The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/23

Brad Thompson picked up his second consecutive win Wednesday for the Memphis Redbirds. IN OTHER NEWS; Pete Kozma has another rough night; Palm Beach is knocked out of first place with their third straight loss; Steven Hill and Shane Peterson are leading their respective leagues in hitting; It's a battle for first place tonight in Springfield; the River Bandits are on fire; ...


Games Played Wednesday, April 22nd


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 3-1 over Nashville

The Redbirds jumped on Nashville in the first two innings and held on to win 3-1 Wednesday afternoon at AutoZone Park.

Memphis scored twice in the first inning thanks to four hits. Shane Robinson led off with a single and scored on Nick Stavinoha's double to left field. One batter later David Freese's single to left brought home Stavinoha and gave the ‘Birds a two-run lead. Matt Pagnozzi tacked on another run in the second with his first home run of the year, a solo shot to left.

Redbirds starter Brad Thompson was solid through five innings to earn his second Triple-A win. He allowed one run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts for his second win in as many starts. Jess Todd struck out three of the four batters he faced to notch his third save of the year.

Center fielder and leadoff man Shane Robinson keeps his bat above the .400 mark, going 1-for-3, yesterday afternoon, with a run scored. Robinson is hitting .409 with a .447 on-base-percentage. Allen Craig, a natural third baseman and one of the systems's best hitters, is getting playing time in the outfield to keep his bat in the lineup went 2-for-3 yesterday and he's hitting .357 this season.

With the win the Birds stay a half game back of Iowa in the PCL North Division standings. The ‘Birds and Sounds play tonight night with Blake Hawksworth scheduled to start for the home team against Nashville right-hander Tim Dillard. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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: 8-5, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - OFF DAY

There were no games scheduled in the Texas League Wednesday.

Springfield has two hitters in the Texas League's Top 10 for batting average. Steven Hill is leading the league with a .474 (18-for-38) while Daniel Descalso is number five at .409.

Starter Brad Furnish leads the Texas League with a 0.77 ERA and reliever Tyler Norrick ranks fifth in the league with a 1.74 ERA.

The Cardinals (7-5) open a four-game home stand tonight at 7:10 p.m. against Tulsa (7-5), in a battle for first place.

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 the Miracle 6-1

The Cardinals lost their third straight game Wednesday in another game filled with errors as the Miracles knock the Cardinals out of first place.

Starter Shaun Garceau suffered his second loss as he failed to get out of the third, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks.

Third baseman and leadoff man Jermaine Curtis had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, the only blemish on his night a fielding error. Outfielder Shane Peterson went 2-for-4, raising his batting average to league leading .425. Don't look now but outfielder Adron Chambers is off to a hot start and ranks second in the league, behind Peterson, with a .405 batting average and Jermaine Curtis is at #5 with a .390 average.

The Cardinals made three errors, with shortstop Pete Kozma committing his team high seventh error, (third in just two days) another throwing error and second baseman Colt Sedbrook also had a throwing error. The errors led to an unearned run.

PETE KOZMA WATCH: It pains me to continue to report the problems Kozma is having a Palm Beach, seven errors through his first 11 games and he's only hitting .222. Not the kind of start to a season, I was expecting from this former first round draft pick.

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: 7-5, Tied for 2nd Place, 1.0 GB - FSL South Division


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

Quad Cities' manager Steve Dillard managed his franchise-record 413th career game for the River Bandits on Wednesday night, and the River Bandits responded with a 4-2 win over the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field.

The offensive stars of the night include; leadoff and center fielder Paul Cruz, who went 2-for-3 with his second homer of the season. Catcher Blake Murphy, making his first start since coming off the DL, had two hits and two RBIs and shortstop Niko Vasquez, who may be pushing Pete Kozma back on the depth chart, had two hits and scored twice.

Starter Kevin Thomas allowed just one unearned run on two hits over four innings, while piggyback starter Hector Cardenas earned the win allowing just one run in two innings on the mound. Relievers Ramon Delgado and Casey Mulligan took it the rest of the way, combining for three innings of no-hit baseball to close the door as the Bandits move above the .500 mark for the first time this season.

After dropping their first four games of the season, the River Bandits have caught fire. Quad Cities is 6-1 in their last seven games, outscoring their opponents 45-23 in the process. The streak includes the first Quad Cities no-hitter since 2001 on April 15, a doubleheader sweep the same day, and a 15-2 win on Tuesday.

The River Bandits continue their road series in Beloit with game three of a four-game set on Thursday night 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: 6-5, 4th 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

Thompson picked up his second consecutive win for Memphis, giving up just one run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts through five innings.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jermaine Curtis

Curtis deserves his "props" after a 3-for-4 night raised his batting average to a Texas League 5th best, .390.



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