The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/05

Blake Hawksworth allowed just one run on three hits in six innings of work as Memphis defeated the Omaha Royals 7-1, Monday night. The "Hawk" is flying again, in his last two starts, Blake has pitched a combined 14 innings, and given up one earned run and five hits. IN OTHER NEWS: Quad Cities batttered in 12-2 loss; Palm Beach suffers 6th straight loss; Tony Cruz, "Player of the Day" ...


Games Played Monday, May 04, 2009


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 7-1 over Omaha

The Redbirds battled Mother Nature over the weekend going 0-2. Saturday's game against Iowa was postponed and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on May 30 with the first game beginning at 4:05 p.m. Sunday's game was suspended in the fourth inning, with Iowa leading 2-0. That game will be resumed on May 31.

Last night Blake Hawksworth stepped in for Brad Thompson who had been recalled to St. Louis. Hawksworth last pitched Tuesday at Round Rock tossing eight strong innings to earn the win. The righthander allowed one run, unearned, on two hits with three strikeouts and fans were hoping for more of the same type of performance from Hawksworth and weren't disappointed, Hawksworth allowed just one run on three hits in six innings of work as Memphis defeated the Omaha Royals 7-1, Monday night. In his last two starts, Hawksworth has pitched a combined 14 innings, and given up one earned run and five hits. Could it be, that Hawksworth has finally turned it all around?

First baseman Nick Stavinoha helped lead the offense with a three-run double in the fifth, which would generate all the offense the Redbirds needed. Outfielder and leadoff man Jon Jay went 3-for-5 and scored a run and second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir finds himself back in the game highlights, going 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

With the win Monday night the Redbirds have won four straight and have moved above the .500 mark on the road with a 5-4 record on the season.

ROSTER MOVES: Brad Thompson has been recalled by St. Louis. Thompson was Monday's scheduled starter and was 2-0 with a 3.45 ERA in three starts for the ‘Birds. P.J. Walters has been optioned from St. Louis. Walters rejoins the Redbirds after pitching in five games, one start, for the Cardinals posting a 9.58 ERA. Walters is now scheduled to start Wednesday's game for Memphis.

ROTATION SHUFFLE: With the addition of P.J. Walters back into the starting rotation both Blake Hawksworth and Clayton Mortensen have been bumped up a day. Mortensen will now start tonight against Omaha.

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: 14-8, 1st Place - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 5-0 over Tulsa

Springfield starter Lance Lynn made an impressive Texas League debut last night, allowing five hits and two walks, while striking out a season-best six batters over five innings. Interesting note, Lynn allowed the lead-off man to reach in all five innings, but pitched himself out of trouble every time. The bullpen contributed to the shutout with as Pete Parise tossing two shutout frames and Tyler Norrick, who is looking very good working out of the bullpen and Francisco Samuel each worked a scoreless inning to give Springfield their first shutout of the year.

Catcher Tony Cruz hit his first home run on the season, as he went 2-for-4, with a HR and a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. First baseman Andrew Brown scored three times to lead the scoring.

With the win, the Cardinals are just 2-5 on this road trip, but get a little breathing room with a two-game lead over the rest of the division with all the other teams in the division sharing an 11-12 record.

RAINED OUT ON SUNDAY: The Springfield Cardinals and Tulsa Drillers were rained out on Sunday afternoon. The rain-out is the first that Springfield has endured this year. The game will be made up as part of a double-header on Thursday, June 11th.


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: 13-10, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - GROUNDHOG DAY

Breaking news! – Palm Beach Cardinals sufferred another one-run loss, losing their sixth game in a row, taking a hit to the mid-section from the Port St. Lucie Mets, with a 7-6 defeat in 10 innings.

The only consolation to last night's game was, that the agony of defeat was delayed for an extra inning and that the bullpen was only tagged with the loss, ending a five game stretch of blowing save opportunities for the struggling Redbirds in Palm Beach.

Starter David Kopp scattered seven hits and three walks, allowing three runs while striking out six in his five innings of work, but did not factor into the decision, leaving the game with the scored tied 3-3.

Palm Beach would score three runs and take a six to three run lead over the Mets in the top of the eight, only to see the lead melt away in the bottom half of the frame when Port St. Lucie responded with three runs to tie the game and scored the go ahead run in the 10th to hand the Cardinals another loss.

Designated hitter Shane Peterson hit his first home run this season, a solo blast in the fifth as outfielder Curt Smith and first baseman Matt Arburr had a couple of base hit each with Arburr scoring a run and reaching base twice via the walk. Outfielder Tommy Pham, who is off to a very slow start, hit a double and drove in two runs Monday as his batting average dips to .195.

The Cardinals have already played in 10 games decided by just one run and have lost seven of them and have lost six straight, nine of their last 10 games.

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


RECORD: 9-15, 5th Place, 6.0 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Clinton 12-2

Where is the rain, when you need it? Quad Cities lost to the Clinton Lumberkings, who lived up to their name last night, generating 11 hits and producing 12 runs scored to beat the Bandits 12-2.

It was just an ugly game. The Bandits' defense made five errors and the pitchers walked 12 batters. About the only thing positive out of Monday's game was that reliever Casey Mulligan struck out the side in the ninth to put the Bandits and their fans out of misery.

Starter Andres Rosales suffered the loss for Quad Cities despite showing a sharp curveball through his three innings of work. He struggled with his control, getting roughed up for four runs on five hits while striking out four and walking two. Last night was the second straight game Rosales had trouble finding the plate, Rosales picked up the win at Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday against South Bend. He entered in a 1-1 game in the top of the sixth and tossed three scoreless frames, striking out two and yielding just one hit. He did walk two, throw two wild pitches, and hit a batter—but Quad Cities scored twice in the bottom of the sixth for a 3-1 win.

Jonny Bravo made his Quad Cities debut last night and it wasn't a very friendly reception. Bravo walked six of the 10 batters he faced, giving up four runs on six walks and a hit, while striking out three. They'll need to get him back on the mound soon so he can put this performance behind him. As a matter of fact, let's all just pretend yesterday's game didn't happen.

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


RECORD: 13-10, 3rd 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

I've never seen any kid with any more potential than Blake when he's on his game. He allowed just one run on three hits in six innings of work as Memphis defeated the Omaha Royals 7-1.



Minor League Player of the Day - Tony Cruz

Catcher Tony Cruz hit his first home run on the season, as he went 2-for-4, with a HR and a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. He also threw out a runner attempting to steal second.



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