The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/14

Palm Beach starter Shaun Garceau pitched five complete shutout innings, giving up only one hit and a walk, while striking out three, but did not factor into the decision, in the Cards 4-3 win over Jupiter. IN THE NEWS; Quad Cities home opener rained out; Memphis winners 5-2 over New Orleans; Springfield blows early lead; Daryl Jones day-to-day; Brett "the Hitman" Wallace goes 0-for-4 and more...


Games Played Monday, April 13, 2009


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 5-2 over New Orleans

The Memphis Redbirds used a three-run third inning to beat New Orleans 5-2 Monday night at AutoZone Park, to pick up their third win of the season.

Shortstop Tyler Greene put Memphis on the board early, with his second home run of the season coming with a solo blast in the bottom of the first inning. The Redbirds then took advantage of four hits and a walk to rack up all the runs they needed in the third inning. With two outs Nick Stavinoha, Allen Craig and Jarrett Hoffpauir all delivered RBI-singles in order to give Memphis a 4-2 advantage after three. The Redbirds added an insurance run in the eighth when Craig singled and scored on Shane Robinson's fielder's choice. Craig and Jon Jay each finished the night with two hits.

Starter Blake Hawksworth earned the win with five innings of work, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six. Closer Chris Perez pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth and picked up his second save.

The Zephyrs and Redbirds meet for the second game of the series at 7PM Tuesday at AutoZone Park. New Orleans will start Ryan Tucker against Clayton Mortensen.

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).


RECORD: 3-1, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Midland 7-3

The Cardinals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but Midland responded with three runs in the fourth to take the lead back and held on to it for a 7-3 over Springfield.

Offensively, Brett Wallace took the night off from third base and was in the lineup as the Cardinals designated hitter. He went 0-4, striking out all four times, walking once and eventually scored. Outfielder Steven Hill hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second. The only Cardinal to have a hit in every game this season, second baseman Daniel Descalso, went 1-for-3 on the night. The Cardinals loss could be contributed to the team going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and leaving 10 runners stranded on the bases.

Starter Tyler Herron was tagged with the loss after he allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out four, in five and a third innings.

The Cardinals have some bullpen issues in the first week of the season. Going into last night's game issued 16 walks, hitting three batters and throwing five wild pitches in their last 12 2/3 innings. Springfield blew multiple leads in last Sunday night's game, as they were unable to hold on to 4-2 and 5-4 leads respectively.

COMING UP: As we reported earlier as a Hot News item, first baseman Mark Hamilton is expected to rejoin the team on Tuesday.

DARYL JONES UPDATE: Cards' left-fielder Daryl Jones suffered a bruise on his right cheek yesterday, as he was hit by a pitch by Midland's James Heuser. After laying on the ground motionless for ten seconds, Jones eventually popped up and attempted to make his way to first base. He was removed from the game for precautionary reasons, and will be out of the starting lineup today just as a precaution. His status is day-to-day.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Brett Wallace (#2), Daryl Jones (#5), Francisco Samuel (#19), Tyler Herron (#25), and Steven Hill (#29).


RECORD: 2-3, Three-way tie for second or last place, depending on how you want to look at it, Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 4-3 over Jupiter in 10

The Cardinals overcame three fielding errors to beat the Jupiter Hammerheads 4-3 in 10 innings Monday night.

Leadoff man and third baseman Jermaine Curtis reached base four times, going 3-for-5 with a walk, while scoring once. Curtis off to a hot start, is hitting .412 (7-for-17). Outfielder Tommy Pham and catcher Paul Vasquez, each had two hits on the night to help pace the offense. The Cardinals scored their runs on RBIs by Curtis, Pham, Francisco Rivera & Charles Kingrey.

Starter Shaun Garceau, who did not factor into the decision, had one of the best starts in the organization this season, giving up only one hit through five frames before turning the game over to the Cardinals' bullpen. A comer that should be considered a rising star and a future Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect, Richard Castillo, pitched two scoreless frames. Samuel Freemen picked up his first win with a scoreless 1.1 inning, with Adam Reifer earning his second save.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Pete Kozma (#12), Richard Castillo (#15), Lance Lynn (#18), Nick Additon (#21), Adam Reifer (#22), Shaun Garceau (#28), David Kopp (#34) and Curt Smith (#39).


RECORD: 3-1, Tied for 1st Place FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - POSTPONED RAIN

The Quad Cities River Bandits scheduled home-opener against the Beloit Snappers has been postponed due to rain.

The 2009 home schedule will now begin on Tuesday night with a 7:00 p.m. game against the Beloit Snappers. The contest will be the first Economic Stimulus Night of the season, featuring 2-for-1 tickets for everybody and a free hot dog, soda and bag of chips for all kids 12 and under.

Monday's rainout will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game will be begin as scheduled at 11:00 a.m. The twin bill will consist of two seven-inning games with a half-hour break in between.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Niko Vasquez (#16), Deryk Hooker (#27), Jon Edwards (#32), Arquimedes Nieto (#38) and Ryde Rodriguez (#40)


RECORD: Last Place, MID Western Division


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 - Shaun Garceau

Palm Beach Cardinals starter Shaun Garceau, who led the team with eight wins last season, pitched five complete scoreless innings Monday night, giving up only one hit and a walk, while striking out three, but ended up with a no-decision for his efforts.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jermaine Curtis

The Palm Beach Cardinals' leadoff man and third baseman Jermaine Curtis reached base four times, going 3-for-5 with a walk, while scoring once, in Monday's 4-3 win over Jupiter.


Minor League Related Links (R)

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: regular season – from Brian Walton's blog, The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Shelve 11 Minor Leaguers by Brian Walton

The Cards Extended Invitee List to Extended by Brian Walton

The Cardinals add 36 to Extended Spring Training by Brian Walton


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