The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/07

The Springfield Cardinals swept a doubleheader Wednesday, with Brandon Dickson tossing a seven inning shutout in game one and Steven Hill hitting home runs in both games: IN THE OTHER NEWS; Shane Robinson is probably on his way to St. Louis; Jon Jay is still getting the job done for Memphis; Palm Beach loses eighth straight; Nick Stavinoha comes through again; Charlie Cutler has a big night ...


Games Played Wednesday, May 06, 2009


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 6-5 over Omaha

The Redbirds rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to beat the Omaha Royals 6-5 Wednesday afternoon on the road at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Memphis outfielder and team RBI leader Nick Stavinoha came through again last night with a two-run single to right field giving the Redbirds a 6-5 lead and win over Omaha. Stavinoha ran his RBI total to 21 on the year.

Reliever Jess Todd improved to 2-0, as he pitched two innings Wednesday, giving up only one hit and striking out one, to pick up his second win.

Outfielder Jon Jay helped lead the Redbirds with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored. First baseman Allen Craig hit a solo homer in the second inning, his team-leading third of the season. Leadoff man and outfielder Shane Robinson scored three times last night and hit a triple, in his second game since coming off the DL Tuesday.

Speaking of Robinson, he's likely to be added to the Cardinals 40-man roster and will be promoted to St. Louis today.

The win extends the Redbirds lead in the American Northern Division to 1.5 games.

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: 15-9, 1st Place - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Swept the Naturals; 3-0 in the first game and 14-9 in the nightcap.

GAME ONE: Starter Brandon Dickson who pitched a complete game shutout in the abbreviated seven-inning contest. He allowed five hits and four walks while striking out five.

The offense was led by solo homers by designated hitter Steven Hill, his sixth and first baseman Mark Hamilton, his second and leadoff man and outfielder James Rapoport hit a triple and scored the Cardinals 3rd run of the night.

GAME TWO: There was something for everyone Wednesday, a pitcher's duel in the first game a 3-0 shutout and a slugfest in the night cap with 23 runs being scored. Reliever Eddie Degerman picked up the win and Tyler Norrick earned his second save on the season.

Catcher Steven Hill hit his seventh home run on the year after hitting his sixth in game one. The bulk of the offense came off of; outfielder and leadoff man James Rapoport (1-for-2, with a double, three walks, two runs scored and three RBIs); outfielder Daryl Jones (2-for-3 with four RBIs) and third baseman Mike Folli (1-for-2, with two walks and three runs scored).

The win was the Cardinals third straight as they take a three game lead in the standings.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett was 1-for-4 with three RBIs.

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: 15-10, 1st Place Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Port St. Lucie 9-0

I guess that is what I get for complaining about all the one run losses this season, the Cardinals responded Wednesday night losing by the score of 9-0 to the Mets, who I hate losing to at any level, almost as much as the Cubs, no make that more than the Cubs.

The Cardinals could only muster up three hits, needless to say, it didn't add up to much. Palm Beach stranded five runners in large part because of the six walks issued by the Mets' pitching staff as they ended up losing their eighth straight game. (not a typo – eighth straight game).

On the other hand the Mets hit six home runs in yesterday's contest to send Cardinals starter Scott Gorgen to the showers with the loss, after he surrendered three of the home runs, through his 4.1 innings on the mound.

The Cardinals are just one loss away from having the worst record in the entire league. Losing eight straight and nine of their last 10 games, Palm Beach will have to battle back today, to just stay out of the basement in the standings.

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


RECORD: 9-17, Tied for Last Place, 7.0 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Great Lakes 8-3

Quad Cities gave up seven runs in the fourth inning to lose to the Great Lakes Loons 8-3 on Wednesday night at the Dow Diamond.

The Bandits were never really in the game despite matching the Loons with 11 hits, with shortstop Niko Vasquez and designated hitter Charlie Cutler, each of whom registered three hits, with Cutler also contributing to all the scoring with an RBI and two runs scored.

Starter Hector Cardenas suffered his first loss for the River Bandits after getting knocked around for five runs on six hits and a walk over 3.2 innings. Kevin Thomas, who has been almost perfect this season, with a 2-0 record and a save to his credit, saw his ERA rise to just 1.31, after giving up his first earned runs on the season, allowing three runs in his 2.1 innings of work.

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


RECORD: 14-11, Tied for 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 - Brandon Dickson

A complete game shutout Wednesday by Dickson was key to the Cardinals sweep over NWA.



Minor League Player of the Day - Steven Hill

Hill hit a home run in both games of Springfield's doubleheader yesterday to lead the Cardinals to a sweep over their division rivals the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.



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