The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/18

Brad Thompson picked up a win for Memphis Friday night, as Quad Cities improves to 4-4 with another win, after an 0-4 start. Palm Beach Cardinals' Catcher, Paul Vazquez, had an impressive night at the plate, including an exciting rare triple by the catcher. The Cardinals continued to make roster moves Friday as the season begins to heat up.


Games Played Friday, 04/17


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 6-1 over Oklahoma City

The Redbirds sent Brad Thompson to the mound Friday night. Brad Thompson joined the Redbirds after he posted a record of 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four relief outings for the Cardinals this season. The right-hander went 1-1 in three starts for Memphis last season.

The Redbirds and Thompson spoiled the Oklahoma City Redhawks home opener Friday night, beating them 6-1 at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Shane Robinson went 2-4 with two runs scored, including a double and a run in the first inning to pace Memphis in the win. Robinson hit the second pitch from Elizardo Ramirez to centerfield for a leadoff double in the opening frame and came home to score four batters later on a wild pitch. Allen Craig followed with a run scoring single to drive in Jon Jay and stake Memphis to a 2-0 lead, adding four more insurance runs before the night was over.

Brad Thompson picked up the win for Memphis, giving up just one run on two hits, including a home run while striking out three through five. The bullpen; Ian Ostlund & Charlie Manning combined for four shutout innings, innings in relief.

ROSTER MOVES: P.J. Walters has had his contract purchased by St. Louis. Walters lone outing for the Redbirds this season came against Oklahoma City when he pitched seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts last Saturday. He made his major league debut earlier Friday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Josh Kinney was sent down to Memphis to complete the roster move.

COMING UP: The Redbirds and Redhawks will meet in game two of this four game series Saturday evening at 7:05 pm. Derek Holland makes his second start of the season for Oklahoma City, and is slated to face off against Blake Hawksworth for Memphis at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

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: 6-2, 1st Place - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Frisco 7-5

The RoughRiders scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to beat Springfield 7-5 Friday night in front of over 10,000 fans at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.

To their credit the Cardinals battled back from a 5-0 deficit at the end of the fourth, scoring four runs in the fifth and another one in the sixth, but could keep Frisco from stopping the Cardinals two-game winning streak.

Starter Brandon Dickson pitched five complete innings, allowing five runs, four of them earned on six hits and five walks while striking out two, but escaped getting tagged with a loss, getting a no-decision for his time on the mound Friday. Elvis Hernandez took the loss, giving up two runs in just two-thirds of an inning.

Offensively, shortstop Mike Folli & Antonio Dejesus each had two RBIs to lead the Redbirds offense.

Springfield falls to 4-4 with the loss, while the Riders improve to 4-4. The Cards and the Riders match up in the rubber game of the series on Saturday night. Brad Furnish (0-0) will take on Frisco's Jared Hyatt (0-0) in the series-finale. Game time is set for 7:00pm in Frisco.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: The Cardinals Top Prospect went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

DARYL JONES UPDATE: In his second game back, after being hit in the head by a pitch last Sunday, Jones played in left and went 0-for-4 on the night, striking out once. Jones is currently hitting .381, even after the 0-for-4 night.

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


RECORD: 4-4, Three-way Tie for 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Charlotte 7-6

Palm Beach had a 6-2 lead going into the seventh, but the Charlotte Snow Crabs scored five runs in the eighth to send the Cardinals home with their second loss of the season, by the score of 7-6.

Shaun Garceau was tagged with the loss, his first on the year and Samuel Freeman ended up with his first blown save.

Catcher Paul Vazquez had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk and two runs scored. Second baseman Jose Garcia, in just his third game for Palm Beach, went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Shortstop Pete Kozma had a base hit, an RBI and score twice.

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: 6-2, 1st Place - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners over Peoria 4-2

The Bandits rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth on Friday night, to secure their fourth straight win with a 4-2 victory over the Peoria Chiefs at Modern Woodmen Park. The win moves Quad Cities, now 4-4 to the .500 mark for the first time this season after their four straight losses to start the 09 campaign.

Piggyback starter Andres Rosales, who was called up to the Quad Cities on April 10 after Deryk Hooker was placed on the suspended list, picked up his first win this season, giving up just one run after he struck out five over four innings. Starter Chuckie Fick turned in a solid start, allowing one run on just five hits in his four innings on the mound. Reliever Casey Mulligan picked up his second save, with a scoreless frame in the ninth, after working around a couple of walks and striking out two.

The offensive star of the night, Paul Cruz, the Bandits leadoff man and left-fielder, hit his first home run of the season and had a 2-for-4 night to see his batting average rise to .421 on the season. DH Chris Swauger had the other multi-hit night for Quad Cities, Swauger went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a walk to his credit.

INJURY REPORT: Catcher Blake Murphy is currently on the DL due to soreness in his right elbow.

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


RECORD: 4-4, 5th Place, 2.0 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 - Brad Thompson

In his first start for Memphis, Thompson was effective through five innings, giving up only one run on two hits, one of the hits a home run.



Minor League Player of the Day - Paul Vazquez

The Palm Beach Cardinals catcher Paul Vazquez had a big night at the plate, especially for a catcher, going 2-for-3 with an exciting rare triple, a walk and two runs scored to help keep his team close in the Cardinals 7-6 loss to Charlotte.


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