The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/10

The minor leaguers had a good Saturday, going 4-1 with Quad Cities splitting a pair. Francisco Rivera was the hitting star for Palm Beach.


Games Played Saturday, May 9


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) – Won 5-4 on the road at Iowa


The Redbirds came back to score once in the ninth to tie the game at 4-4 at Iowa and then Nick Stavinoha homered in the tenth for the win.  Bryan Anderson hit a two-run home run in the third and had two hits and three RBI on the night.


Starter Blake Hawksworth allowed four runs in 7.0 IP, fanning ten. Fernando Salas earned the win pitching a scoreless ninth and Jess Todd picked up his sixth save.


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: 17-10, 1st place by 1.5 games - PCL American North Division



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) – Won at Arkansas 4-1 (10)


With the game tied at 1-1, Springfield scored three in the tenth for a 4-1 win at Arkansas. Daryl Jones doubled and scored in the second for the Cards first run. The three runs scored in the tenth on a walk, four singles and a double.


Starter Ryan Kulik allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings. The bullpen pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close out the win. Pete Parise picked up his second win of the year and Francisco Samuel locked down his seventh save.


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: 16-12, 1st place by one game - Texas League North Division



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) – Won at Charlotte 6-5


The Cardinals established a modest two-game winning streak after losing nine straight as they defeated the Charlotte Stone Crabs by a 6-5 score Saturday night.


A pair of three-run innings made the difference. The Cardinals had 12 hits in the game, four by Francisco Rivera who doubled twice and drove in two.  Curt Smith had three hits, including a solo home run in the fifth.


Starter David Kopp yielded two runs in 5 2/3 innings and Mark Diapoules allowed three (two earned) in one inning. Eduardo Sanchez collected his second save of the season.


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




RECORD: 11-18, tied for last place, eight games out - FSL South Division



Quad Cities River Bandits (A) – Split with Cedar Rapids, 6-15, 3-2


Completed the game with Cedar Rapids from Friday which was suspended in the bottom of the second inning after a 1:22 rain delay with Quad Cities batting and trailing 8-1. The game only got worse from there, as they lost 15-6.


Johnny Bravo (0-1) took the loss allowing all eight runs (seven earned) in his 1 2/3 innings pitched on Friday. In his 2009 debut, Josh Wilson yielded three runs, two earned over four innings and Gary Daley was touched for three runs in his single inning of work.


In the regularly scheduled game, Quad Cities won 3-2 over Cedar Rapids. The scheduled nine-inning game was cut to seven with the suspended game, but ended up having to go eight innings. The Bandits prevailed when Charlie Cutler hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth.


Adam Veres allowed two runs in five innings. Ramon Delgado allowed none and just two hits over the next three innings for the win.


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


BOXSCORE (suspended game)


BOXSCORE (regular game)


RECORD: 15-13, tied for 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 mid-May


DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts near the end of May

Pitcher of the Day – Ryan Kulik


Springfield Cardinals starting pitcher Ryan Kulik allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings, but left the game in a 1-1 tie. His teammates won the game over Arkansas with three in the tenth inning. The 23-year-old left-hander allowed six hits, four walks and fanned just one, but stayed out of serious trouble.


Player of the Day – Francisco Rivera


Palm Beach first baseman Francisco Rivera went 4-for-4 including two doubles, scored once and collected two RBI in the Cardinals' 6-5 win at Charlotte.



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