The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/22

Tuesday night, Steven "the King of the" Hill scored three times and tied a franchise record with five hits including his team leading fourth home run of the season. IN OTHER NEWS; Francisco Samuel earned his league leading fourth save; Shane Robinson and Shane Peterson continue to swing a couple of the hottest bats in the minor leagues; Kozma has a rough night; Palm Beach loses 16-6 and more...


Games Played Tuesday, April 21st


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Nashville 9-1

The Sounds had a future Hall of Famer on the hill with Trevor Hoffman making a rehab appearance for the club. Hoffman started the game and allowed one run on two hits with a walk on 18 pitches in his lone inning of work. Despite giving up a run Hoffman left the game with a lead after Joe Koshansky's two-run homer in the top of the first. Nashville scored six runs over the first three innings and never trailed. Memphis' lone run came off a Nick Stavinoha sacrifice fly that scored Shane Robinson.

Center fielder and leadoff batter Shane Robinson continues to swing the hottest bat in Memphis, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored last night. Robinson is hitting .415 with a .455 on-base-percentage, numbers that should be raising some eyebrows in the Cardinals front office.

Memphis starter Adam Ottavino was saddled with the loss giving up six runs on six hits in just 2.2 innings.

Memphis and Nashville will play again this afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The Redbirds send Brad Thompson to the hill to face the Sounds Nick Green.

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: 7-5, Last Place, 0.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 7-4 over Midland

It was the Cardinals "Hit Parade" Tuesday night, as the Redbirds had 17 hits, en-route to a 7-4 win over the Midland RockHounds.. The win for the Cards (7-5) gives them a share of first place in the North Division and gives them a 4-2 road trip, as they took two of three from both Frisco and Midland respectively.

Steve "the King of the" Hill, scored three times and tied a franchise record with five hits, including his team leading fourth home run and three doubles to lead the offense.

Starter Justin Fiske pitched five complete innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two, to pick his first win of the season. Closer Francisco Samuel earned his league leading fourth save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.

After a day off on today, the Redbirds return home on Thursday, as they open a four-game home stand against Tulsa.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 2-for-5 and scored two runs last night. He is currently hitting .289 with an amazing .475 on-base-percentage.

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


RECORD: 7-5, Tied for 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Fort Myers 16-6

Fort Myers scored eight runs in the fourth and another seven runs in the sixth to beat the Cardinals 16-6, to deny the Cardinals their chance to take sole possession of first place in the FSL South Division. Eight of the 16 runs scored by the Miracle were unearned.

Catcher Paul Vazquez had a good night offensively, going 3-for-4 with his first home run on the season and drove in three runs. Shane Peterson, the league leader in hitting, went 2-for-5 with an RBI and is currently hitting .417

The Cardinals used six pitchers with Thomas Eager getting tagged with the loss despite pitching only one inning. Eager gave up six runs, only three of them earned, on four hits and two walks. Nick Additon gave up seven runs, only two of them earned, on six hits and a walk

PETE KOZMA WATCH – Kozma had a rough night, making two throwing errors and went 0-for-3 at the plate, but did drive in a run with a sac fly.

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: 7-4, Tied for 1st Place - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 15-2 over Beloit

The Quad Cities River Bandits took advantage of seven Beloit errors and set season-highs with 15 runs and 11 hits on Tuesday night at Pohlman Field, to beat the Snappers 15-2.

The Bandits offense was led by a 2-for-5, four-RBI night by Osvaldo Morales and a 2-for-4, three-RBI performance by Chris Swauger.

Dave Carpenter earned the win for Quad Cities with 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Adam Veres started the game and allowed just one unearned run over 3.1 frames while Arquimedes Nieto added three scoreless frames as the piggyback starter. The only earned run was allowed by Casey Mulligan, who yielded three hits in the ninth inning.

The River Bandits continue their road series in Beloit tonight with game two of a four-game set at 6:30 p.m.

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


RECORD: 5-5, 5th Place, 2.5 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 - Francisco Samuel

The Springfield Cardinals closer earned his Texas League leading fourth-save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.



Minor League Player of the Day - Steven Hill

Hill scored three times and tied a franchise record with five hits, including his team leading fourth home run and three doubles to lead the offense.



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