by winning the season series against the Snappers four games to three, and moved into a second-place tie with Cedar Rapids with 16 regular season games remaining on the schedule.

Starter Ryan Kulik, the 22-year-old lefty established a 2008 team-high by lasting 7.2 innings, retiring 11 consecutive batters at one point and allowing just two earned runs. Kulik yielded three runs on seven hits in all.

Domnit Bolivar went 4-for-6 with a homer and four RBI to lead the charge in an 11-4 win at Pohlman Field. Leadoff hitter and left-fielder, D'Marcus Ingram smacked three hits and became the first River Bandit to score four runs in a game this season. First baseman Carlos Pupo had a 2-for-4 night, including his fourth home run.


RECORD: 29-25, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Defeated Auburn 5-1

The Muckdogs eyeing a chance to move within reach of a division title racked up 11 hits Friday night, scoring five times to beat Auburn 5-1, to remove to within a game and a half of first place in the NYPL Pinckney division.

Starter Hector Cardenas credited with the win Friday night, improved to 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA on the season. Cardenas pitched five complete innings, giving up an unearned run on only two hits and two walks, while striking out three.

Second baseman Colt Sedbrook went 3-for-4 on the night with an RBI to help lead the offense.


RECORD: 33-23, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Kingsport 11-1

Kingsport knock the wind out of the sails of the Johnson City Cardinals and any hopes for a division title, as the junior Redbirds fall to 30-27 on the season, six games back in the standings with just 10 games left in the regular season.


RECORD: 30-27, 4th Place, 6.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Mets 11-8

The Cardinals committed three errors that didn't help the cause. Reliever Adam Prange was tagged with a blown save and the loss Friday night, giving up four runs, only one of them earned in his one inning on the mound.

The Cardinals had 10 hits and five free passes to first base, but left eight runners stranded as they suffer another heartbreaking loss in a season full of heartbreaks.


RECORD: 15-32, Last Place, 13.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Rained Out

RECORD: 24-35, Last Place, 15.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Ryan Kulik

Established a 2008 Quad Cities team-high by lasting 7.2 innings, retiring 11 consecutive batters at one point Friday night.




Minor League Player of the Day - Domnit Bolivar

The best offensive night in the organization, Bolivar went 4-for-6 with a homer and four RBI to keep Quad Cities' postseason hopes alive.


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