The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 06/17

Adam Ottavino pitched like a first round draft pick Tuesday night and deserved a much better fate than a no-decision. Still looking for his first win on the season, Ottavino gave up just one run on three hits through seven innings before Memphis finally lost to Albuquerque by the score of 2-1.


Games Played Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Albuquerque 2-1

Albuquerque slipped by Memphis late with a 2-1 win Tuesday night at AutoZone Park.

Memphis wasted a solid outing from Adam Ottavino, who is still looking for his first win of the season. Ottavino struck out seven and allowed one run on three hits over seven innings. Last night's start was Ottavino's 13th of the season, Ottavino (0-8) is still searching for his first Triple-A win of his career. Redbirds reliever Matt Scherer took the loss allowing one run on two hits in 0.2 innings.

Going into last night's game, Jarrett Hoffpauir was swinging the bat well for the Redbirds and leading Memphis in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. Hoffpauir is on an eight-game hit streak, has 20 hits in the last 14 games and has five homers in the last seven games.

BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Playing at third base last night, went 1-for-4 and is currently hitting .241 at Memphis.

PRESS RELEASE: 'Topes win pitching war, 2-1


RECORD: 31-34, 3rd Place, 7.5 GB - PCL American North Division


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Defeated Arkansas 4-3

the Springfield Cardinals snapped their four-game skid with a 4-3 win over the Arkansas Travelers on Tuesday night. With the win, the Cards (35-28) are now two games up on both Tulsa (33-30) and Northwest Arkansas (33-30) with just seven games to go in the first half.

Trey Hearne improved to 6-1 on the season, picking up the win as he allowed just two runs on five hits through seven innings. Francisco Samuel earned his 16th save closing out the game for Springfield.

Left-fielder Steven Hill hit a two run double to help lead the Cardinals offense to a much needed win.

WELL-REPRESENTED IN FRISCO: The Springfield Cardinals will be sending nine players to the Texas League All-Star Game, to be held at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, on Wednesday, July 1st. Outfielder Tyler Henley, first baseman Mark Hamilton and second baseman Daniel Descalso will all start for the North Division. The three offensive reserves are outfielder Daryl Jones, infielder Pete Kozma and catcher Steven Hill. The Cards will also send three pitchers to the midsummer classic, with Trey Hearne, Lance Lynn and Francisco Samuel all getting the nod.

PRESS RELEASE: Springfield Hangs on for 4-3 Win


RECORD: 35-28, 1st Place - Texas League North Division


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 9-7 over Tampa

The Cardinals beat the Tampa Bay Yankees for the second straight game Tuesday night with a big 9-7 win, as Palm Beach moves out of the basement of the standings, albeit, by just three percentage points, over the Sarasota Reds.

Starter Scott Gorgen earned the win giving up just two earned runs on seven hits, including one home run, while striking out eight and walking only two through five innings.

The offense was out in full force with second baseman Aaron Luna leading the charge with two big extra-base hits (a triple & home run), as he went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Luna also took one for the team getting hit by a pitch.


RECORD: 26-39, 5th Place, 14.5 GB - FSL South Division


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Peoria 10-0

If you can't say something good, don't say anything at all.



RECORD: 28-37, 6th Place, 10.0 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 - Adam Ottavino

Show some love for the former first round draft pick. Still looking for his first win of the season with an 0-8 record, Ottavino pitched one of his best games this season, giving up just one run on three hits through seven compete innings to end up with a no-decision. He deserved a better fate.



Minor League Player of the Day - Aaron Luna

The Palm Beach Cardinals had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored.



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