The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 04/24

Steven "the Natural" Hill

The good news is the minor league system was perfect on Wednesday. The bad news is that only two teams played. The Palm Beach Cardinals beat a rehabbing ace while the Quad Cities River Bandits rallied to get the victory. Springfield was rained out and Memphis had the day off. Steven Hill is the "Player of the Day" again with Eduardo Sanchez walking away with "Pitcher of the Day" honors.

 

Games Played Wednesday

 

Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - DAY OFF

Memphis (Triple-A) is enjoying its first day off of the season. The Redbirds will be in action on Thursday at the Iowa Cubs. The game can be seen tonight on Milb.tv.

RECORD: 9-11, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB

 

Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - RAINED OUT

The two teams will make up the game with a double header on Thursday. Game one will feature Springfield's Adam Ottavino (0-2) while game two will see PJ Walters (0-2) take the mound. Northwest Arkansas will go with Dusty Hughes (1-2) and then follow up with Blake Johnson (1-1). Game one is scheduled to start at 5:35 Central Time.

RECORD: 6-12, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB

 

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

The Cardinal hitters proved their mettle against one of the top young pitchers in the game, Scott Kazmir. Admittedly, he was on a rehab assignment, but a win is a win. Tyler Henley started the scoring with a leadoff home run, his third long ball of the season. Steven Hill returned to the lineup falling a double short of the cycle. His home run was a two run blast, his third of the year and he now has 16 RBIs. Isa Garcia continues his torrid pace with two more hits to raise his average to .425. Donovan Solano had a hit and an RBI. Oliver Marmol singled and stole his fourth base.

David Kopp allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out five in four innings. Kyle Mura followed and picked up the win with three shutout innings and fanned an impressive six batters. Marco Gonzalez gave up a run in an inning of relief. Jon Mikrut allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth to pick up his third save.

BOXSCORE

RECORD: 14-6, 1st Place

 

Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Stung the Bees 6-4

The River Bandits picked up three in the bottom of the eighth when leadoff man Justin Roberson drew a walk to start the inning. Paul Vasquez followed by getting hit by a pitch to put two runners on followed by a wild pitch that put runners on second and third. Jose Garcia followed with a free pass. Adron Chambers hit a one run single followed by an RBI sac fly by Pete Kozma to put the Quad Cities out on top. Charlie Kingrey would bring in Garcia with an RBI single of his own.

Chambers finished the night with two hits and an RBI. Kozma had two hits, drove in two runs, and scored two runs. Kingrey would single twice and drive in two. Roberson and Vasquez each had two hits.

Thomas Eager continues to struggle. The 22 year old allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks in five innings. His ERA is now 6.75. Pete Parise gave up a solo home run in an inning of relief. Newly promoted Eduardo Sanchez picked up the win with three perfect innings while striking out three.

BOXSCORE

RECORD: 9-9, 4th place, 5.5 GB

 

Batavia Muckdogs (SS)

Season begins June 18th, on the road against the Auburn Doubledays

2007 RECORD: 31-43, 12th Place, 16.0 GB

 

Johnson City Cardinals (R)

Season begins on June 17th, on the road against the Bristol Sox

2007 RECORD: 28-40, 3rd Place, 22.0 GB

 

Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)

Season begins on June 19th, on the road against the GCL Marlins

2007 RECORD: 24-30, 3rd Place, 15.5 GB

 

VSL Cardinals (R)

Season begins in May

2007 RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB

 

DSL Cardinals (R)

Season begins in June

2007 RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.5 GB

 

 


Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Eduardo Sanchez

The 19-year-old Venezuelan was perfect in his debut for the River Bandits. Sanchez received his promotion from extended spring training to the Midwest League on Tuesday.

 

 

Minor League Player of the Day - Steven Hill

This is becoming routine for the player who is becoming one of the top power threats in the organization's system. Wednesday, Hill went 3-for-4 to include an RBI triple and a home run. His three home runs and 16 RBIs are both tops on the team.

 



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