Tony Cruz: Started at catcher and batted sixth. Went 4-for-6 with three doubles, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), and one run. (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 2) Behind the plate, he allowed two passed balls.
Jim Rapoport: Started in centerfield and batted eighth. Went 2-for-5 with one run, one walk, one stolen base, and two strikeouts (both swinging). (Runners left in scoring position with 2-outs: 1)
Blake King: Entered in the seventh and pitched 1.2 innings. Allowed two hits, one (earned) run, walking three (one intentional), and striking out one. (Pitches-strikes: 40-19) (ground out-fly out: 3-1) (inherited runners-scored: 2-0)
Honolulu Sharks fall to 2-1, but still first in the East Division.
The Sharks will again take on
Also participating: Tyler Herron
Began play September 19
'St. Louis Cardinals Adopt the Pitching Pad': link
Very interesting article on one of the new gadgets the Cardinals organization is experimenting with to assist the pitchers in their training this fall.
48 players participating: link
Begins play October 7
Mexican Pacific League
Begins play October 11
Begins play October 14
Exhibition play begins at the end of the week for the league.
Aguilas del Zulia announced that former VSL Cardinals infielder Marcos Chavez will be playing for the team during the 2008-09 season. He appeared in the Venezuelan Summer League from 2006-07 for the Cardinals squad and was later released.
Venezuelan Parallel League
Begins play mid-October
Numerous Cardinals' prospects expected to participate.
Begins play October 15.
After the 2008 Triple-A Mexican League season ended, Marti had signed a contract to play with Algodoneros de Guasave of the Mexican Pacific League, but things unraveled in the following weeks forcing the Cardinals organization to step in.
He talks about his disappointment in how his 2008 season turned out and how excited he is to be returning to Licey to help defend the Caribbean Sreies title for the 2008-09 season.
Begins play October 24
Begins play late-October
Players expected to participate: TBD
Puerto Rican League
Begins play November 6
Players tentatively expected to participate: Yadier Molina (injury may preclude) and Juan Gonzalez (free agent, invite in the mail)
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