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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/21

Following are the highlights from the sixth day of St. Louis Cardinals minor league games in spring 2011, on Monday, March 21. The top two teams played in Jupiter against their New York Mets counterparts while Palm Beach and Quad Cities boarded the buses to travel to Port St. Lucie.

In addition, the Cardinals Quad Cities #2 squad played their annual game against the Gildea’s Raiders traveling team, defeating them on a five-inning no hitter for the 20th time in 21 years, avenging a 2010 loss. After the 4-1 day, the Cardinals system is a combined 11-8-5 this spring.

Today’s photo is of Player of the Day Trevor Rosenthal. The right-hander struck out nine of his 12 batters retired over four perfect innings. If there is an emerging prospect I missed last winter, it is Rosenthal. Look for our interview coming for The Cardinal Nation subscribers.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals face the Marlins in five games on the home side of the Jupiter complex. For the full state of minor league spring training schedules, The Cardinal Nation subscribers can click here.

As he has been doing the last few seasons, Cardinals farm director John Vuch is sharing game highlights with this site and several others with interest in Cardinals prospects. As always, the raw data is his, with the comments mine.

Memphis (2-1-2) 2, Buffalo 0

Memphis pitching

Pitching was the name of the game. Shaking off the likely disappointment of getting just one “A” game appearance in spring camp, P.J. Walters tossed six scoreless innings. He allowed five baserunners and fanned five.

Nick Additon fanned one in two scoreless.

Jason Buursma allowed one hit in one inning, but he was erased on a double-play grounder.

Memphis hitting

Yesterday’s Player of the Day Andrew Brown doubled twice and scored in three at-bats.

Bryan Anderson stroked a bases-empty home run.

Tommy Pham and Ramon Vazquez each doubled.

Springfield (2-0-3) 3, Binghamton 2

Springfield Pitching

Deryk Hooker fanned one in two scoreless innings. Pitching coordinator Dyar Miller told me that Hooker was throwing especially well in early camp.

Brett Zawacki yielded a pair of runs in two innings, though only one was earned. He allowed three hits and fanned two.

Ryan Kulik allowed two hits and fanned one in two clean frames.

Jesse Simpson, Samuel Freeman and Casey Mulligan finished up with a scoreless inning each.

Springfield hitting

D’Marcus Ingram singled, doubled, stole a base, scored twice, including the winning run on a wild pitch in four at-bats.

Ryan Jackson singled, tripled, scored, and drove in one in four at-bats.

Palm Beach (4-2) 6, St. Lucie 3

Palm Beach pitching

Maikel Cleto went 2 2/3 on just one hit and two walks. The 40-man roster hurler allowed one run and fanned four.

Jorge Rondon yielded just one run on two hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out three.

Chris Corrigan gave up one run in 1 1/3 innings despite giving up just one hit. He fanned one.

Justin Wright (1 K), Chase Reid (2 K’s) and Matt Frevert (1 K) covered the final 2 2/3 shutout innings.

Palm Beach hitting

Edgar Lara singled and homered with two RBIs in two at-bats.

C.J. Beatty was on base all four times with two singles and two walks. He scored and drove in two. It was a good enough performance to earn Player of the Day honors most days.

Travis Tartamella singled, doubled and scored twice.

Devin Goodwin singled and drove in two.

Frederick Parejo tripled.

Francisco Rivera doubled.

Savannah 14, Quad Cities (2-4) 5

Quad Cities #1 pitching

Heralded prospect Carlos Martinez is human. He allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings on four hits and a walk. The 19-year-old struck out two.

Two runs scored against Nick McCully over two innings, but only one was earned. He struck out three.

Ricky Martinez allowed five baserunners and two runs in 1 2/3 innings. Palm Beach pitching coach Dennis Martinez’ son fanned one.

Drew Benes had a very rough day at the office, allowing five runs in just 1/3 inning as the close game got away.

Cale Johnson also struggled, getting touched for four runs in 2/3 of an inning.

Quad Cities #1 hitting

Jonathan Rodriguez doubled, homered and scored twice in four at-bats.

Cody Stanley singled, doubled, and drove in two in three at-bats.

Victor Sanchez and Chris Edmondson doubled.

Quad Cities #2 (1-1) 4, Gildea’s Raiders 0 (5 innings)

Quad Cities #2 pitching

Trevor Rosenthal fanned nine in four perfect innings.

Aidan Lucas walked a batter during his inning and fanned two.

Quad Cities #2 hitting

Roberto DeLaCruz singled twice in three at-bats.

Starlin Rodriguez singled, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs.

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