Games Played Friday – April 10th
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Oklahoma City 4-2
The Redbirds tried to rally late when Bryan Anderson led off the bottom of the ninth with a pinch-hit home run and Shane Robinson singled to left to bring the tying run to the plate but RedHawks reliever Brian Gordon slammed the door shut retiring the next three batters in order to earn the save and hand Memphis their first loss of the year.
Memphis starter Adam Ottavino, the former 1st Round Draft Pick took the loss after allowing one run with three walks and five strikeouts in 5.1 innings. A good outing for a kid that has struggled with his control and mechanics, it's tough to see him take a loss for his efforts Friday night.
Shane Robinson continues to make a good impression, batting leadoff and going 3-for5, in the losing cause. Robinson is making a case for the St. Louis Cardinals to give him serious consideration for a spot on the Major League roster in 2010.
Shortstop Tyler Greene, who I had as a dark horse candidate to break spring training with the big league club, went 2-for-5 with a home run. Bryan Anderson also went deep to keep the Redbirds in the game.
COMING UP: P.J. Walters will take the mound for Memphis Saturday. Walters has positioned himself to be the first starter that could get the call to St. Louis if the Cardinals need someone for a spot start.
TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Bryan Anderson (#3), Jess Todd (#4), Mitchell Boggs (#8), Jon Jay (#10), Clayton Mortensen (#11), Adam Ottavino (#13), Allen Craig (#14), Tyler Greene (#17), P.J. Walters (#23), Nick Stavinoha (#30), and Shane Robinson (#33).
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Frisco 10-0
Just one night after the Cardinals pounded out 16 runs and 17 hits, the RoughRiders ran roughshod over Springfield Friday night beating them 10-0, shutting out the Cardinals, holding Springfield's offense to just five hits.
Cards' starter Justin Fiske (0-1) was tagged with the loss after he gave up seven earned runs on five hits, including a two run homer in the second inning and seven walks while striking out three in 5.1 innings on the mound.
Held to just five hits, not much to write home about other than Brett Wallace, went 0-2, but was hit by a pitch three times.
WELCOME BACK THE OLD: Of the 24 players on the roster, 13 spent time in Springfield in 2008. The Cards will be led by 3B Brett Wallace and OF Daryl Jones, both of whom are ranked by the Birdhouse as top-5 prospects within the St. Louis farm system. Besides the rotation, the other returnees to the Springfield roster include catcher Steven Hill, first basemen Andrew Brown and Brandon Buckman, infielders Daniel Descalso and Donovan Solano and outfielder Jim Rapoport.
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated Jupiter 3-1
The Cardinals won their second straight game Friday night, beating the Jupiter Hammerheads 3-1.
Starter Brian Broderick pitched three complete innings, giving up only one run on four hits, while striking out six batters without walking anyone. Broderick did not factor into the decision. Blake King picked up the Cardinals second win of the season, on in relief, pitching a scoreless, no-hit frame in the eighth, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Adam Reifer earned his first save of the season with a scoreless frame in the ninth, retiring three of the four batters he face, the only blemish on the scorecard, Reifer walked one batter, but struck out two of the other three.
First baseman Francisco Rivera lead the offense, going three-for-four with a double and two RBIs to put him into contention for Player of the Day honors.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: The former 1st Round Draft Pick went 2-for-4 with an error.
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Wisconsin 10-1
The Quad Cities River Bandits were battered by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and cold weather Friday evening, falling behind early in a 10-1 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Baseball in Wisconsin in early April, it's cold trust me.
Osvaldo Morales singled and scored to get the River Bandits on the board in the top of the second but that was the only runs that would cross the plate in the embarrassing loss.
Starter Scott McGregor (0-1), the first of six Quad Cities pitchers on the night, suffered the loss after allowing six runs - five earned - on seven hits in just 1.2 innings of work.
Quad Cities (0-2) will look to avoid a series sweep on Saturday afternoon after mustering just two runs and nine hits through their first two games of the 2009 season,
The River Bandits added RHP Andres Rosales to the roster Friday and he is scheduled to appear as the piggyback starter on Saturday. Rosales made four appearances for Quad Cities early in 2008 and posted a 3.21 ERA before being sent down to Extended Spring Training. He battled injuries as the season went on and went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings the rest of the way for the GCL Cardinals and Johnson City. Rosales takes the roster spot of RHP Deryk Hooker, who was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse.
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - The Muckdogs will begin the defense of their NYPL Championship Title on June 19th when they host Auburn at home.
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - The Cardinals will open the season on the road in Kingsport on Tuesday, June 23rd. The Cardinals will play a three game series with the Mets before the action comes to Howard Johnson Field on Friday, June 26th when the Cardinals play host to the Burlington Royals in the 2009 home opener.
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Season starts mid-June
VSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts mid-May
DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts near the end of May
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Blake King
Picked up the second win for the Palm Beach Cardinals with a scoreless, no-hit frame in the eighth inning, striking out two of the tree batters he faced.
Minor League Player of the Day - Francisco Rivera
The Palm Beach Cardinals first baseman led the offense Friday, going three-for-four with a double and two RBIs to pave the way for the Cardinals second straight win.
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