The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/29

Memphis starter Blake Hawksworth pitched his best game of the season Tuesday, just missing picking up his first professional career complete game win.


Games Played Tuesday, April 28th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 3-1 over Round Rock

The Redbirds came away with a 3-1 victory and series spit Tuesday behind the arm of Blake Hawksworth, who had his best outing of the season.

Hawksworth came close to pitching his first complete game in his professional career, being lifted in the ninth after walking the leadoff batter. Jess Todd picked up his fourth save of the season after pitching shutting out the Express in the ninth. Hawksworth ended the day pitching eight-plus innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three.

Shortstop and leadoff man Tyler Greene had two of the Memphis six hits yesterday, going 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. First baseman Nick Stavinoha and outfielder Mark Storey also scored.

Memphis was lucky to come away with a win, they were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners stranded on the bases. As a team they are hitting just .222 this season, the worst team batting average in the league, along with the fewest hits in the league with just 136.

JOE MATHER WATCH: Joe went 0-for-3 with a walk as his batting average dropped to .123.

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: 11-8, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 3-1

Northwest Arkansas starter Blake Johnson carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, as the Naturals kept the Cardinals off the bases beating them for the second straight game by a final of 3-1 on Tuesday night at Arvest Ballpark.

Cards' starter Brandon Dickson gave up single runs in the first, third and fourth innings, working a total of 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals got their only run in the seventh, when Steven Hill reached based on a throwing error, then scored on Daniel Descalso's RBI single to left, making it 3-1.

Despite reaching base and scoring the only run last night, Steven Hill's 11-game hitting streak, the longest for any Cardinal this year, came to an end after he went 0-for-4. The franchise record for consecutive games with a hit is 18, set by Tyler Greene last July.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett had an 0-for-4 night, of course a lot of players had 0-for nights last night, with Springfield being held to just three hits.

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


RECORD: 11-7, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners over Fort Myers 4-3 in 11

The Cardinals must love playing in one run games, last night they came out on top beating Fort Myers 4-3 in extra innings which tied up the series one to one against Fort Myers. It was the fourth straight game decided by one run for Palm Beach the only difference this time was the Cardinals managed to come away with a win, after losing the previous three games. The Cards improve to 3-4 this season in one-run games, which means absolutely nothing.

Reliever Blake King picked up his second win on the season, pitching two scoreless frames, giving up just one hit, but walking three while striking out two to avoid the jaws of another defeat. With the win, the Cardinals return to the .500 mark with a 9-9 record.

Left-fielder Shane Peterson had the only extra-base hit for the Cardinals last night. Shane went 3-for-6 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored. First baseman Curt Smith was seeing the ball well, he also went 3-for-6 and drove in two runs to lead the Cardinals' offense. Peterson, who leads the team with 25 hits, is hitting .376 on the season, second team best, behind Adron Chambers, who is hitting .390. They rank second and third in the league.

PETE KOZMA WATCH: Played flawless defense again and went 1-for-5, with a walk

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: 9-9, Tied for 3rd Place, 2-0 GB - FSL South Division


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

The River Bandits won their fourth straight game to pull off their first sweep of the season on Tuesday night, knocking off the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers by a 4-2 score at home at Modern Woodmen Park. With the win the Bandits improved to a season-high three games over .500 and have a home record of 8-2 this year. Going into last night's game, Quad Cities is 7-2 with 24 extra-base hits and 63 runs scored (7/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.

Second baseman Brett Lilley, "the on-base-machine" continues to amaze me. He's batting leadoff, he went 0-for-2, but reach base three times on walks and managed to score a run. The Bandits didn't have any extra-base hits, but third baseman Domnit Bolivar managed to drive in two runs on two base hits, going 2-for-3 on the night.

Reliever Scott McGregor picked up his first win, pitching three-plus innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Reliever Casey Mulligan struck out two in a perfect frame to notch his fifth save in as many attempts - tied for tops in the Midwest League. It was the seventh hitless outing in eight appearances for Mulligan, a converted catcher who has racked up 15 strikeouts while walking just two in eight dominant innings of work this season.

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


RECORD: 10-7, Tied for 2nd 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) - 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 - Blake Hawksworth

Pitched his best game of the season Tuesday night, coming close to his first professional complete game, before being lifted in the ninth after walking the leadoff batter.



Minor League Player of the Day - Shane Peterson

Peterson went 3-for-6 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored to lead Palm Beach to a win yesterday. Peterson's .376 batting average is third-best in the FSL.



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