The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/28

The River Bandits sweep a doubleheader behind the bat of catcher Charles Cutler who hit a grand slam and scored four times in the nightcap. IN OTHER NEWS: Kevin Thomas picks up his first win and still hasn't allowed an earned run; Steven Hill extended his hitting streak to 11 games; Brett the "on-base machine" Lilly is hitting .455 with an OBP of .625; and Casey Mulligan picked up his 4th save ...


Games Played Monday, April 27th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Round Rock 5-4

The Redbirds were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base Monday night as the offense came up short in a road contest with Round Rock, to suffer their second straight loss.

Outfielder Allen Craig hit his second home run this season and scored twice to lead the Redbirds offense. Second baseman Casey Rowlett had the only other extra-base hit, a double, as he went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Outfielder Jon Jay had two hits and an RBI to add to the cause.

Reliever Charlie Manning probably deserved a better fate then getting tagged with his first loss. With the game all tied 4-4 in the eighth, second baseman Casey Rowlett took a relay throw from the outfield and tried to catch a runner leaning off third but his throw skipped past third baseman David Freese, allowing the eventual winning run to score. Manning was charged with giving up the winning run on two hits, to suffer his first lost of the season. Starter Brad Thompson pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Reliever Royce Ring, who has been effective at Memphis, tossed a scoreless inning and a third.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Bryan Anderson (#3), Jess Todd (#4), 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: 10-8, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NW Arkansas 12-6

Arkansas scored six runs in the bottom of the first to take a 6-1 lead. Springfield, riding a six game winning streak, battled back to tie the game in the sixth after a three-run third and two more runs in the sixth, but Arkansas would score five more in the bottom of the sixth frame and added another one in the seventh, to double-up on the first place Cardinals 12-6.

Cardinals' starter Ryan Kulik, making his Double-A debut, gave up the six runs in the first inning, but it was Eddie Degerman who took the loss, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks in his two-plus innings on the mound.

Offensively; Steven Hill, the "Texas League Player of the Week" last week, went 2-for-5 on the night with a double to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Second baseman Daniel Descalso hit two triples, going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Outfielder Daryl Jones scored two of the Cardinal runs.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 2-for-4 with an RBI to raise his batting average above the .300 mark to .303. The top prospect made his second error of the season on a bad throw last night.

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


RECORD: 11-6, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Fort Myers 4-3 in 10

The Cardinals fell below the .500 mark last night with a 4-3 loss in extra innings to Fort Myers. It was the third straight one-run loss by Palm Beach, losing to Sarasota a 4-3 on Saturday and 5-4 on Sunday. The Cardinals are 2-4 in games decided by one run this season.

The Cardinals offense couldn't get the job done, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on the bases Monday night.

Leadoff man and center fielder Adron Chambers, who is making his case for breaking into the Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect rankings, went 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk and a run scored. Second baseman Colt Sedbrook scored the other two runs for the Cardinals, going 2-for-3 on the night.

Adam Reifer took the loss giving up the winning run in the 10th.

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: 8-9, 4th Place, 3.0 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Took Two from Wisconsin

The River Bandits exploded for a season-high 17 runs in game two of Monday's doubleheader at Modern Woodmen Park, following a 4-2 win in the opener with a 17-7 rout in the second contest to sweep the twin bill over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. With the win the Bandits improve to a season-high two games over .500 with their third straight win.


Starter Arquimedes Nieto gave up just one run through three innings on two hits while striking out five in a no-decision. On in relief Adam Veres picked up his first win on the season, as he also pitched three solid innings giving up just one run on two hits. Converted catcher Casey Mulligan picked up his fourth save with a scoreless frame in the seventh.

Second baseman Brett Lilley, "the on-base machine", went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Lilley is hitting .455 since joining Quad Cities and has an on-base percentage of .625 through his first five games in a River Bandits uniform.


The Bandits offense was out in full force in game two with outfielder Jon Edwards, catcher Charlie Cutler and third baseman Domnit Bolivar all hitting home runs, but it was Cutler who had the biggest night of all. Cutler went 3-for-4 at the plate, with the home run, his being a grand slam, giving him a season-high five RBIs on the night and he scored four times, enough offense by the catcher to take home the Birdhouse "Player of the Day" honors.

Reliever Kevin Thomas picked up the win. Thomas pitched 3.1 innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out three as he has yet to give up an earned run this season through his first five games, including one start and 13.1 innings on the mound this month.

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



RECORD: 9-7, Three-way Tie for 2nd, 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) - The GCL Cardinals open their season on June 23 vs. the GCL Marlins.

VSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts mid-May

DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts near the end of May

Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Kevin Thomas

Another strong performance by Thomas picking up the win for Quad Cities in game two of a doubleheader Monday, hasn't given up an earned run this season.



Minor League Player of the Day - Charles Cutler

Hit a grand slam, drove in a season-high five runs and scored four times to lead his team to a sweep over Wisconsin Monday.



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