Games Played Wednesday, April 15th
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to New Orleans 9-3
The New Orleans offense exploded for seven runs in the first inning en route to their 9-3 win over Memphis Wednesday night at AutoZone Park.
The Zephyrs pounded out six hits in the opening frame off emergency starter Katsuhiko Maekawa. The Redbirds scheduled starter Mitchell Boggs was recalled by St. Louis earlier in the day. Nick Stavinoha provided the bulk of the Memphis offense with his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the sixth. Shane Robinson went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .391.
Maekawa was pinned with the loss giving up eight runs on 11 hits over five innings with a Redbirds season-best eight strikeouts.
P.J. Walters is expected to be promoted to St. Louis Friday to make a spot start against the Chicago Cubs.
TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Bryan Anderson (#3), Jess Todd (#4), 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: 4-2, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB, - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Off Day
After Wednesday's day off Justin Fiske will head to the mound for Springfield tonight to take on Kasey Kiker at 7:00 PM at Frisco, in what looks like a mismatch on paper. Fiske is 0-1 with an 11.81 ERA and Kiker is 1.0 with an ERA of 0.00.
Cards' left-fielder Daryl Jones suffered a bruise on his right cheek in Sunday night's game, 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 was held out of Monday's & Tuesday's games and is expected to be back in the lineup on tonight at Frisco.
RECORD: 3-3, Three-way Tie for 1st Place - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 5-2 over Sarasota
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first and added four more runs in the seventh to take a 5-0 lead into the ninth. The bullpen gave up a couple of runs before closing the game out for a 5-2 win over the Reds.
Shortstop Pete Kozma lead the offense, going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Kozma is hitting .308 after last night's game.
RECORD: 5-1, 1st Place - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Sweep a Double-Header
GAME ONE: The big news in the minor leagues last night, St. Louis Cardinals prospects Hector Cardenas and Kevin Thomas combined for a seven-inning no-hitter as the River Bandits beat the Beloit Snappers, 3-0, at home, in the first game of a doubleheader, for Quad Cities first victory this season.
Cardenas struck out four over five perfect frames to earn the win in his 2009 debut. He threw 47 pitches and induced six grounders and five fly balls before handing off to Thomas in the sixth. Thomas struck out one and walked a batter over two scoreless frames to seal the rare no-hit bid and pick up his first save on the season.
Wednesday's designated hitter Chris Swauger hit a leadoff homer, his first of the year to give the Bandits all the runs they would need in game one. Left-fielder and leadoff man Paul Cruz, who went 3-for-3 on the night, added an RBI single in the fifth. Catcher Roberto Espinoza went 2-for-3 and added an RBI in the sixth.
GAME TWO: It's hard to top a no-hitter, but sweeping a doubleheader after starting the season 0-4 is pretty sweet. After picking up the first win column on Wednesday afternoon, the Bandits doubled up on Beloit with a 6-3 victory to sweep the twin bill against the Beloit Snappers at Modern Woodmen Park.
In the nightcap, Adam Veres (1-0) earned the win out of the bullpen with 1.2 perfect innings in relief of starter Arquimedes Nieto, who struck out six over 4.1 frames. Casey Mulligan fanned two in a perfect seventh inning to earn his first save.
The Bandits scored six runs, despite only one extra-base hit on the night, an RBI double by Domnit Bolivar in the third. Niko Vazquez crossed home plate twice to lead the Bandits scoring.
RECORD: 2-4, 6th Place, 3.0 GB - 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 - Hector Cardenas
Tossed a five inning no hitter to pave the way for the River Bandits to get in the win column for the first time this season.
Minor League Player of the Day - Pete Kozma
Kozma looked like a first round draft pick Wednesday night, going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored to raise his batting average to .308
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