With the threat of precipitation
in the Saturday afternoon forecast for Jupiter, Florida, the St. Louis Cardinals
and Florida Marlins jointly agreed to move their scheduled games up by 2 ½
hours, to 10:30 A.M,. to ensure they beat the rain. The Cardinals made the best
of the early wake-up call, with a five-game sweep of the “away”
Sunday’s opponents for the
Cardinals minor leaguers will be their New York Mets counterparts.
Springfield are traveling to Port St. Lucie
while the single-A teams stay home at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter,
Scout.com Cardinals Pitcher of the
Day – Saturday
Jess Todd was the winner for Quad Cities #1
on Saturday, with five very impressive shutout innings. The right-hander yielded
just one hit and no walks and struck out five. Our 18th-ranked
Cardinals prospect joined the organization in the second round of the 2007 draft
from Arkansas. No need to convert him to relief
at this point!
Scout.com Cardinals Hitter of the
Day – Saturday
Playing third base for
Springfield, Allen Craig reminded all that he is a
dangerous hitter, going 3-for-4 on the day for the Double-A club. Our 11th-ranked
Cardinals prospect collected two doubles, a single and an
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Springfield in innings pitched last season,
Mitchell Boggs is continuing his
durable performances with Memphis this spring. On Saturday, our 13th-ranked
Cardinals prospect was the winning pitcher for the Triple-A club, spinning five
shutout innings. The right-hander allowed just two his and two walks and punched
out seven Marlins.
Lefty Ron Flores is serving notice to his
coaches he may be able to contribute in St. Louis before too long in either a
situational or extended role after striking out four batters in two scoreless
innings. Mark Worrell allowed the only
enemy run in his inning of work. Jason Motte finished up with a scoreless inning, walking one and registering two
K’s with that renowned fastball.
Infielder Jose Martinez continues to make his
case that be belongs in Triple-A as he collected two extra base hits, a double
and a three-run home run. Gabe Johnson and Reid Gorecki
doubled, with Johnson also scoring.
Brad Furnish allowed just one run over five
innings and was credited with the win. He allowed four hits, but no walks. Four
relievers each contributed one scoreless inning, Matt Scherer’s inning was perfect, and
Nick Webber, Bob Zimmerman (2 K’s)
and Luke Gregerson (2 K’s) were the
Outfielder Shane Robinson and utilityman Casey Rowlett each had a pair of hits.
Robinson doubled and drove in three. Rowlett scored once and drove in one.
Beach 5, Jupiter
The Cardinals came back from a 3-1
deficit by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Offensively, Daniel Descalso and Jon Edwards each had two hits and
added an RBI. Isa Garcia had just
one hit, but maximized his result, with three RBIs.
Gary Daley, Jr. started with three solid innings.
He was charged with one run on just one hit. Eddie Degerman struggled, getting just
one out. He yielded two runs on one hit and two walks.
Armando Carrasco and Elvis Hernandez picked up the club,
with 2.2 and one scoreless inning, respectively. Josh Dew slammed the door in a
1-2-3 ninth, including one strikeout.
Quad Cities #1 10,
Andres Rosales followed Todd with just an
unearned run occurring on his three-inning watch. Rosales gave up two hits. Justin Fiske took care of the ninth
with one hit and a strikeout.
With ten runs scored, there was
plenty of offense. Charlie Pelt went
3-for-4 with two runs scored and and RBI and Domnit Bolivar also had three hits
(in five at-bats) with a double and run scored. Travis Mitchell contributed two hits
while Beau Riportella and Luis DeLaCruz each had a pair of RBIs.
Quad Cities #2 5, Marlins’
5th club 0
Deryk Hooker and Mark Diapoules each spun three scoreless
innings. Hooker was creditied with the win, yielding two hits, two walks and
fanning two. Diapoules also gave up two hits, but walked just one and struck out
four. Jose Mateo (two innings) and
David Riddle (one) protected the
Matt Arburr had two singles, a double, two
runs scored and an RBI in four at-bats. Outfielder Ryde Rodriguez slugged a three-run home
run for a nice cushion.
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