The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/20

Memphis, Springfield & Palm Beach all suffered losses Sunday as Quad Cities' final game in their first home stand was postponed because of rain. Clayton Mortensen deserved a better fate than a loss and Springfield's center fielder and leadoff man James Rapoport scored three times and drove in two more runs in Cardinals 12-8 loss to Midland. IN THE NEWS; Brett Wallace, Allen Craig, Jose Garcia...


Games Played Sunday, April 19th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Oklahoma 6-0

Oklahoma held Memphis to just three hits Sunday as the Redbirds were shutout 6-0 and fell out of first place, a half game back of Iowa.

Clayton Mortensen, who picked up the win in his first start of the season against New Orleans last Tuesday, suffered the loss, despite giving up just two runs, only one of them earned through seven innings. Mortensen scattered six hits as he walked three and struck out five in Sunday's disappointing loss.

Centerfielder and leadoff man Shane Robinson had two of the three Memphis hits, going 2-for-3 and taking a walk to raise his batting average to .429.

Outfielder and slugger Joe Mather continues to struggle at the plate as he went 0-for-3 as his batting average drops to .059

WHO's HOT? Allen Craig led the Pacific Coast League over the last week with a .615 on-base percentage. Craig leads Memphis and is fourth in the league with a .514 on-base- percentage for the year.

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: 6-4, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Midland 12-8

The Dogs were barking Sunday as the Midland RockHounds battled back from a pair of two-run deficits, in the first game of a three-game set, to take down the Springfield Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, for a 12-8 win at Citibank Ballpark in Midland.

Starter Tyler Herron lasted just two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on a couple of walks, four hits, including a three-run homer. The bullpen added fuel to the fire allowing eight more runs before the day was over.

Leadoff man and centerfielder James Rapoport scored three times and drove in two, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk in Sunday's contest.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Walked three times and went 0-for-2 as his batting average dips to .229, but with 11 walks to his credit, "the Hitman" has an impressive .471 on-base-percentage.

The Redbirds fall to 5-5 with the loss, now a game back of Tulsa in the North Division. Springfield will send Kyle Mura (0-0) to the hill against Midland's Graham Godfrey (0-1) on Monday night in the middle-game of the three-game set. Game time on Monday from Midland is 6:30 p.m.

POWER OUTAGE: The Cards' offense hasn't homered since Steven Hill's second-inning blast on 4/13 against Midland. The Cardinals have just five home runs this year, but none over their last five games.

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


RECORD: 5-5, Tied for 2nd Place, 1.0 GB - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Charlotte 6-3

The Snow Crabs bounced back from an early 3-0 deficit in the first to beat Palm Beach 6-3 in front of a crowd of just 917 at Roger Dean Stadium Sunday. Wow, in first place, off to a 7-2 start, with eight of our Top 40 Prospects on the roster and the team draws just 917 fans to the ballpark.

Starter Brian Broderick took the loss, his first, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two.

First baseman Curt Smith hit a three-run homer in the first to give Palm Beach a 3-0 lead that they couldn't hold. Second baseman Jose Garcia was the only Cardinal to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 as the Redbirds were outhit 13-6.

PETE KOZMA WATCH: Pete went 0-for-4 Sunday as his batting average drops to .256.

WHO's HOT?: Outfielder Shane Peterson (.417) and second baseman Jose Garcia (.429) are both hitting over .400 through the first 10 games of the season.

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: 7-3, 1st Place - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - POSTPONED RAIN

Sunday's game at Woodmen Park was postponed, prematurely ending the series between the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Peoria Chiefs. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Peoria during a series in mid-May, with the official date yet to be determined.

Quad Cities concludes their season-opening homestand with a 4-2 record after taking two of three from both the Beloit Snappers and the Chiefs. The River Bandits have an off day on Monday before hitting the road and heading to Beloit for a four-game set at Pohlman Field against the Snappers.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Sunday's ballgame would have marked the 412th career game that Steve Dillard has managed for the Quad Cities franchise, tying the franchise mark set by Eddie Rodriguez with the Quad Cities Angels from 1987-89. Dillard spent the 1993-94 seasons managing the Astros-affiliated Quad City River Bandits before his long baseball career brought him back to Davenport as a hitting coach for the Swing of the Quad Cities in 2006 and then as the manager for the Quad Cities River Bandits since 2008. With a career record of 185-226, Dillard is also poised to break the franchise records for career wins (210) and losses (233) this season.

WHO's HOT?: OF Paul Cruz has provided the River Bandits with a spark out of the leadoff spot, hitting safely in six of his seven games this year and scoring runs in five of them— including four in a row. A 40th round pick in 2008 out of the University of Tampa, Cruz is 9-for-24 (.375) with five runs, four RBI and six walks.

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


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 - Clayton Mortensen

Mortensen was tagged with the Memphis Redbirds loss on Sunday, despite giving up just two runs, one earned, through seven innings. He deserved a better fate, but his teammates could only muster up three hits against Oklahoma City.



Minor League Player of the Day - James Rapoport

Sunday, Rapoport did all he could do to try to lead the Springfield Cardinals to a victory, as scored three times, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk and two RBIs on the day.


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