The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/27

Trey Hearne pitched six strong innings in relief to help Springfield win their sixth straight. IN OTHER NEWS: Pete Kozma reaches bases five times safely; Shane Robinson is day-to-day; Ryan Kulik is getting a quick promotion; Steven Hill extends hitting streak to 10 games; Quad Cities rained out; Memphis & Palm Beach suffer losses yesterday; Adam Ottavino is still looking for his first win and ...


Games Played Sunday, April 27


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Round Rock 6-2

Adam Ottavino is still looking for is first win of the season after giving up six runs through five plus innings, pitching to three batters in the sixth, on eight hits and a walk Sunday, while striking out seven. On a positive note he did pitch five plus innings and he did strike out seven. In his previous outing he lasted just 2.2 innings against Nashville getting tagged for another six runs on six hits while walking two and striking out no one.

Not much offense, the Redbirds only mustered five hits on the day, none of them for extra bases. Leadoff man and shortstop Tyler Greene and catcher Bryan Anderson each scored. Greene also made his fourth fielding error of the season.

INJURY UPDATE: Outfielder Shane Robinson is day-to-day with a calf injury.

VERSATILE BIRDS: Redbirds manager Chris Maloney has enjoyed having a versatile roster early in the year. The skipper has started multiple players at every position but shortstop where Tyler Greene has started all 17 games this season. Allen Craig has proved to be the most versatile earning starts at four different positions (3B, LF, 1B, DH). Three different players have started at third base (Craig, David Freese and Casey Rowlett) and after last night's start behind the plate by Nick Stavinoha three different players have started at catcher (Bryan Anderson and Matt Pagnozzi).

EIGHT IS ENOUGH? The ‘Birds used their eighth different starting pitcher this year with Ian Ostlund's start Saturday night. Memphis used 18 different starters last season, including four pitchers who made just one start for the team.

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: 10-7, 2nd Place, 1 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 9-3 over Tulsa

The Cardinals won their sixth straight game, completing a four-game sweep over the Tulsa Drillers, with a 9-3 win on Sunday at Hammons Field. With the win the Redbirds improve to 11-5 and take a four-game lead over Tulsa and two other teams in the division.

You almost begin to feel sorry for Tulsa, last season Springfield was 21-11 against the Drillers, but only 8-8 at home. So with this sweep it looks like it's going to be a long season for Tulsa when they see color red.

Trey Hearne pitched six strong innings of relief Sunday to earn his first Double-A win, taking over after Kyle Mura struggled over three innings. Hearne allowed just one run on four hits with six strikeouts. Hearne also picked up his first career hit and an RBI, as he chipped in with an RBI single as part of a four-run fifth inning.

Catcher Steven Hill had another big day plate, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his fifth home run on the season, with three RBIs to pace the Cardinals offense. Outfielder Antonio Dejesus had two extra base hits, a double and a triple, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Leadoff man and center fielder Jim Rapoport had two hits including a double, an RBI and he scored once, as this trio led Springfield to the big sweep over Tulsa.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett had a base hit and scored twice.

ROSTER MOVE: Springfield made a roster move on Sunday afternoon, placing Justin Fiske on the Disabled List with a stress reaction in his left elbow. Starting on Monday night in Northwest Arkansas in Fiske's place, will be left-hander Ryan Kulik, who was just called up from Palm Beach of the Florida State League.

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


RECORD: 11-5, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Sarasota 5-4

The Cardinals outhit the Reds 12-7 but left 10 runners on base, losing their second game in a row to Sarasota by one run, losing 5-4 Sunday. The Cardinals had swept the Reds earlier in the season and hold a 4-2 record against Sarasota this season.

Shortstop Pete Kozma had his best day at the plate this season, reaching base five times, going 4-for-4 and drawing a walk to raise his batting average to .328. The only flaw in his game, another error, a throwing error, his eighth error on the season.

Outfielder and leadoff man Adron Chambers and DH and first baseman Jermaine Curtis, both had a couple of hits and Chambers scored twice to lead the Cardinals offense.

Starter Richard Castillo suffered the loss, giving up four runs only two of them earned, as Palm Beach committed four errors yesterday. Castillo scattered six hits and a walk and did not strike out anyone.

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: 8-8, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Postponed

Sunday's scheduled game between the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers was postponed due to unplayable field conditions.

After severe thunderstorms hammered the Quad Cities overnight and returned in the morning, the River Bandits grounds crew worked tirelessly to prepare the field for baseball. But after a delay of slightly more than one hour the game was officially postponed due to standing water in the outfield.

The rainout will be made up as part of a doubleheader today beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Scoop: After their first walk-off win of the year on Saturday, the River Bandits will play their second doubleheader of the season today. Quad Cities swept a pair from Beloit on April 15 at Modern Woodmen Park, no-hitting the Snappers, 3-0, in game one before coming from behind for a 6-3 win in game two.

Home Wreckers: Early in the season, the River Bandits have played much better at Modern Woodmen Park than on the road. Quad Cities is 5-2 with 18 extra-base hits and 42 runs scored (6/game) at home, as opposed to a 2-5 record with 12 extra-base hits and 32 runs (4.6/game) away from the Quad Cities.

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


RECORD: 7-7, 4th Place, 4.0 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 - Trey Hearne

Hearne pitched six strong innings in relief for Springfield Sunday, giving the club the opportunity to win their sixth straight.



Minor League Player of the Day - Pete Kozma

Pete reached base five times safely yesterday, going 4-for-4 with a double and a walk.



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