The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/11

Springfield Cardinals' shortstop Pete Kozma hit a grand slam and just missed hitting for the cycle Wednesday night at the first place Cardinals defeated the second place Tulsa Drillers 8-6.


Games Played Wednesday, June 10th


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - OFF DAY

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

RECORD: 30-29, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 8-6 over Tulsa

Reliever Eddie Degerman faced just seven batters in two innings, giving up one run, good enough to pick up his second win of the season Wednesday night. Francisco Samuel closed out the game in the ninth with a scoreless frame to pick up his 14th save on the season.

Shortstop Pete Kozma led the offense with a grand slam and missed hitting the cycle by just one single.

The Springfield victory gives the Cards (32-24) a three-game lead over the Drillers (29-27) with just 14 games to play in the first half, as they inch closer to the first half title.

Springfield and Tulsa will play a double-header on Thursday, with game one beginning at 6:05pm from Drillers Stadium. Trey Hearne (4-1) and Brandon Dickson (2-4) will go for the Redbirds, while the Drillers will counter with Jhoulys Chacin (4-4) and Joey Williamson (0-0).

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

PRESS RELEASE: Kozma Slams Driller


RECORD: 32-24, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 4-3 over Clearwater

Leadoff man and right fielder Adron Chambers had three hits last night to lead the Cardinals offense to a 4-3 victory over Clearwater. It seems like you can talk about a Palm Beach win without making reference to Chambers, who is hitting .262 with 0 HRs and 19 RBIs on the season, with a .330 OBP with 10 stolen bases and 24 runs scored.

Samuel Freeman, on in relief, pitched the final two innings of the game, giving up just one base hit, while striking out three, to pick up the win, his second on the season.

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


RECORD: 24-35, Tied for Last Place - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Cedar Rapids 8-2

Outfielder Jarred Bogany went 3-for-4 to lead the Quad Cities (26-32) offense, but the rest of the team managed just two hits as the River Bandits lost for the 16th time in their last 21 games.

Arquimedes Nieto, a kid I've been very high on was hit hard last night as he gave up seven runs, six of them earned on seven hits, including a home run and a walk. Nieto's record now stands at 1-5 with a 4.24 ERA.

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



RECORD: 26-32, 6th Place, 9.5 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 - Francisco Samuel

Picked up his 14th save on the season with a scoreless frame in the ninth as Springfield defeated Tulsa 8-6 Wednesday night.



Minor League Player of the Day - Pete Kozma

A grand slam homer and just a single shy of hitting for the cycle, Kozma delivered what the Springfield Cardinals needed Wednesday to put some extra distance between themselves and the Tulsa Drillers



© 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.


The Cardinal Nation Top Stories