The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/06

Quad Cities first baseman Chris Swauger capped a 4-for-5 night with a two-run single up the middle to propell the Bandits to a dramatic comeback 8-7 win.


Games Played – Tuesday, May 5th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Omaha 2-1

Clayton Mortensen got the nod last night to try to keep the Redbirds win streak going. Mortensen had been the ‘Birds most consistent pitcher notching a team-best three quality starts prior to last night's contest. He earned the win in his last start beating the Iowa Cubs. The right-hander allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with four strikeouts over six innings and entered into last night's game with the league's fourth-best ERA (1.48).

Tuesday night Mortensen took the mound and gave up just two hits and three walks, allowing just one run, the run coming off a solo homer, while striking out seven, another strong outing that should have meant a win in the record books. Lefty reliever Charlie Manning was tagged with the loss giving up just one run on one hit while striking out two in his one inning on the mound.

Manning and Mortensen both deserved a better fate, but if the offense can only put one run on the board it's tough to come away with a win. The Redbirds had a season high 15 hits Monday in their 7-1 win over Omaha and followed up with just seven hits last night, scoring only once. Memphis left six runners stranded on the bases and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, contributing to the loss and ending the Redbirds four-game winning streak.

Catcher Bryan Anderson had perhaps his best game of the season at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored to lead the Redbirds' offense. First baseman Nick Stavinoha had the only other multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 last night.

COMING UP: With the loss last night Memphis has just a half game lead over Omaha in the PCL American North Division, the two teams after splitting the first two games of this four-game set will be playing for bragging rights in the division today and tomorrow.

RBI MACHINE: Nick Stavinoha has been feasting on ribs this season leading the ‘Birds with 19 RBI. The first baseman has knocked in 12 runs in his last 12 games and has at least one RBI in 13 of his 23 games this year. The next closest Redbird is Jon Jay, who has nine RBI.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Bryan Anderson (#3), Jess Todd (#4), Jon Jay (#10), Clayton Mortensen (#11), Adam Ottavino (#13), Allen Craig (#14), P.J. Walters (#23), Nick Stavinoha (#30), and Shane Robinson (#33).


RECORD: 14-9, 1st Place - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - RAINED OUT

Last night's game between the Springfield Cardinals and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Hammons Field was postponed due to rain. Tuesday's game will be made up as part of a double-header on Wednesday, with first pitch of game one scheduled for 12:10 p.m.

ROSTER MOVES: Marco Gonzalez, who hasn't pitched yet since coming down from Triple-A Memphis, has been placed on the DL with tightness in his right elbow. Taking Gonzalez's spot on the roster is LHP Joe Williams, who was just recently signed out of the Independent Leagues. Williams was originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 17th round of the 2004 June Draft, but hasn't played affiliated ball since 2005. First baseman Brandon Buckman has been given his outright release. Buckman had been on the DL since April 14th with what was being called a sprained right ankle.

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) - Lost to the Mets 5-1

It seems so long ago when Palm Beach started the 2009 season out, winning seven of their first ten games. Last night the Cardinals lost their seventh straight after scoring only one run on five hits.

Starter Richard Castillo scattered nine hits and two walks over 5.2 innings, giving up three runs to fall to 0-3 on the season. Reliever Thomas Eager walked three of the six batters he faced in two-thirds of an inning, with Blake King pitching an effective 1.2 scoreless frames.

The Cardinals had five hits, none of them for extra-bases. Outfielder Curt Smith had the only RBI, driving in second baseman Jose Garcia in the sixth.

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


RECORD: 9-16, 5th Place, 7-0 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 8-7 over Great Lake

First baseman Chris Swauger, who capped a 4-for-5 night with a two-run single up the middle that propelled the Bandits to a dramatic comeback 8-7 win over the Great Lakes Loons Tuesday night. Swauger scored three runs and had three RBIs to lead the Bandits offense to victory.

Starter Gary Daley gave up seven runs on seven hits and four walks in just 1.2 innings. Arquimedes Nieto came in and stranded a pair of inherited runners and went on to throw 3.1 scoreless frames, while Adam Veres added two more shutout innings of his own. Ramon Delgado earned the win with his scoreless frame in the eighth and converted catcher Casey Mulligan struck out the side to pick up his seventh save.

Swauger had some help with the offense from catcher Charles Cutler who drove in three runs and Osvaldo Morales, who went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

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


RECORD: 14-10, 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 - Clayton Mortensen

Mortensen had his team leading fourth quality start Tuesday night, pitching seven solid innings, giving up only one run, it coming off a solo homer, while striking out seven.



Minor League Player of the Day - Chris Swauger

Swauger went 4-for-5, scored three times and drove in three runs, including the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth.



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