The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/18

The Springfield Cardinals' shortstop Jose Martinez, went 3-for-6 Sunday with a double and four RBIs.


Games Played Sunday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Split a Double Header

GAME ONE (completion of previously suspended game on 6/20/08) - Winners 12-6

The game was resumed in the top of the fourth inning with the Isotopes leading 6-1, the Redbirds lone run coming on a David Freese RBI-single. Matt Clement started for the ‘Birds and will be charged with six runs on eight hits in three innings.

The Redbirds scored an amazing 11 unanswered runs to pick up the win in the suspended game.

John Wasdin picked up the win with four scoreless frames, giving up just three hits and two walks, while striking out five.

GAME TWO – Lost to Albuquerque 4-2

Starter Clayton Mortensen scattered six hits and a walk over six complete innings, giving up just one run, while striking out two, but did not factor into the decision. Reliever Jason Motte, ended up with a blown save, his fourth on the season and was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs in just a third of an inning.

Not much offense in game two, Brendan Ryan went 2-for-3, including a home run and David Freese, who is looking more like a major league hitter every day, hit his 23rd home run for the Redbirds.



RECORD: 68-60, 2nd Place, 8.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 9-8 in 11

Pennant fever is running wild in Springfield as the Cardinals rallied for a stunning 9-8 victory in 11 innings at Hammons Field. The come from behind victory puts them within a game of North Division-leading Northwest Arkansas for a playoff spot.

Starter Justin Fiske was hit hard on Sunday, as he gave up six earned runs on 10 hits and four walks, while striking out four. He escaped the rough outing with a no decision. Closer Fernando Salas (6-3) picked up the win for Springfield even though he allowed one run in the top of the 11th.

Offensively, shortstop Jose Martinez ended up being the hero on the night, going 3-for-6 with a double and four RBIs. Martinez made his hits count, he had a game-tying two-out double in the ninth, picked up the game-winner as well, a two-run single in the 11th.

Sunday's right fielder, Andrew Brown hit his 11th home run for Springfield in the game, his 20th overall, including five home runs at Quad Cities and four at Palm Beach, earlier in the year.


RECORD: 31-24, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Suffered a 2-1 loss to the Beach Boys

The Palm Beach Cardinals suffered a tough 2-1 loss Sunday to the Vero Beach Devil Rays at Roger Dean Stadium.

Starting pitchers Wade Townsend, for Vero, and Shaun Garceau, for Palm Beach, both posted six scoreless frames before turning the game over to the bullpen.

Reliever Pete Parise was tagged for the loss, giving up two runs in two innings on four hits and two walks.

The Cardinals only run, came off the bat of the "Prince of Palm Beach", Steven Hill, who hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth.


RECORD: 28-27, 4th Place, 4.5 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Stung by the Bees 4-2

The River Bandits slipped to 5.5 games behind the first-place Bees and two games behind the second-place Cedar Rapids Kernels, after Sundays 4-2 loss to the Bees. On paper at least, the Bandits remain a player in the battle for a second-half playoff spot but time an opportunities is running out with just 14 games remaining on the schedule.

Richard Castillo was tagged with the loss despite another quality start for the River Bandits. The 18-year-old righty allowed three runs on six hits over 6.2 frames, striking out six and walking two but giving up his 10th and 11th homers through 11 starts this year. He responded to Burlington's first-inning run by setting down 12 of the next 14 batters he faced, a stretch that was broken up by a game-tying homer in the fifth. Two frames later, his final pitch of the night was hit out of the park for the game-winning run.

Not a lot of offense, the Bandits only scored two runs on six hits. Nobody had a multi-hit game, with DH Francisco Rivera and first baseman Carlos Pupo driving in the Bandits two runs.


RECORD: 29-27, 3rd Place Tie, 5.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 5-3 over Auburn

The Muckdogs pulled into sole possession of first place Sunday with a 5-3 win over Auburn.

Starter Ramon Delgado picked up his fifth win, tossing five complete innings, giving up only two hits and no walks, while striking out five. Adam Reifer earned his 18th save, despite giving up a run in the ninth.

Offensively, Chris Swauger hit his fifth home run on the season for the Dogs.


RECORD: 35-23, 1st Place


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Off Day

RECORD: 31-27, 3rd Place, 6.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the 10-1

It's getting hard to report on this team, four more errors on Sunday and the Dodgers score 10 runs to beat the junior Redbirds 10-1.

The Cardinals only mustered five hits and scored one run, nothing to write home about.


RECORD: 15-33, Last Place, 14.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Winners 3-2 over A's(1) in 10

Reliever Eduard Estalis picked up his fifth win, with two scoreless frames to close out Sunday's game.

Corner infielder Luis Pimental had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double.


RECORD: 25-35, Last Place, 14.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Shaun Garceau

Garceau pitched six scoreless frames for the Palm Beach Cardinals Sunday, giving up only three hits and a walk while striking out four. His team would go onto lose, but Shaun's effort was the best in the organization.




Minor League Player of the Day - Jose Martinez

The Springfield Cardinals' shortstop, went 3-for-6 with a double and four RBIs on Sunday.


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