The Cardinals Minor Leauge Notebook 05/03

The big story Saturday, Quad Cities' starter Kevin Thomas pitch five no-hit innings to set the Bandits up for a big 10-4 win over Clinton. IN OTHER NEWS: Springfield's hold on first place slipping away; Palm Beach's bullpen blows fourth straight save opportunity; Daniel Descalso's hitting streak ended at 14 games; Memphis in first place still, Several roster moves made this weekend and more...


Games Played Saturday, May 2nd


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Rained Out

The Memphis Redbirds and Iowa Cubs were rained out Saturday afternoon at AutoZone Park.

Saturday's game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on May 30 with the first game starting at 4:05 p.m. and fireworks following the second game. Both games will be scheduled seven-inning games.

The Redbirds who are riding a three-game winning streak and I-Cubs wrap up their four-game series tomorrow at 1:35 p.m.

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 3-0

The Cardinals could only muster up three hits Saturday which usually means you are going to come up on the short end of the stick. The Drillers shutout the Cardinals 3-0 for their second straight win over Springfield. It was a tough loss for Ryan Kulik who struggled in his Double-A debut earlier in the week, he follow-up Saturday, giving the Cards five solid innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and two walks.

The Cardinals have now dropped five of six on their current road trip. The days I've felt sorry for the Tulsa Drillers in the past, losing so often to Springfield at home, well those days are over as the Cardinals have lost both games in Tulsa this season.

Second baseman Daniel Descalso's 14 game hitting streak came to an end Saturday as he went 0-for-4. The 14 game hitting streak was the longest streak for any Cardinal this year. Descalso had eight hits in the four game series against the Naturals, including a four-hit effort on Wednesday. The 14-game hit streak was four shy from tying the franchise record of 18, set by Tyler Greene last year.

COMING UP: Springfield will send Lance Lynn to the mound on today in Tulsa, as he makes his Double-A debut in a game that could allow Tulsa to move into a tie for first place with the Cardinals if Springfield can't pull out a win today.

ROSTER MOVES: RHP Lance Lynn has been added to the roster from Palm Beach of the Florida State League, taking the place of Elvis Hernandez, who landed on the DL Saturday with a strained left oblique. Lynn was 0-0 in five appearances for Palm Beach, carrying a 2.30 ERA. The addition of Lynn and SS Pete Kozma in the last 24 hours, gives the Cards four former first-round picks on their current roster. Lynn (2008, 39th overall), Pete Kozma (2007, 18th overall), Brett Wallace (2008, 13th overall) and Tyler Herron (2005, 46th overall) were all selected in the first round by St. Louis over the last four years, with Herron technically coming as a supplemental first round pick.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Brett Wallace (#2), Daryl Jones (#5), Pete Kozma (#12), Lance Lynn (#18), Francisco Samuel (#19), Tyler Herron (#25), and Steven Hill (#29).


RECORD: 12-10, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Jupiter 4-3

Another one run game and another one run loss, even as the Cardinals outhit the Jupiter Hammerheads 10-5, they were just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men stranded on the bases in Saturday's 4-3 loss.

Got to give some credit to leadoff man and outfielder Adron Chambers, he's still doing everything he can to get the Cardinals on the board with a win. Saturday Chambers went 2-for-5 with a double, a 2-out RBI and a run scored and is currently hitting .361 on the season. In Chamber's last 10 games, while the Cardinals are getting hammered, Adron is hitting .333 and has scored 10 runs on his 13 hits and five walks.

Starter Brian Broderick gave up just two runs in six innings, on three hits, including a home run, but didn't factor into the decision. Closer Eduardo Sanchez suffered a blown save, the fourth straight blown save by the bullpen this week as the Cardinals have lost four straight.

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


RECORD: 9-13, 5th Place, 4.0 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 10-4 over Clinton

The Quad Cities River Bandits got a flawless performance by Kevin Thomas, who pitched five no-hit frames and a 10-run offensive outburst on Saturday night on their way to a 10-4 win over the Clinton LumberKings at Alliant Energy Field.

Kevin Thomas, who pitched the second five-no hit game for the Cardinals system this week, Scott Gorgen did it earlier with five no-hit frames for Palm Beach Friday night, picked up the win. Hector Cardenas was credited with the save with his four innings of work.

Designated hitter Jon Edwards hit his second home run on the season, a solo blast in the fourth and first baseman Osvaldo Morales drove in his league leading 22nd run, going 2-for-3 on the day and scoring one of the Bandits 10 runs. Outfielders Paul Cruz and Chris Swuager each scored two runs to lead the scoring.

Quad Cities has won seven of their last 10 games and have been playing some of the best ball in the Cardinals system during that 10 game stretch.

ROSTER MOVES: After getting through the entire month of April with no call-ups and just two roster additions, the River Bandits have opened the month of May with player call-ups on consecutive days. On Friday, 3B Domnit Bolivar went up to Palm Beach as part of a series of moves that trickled down from the placement of St. Louis Cardinals' IF Brendan Ryan on the major league DL. Just 11 days shy of his 20th birthday, Bolivar was hitting .343 (12-35) over his previous nine games with four multi-hit efforts, two homers and six runs scored. On Saturday, RHP Chuckie Fick joined Bolivar in Florida after RHPLance Lynn was sent to Springfield to fill in for injured RHP Elvis Hernandez. Filling in for the two promoted River Bandits are IF Guillermo Toribio and LHP Jonny Bravo, both of whom were called up from Extended Spring Training.

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


RECORD: 13-8, 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 - Kevin Thomas

Pitched five no-hit innings for Quad Cities Saturday to set his team up for a big win.



Minor League Player of the Day - Osvaldo Morales

A 2-for-3 night, driving in his league leading 22nd RBI and scoring another run gives Morales the "Player of the Day" honors.



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