Games Played Saturday, April 18th
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Oklahoma City 8-3
Shortstop Tyler Greene had another good day at the plate Saturday, batting in the leadoff spot and going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Allen Craig continues to hit above .400, going 2-for-2 with a double and two walks. Joe Mather continues to struggle with another 0-for-5 day as his batting average dips to .065.
Starter Blake Hawksworth pitched five complete innings, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks as he suffered the loss and falls to 1-1 on the season with a 3.90 ERA. Hawksworth earned the win in his first start of the season against New Orleans allowing two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts over five innings. The right-hander held a winning record for the first time in a Memphis uniform after posting losing records in 2007 and 2008 for the ‘Birds.
ROSTER MOVES: Right-hander Josh Kinney was optioned from St. Louis Friday in order to make room for P.J. Walters. Kinney had appeared in three games for the Cardinals this season giving up four runs in 2.2 innings with four walks and one strikeout. He pitched for the Redbirds in 2005 and 2006 before having Tommy John surgery in 2007.
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: 6-3, 1st Place - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 4-2 over Frisco
The Springfield Cardinals took the rubber game of their three-game series with Frisco on Saturday night, holding on for a 4-2 win over the RoughRiders at Dr. Pepper Ballpark to stay in a three-way tie for first place in the Texas League North Division.
Springfield starter Brad Furnish picked up the win, giving up just two runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk, through 6 2/3 innings. Going into Saturday's game, the Cardinals' pitching staff walked eight more batters last night and continued to lead the league in walks issued, with 56 in just eight games. Furnish had walked five in his first outings, so his performance in yesterday's game comes with a sigh of relief.
Speaking of relief, Francisco Samuel picked up his third save of the season, despite a 10.80 ERA, pitching a scoreless frame in the ninth.
Second baseman Daniel Descalso continues to swing a hot bat as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run score, raising his batting average to .371. Steven Hill and Antonio Dejesus also had two hits on the day.
The Cards move to 5-4 with the win, while Frisco falls to 5-4. Looking for two straight and three of four on the road trip, the Redbirds send Tyler Herron (0-1) to the mound on Sunday afternoon in the series-opener at Midland.
BRETT WALLACE WATCH: The top prospect went 0-for-4, avoiding a 0-for-5 day with a walk, as his batting average falls to .242.
FORMER CARDINALS MAKE MLB DEBUT: Luke Gregerson and Luis Perdomo, both members of the 2008 Springfield bullpen, have gone on to make major league debuts in the last week. Gregerson, who was the player to be named later as part of the Khalil Greene trade, skipped Triple-A and went straight to San Diego. Thus far, Gregerson has appeared in five games in relief, surrendering two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and four walks over six innings. Perdomo, who was selected by the San Francisco Giants in last December's Rule 5 Draft, was claimed off of waivers by San Diego late last week. Perdomo made his major league debut on Wednesday in New York vs. the Mets, allowing a solo home run to Carlos Delgado, before retiring three of the next four hitters.
RECORD: 5-4, Three-way Tie for 1st - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 3-2 over Charlotte
The Cardinals improved to league best record of 7-2 and with their 3-2 win over the Snow Crabs Saturday.
Starter Mark Diapoules did not factor into the decision after pitching four complete innings, giving up two runs on one hit and four walks (those walks will kill you every time), while striking out two. Thomas Eager picked up his first win, facing just four batters, with a scoreless frame in the fifth as piggyback starter Ryan Kulik earned his first save.
For the record, you can throw away stats for pitchers in the Cardinals minor league system as they continue to use this piggyback rotation at the lower levels of the organization.
Offensively, it was the infield getting the job done; first baseman Curt Smith went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .344. Second baseman Jose Garcia scored two of the three runs with third baseman Jermaine Curtis scoring the other run.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: Did Not Play
RECORD: 7-2, 1st Place - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Peoria 8-5
The Bandits four-game winning streak came to an abrupt halt Saturday night as they lost to the Peoria Chiefs 8-5 at home at Modern Woodmen Park.
George Brown suffered the loss for Quad Cities, giving up four runs, - three earned, on five hits in three innings of work. Of note, Kevin Thomas pitched two shutout innings in relief and has failed to give up a run this season, appearing in three games and pitching six complete innings. Gary Daley gave up three home runs, allowing a total of four runs on four hits while controlling the damage with six strikeouts.
First baseman Osvaldo Morales went deep for the Bandits with a two run blast in the seventh as Quad Cities tried to battled back from an 8-1 deficit. The scoring was spread out among the first five batters in the lineup, all scoring a run in the 8-5 loss.
RECORD: 4-5, 5th 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 - Brad Furnish
Furnish gave the Springfield Cardinals a quality start and worked into the seventh inning Saturday to pick up the win.
Minor League Player of the Day - Tyler Greene
Greene went 3-for-5 with a double an RBI and run scored. The once, St. Louis Cardinals shortstop of the future, could be so again if he continues to play as he has this spring and at the start of this season.
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