Down on the farm 4-23

Memphis beat Omaha (Kansas City) 7-1.  Ryan Ludwick had two hits, one being a HR, and 4 RBIs.  Rick Ankiel hit his sixth HR of the season, a 2-run blast.  J-Rod went 1-4 and is hitting .184.  Chris Narveson pitched a complete game.  He gave up 1 run on 5 hits and struckout 7.  Omaha’s only run came on a solo shot to Super Prospect Billy Butler.

Springfield took a beating at the hands of Wichita (Kansas City) 6-1.  Juan Encarnacion started his rehab assignment in the DH role for the Cardinals.  He led off, went 0-3 with a walk and 1 LOB.  Juan Richardson provided the only Cardinal run with a solo shot, his first.  Matt Pagnozzi and Juan Lucena each had a hit to sum up the Cardinal offense.  Chris Lambert fell to 0-2, giving up four runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. 

Springfield’s Joe Mather is the first Cardinal Prospect to be rated on Baseball America’s Prospect Hotsheet, as he is ranked number 11, even though hit says his name is John.  Anyway, here is what BA had to say: “Our 2001 Cardinals draft report card said: “Down the road, 3B Joe Mather (3) should hit for average and power.” It took a while, but he’s hitting .380 with a minors-best seven homers.”  Follow this link to see the rest of the list.

Palm Beach was topped by Daytona (Cubs) 9-5.  Shane Robinson had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.  Allen Craig hit a solo HR and is hitting .339.  The rest of the Palm Beach lineup also had a hit.  Last year’s first rounder, Adam Ottavino, struggled, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks in 4.2 innings.  He did strikeout 7.  Nick Webber was worse, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits in 1.2 innings.

The Swing topped Fort Wayne (San Diego) 7-4.  Brandon Dickson continues to impress, pitching 5 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 4.  The 22 year old is now 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA.  Blake King got knocked around, giving up 4 runs in 2 innings.  Kyle Mura pitched another scoreless inning.  He is yet to give up a run in 6 innings pitched.  Kenny Maiques notched his third save, striking out the side in the ninth.  Brandon Buckman continued to hit, going 2-5 with an RBI.  Mark Shorey hit a Grand Slam, his second HR in as many nights, and added a single.  Luke Gorsett and Daryl Jones each had 2 hits.

The Cardinals are back in action tonight vs. the Reds.  Kip Wells takes on Aaron Harang.

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