The Cardinals Minor League Notebook

Springfield Cardinals' second baseman Daniel Descalso continues to put together an impressive start to his 2009 campaign. Last night he extended his current hitting streak to 12 games, when he went 4-for-6 at the plate, with a double, an RBI and a run scored, to take home our Birdhouse "Player of the Day" honors.


Games Played Wednesday, April 29th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - OFF DAY

The Redbirds had the day off Wednesday and with the Cardinals expecting to place infielder Brendan Ryan on the 15-day DL today, its possible shortstop Tyler Greene could be promoted to St. Louis today.

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, Tied for 2nd Place PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 9-8 in 12

The Cardinals scored eight runs in the second inning, taking an 8-0 lead over the Naturals, enough on most given nights to place another win on the board, but it wasn't enough Wednesday as Northwest Arkansas battled back, taking 12 innings to defeat the Cardinals 9-8. The loss was Springfield's third straight as their lead has dwindled down to just one game over NWA. For the record, the Cardinals are in second place because they are 0-5 against the NWA Naturals this season.

Second baseman Daniel Descalso continues to put together an impressive start to his 2009 campaign. Last night he extended his current team leading hitting streak to 12 games, when he went 4-for-6 at the plate, with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Descalso is now leading the Cardinals in several offensive categories including; batting average (.392), RBIs (20), OBP (.451), total bases (49), triples (4) and hits (29).

Cardinals' starter Brad Furnish couldn't hold the early lead, as he surrendered five runs in the third, as the Naturals made it 8-5 after three innings. Furnish gave up another in the fifth and was taken out after just 4 2/3 innings. Still leading 8-6 in the seventh, reliever Tyler Norrick couldn't hold the lead, as he served up a game-tying two-run homer as NWA evened the game a 8-8. Reliever Elvis Hernandez suffered the loss giving up the winning run in the 12th, after a bad throw by the pitcher on a grounder back to the mound that should have been an inning ending double-play ended up in center field allowing the winning run to cross the plate.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored.

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


RECORD: 11-8, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Fort Myers 5-1

It wasn't another one-run as the Cardinals lost to the division leaders, Fort Myers 5-1 Wednesday. Once one of the hottest teams in the organization, Palm Beach is just 2-8 in their last 10 games and has fallen below the .500 mark, to third place, three games back of Fort Myers.

Starter David Kopp deserved a better fate than a no-decision, he pitched five complete shutout innings allowing just three hits, without walking anyone while striking out four. Nick Additon suffered the loss, as his stock, of which I have been higher on than most, has taken a dip. Last night Nick lasted just two and a third innings, giving up five runs, four of them earned, on five hits and two walks and a hit batter.

First baseman Curt Smith hit his fourth home run, going 2-for-4 on the night. Smith in his last two games is five for ten with three RBI and one home run in those games. Shane Peterson continues to play well, going 2-for-4 raising his batting average to a team second base & league third best, .386.

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: 9-10, Three-way tie for 3rd Place, 3.0 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 3-1 over Southbend

The River Bandits improved to 9-2 at home and 5-0 on the current homestand with a 3-1 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Wednesday afternoon at Modern Woodmen Park.

Andres Rosales earned his second win with three scoreless frames out of the bullpen, allowing just one hit and overcoming a shaky start to retire eight of the last nine batters he faced. Starter Chuckie Fick put together a solid start giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while converted catcher, Dave Carpenter struck out a pair in the ninth inning to earn his first save of the year.

Shortstop Niko Vasquez and left-fielder Chris Swauger each went 2-for-4 with Swauger's hits being doubles and Osvaldo Morales also added an RBI to lead the Bandits past the Silver Hawks.

Quad Cities has now won five straight and have moved into second place, just game and a half back of Kane County.

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


RECORD: 11-7, 2nd Place, 1.5 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 - Dave Kopp

Pitched five shutout innings Wednesday, getting a no-decision for his efforts, but taking home "Pitcher of the Day" honors.



Minor League Player of the Day - Daniel Descalso

The second baseman added a 4-for-6 night to his impressive play at Double-A this month and is a serious contender for the Birdhouse' "Minor League Player of the Month" honors.



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