The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/02

Palm Beach Cardinals' starter Scott Gorgen pitched five no-hit innings Friday night before the bullpen let the game slip away. IN OTHER NEWS: Memphis moves into first place, despite being ranked dead last in the league in hitting; Quad Cities suffers a loss finishing the homestand with a 6-1 record; Daniel Descalso extends his hitting streak to 14 games; Jon Jay gets the job done and more...


Games Played Friday, May 1st


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 5-1 over Iowa

The Memphis Redbirds used a strong pitching performance from starter Evan MacLane to beat Iowa 5-1 Friday night at AutoZone Park and move into first place in the American North division of the Pacific Coast League.

MacLane, in his Redbirds debut, pitched six strong innings to pick his first victory of the year. The lefty gave up one run on five hits and tied a Redbirds season-high with eight strikeouts. MacLane was acquired in a trade with Arizona last week. Prior to trade and last night's game, the lefty had two starts over three games and was 0-2 with 11 earned runs and three strikeouts. MacLane is in his seventh year of professional baseball and possesses a career 4.24 ERA.

Relievers Matt Scherer and Charlie Manning finished the game out for Memphis, allowing four combined hits with no runs, walks or strikeouts.

Shortstop Donovan Solano had the only multi-hit game of the night, going 2-for-3, with a double and a run scored, while David Freese hit his second home run on the year. Leadoff man Jon Jay continues to do what he has to do in that spot, he had an RBI and scored once as he reached base three times, twice via the walk.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Memphis Redbirds rank #16, that is "DEAD LAST" in league hitting with a team batting average of just .221, but have managed to take over first place in the American North Division. Amazing, I can't remember that last time that happen, but of course I can't remember a lot of things.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Bryan Anderson (#3), Jess Todd (#4), Jon Jay (#10), Clayton Mortensen (#11), Adam Ottavino (#13), Allen Craig (#14), Nick Stavinoha (#30), and Shane Robinson (#33).


RECORD: 13-8, 1st Place - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Tulsa 5-3

The Cardinals suffered another tough road trip loss Friday night, losing the first game of a four-game set against the Tulsa Drillers 5-3 at Drillers Stadium. The Cardinals are now 1-4 on this road trip.

Starter Trey Hearne, who deserved a better fate, was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs, only one of them earned, through 4 1/3 innings.

Second baseman Daniel Descalso, the Birdhouse "Minor League Player of the Month" for April, extended his current hitting streak to 14 games, after going 1-for-4 last night and also reaching base on a walk.

The Cardinals only mustered up six hits on the night, none of them for extra bases, making for a very boring highlight reel.

For the record, shortstop Pete Kozma made his Double-A debut Friday night and went 0-for-2 with a walk.

The Cardinals are 7-3 at home this season but just 5-6 on the road after losing four of the first five games of the current road trip.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while playing flawless defense.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Brett Wallace (#2), Daryl Jones (#5), Pete Kozma (#12), Francisco Samuel (#19), Tyler Herron (#25), and Steven Hill (#29).


RECORD: 12-9, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Jupiter 4-2

The Cardinals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two innings. Second baseman Colt Sedbrook hit his first home run on the year, a solo shot in the first and the Cardinals added another run in the second when Domnit Bolivar hit an RBI double to right to drive in Tommy Pham from third, for the second and last run for Palm Beach Friday night. Jupiter responded with four runs in the sixth and held on for the 4-2 win over the Cardinals.

Starter Scott Gorgen pitched five no-hit innings, facing just one batter over the minimum, the only blemish on his game was just giving up a walk, while striking out five, but he did not factor into the decision. Reliever Mark Diapoules had a rough night, giving up three runs on three walks and a base hit to get tagged with the loss.

The loss was the Cardinals third straight as they fall to 9-12 on the season, after winning just two of their last 10 games.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Richard Castillo (#15), Lance Lynn (#18), Nick Additon (#21), Adam Reifer (#22), Shaun Garceau (#28), David Kopp (#34) and Curt Smith (#39).


RECORD: 9-12, 5th Place, 4.0 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to South Bend 7-3

The River Bandits were looking for their seventh straight win Friday night to complete a perfect 7-0 homestand but was handed a 7-3 loss by the South Bend Silver Hawks at Modern Woodmen Park. The River Bandits enter play last night a season-high five games over .500 and were a perfect 6-0 on the current homestand after taking four straight from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and winning the first two games of the South Bend.

Starter David Veres pitched 3.2 innings, struggling with his control, giving up two unearned runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out seven. It was Arquimedes Nieto who was took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Quad Cities' pitchers struck out 14 batters last night, with converted catcher David Carpenter adding three strikeouts to the tally, in his 2.1 innings on the mound, to close out the game.

First baseman Osvaldo Morales had a base hit and another RBI to give him a league leading 21 RBIs on the season. Outfielder Chris Swauger had the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

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


RECORD: 12-8, Tied for 2nd Place - 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 - Scott Gorgen

Pitched five no-hit innings, giving up only a walk, before turning the game over to the bullpen that let the game slip away.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jon Jay

The Memphis Redbirds leadoff man reached base three times last night, twice by walks, scoring once and driving in a run with his only base hit to help lead his team into first place.

It was one of those nights that a guy does the little things that helps his team win, kudos to Jay for getting the job done.



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