The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/14

Memphis Redbirds starter Adam Ottavino pitched his best game this season Wednesday night in Las Vegas, but the former first round draft pick is still looking for his first win this year.


Games Played Wednesday, May 13th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Las Vegas 4-3 in 11

The Redbirds suffered a tough loss in Las Vegas last night, losing in Las Vegas is something that isn't new for me, but for Memphis it was hard to take. It was a scoreless game through nine innings with both team's scoring three runs in the 10th to extend it to the 11th. Las Vegas scored a run in the top of the 11th with Memphis failing to put something across in the bottom half, to fall to the 51's 4-3 and to an 8-8, .500 road record this season.

Starter Adam Ottavino, still looking for his first win, deserved one last night after pitching six scoreless frames, scattering five hits and three walks while striking out four. It was his best performance in my recent memory. Jess Todd gave up the three runs in the 10th but it was Fernando Salas who took the loss, giving up the winning run in the 11th.

Center fielder Jon Jay and first baseman Allen Craig both went 3-for-5 with Jay driving in two runs and Craig the other one. Brendan Ryan in his second game on his rehab assignment went 0-for-5 while playing shortstop and batting in the leadoff spot.

ROSTER MOVES: The Cardinals promoted outfielder Nick Stavinoha to St. Louis. The right-handed hitter replaced disabled outfielder Ryan Ludwick on the Cardinals active roster. Stavinoha joined the Cardinals for their game Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh wearing uniform number 19.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Bryan Anderson (#3), Jess Todd (#4), Jon Jay (#10), Clayton Mortensen (#11), Adam Ottavino (#13), Allen Craig (#14) and P.J. Walters (#23),


RECORD: 18-13, 1st Place - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 9-8 over NWA

In a see-saw battle road battle most of the night, 17 runs were scored on 28 hits, with the Springfield Cardinals coming out on top of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 9-8, Wednesday night at Arvest Ballpark.

Trey Hearne struggled through five innings while picking up the win. Hearne scattered six hits, giving up four earned runs and two walks during his five innings of work. Hearne, who struck out a franchise-record 13 during his last appearance against the Naturals, fanned just three batters on the night. Francisco Samuel picked up his eighth save of the season after retiring the Naturals in order. Of note, Tyler Norrick had a rare rough night since moving to the bullpen. Norrick gave up a pair of runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth

Offensively eight of the nine Cardinals recorded a hit and scored one run. Catcher Tony Cruz led the offense, going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Outfielder and leadoff man Daryl Jones scored two runs and shortstop Pete Kozma drove in two runs with a triple. Steven "the King of the" Hill, playing in right, hit a two run home run in the fifth to move into a tie for the Texas League lead with nine home runs.

The win for Springfield ends their two-game skid and keeps them a full game up on the Tulsa Drillers in the North Division.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 0-for-3, but reached base twice via the walk.

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: 18-14, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to the Mets 9-4

The Cardinals continue to just find ways to lose. You try to come up with something positive on a team with a 2-10 record this month. The Cardinals closed out last month just winning two of their last 10 games in April.

Starter Brian Broderick was tagged with the loss. He pitched well until he was roughed up for five runs in the fifth frame which would be all the runs the Mets would need. Hopefully he rebound from this start and will continue to work to stretch out his game.

Left-fielder Curt Smith had a good night at the plate, going 3-for-5, raising his season batting average to .336.

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


RECORD: 11-21, Last Place, 9.5 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Postponed

There wasn't much baseball played in the Midwest League Wednesday night with four games postponed due to rain including Wednesday's scheduled game between the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Peoria Chiefs.

The two clubs will make up the rainout with a doubleheader on Thursday consisting of two seven-inning games and starting at 5:00 p.m.

BIG MO: 1B Osvaldo Morales provided the pop in game two of Tuesday's doubleheader, blasting two solo homers—the second multi-homer effort by a River Bandits player this year—and driving in three runs. In his last three Ball games, the powerful Dominican is a blistering 6-for-10 with two doubles, two homers, three runs and five RBI. Morales shares the team lead for home runs with OF Jon Edwards at five, and is second in the Midwest League with 29 RBIs behind only OF Kyle Russell of Great Lakes.

ROSTER MOVES: Outfielder Jarred Bogany was transferred from Extended Spring Training to the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Single-A Midwest League on Wednesday. Bogany replaced outfielder Ryde Rodriguez on the Bandits' active roster with the latter being returned to Extended Spring Training.

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


RECORD: 17-14, 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 May 18th against the Phillies.

DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts May 30th against the Phillies.

Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Adam Ottavino

Still looking for his first win this season, Ottavino deserved a better fate than a no-decision after pitching six scoreless frames Wednesday night.



Minor League Player of the Day - Tony Cruz

Cruz went 3-for-5 Wednesday, driving in three runs to keep the Springfield Cardinals in first place, while ending a two-game skid.



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