The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/13

Arquimedes Nieto retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced in the nightcap of the Quad Cities doubleheader yesterday. IN OTHER NEWS: Memphis shutout Vegas behind Evan MacLane's strong pitching; Bryan Anderson has a big hit; Osvaldo Morales goes deep twice; Brendan Ryan begins his rehab assignment; Springfield wins; Palm Beach loses again; and more ...


Games Played Tuesday, May 12th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 2-0 over Las Vegas

The Memphis Redbirds shutout the Las Vegas 51's 2-0 Tuesday night at AutoZone Park behind the strong pitching of Evan MacLane. MacLane pitched eight scoreless frames to pick up his second win for Memphis, giving up just five hits.

Catcher Bryan Anderson's triple was the key hit of the night, driving in third baseman David Freese from first base and tacked on an insurance run in the fifth with an RBI-single from Nick Stavinoha, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Nick leads the team with four home runs and 25 RBIs. Freese finished the night with a pair of singles to lead the Redbirds offense.

ROSTER MOVES: St. Louis infielder Brendan Ryan joined Memphis yesterday to begin his rehab assignment. In his first game, batting leadoff and playing shortstop, Ryan went 0-for-3 while striking out twice.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Redbirds are 10-4 at home this season.

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) and Nick Stavinoha (#30).


RECORD: 18-12, 1st Place - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Arkansas 3-1

The Cardinals could only muster up one run Tuesday as starter Tyler Herron suffered his second straight loss, allowing two runs, one earned, over five innings.

The Cardinals only run came in the fifth when the designated hitter, Andrew Brown, doubled and two batters later, scored on center fielder Jim Rapoport's RBI single. Brown went 2-for-4 on the night to lead the offense and raised his batting average above the .300 mark to .310.

BROWN STREAK OVER: Andrew Brown's seven-game hit streak came to an end on Monday, as he went 0-for-4 in the 7-1 loss to Arkansas. Brown was 13-for-28 (.464) during the streak.

ROSTER MOVES: Cards' right-hander Kyle Mura, nursing an elbow injury for the last couple weeks, was taken off the Disabled List on Monday morning. Mura then pitched in Monday's game, giving up three infield hits, while giving up a run in one inning of work. The roster now stands at 24 active players, as the Redbirds had been playing a man short since Mike Folli's promotion to Triple-A Memphis.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 1-for-4 yesterday.

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: 17-14, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Port St. Lucie 12-6

Starter Scott Gorgen didn't even make it out of the second inning before giving up six runs on four hits, including two home runs, one a grand slam and the Cardinal sin, issuing four free passes, to get tagged with the loss Tuesday.

The bullpen and defense didn't fare much better, giving up six additional runs, four of them earned.

The Cardinals had plenty of scoring opportunities; of course you would hope to come away with a win when you score six runs, going 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Outfielder and leadoff man Adron Chambers continues to play well, last night he went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs. Center fielder Tommy Pham, who is playing better of late, went 2-for-4 including his second home run on the season. Tommy also drew a walk, stole a base and scored three times to lead the Cardinals offense.

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


RECORD: 11-20, Last Place, 9.0 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Split a Doubleheader with Peoria

GAME ONE: Lost to Peoria 8-2

The Bandits were never really in this game after the first inning. Peoria jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and added five more in the third to take a 7-0 lead. The Bandits put up two runs in the fourth. First baseman Chris Swauger hit his fourth home run on the year to lead off the inning and with the bases loaded, the designated hitter, Osvaldo Morales scored from third on a grounder to third, with the throw going to second.

Starter Scott McGregor was tagged with the loss, giving up all eight runs, six of them earned, 10 hits and two walks, through three-plus innings.

GAME TWO: Defeated Peoria 4-0

Starter Arquimedes Nieto retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced using just 47 pitches to last into the sixth, leaving the game after giving up a leadoff single. Man that's bad, you give up a hit and you are out of the game. Nieto finished the night giving up only one hit over five plus scoreless frames while fanning three and walking none.

Give the bullpen some credit, relievers Ramon Delgado and Casey Mulligan each added a scoreless frame to complete the one-hit shutout that Nieto started.

Osvaldo Morales homered twice, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the River Bandits offense in the nightcap.

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



RECORD: 17-14, Tied for 3rd Place, 3.0 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 - Arquimedes Nieto

I guess I'm going to have to learn how to spell "Arquimedes", if he keeps pitching like this. Nieto retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced in the nightcap of the Quad Cities doubleheader yesterday.



Minor League Player of the Day - Osvaldo Morales

Osvaldo scored four runs in yesterday's doubleheader for Quad Cities, including three runs in the second game, where he hit two home runs to pace the Bandits offense.



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