The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 05/20

Springfield Cardinals starter Trey Hearne pitched another masterpiece Tuesday night for his third win of the season.


Games Played Tuesday, May 19th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) -

Memphis scored three runs in the first inning and cruised to a 3-1 win over Reno Tuesday afternoon at AutoZone Park.

The Redbirds cranked out four hits in the opening frame along with a Reno error to score three runs and take command of the game. Three of the ‘Birds first four batters all singled with Javier Brito's single scoring Jon Jay. Donovan Solano delivered the big blow with a two-run single to score Brito and Mark Shorey, who reached on an error. Solano and Brett Wallace led Memphis with two hits each. Abraham Nunez knocked in the Aces only run in the second inning on a fielder's choice.

Blake Hawksworth took the early lead and ran with it into the seventh inning before giving way to the bullpen. The right-hander gave up one run on six hits with seven strikeouts across 6.1 innings for his fourth victory of the year. Royce Ring and Josh Kinney closed down the final 2.2 innings with Kinney notching his first save of the season. Reno starter Cesar Valdez took the loss allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits and four walks over six innings.

Memphis returns to action Thursday at Tacoma with game time scheduled for 9:00 p.m. CDT. Mitchell Boggs makes his first start for the ‘Birds since being optioned from St. Louis on Friday.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 2-for-4 and reached base on a walk. The Cardinals reigning top prospect is hitting .471 since being promoted to Memphis.

FREESE FRAME: Memphis Redbirds third baseman David Freese underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Tuesday. The procedure included a debridement and clean up of scar tissue. The 26-year-old will begin therapy this week. No time table has been set for his return.

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: 21-16, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 6-1 over Arkansas

Trey Hearne was pitched his second straight masterpiece in front of the home fans, as the Cardinals defeated the Arkansas Travelers by a score of 6-1 on Tuesday night.

Hearne gave up just one run on just four hits over seven innings, striking out seven without walking a batter. Couple that with Hearne's last outing at Hammons Field, and he's now struck out 20 hitters over his last 13 innings at home, allowing just two runs on six hits, while walking just one hitter. Relievers Marco Gonzalez and Eddie Degerman each worked a scoreless inning to finish it off for Springfield.

Outfielder Tyler Henley led the offense, going 3-for-4 on the night, driving in three runs and scoring another one. First baseman Mark Hamilton went deep for the 6th time this season with a solo blast in the second and catcher Tony Cruz hit two doubles and scored twice, to back up Hearne's performance on the mound.

BROWN OUT 6-8 WEEKS: Andrew Brown was placed on the Disabled List on Friday, after injuring his left hand while swinging in Wednesday night's game. The former 18th round pick out of Nebraska is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks with a broken hamate bone in his left hand. Brown had been red-hot, hitting safely in nine of his last ten games, including seven multi-hit efforts.

DARYL JONES WATCH: Daryl, playing in left and batting in the leadoff spot went 2-for-4, to raise his batting average to .310 and had an RBI to contribute to the scoring last night.

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


RECORD: 21-16, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Sarasota 4-2

The Cardinals lost the game and two of the three-game set with the Sarasota Reds Tuesday by the score of 4-2.

Starter Nick Additon was tagged with the loss, pitching just two innings and one run on one hit and three walks, while striking out two.

Leadoff man and outfielder Adron Chambers went 2-for-4 on the night with a triple and a run scored.

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


RECORD: 14-24, Last Place, 10.5 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 6-5 over Kane County in 10

Charlie Cutler and Travis Mitchell each collected four hits for the Quad Cities River Bandits on Tuesday night, but it the end it was the first hit of the night for Alex Castellanos that was the game-winner in a 6-5, 10-inning victory over the Kane County Cougars at Modern Woodmen Park.

Reliever Ramon Delgado earned the win for Quad Cities with two innings of relief despite allowing the Cougars to take the lead in the top of the 10th. Starter Josh Wilson pitched 4.1 innings, giving up four runs, three of them earned on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Gary Daley, the Bandits' tandem starter pitched 3.2 scoreless frames to give Quad Cities the opportunity to win.

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


RECORD: 21-16, Tied for 2nd Place, 1.5 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.

Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Trey Hearne

Trey struck out seven in seven innings while scattering just four hits and giving up just one run, to pick up third win of the season.



Minor League Player of the Day - Tyler Henley

Tyler went 3-for-4 last night, driving in three runs and scoring another one to help the Springfield Cardinals to stay in first.



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