The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/29

The "Phenom" Richard Castillo stifled Burlington while Charlie Cutler pulled Batavia within a half game of first place.


Games Played Thursday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Iowa 8-3

Clayton Mortensen was roughed up for eight runs in only three innings. Micah Hoffpauir hit a grand slam and Felix Pie slugged a two-run home run off the right-hander.

John Wasdin came in and settled the ship with five shutout innings.

Rico Washington is fighting for a September call-up. Washington hit two home runs on the night and now has 12 on the season. David Freese singled and scored a run.

Helping his cause to return to St. Louis in a couple of days, Brendan Ryan led off and played centerfield.


RECORD: 73-65, 2nd place, 8.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Tulsa 11-4

Is Brett Wallace Superman? The first round pick is beginning to appear like he is. With two more hits and two more RBIs, Wallace is hitting .400 with 11 runs driven in. The former Sun Devil has a hit in his first nine Double-A games.

Daniel Descalso continues to feast on Texas League pitching. The 2007 draft pick reached base three times with two hits and a walk. Descalso scored two runs and is now hitting .458 since being promoted.

Allen Craig hit his 22nd home run and finished the night with two hits and two runs driven in. Daryl Jones singled twice to raise his average to .312.

Starter Brandon Dickson was chased after four innings. "Cotton" was tagged for three runs on six hits and four walks. The Drillers scored five runs off Josh Dew, four of them coming off of Rick Guarno grand slam.

The Cardinals are now two games behind Northwest Arkansas with four games left.


RECORD: 38-28, 2nd place, 2.0 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to St. Lucie 2-1

Pete Kozma doubled in the first and scored the teams' only run. Adron Chambers singled twice and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

The rehabbing Colby Rasmus reached on a fielder's choice and flew out two left before striking out in his final at bat. In the field, Rasmus threw out a runner at third base.

Starter Blake King was charged with the loss after the Mets scored two off the right-hander. In his Florida State League debut, Samuel Freeman struck out four in two shutout innings.


RECORD: 32-32, 4th place, 7.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Shutout Burlington 1-0

Richard Castillo took the stingers out of the Bees on Thursday night. The "Phenom" dominated for eight shutout innings while Burlington managed only four hits against him. Castillo retired the last nine batters he faced. Jared Bradford picked up his first professional save after pitching a perfect ninth.

A day before his birthday, Carlos Pupo had two hits including a double. He was the only River Bandit with multiple hits. Pupo also stole a base.


RECORD: 33-33, 4th place tie, 8.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners over Williamsport 11-7

The Muckdogs exploded for seven runs in the third inning. In the inning, Xavier Scruggs started the scoring with a two-RBI single. That would be Scruggs only hit of the night but he did score two runs.

Charlie Cutler had four hits including a two-run home run in the sixth inning. It was his third long ball of the season.

Shane Peterson has definitely found his stroke. The second round pick collected another three hits and now has eight hits in his last three games.

The Batavia pitching staff sure made it interesting. Starter George Brown gave up four runs in his four innings of work. Thomas Eager was charged with a run in four innings. Daniel Richardson was only able to record two outs in the ninth before being lifted after serving up a two run home run.

Adam Reifer came in with two runners on to record the final out and pick up his 20th save of the season.


RECORD: 40-25, 2nd place, 0.5 GB


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Season Over

RECORD: 40-25, 2nd place, 0.5 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) -

RECORD: 17-38, 5th place, 16.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

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


DSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

RECORD: 27-39, Last Place, 15.0 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Richard Castillo

The 18 year old was fantastic with eight shutout innings. Castillo is now 8-4 with a 2.62 ERA for the River Bandits.



Minor League Player of the Day - Charlie Cutler

Cutler led the way for Batavia with four hits including a two-run home run.


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