Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 4/27/10

Mark Shorey led St. Louis Cardinals farmhands at the plate Monday with three hits and three RBI. On the mound, Matt Frevert notched his fourth victory for Palm Beach.

On a night that saw multiple games rained out throughout minor league baseball, the three St. Louis Cardinals affiliates scheduled all avoided the rain. Palm Beach was the lone club to garner a win while Springfield and Memphis suffered through shaky performances on the mound.

Mark Shorey led Cardinals farmhands at the plate and Matt Frevert notched his fourth victory of the season for Palm Beach.

Memphis outgunned by Oklahoma City, 12-4

Starter Adam Ottavino tossed only two shaky innings against the Redhawks. The former first round pick allowed three runs, two earned, with a walk and a strikeout. Trey Hearne would follow and receive a terrible welcome from the hosts. The right-hander was tagged for seven runs on six hits and a walk.

The rest of the bullpen helped calm the storm. Relievers Rich Rundles, Josh Kinney, Fernando Salas, and Matt Scherer allowed only one earned run over the next five innings. The lone run was a solo home run off the bat of Gregorio Petit off of Salas.

After recently making his pitching debut, Mark Shorey collected three hits and three RBIs to pace the Redbirds. The former 31st round pick is now hitting .361. Ruben Gotay had two hits including his fourth home run. Daniel Descalso and Kevin Howard had two hits as well.

The Redbirds are now 8-11, five games back of the PCL American North leading Nashville Sounds.


Springfield falls to Northwest Arkansas, 6-2

The Naturals got three runs in the third and never looked back, outlasting their regional rival. The Cardinals put forth an anemic offensive performance, managing only three hits on the night.

Aaron Luna's sole hit was a solo home run in the fifth. Luna also walked and scored his team's other run and is now hitting .317 this season.

Nick Additon was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks in six innings of work. Reliever Thomas Eager gave up three runs on three hits in his two-inning outing. Both were hurt by long balls of the bat of Naturals' catcher Jeff Howell.

The Cardinals remain on top of the Texas League North Division with a record of 11-6.


Palm Beach outduels Fort Myers, 8-4

Fort Myers jumped out to a four run lead in the bottom of the first but the Cardinals climbed back with one in the first and three in the seventh to tie things up. Palm Beach would hang four on the board in the top of the tenth to claim the victory over the Miracle.

After the shaky first, Jared Bradford settled in to finish with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Matt Frevert claimed his fourth victory of the season with a scoreless inning of work. Casey Mulligan struck out two in a perfect ninth and has yet to allow an earned run in 2010.

On the offensive side, Domnit Bolivar collected three hits and drove in two runs to lead the Cardinals attack. One of his hits was a solo shot, his first of the year. Rich Racobaldo added three hits, as well, including two doubles. Tommy Pham contributed a two-run home run in the three run seventh.

Palm Beach is now 9-7, two and a half games behind first place Bradenton.


Quad Cities River Bandits had a scheduled off day

The team is 14-4 and sits atop of the Midwest League Western Division. The River Bandits return to action on Tuesday on the road at Kane County. Right-handed phenom Shelby Miller is scheduled to take the hill for the Quad Cities.

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