The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/08

Sunday's highlights includes; Clayton Mortensen's complete game gem and Joe Mather's big day at the plate


Games Played Sunday, June 7th, 2009


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 12-1 over New Orleans.

Memphis starter Clayton Mortensen pitched a complete game gem on Sunday afternoon as the Redbirds defeated the Zephyrs 12-1 at Autozone Park. The Redbirds starter needed only 98 pitches to silence the Zephyrs for his first complete game in his professional career.

Memphis offensively had its best game of the season pounding out a season high 12 runs on 20 hits. Redbirds right fielder Joe Mather had three hits on the day, which brings his post-DL batting average up to .305. He also had three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Redbirds offense.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 1-for-3 with an RBI and base on balls.

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),

PRESS RELEASE: Redbirds crush Z's, 12-1


RECORD: 30-27, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 4-1 over Corpus Christi

Springfield starter Lance Lynn won his team-leading fifth decision of the year and infielder Daniel Descalso fell a single shy of the cycle. Francisco Samuel worked a 1-2-3 inning for his 13th save, second in the league.

Descalso scored three of Springfield's four runs, finishing the game 3-for-4 and missing what would have been the first cycle in franchise history.

PETE KOZMA WATCH: Pete went 0-for-2 and reached base on a walk.

ROSTER MOVES: After coming back down to Springfield for the last two weeks, Donovan Solano has been called back up to Triple-A Memphis, taking the roster spot of Tyler Greene, who was promoted to St. Louis on Friday. Solano was swinging the bat well in Memphis before returning to Springfield last week, batting .289 for the Redbirds in 22 games. Solano went through a rough stretch upon returning for Springfield, going 0 for his first 14 before putting together a five-game hit streak. Overall for Springfield, Solano was batting just .222 with a homer and ten RBIs in 23 games.

In addition, Taking Solano's spot on the roster is catcher Nick Derba, called up on Saturday from Palm Beach of the Florida State League. In 30 games for Palm Beach, Derba was batting just .198 with one home run and only two RBIs. Last season, Derba hit just .166 for Palm Beach, with two homers and 22 RBIs in 66 games. Derba, who started Sunday behind the plate, was drafted in the 30th round of the 2007 June Draft.

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

PRESS RELEASE: Cards Drown Hooks 4-1


RECORD: 31-23, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 6-4 over Clearwater

The Cardinals came back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Threshers 6-4 on Sunday.

Second baseman Aaron Luna hit his third home run on the season, a two-run shot in the third as the Cards scored four runs before the inning was over to take the lead.

Starter Chuckie Fick didn't factor into the decision, pitching four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, including two home runs. Reliever Blake King picked up the win with two near perfect scoreless frames.

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


RECORD: 23-33, Tied for Last Place, 13.5 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Clinton 4-2 in 10

For the second straight night the Quad Cities River Bandits suffered an extra innings loss to the Clinton Lumberkings.

Bandits' infielder Alex Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a leadoff double. The 10th-round pick last summer is hitting an even .400 (22-55) during the stretch, boasting the longest hit-streak by a River Bandits player this season as well as the longest current streak in the Midwest League.

Starter Brett Zawacki pitched three-plus scoreless innings before leaving the game with a blister on his finger. Reliever David Carpenter was tagged with a blown save and the loss.

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



RECORD: 25-30, 6th Place, 8.5 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 - Clayton Mortensen

His first professional complete game Sunday was the highlight of the day as the Memphis Redbirds defeated New Orleans 12-1. Mortensen used only 98 pitches to get through the game.



Minor League Player of the Day - Joe Mather

Is Mather back? Sunday Mather had three hits, drove in three runs and scored three times enough to earn him our Birdhouse "Player of the Day" honors.



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