The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/26

Colby Rasmus takes home "Player of the Day" honors in rehab start for GCL Cardinals


Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Rained Out

The Redbirds match up with the PCL American North Champion, Iowa Cubs, on Tuesday night. Mitchell Boggs is scheduled to toe the rubber for the Redbirds.

RECORD: 71-64, 2nd place, 9.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners over Arkansas 6-5

The home team jumped on the Travelers early. With two out in the bottom of the first, Donovan Solano singled to center. Last night's hero, Brett Wallace, was then hit by a pitch. Andrew Brown stepped to the plate with two on and two out and deposited a Daniel Davidson pitch over the left field wall for a three-run lead.

The red-hot Brett Wallace would extend the lead in the third with a two-run double. Starter Adam Ottavino opened the door for Arkansas by allowing a two-run home run in the fourth and a Mark Trumbo two-run single in the fifth. Ottavino would leave after surrendering nine hits in 5.2 innings. The 2006 First Round pick now has a 5.48 ERA this season.

Reliever Jon Mikrut would enter with two on in the sixth and escape unscathed. He was not so fortunate in the seventh when Brian Stavisky homered to tie the game at five.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Brown walked and advanced to third on a Brandon Buckman singled. Brandon Yarbrough would pinch hit for Matt Pagnozzi with runners on first and third. Yarbrough hit a grounder that second baseman Nate Sutton misplayed to allow Brown to score the go ahead run.

Luke Gregerson pitched two perfect innings with four strikeouts to nail down the Springfield win.


RECORD: 37-26, 1st place tie


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Brevard County 7-3

After three superb starts in a row, Shaun Garceau was roughed up for five runs in six innings of work. Control seemed to be his downfall as the 20 year old walked five.

Antonio DeJesus reached base five times with four singles and a walk. He also stole his seventh base. DeJesus is now hitting .333 in August. Pete Kozma reached base three times with a hit, a walk, and a hit by pitch.

Tyler Henley stoked two hits and drove two runs. The former Rice Owl hit his fifth home run in the fourth inning. Charlie Kingrey singled twice and drove in a run. Kingrey is having a hot August as well, hitting at a .340 clip.


RECORD: 30-30, 4th place, 5.0 GB


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

The River Bandits used three hits, a walk, and a force out in the top of the first to stage an early 3-0 lead. The team added another run in the second when Adron Chambers was hit by a pitch and then advanced to third on a mishandled pick off play. Francisco Rodriguez would single to score Chambers. The Quad Cities put the game away with a two-run third followed by a five-run explosion in the fourth.

Curt Smith led the way with three hits including two doubles, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Jon Edwards chipped in two hits and drove in three runs. Niko Vasquez singled and drove in a run but is hitting .190 since being promoted.

Chuckie Fick got back to the .500 mark with his fifth win of the season. Scott McGregor made his Quad Cities debut with a scoreless inning of relief.


RECORD: 32-31, 3rd place, 7.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Cut by Williamsport 16-7

Even though they were down 14-1 after five innings, the Muckdogs showed some resolve with six runs to narrow the gap.

It was a bad night on the mound for the host Muckdogs. Adam Veres was chased after only getting six outs while giving up six runs. Rigoberto would follow and allow four runs, two earned, in his only frame. The solid Ramon Delgado was no better as the Crosscutters scored five runs off the right-hander in four innings of work.

The slumping Shane Peterson had three hits including two doubles and drove in two runs. Colt Sedbrook and Jose Garcia collected a single and a double. Sedbrook had two RBIs and Garcia scored two runs.

Chris Swauger had a three hit, two run, and two RBI night.

With the loss, Batavia falls out of first place.


RECORD: 39-24, 2nd place, 0.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Falls to Bluefield 6-1

Starter Mike Blazek threw five solid innings, allowing only one run on four hits but did not factor in the decision. Reynier Gonzalez picked up his third loss of the season after the Orioles plated three runs in only a third of an inning.

Catcher Jack Cawley went hitless but walked three times. Luis Mateo and Guillermo Toribrio each had two hits for the Cardinals.


RECORD: 36-30, 2nd place, 5.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Falls to the Mets 5-3

The Gulf Coast team continues to lose; fortunately the team has only one game left. Some Rasmus guy had a big game at the plate for the Cardinals. Colby Rasmus had three hits and two RBIs including a solo home run in the fourth. The 22 year old was also credited with an outfield assist.

Gary Daley was charged with two runs in the first inning. The former third round pick now has a 24.30 ERA in 10 innings this season in the GCL.


RECORD: 16-38, 5th place, 15.5 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

RECORD: RECORD: 27-39, Last Place, 15.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Luke Gregerson

Gregerson struck out four in two perfect innings to allow Springfield to keep pace with Northwest Arkansas.



Minor League Player of the Day - Colby Rasmus

The top prospect in the Cardinals system had three hits including a home run in his Gulf Coast League rehab start.


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