The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/11

With Palm Beach off, the others went 2-1 on Sunday as Hector Cardenas and Daniel Descalso starred.


Games Played Sunday, May 10


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) – Lost at Iowa 9-2


Spotted a two-run lead in the first, Memphis starter Clayton Mortensen couldn't hold it and was tagged with the loss. He gave up six runs on nine hits in six innings of work. Ian Ostlund yielded three more.
The Redbirds offense managed just four hits and one walk all day. Bryan Anderson walked, doubled and scored. Nick Stavinoha followed with a two-base hit of his own and scored the other run.

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: 17-11, 1st place by one game - PCL American North Division



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) – Won at Arkansas 10-9


The Cardinals blew an 8-0 lead, but scored twice in the eighth inning and held on for a 10-9 victory over Arkansas on Sunday. It was the second time in their last 11 games that the beleaguered Springfield bullpen helped let an 8-0 advantage slip away. 


Daniel Descalso's RBI single scored Brett Wallace and Andrew Brown followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Cards ahead to stay in the eighth inning at 10-9. Earlier, Mark Hamilton slammed a pair of home runs while Descalso and Steven Hill had back-to-back jacks.


Starter Lance Lynn was strong over five shutout innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. Eddie Degerman (blown save) walked four straight before winner Brad Furnish and Tyler Norrick with the save settled the Arkansas hitters down.


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: 17-12, 1st place by two games - Texas League North Division



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) – off


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) – Defeated Cedar Rapids 5-3


Featured in our "River Bandits Rap Sheet" this week, outfielder Chris Swauger went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI while Osvaldo Morales went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.


Hector Cardenas shut down the Kernels with four scoreless innings of relief for the win before closer Casey Mulligan continued his dominating season with a lock-down ninth inning for his eighth save in eight opportunities.


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




RECORD: 16-13, tied for third place, 2.5 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 – Hector Cardenas


Taking over for Quad Cities in the fifth with the bases loaded and no out, Cardenas allowed just a sacrifice fly and followed it up with three shutout innings to earn the win. He allowed just one hit, two walks and struck out four.


Player of the Day – Daniel Descalso


Springfield's second baseman went 3-for-5 including a double and a home run, scored twice and plated three in a wild 10-9 victory. His last hit plated the tying run. Descalso is hitting .363 with the Cardinals.



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