The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/25

Jermaine Curtis drove in six runs for the Palm Beach Cardinals Friday night.


Games Played Friday, April 24


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 2-1 over Nashville

Memphis earned a series split with Nashville Friday night at AutoZone Park with a 2-1 walk-off victory.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth Joe Mather delivered the game winning hit that scored Nick Stavinoha from second base. Stavinoha had singled to lead off the inning. Mather drove in both Memphis runs in the game and now has a three-game hit streak following a 0-for-20 slump.

Pitching dominated the first four innings of the game with neither starter allowing a hit. Nashville's Lindsay Gulin pitched five no-hit innings before being lifted for former Redbird Matt Ginter. Redbirds starter Clayton Mortensen pitched four no-hit innings before leaving in the seventh. Jess Todd earned the win in relief for the ‘Birds tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

NEWS OF NOTE: Trevor Hoffman, who was on major league rehab, gave up a run on two hits in his one inning of work.

Memphis hits the road tonight for a four-game trip to Round Rock with tomorrow night's game scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at The Dell Diamond.

ON THE DL: Katsuhiko Maekawa was placed on the 7-Day DL

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: 9-6, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 6-5 over Tulsa

In a continuing battle for first place Springfield won their fourth straight game Friday night with a 6-5 victory over the Tulsa Drillers. Brett "the Hitman" Wallace was the night's hero with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. The Cards rallied from four runs down for a second straight game, extending Springfield's winning streak to a season-best four straight games. With the win the Cardinals take a two-game division lead over Tulsa.

Thursday night Springfield rallied from a 5-1 deficit, defeating the Tulsa Drillers by a score of 10-6. Jim Rapoport connected for his first home run of the year, a fifth-inning grand slam to tie the game. Daniel Descalso also homered for Springfield Thursday, his second. Springfield reliever Pete Parise (1-1) got the win, while Francisco Samuel earned his league-leading fifth save.

Outfielder Daryl Jones went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored to keep the Cardinals in the game until Wallace sent the sold out crowd a Hammons field home after witnessing a walk-off homer.

Starter Brad Furnish gave up three runs on three runs and six walks in five innings of work. Francisco Samuel picked up his win of the year to go with his five saves despite blowing the lead in the ninth.

The Redbirds look for their fifth straight on Saturday afternoon at 2:10pm. Starter Tyler Herron (0-1) will be looking for his first win this season.

ROSTER MOVES: Right-handed reliever Eddie Degerman joined the club Thursday afternoon and has officially been added to the roster. Degerman replaces Kenny Maiques who struggled in five appearances this year, with a 0-1 record, a 14.73 ERA and 13 walks in 3 2/3 innings. Degerman joins the club from Extended Spring Training in Florida. Last season, Degerman went 3-1 with a 5.96 ERA in 24 appearances (five starts). He was drafted out of Rice University in the fourth round of the 2006 June Draft.

KING OF THE HILL: Steven Hill went 1-for-4 Friday night to extend his hitting streak to nine games as hit batting averaged took a slight dip to .435.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 2-for-4, including his third home run on the year, with a walk, raising his batting average to a respectable .283 and on-base-percentage to .465.

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


RECORD: 9-5, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 10-3 over Sarasota

Seeing Red is a good thing. The Cardinals ended a four-game skid Friday night with a 10-3 win over the Sarasota Reds. The Cardinals have defeated Sarasota four-games straight this season.

The Cardinals had 17 hits with center fielder and leadoff man Adron Chambers leading the charge, going 3-for-6 with four runs scored and two RBIs. First baseman Jermaine Curtis drove in six runs and scored another one with his 3-for-3 night that included a three-run homer, his third of the year. Catcher Nick Derba also had a three-hit night, going 3-for-5 and scoring two of the Cardinals' runs.

On the mound, Brian Broderick picked up his second win, giving up just one hit in four shutout innings. He followed Thomas Eager who had a shutout inning in the fifth and starter Lance Lynn, who gave up three runs on seven hits, while striking out five, in his four frames.

The Cardinals will try to make it five straight over the Reds when they meet today at Sarasota at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

LEAGUE LEADER: Outfielder Shane Peterson went 1-for-4 and continues to lead the FSL with a .396 batting average.

PETE KOZMA WATCH: Playing flawless defense, Kozma went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

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: 8-6, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Beloit 7-5

It's almost like Ground Hog Day, Quad Cities took a two-run lead in the fifth when the Bandits scored all their runs on the night, but couldn't hold to the lead for the second night in a row, losing to Beloit 7-5.

Thursday night the River Bandits jumped onto the scoreboard early with four runs on five hits in the first inning, but the Snappers scored seven unanswered runs to win 7-4.

Friday night outfielder Ryde Rodriguez led the Bandit's offense going 3-for-4 with his first home run, a grand slam in the fifth. Chuckie Fick was tagged with a blown save and second loss, giving up four runs, three of them earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five.

Quad Cities will try to get back on the winning track when they begin a four-game set with Wisconsin this evening at 6:00 p.m. CDT.

MAKING HISTORY: Having already broken the franchise record for career games managed set by Eddie Rodriguez with the Quad Cities Angels (1987-89), River Bandits manager Steve Dillard now turns his attention to the franchise records for career wins (210) and losses (233). Dillard enters play Saturday with a 187-227 career record.

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


RECORD: 6-7, 5th Place, 3.5 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 - Brian Broderick

Picked up his second win with four shutout frames for Palm Beach Friday night.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jermaine Curtis

The Palm Beach Cardinals' first baseman and former UCLA star went 3-for-3 and drove in six runs to help stop the Cardinals four-game losing streak.


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