The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/16

David Kopp pitched six solid innings for the Palm Beach Cardinals Friday night, giving up just one run, to set the tone for the pitching staff that held the Charlotte Snow Crabs to just one run for 14 innings last night. IN OTHER NEWS: Daniel Descalso makes a diving play to save the day for Springfield; Roster moves Friday include - Brendan Ryan, Mitchell Boggs, Andrew Brown & Curt Smith and more.


Games Played Friday, May 15th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Las Vegas 8-1

Starter Clayton Mortensen managed to pitch to five batters in the sixth inning before being removed from the game, getting tagged with giving up seven runs on nine hits, including three home runs, as his record falls to 2-3 on the season.

Not much offense to speak of for Memphis. Outfielder Jon Jay was the only player with a multi-hit game, he went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. First baseman Javier Brito had the only RBI on the night, it coming on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.

The Redbirds have lost three straight and are now a half game back of Iowa and Nashville in the North Division standings.

ROSTER MOVES: Another round of roster moves for the Memphis Redbirds Friday, major league shortstop Brendan Ryan was activated from the 15-day DL and I'll have to admit, with Ryan going hitless in Memphis through his rehab assignment, the move came as a little bit of a surprise to me. Mitchell Boggs was sent back to Memphis Friday to make room for Ryan on the Cardinals roster.

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: 18-15, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 5-4 over NWA

The Birdhouse's "Minor League Player of the Month" for April, Daniel Descalso made a diving catch for the final out in the ninth inning, helped the Springfield Cardinals hang on for a 5-4 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Friday night at Arvest Ballpark.

Starter Lance Lynn took a shut-out into the sixth inning before giving up a two-run homer. Lynn, who earned the win, finished the night, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out three.

Closer Francisco Samuel had difficulty hanging on to a 5-3 lead. Samuel walked a batter with just one out into the ninth inning, then with two outs, gave up an RBI double to Cody Strait. With the tying run at second base, Samuel delivered just one pitch to Jeff Howell, who had the game-winning homer on Thursday night. Second baseman Daniel Descalso made a diving catch on Howell's soft liner to right field, securing the win and giving Samuel his ninth save on the season.

BROWN UPDATE: Andrew Brown has been placed on the Disabled List after injuring his left hand while swinging in Wednesday night's game. X-rays on Brown's left hand returned negative, but the Cardinals are still waiting for results of an MRI. The former 18th round pick out of Nebraska will be reevaluated upon returning to Springfield next week. Brown had been red-hot for Springfield, hitting safely in nine of his last ten games, including seven multi-hit efforts.

ROSTER MOVE: First baseman Curt Smith, who was leading the Florida State League in batting (.344) and hits (44) has been called up to Springfield. Smith will take the place of Andrew Brown, who has been placed on the Disabled List. Smith looks like a complete steal at this point, drafted in last year's 39th round out of the University of Maine. Last year, Smith led the Appy League in batting with a .378 average, ripping eight homers and driving in 49 runs in just 47 games for the Johnson City Cardinals. In addition to leading the Florida State League in hitting, Smith has five homers and 22 RBIs in 32 games for Palm Beach this year.

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: 19-15, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 2-1 over Charlotte in 14

Give the kids some credit, going into Friday night's game they had the worst record in the league, they responded by scratching out a 2-1 victory in 14 innings. Good for them.

A lot of pitcher's ERAs are going to look a lot better after yesterday's game. Starter David Kopp pitched six complete innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out nine. The bullpen tossed seven scoreless frames with Chuckie Fick picking up the win as the Cardinals defeated the Snow Crabs 2-1.

Second baseman Jose Garcia reached base four times last night, going 3-for-5 at the plate and with a walk, while scoring one of the Baby Redbirds runs. Center fielder Tommy Pham, who seems to be in the mix of things lately, scored the other run as he went 2-for-5 and also reached base on a walk.

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


RECORD: 13-21, Last Place, 9.5 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Rained Out

For the second time in three days, the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Peoria Chiefs were rained out on Friday. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader when the teams meet again at O'Brien Field from June 14-17.

The two clubs split a doubleheader on Tuesday, were rained out Wednesday and split another twin bill on Thursday to finish the four-game series even.

CASEY AT THE MOUND: RHP Casey Mulligan, the Cardinals and Birdhouse "Minor League Pitcher of the Month" for April has been nearly unhittable this year. The former catcher is in just his first full season on the mound, but has converted all eight of his save opportunities and earned two wins while posting a 0.60 ERA through his first 14 appearances. Even more impressive is that 11 of those 14 outings have been hitless ones, as the hard throwing righty with multiple arm angles has registered 30 strikeouts while allowing just six hits and walking three in 15 innings of work this season.

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


RECORD: 18-15, Tied for 3rd Place, 3.5 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 as they take on the Phillies

DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts the 30th of May as they also take on the Phillies.

Minor League Pitcher of the Day - David Kopp

Pitched six solid innings for Palm Beach giving up only one run, to set the tone for the pitching staff that held the Charlotte Snow Crabs to just one run for 14 innings last night. Give the bullpen some credit as well, as they tossed seven scoreless frames.



Minor League Player of the Day - Jose Garcia

The Palm Beach Cardinals second baseman reached base four times last night and scored on of the two runs, leading to the Cardinals back to back wins over the last two nights.



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