The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/21

Steven Hill belted two home runs and scored three times to lead the Springfield Cardinals to a win. Converted reliever Jess Todd, a quick learner, retired all six batters he faced in the final two innings of Monday night's game to pick up his second save for Memphis. IN THE NEWS: Brett Wallace, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Tyler Greene, and Shane Robinson.


Games Played Monday, April 20


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 4-2 over Oklahoma City

The Redbirds overcame two errors and took the lead twice to hold on for a 4-2 win over Redhawks Monday at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. The Redbirds scored twice in the seventh inning on one hit and two errors to regain the lead and earn the four game series split.

Starter Katsuhiko Maekawa pitched four shutout innings, scattering four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Royce Ring was tagged with a blown save before picking up the win. Newly converted reliever Jess Todd pitched the final two innings, retiring all six batters that he faced.

Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir reached base four times, including two walks and two hits to lead the Memphis offense. Shortstop Tyler Greene and first baseman Nick Stavinoha also had two base hits on the night.

Leadoff man Shane Robinson went 0-for-3 as his eight game hitting streak came to an end Monday night.

THE PAIN: Outfielder Joe Mather went 0-for-4, striking out once as his batting average falls to .053. ROSTER MOVE: Brian Barton was traded Monday to Atlanta for reliever Blaine Boyer.

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: 7-4, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 9-4 over Midland

Springfield's catcher, Steven "the King of the" Hill, hit two, two-run homers Monday night to lead the Cardinals to a 9-4 win over the RockHounds to even the three-game series at a game apiece. Hill must love dogs, in five games against the RockHounds this season, he is 9-for-19 (.475) with three HR, two doubles and eight RBI (with a slugging percentage of 1.053).

For the record, going into Monday night's game the Cards' offense hasn't homered since Steven Hill's second-inning blast on 4/13 against Midland. The Cardinals have just seven home runs this year, including Hill's three home runs to date.

Starter Kyle Mura picked up his first win of the season, pitching scattering seven hits over six innings, giving up four runs while striking out three and did not give up any free passes. Reliever Tyler Norrick was credited with his third hold with two shutout innings in relief and Kristhiam Linares closed out the game in a non-save situation with a scoreless frame in the ninth.

The Cards (6-5), now tied with Tulsa for the North Division lead, send Justin Fiske (0-1) to the mound on Tuesday night in the rubber game of the series. Midland will counter with right-hander Jason Fernandez (1-1), with game time set for 6:30pm from Midland.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett "the Hitman" Wallace got back to doing what he does best, hit the ball, as he went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored to raise his batting average to .275 and his on-base-percentage to an extraordinary .482 after 11 games.

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


RECORD: 6-5, Tied for 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - OFF DAY

The first place Cardinals (7-3) had the day off Monday as they prepare for a three-game set with second place Miracle (6-4) as the battle for bragging rights in the FSL South Division gets underway today in Fort Myers.

Outfielder Shane Peterson is leading the FSL with a .419 batting average, with an impressive .500 on-base-percentage. Second baseman Jose Garcia who doesn't qualify with enough bats for the batting title, playing in just five games to date, is also hitting above .400 with a .429 mark.

PETE KOZMA WATCH: Off to a very rough start, the former first round draft pick is hitting just .256 with a disappointing .268 on-base-percentage and trails only center fielder Tommy Pham (11) with 10 strikeouts. Kozma also leads the team with four errors.

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) - OFF DAY

The River Bandits have had a couple of days off due to the postponed game on Sunday and the scheduled off day yesterday.

The River Bandits fell short in their bid for a fifth straight win on Saturday night, falling to the Peoria Chiefs by an 8-5 score at Modern Woodmen Park. Peoria jumped on top early with three runs in the first, as Josh Vitters drove in two with a triple and then came around to score. The score was 4-1 when the Chiefs began playing longball, as Ryan Flaherty and Luis Flores hit back-to-back homers in the sixth and Kyler Burke added a solo shot in the seventh to push the lead to 8-1. Quad Cities made things interesting in the seventh, pulling to within 8-5 thanks to a two-run single by Charlie Cutler and a mammoth two-run homer by Osvaldo Morales, but it was too little too late. Erik Hamren squashed the rally and closed the door, retiring all seven men he faced to earn the save for the Chiefs.

The Bandits are on the road tonight to take on Beloit with tandem starters Kevin Thomas and Hector Cardenas scheduled to take the mound.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS: When today's ballgame becomes official, manager Steve Dillard will have tied the franchise record for career games managed.

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 - Jess Todd

Todd, who has been converted to a reliever is apparently a fast learner as he pitched the final two innings of the Memphis Redbirds' game Monday night, retiring all six batters that he faced, to pick up his second save.



Steven "the King of the" Hill

Hill belted two home runs and scored three times to lead the Springfield Cardinals to a 9-4 win.

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