The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/12

All three Cardinals farm clubs in action on Monday took losses as they were outscored 16-3. Not much positive can be said.

Games Played Monday, May 11


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) – Lost at Iowa 6-2


The Redbirds limped out of Des Moines after losing three of four to the I-Cubs. Starter P.J. Walters served up a three-run home run in the fourth inning to put Memphis down 4-0. He ended up yielding all six runs in 6 1/3 innings and dropped to 1-1 in the Pacific Coast League.
First baseman Nick Stavinoha hit a solo home run in the ninth. It was his fourth of the season and team-best 24th RBI. His teammates managed just two other hits on the day.


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: 17-12, 1st place by one-half game - PCL American North Division



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) – Lost at Arkansas 7-1


Cards' starting pitcher Brandon Dickson (2-2 on the season) surrendered three runs, two earned, on four hits over four innings.  He walked four and hit a batter.


The pen was no better as three relievers that followed issued four more free passes, six hits and yielded four more runs. As a staff, the Cardinals lead all of professional baseball with 173 walks so far this season.


The offense fanned 11 times against three Naturals pitchers. Springfield scored their only run in the third, as Tony Cruz singled home Pete Kozma.


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: 17-13, 1st place by one game - Texas League North Division



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) – Lost at home to St. Lucie 3-0


Home cooking didn't do it for the Cardinals as they had twice as many hits as the Mets (eight vs. four) but couldn't put them together, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine.


Starter Richard Castillo took the loss despite the first two runs having scored on an error by right fielder Shane Peterson and the final one coming in on a fielders' choice. He fell to 0-4, 5.03 on 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: 11-19, tied for last place, nine games out - FSL South Division



Quad Cities River Bandits (A) – off


Tuesday at Peoria.


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 DayBlake King


Taking over for Palm Beach in the fifth, King tossed three hitless innings, allowing a single baserunner on a walk. He fanned four and lowered his season ERA to 1.35 in the process.  


Player of the Day – Brett Wallace


Springfield's third baseman went 3-for-4, all singles, but had no help, as he didn't cross the plate once nor did he collect an RBI on the day. The top prospect raised his season average to .284.



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