August 3, 2015

Garcia and Weaver earn Cardinals minor league honors for July

ST. LOUIS, MO (August 3, 2015) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced their Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Month for July by honoring Springfield (AA) outfielder Anthony Garcia and Palm Beach (A) right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, for their accomplishments on the field.
Garcia, 23, was the Cardinals 18th round (545th overall) selection out of San Juan Educational School (Puerto Rico) in the 2009 first-year Player Draft.  In 14 games at Springfield, Garcia batted .327 with a home run, 10 RBI, .426 on base percentage and an .888 on-base plus slugging.  He currently leads the Texas League in reaching base safely in 27 consecutive road games since May 9.  While representing his home country of Puerto Rico in the Pan-American Games in Canada, Garcia batted .393 (11-28) and led the tournament field with five home runs, 17 RBI and a .964 slugging percentage over eight games while primarily playing right field.  Against Colombia on July 15, Garcia hit a grand slam in the seventh inning and a game-ending home run in the ninth posting a six RBI day.  This is Garcia’s second Minor League Player of the Month Award, earning the honor in June 2013 while at Palm Beach.
“Anthony put together a productive month in July, including his performance in the Pan-American Games,” said Gary LaRocque, Cardinals Director of Player Development.
Weaver, 21, the Cardinals 1st round (27th overall) selection out of Florida State University in the 2014 first-year player draft, made five starts in July, posting a 3-1 record and an 0.94 ERA, which ranked sixth among all Single-A pitchers in the month.  The right-hander threw 28.2 innings with 27 strikeouts and did not allow more than one run in any start with two scoreless starts.  He issued just two walks during the month and has not issued a free pass in his last 22.0 innings.
“Luke is continuing with a strong second half at Palm Beach,” said LaRocque.

Moss walk-off single secures series win over ROX

ST. LOUIS--The St. Louis Cardinals finished up their longest home stand of the season and a series win over the the Colorado Rockies with another walk-off win, this time a pinch hit single off the bat of newly acquired Brandon Moss.

Randal Grichuk delivered a two-run homer (12th) earlier in the game for the Cards.

St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia threw five solid innings, giving up only one earned run.

Trevor Rosenthal grabbed the victory with the Moss walk-off basehit.


August 2, 2015

Rockies hit Lynn, win 6-2

ST. LOUIS--The Colorado Rockies will not be swept by the St. Louis Cardinals in their current four-game series at Busch Stadium, getting to Cards' starter, Lance Lynn (8-6) for four earned runs. Lynn would go five full innings.

Rockies' starter, Jorge De La Rosa took the win on the hill, going 6 2/3 innings and giving up only two earned runs.

The Cardinals lead the four-game series, 2-1, with the final series game played Sunday.

August 1, 2015

Cardinals Ultimate Fan Broadcaster Video Contest announced

ST. LOUIS, July 31, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals have launched the Ultimate Fan Broadcaster Video Contest challenging fans of all ages to make a video demonstrating that they have what it takes to go behind the microphone in the Cardinals radio or television booth.  In addition to having at least a portion of their video shown on the Cardinals telecast and heard on the team’s radio broadcast, one talented winner will receive a special, once-in-a-lifetime, VIP experience that includes tickets in the President’s box, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the FOX Sports Midwest and KMOX broadcast booths.
“This contest is ideal for fans who have dreamed about being in the Cardinals broadcast booth calling the winning play live in a World Series Championship game,” said Ron Watermon, Vice President of Communications.  “We are encouraging fans to have some fun, show us their talent and help us celebrate the great legacy of Cardinals broadcasters past, present and, maybe…if all goes well…even future.”
Fans who participate in the Cardinals Ultimate Fan Broadcaster Video Contest are asked to create a video up to two minutes in length that demonstrates that fans’ unique talent.  Fans can show the team they have what it takes to do play-by-play, share the color of the game, or even serve as the team’s post-game analyst.  Fans are encouraged to either show the team their serious chops as a broadcaster, or offer a tribute to one the Cardinals’ many great team broadcasters – current or past – by sharing their imitation of that broadcaster.    Fans who opt to imitate their favorite broadcaster must keep it in good taste and good fun, while remembering that imitation is the highest form of flattery.    
 The Cardinals Ultimate Fan Broadcaster Video Contest is one of several #CardsFanFlix promotions the team has undertaken this season to encourage fans to create videos that celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals.    More than seventy fans submitted videos to the Ultimate Fan Video Contest in March, with Rev. Robbie Sondag of Fort Wayne Indiana being crowned the winner with this video.  More than forty fans submitted music videos in the Take Me Out to The Ballgame Music Video Talent contest, with Germantown Elementary School being crowned champions with this video  after more than 11,000 votes were cast in fan balloting.   Other #CardsFanFlix initiatives included the team’s 2015 All-Star Campaign Video the Vote promotion, as well as the team’s season-long celebration of Red Schoendienst, #LoveRed2, where fans are encouraged to share via social media (using the hashtag #LoveRed2) congratulatory video messages to the beloved Hall of Famer who is celebrating 70 seasons and counting in an MLB uniform.  
Through the #CardsFanFlix fan engagement initiative, the team hopes to tap into the increasing trend of user-generated video content made possible by advances with mobile technology and social media.  Social media platforms such as Facebook, Vine, Instagram and Twitter have all seen increased video content.  YouTube estimates that approximately 300 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute.  
Fans can learn more about the Cardinals Ultimate Fan Broadcaster Contest at and #CardsFanFlix at cardinals.com/fanflix.  Fans can join the conversation by using #CardsFanFlix and #CardsFanCaster.