The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/18

Palm Beach Cardinals' starter Scott Gorgen had another very strong outing Sunday with nothing to show for it at the end of the day.


Games Played Sunday, May 18, 2009


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Reno 1-0

The Memphis Redbirds were shutout 1-0 Sunday afternoon at home at Autozone Park Reno shutout Memphis 1-0 Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.

Starter Evan MacLane suffered another tough loss, giving up just one run, unearned, on seven hits in 6.2 innings. Jarrett Hoffpauir went 2-for-4 to lead the Redbirds' offense.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Wallace made a throwing error which allowed the unearned run to score in Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Aces. Brett went 0-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts.

COMING UP: Adam Ottavino is scheduled to take the mound for Memphis today, the former first round draft pick is still looking for his first win on the season.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Brett Wallace (#2), Bryan Anderson (#3), Jess Todd (#4), Jon Jay (#10), Clayton Mortensen (#11), Adam Ottavino (#13), Allen Craig (#14) and P.J. Walters (#23),


RECORD: 19-16, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - OFF DAY

The Springfield Cardinals (19-16) finished the eight-game road trip with a 4-4 record, after an 8-5 loss to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Arvest Ballpark. The Cards will take a day off today, then return to Hammons Field for an eight-game homestand, beginning Monday.

TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Daryl Jones (#5), Pete Kozma (#12), Lance Lynn (#18), Francisco Samuel (#19), Tyler Herron (#25), and Steven Hill (#29).


RECORD: 19-16, Tied for 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Sarasota 4-3

The Cardinals blew a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth as the Reds staged a comeback scoring four runs off of reliever Adam Reifer.

Starter Scott Gorgen had another impressive start go unrewarded, pitching six complete scoreless frames, giving up only four hits and two walks, while striking out four, in another no decision. Adam Reifer was charged with a blown save, his second and his third loss of the year, after he gave up four runs on four hits and a walk.

Outfielder Shane Peterson had two RBIs Sunday, going 2-for-4 on the day 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: 13-23, Last Place, 10.5 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Kane County 3-1

Sunday the Quad Cities River Bandits suffered a tough 3-1 loss, after getting a strong pitching from the tandem starting duo of Hector Cardenas and Andres Rosales, who limited the Cougars to six hits in the ballgame. Rosales, who came on after Cardenas, took the loss for Quad Cities despite having one of his best outings of the year. He struck out six and allowed four hits over four innings out of the bullpen, but was touched for the decisive two-out runs and three hits during the Cougars' eighth-inning rally. Cardenas gave up just two hits and a run without issuing a walk or recording a strikeout through five frames for a no-decision for his effort.

Offensively, there wasn't much to write home about, third baseman Alex Castellanos started the scoring in the bottom of the third, with a leadoff double, moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by outfielder Travis Mitchell's. Castellanos then came home on a base hit single to right-center by designated hitter Jarred Bogany that gave Quad Cities a 1-0 lead that wouldn't stand the test of time.

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


RECORD: 19-16, 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 - Scott Gorgen

Gorgen had another very strong outing go unrewarded Sunday, pitching six scoreless frames with only a no-decison to show for his effort.



Minor League Player of the Day - Shane Peterson

Peterson's 2-for-4 day and two RBIs highlighted what was otherwise a very off day offensively for the Baby Birds down on the farm.



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