The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/09

The lone Friday win in the system was Palm Beach ending a nine-game losing skid behind Nick Additon. Springfield's Trey Hearne set a strikeout record in a crushing defeat.

Games Played Friday, May 8


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost 7-2 on the road at Iowa

The Memphis Redbirds were stumped by the Iowa Cubs' J.R. Mathes, who spun eight shutout innings in Des Moines Friday night. The Cubs scored early and held the lead throughout the game against Adam Ottavino. Still, Adam's line was ok with three runs in six innings pitched, on six hits, four walks and six strikeouts. Relievers Charlie Manning and Matt Scherer each gave up a pair of runs.

Matt Pagnozzi's two run single in the ninth gave the Redbirds their only two runs. David Freese went 3-for-4 and Nick Stavinoha had two hits in four at-bats in the losing cause.

Transactions: Outfielder Joe Mather underwent minor surgery for a cyst on his wrist and is expected to be out 3-5 days. He was not placed onto the DL. Infielder Mike Folli was promoted from Springfield to replace DL'ed Jarrett Hoffpauir (hamstring).


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).




RECORD: 16-10, 1st place by 1.5 games - PCL American North Division



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NW Arkansas 6-3


Northwest Arkansas ruined a record-breaking evening for the Springfield Cardinals with a grand slam with two outs in the ninth that turned a 3-2 Springfield lead into a crushing 6-3 defeat. Closer Francisco Samuel was the victim, taking his second blown save and first loss on the season.


A superb effort by starter Trey Hearne was lost in the ninth-inning meltdown, after the right-hander set a team record with 13 strikeouts. He allowed a solo home run among two hits in six innings.


Offensively, Daniel Descalso and Andrew Brown each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Top prospect Brett Wallace had a tough evening, going 0-for-3 with a walk and 3 strikeouts.


Transactions: Right-handed reliever Marco Gonzalez, recently sent down from Memphis, was activated as left-handed reliever Kristhiam Linares went onto the DL.


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: 15-12, 1st place by one game - Texas League North Division



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) – Defeated Charlotte 5-0


The Cardinals won their first game in ten Friday night, shutting out the home Charlotte Stone Crabs, 5-0. Lefty Nick Additon was sharp, allowing just one hit and two walks in six scoreless innings. He fanned seven in collecting his first win of the season. Sam Freeman and Eduardo Sanchez protected the shutout with a combined one hit and one walk with three strikeouts over the final three frames.

Colt Sedbrook went 3-for-4 at the dish and Shane Peterson was on base three times with a hit and two walks. Slumping Tommy Pham hit his first home run, a two-run shot. 


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




RECORD: 10-18, tied for last place, eight games out - FSL South Division



Quad Cities River Bandits (A) – Suspended due to rain vs. Cedar Rapids


With the home club down 8-1 in the second inning, the contest in Davenport was suspended due to rain, to be resumed prior to Saturday's tilt. The regularly-scheduled game against the Kernels will be shortened to seven innings. 


In his second Quad Cities start, Jonny Bravo was hammered again. Charlie Cutler collected the sole Bandits RBI.


Transactions: Outfielder Brian Buck was released, replaced by teenager Frederick Parejo, promoted from Extended Spring Training. LHP George Brown was returned to EST, replaced by right-handed starter Josh Wilson.


Tandem rotation changes: See this article on my blog for details.


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




RECORD: 14-12, third Place, 3 GB - MWL 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 May 18.


DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts May 30.

Pitcher of the Day – Trey Hearne


Springfield Cardinals fans saw a new club record set Friday night at Hammons Field. Right-handed starter Trey Hearne struck out 13 Northwest Arkansas hitters in just six innings of work. The previous record for the Double-A club of 10 strikeouts was last tied by Jess Todd in June 2008.


In his Friday outing, Hearne allowed just one run on two hits over his six frames, walking only one batter. However, a ninth-inning grand slam off closer Francisco Samuel cost Hearne and the Cardinals a win.


The 25-year-old Hearne was in just his second start of the season after beginning the year in the bullpen. Over all, he has a 1-1 record with a 2.79 ERA for the Texas League club. Hearne has fanned 32 and walked just seven in 29 innings pitched.



Player of the Day – Tommy Pham


The centerfielder, hitting just .216 on the season, blasted his first home run of 2009, a two-run shot in the fourth inning that extended Palm Beach's lead to three runs. The club broke a nine-game losing skid in the process.



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