Games Played Wednesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Takes two from Albuquerque
GAME ONE: Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Memphis struck back with a leadoff double from the sweltering Brian Barden. Next up, Colby Rasmus singled to score Barden. The score stayed tied until the bottom of the third when Nick Stavinoha belted his ninth home run of the year over the left field wall. After singling to leadoff the inning, D'Angelo Jimenez would score on a fielder's choice off the bat of Bryan Anderson to add an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth.
Memphis starter P.J. Walters gave up an unearned run in the first but that would be all the Isotopes would get off the Cardinals' 2007 Pitcher of the Year. Walters allowed only five hits while striking out eight. He now stands at 6-1 in Triple-A play. Mark Worrell picked up the save with a perfect seventh.
Jarrett Hoffpauir reached base three times with two singles and a walk.
GAME TWO: Once again the Redbirds found themselves down by a run going into the bottom of the first. But this time, Memphis would detonate on the Isotopes. Brian Barden led off with a single and would advance to third on a double by Colby Rasmus. The offense would stall temporarily but with two outs, Jarrett Hoffpauir walked. With the bases loaded, Rico Washington smacks a pitch from Chris Michalak for a grand slam. The Redbirds were not finished as the next hitter; D'Angelo Jimenez hit a pitch over the left field wall as the Redbirds went back to back for only the second time this season.
Rasmus has now reached base safely in 28 consecutive games and is currently on a 10-game hitting streak.
RECORD: 38-36, 2nd place, 4.5 games back
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Payback 15-4 over Arkansas
After a disappointing night on Tuesday when the Cardinals not only loss a game but also a playoff spot, a let down would have been natural and almost expected. Well not for this resilient bunch of Cardinals. Not only did they not come out flat but they came out with guns a' blazing.
Springfield got on the board in the top of the second with a leadoff home run off the bat of Andrew Brown. The long ball was Brown's first at Double-A but he would not be done. Mark Shorey followed with a double and Jose Martinez was hit by a pitch. Brandon Yarbrough then walked to load the bases. Isa Garcia hit a sac fly to score Shorey to end the scoring in the second.
Allen Craig would walk to start the third followed by a Mark Hamilton double. Andrew Brown steps up to the plate again, this time with two men on. Brown put a Brok Butcher pitch over the centerfield wall for his second homer of the game and to give Springfield a 5-0 lead. The Travelers would score one in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to four runs.
With two outs in the fifth, Shorey doubled to right followed by Martinez reaching via a walk. Yarbrough made Arkansas pay with a bases clearing triple to put the team up 7-1. Arkansas got two more runs off of starter Adam Ottavino in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 7-3 game.
The Cardinals would add a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to make the score 10-4 going into the top of the eighth. Again the trio of Shorey, Martinez, and Yarbrough would factor in the inning. Shorey would walk with one out and advance to second on a Martinez single. Yarbrough got plunked by a pitch to once again load the bases before Isa Garcia singled to score Shorey. Casey Rowlett would line out for the second out of the inning bringing Jon Jay to the plate. With the bases loaded and two out, Jay deposited the pitch over the centerfield wall for a grand slam and his 10th home run of the season.
Jay finished the night with four hits and five RBIs. Brown collected four hits and five RBIs as well, finishing a triple short of the cycle. Shorey knocked three doubles and scored four runs.
Starter Adam Ottavino scattered seven hits that led to three runs in his five innings.
RECORD: 37-34, 1st place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to the Cubs 9-2
After Daryl Jones was called out on strikes, Brian Cartie and Daniel Descalso both singled to open the second. With two on and no outs, Antonio DeJesus doubled to score Cartie. That would be all for the Cardinals as both Nick Derba and Jim Rapoport would strikeout swinging.
The Cubs would answer with a run in the bottom of the third and Palm Beach bounced back with a run in the fourth. Daryl Jones would single and steal his 10th base of the season. Cartie would single to score Jones and advance to second on the throw home. Descalso would advance Cartie to third with DeJesus coming up. DeJesus hit a ground ball to second baseman Tony Thomas who cut down Cartie at the plate.
Daytona would tie things up in the fifth. Then with Cardoza Tucker on the hill in the seventh, the Cubs put it away with five runs. Two walks, two wild pitches, and two errors would lead to the damage. The baby bears got two more in the eighth as Russ Canzler hit a two run homer off of Davis Bilardello.
On the night, Palm Beach had six hits and committed six errors. Jim Rapoport committed two, Donovan Solono booted three, and Descalso had one.
Palm Beach starter Richard Castillo struck out six in 4.1 innings and now has 19 strikeouts in 16 innings.
RECORD: 42-28, 1st Place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - OFF DAY
The River Bandits return to action on Thursday on the road at Cedar Rapids.
RECORD: 33-31, 4th place, 6.5 games back
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to Auburn 6-1
The Doubledays touched starter Jameson Maj for six runs in the third inning to take control of the game. Auburn collected five hits in the inning but was helped by a walk and three Muckdog errors.
Colt Sedbrook was hit by a pitch to leadoff the sixth inning. Shane Peterson singled to advance Sedbrook to third. With Xavier Scruggs batting, Sedbrook would score on a wild pitch for the team's only tally.
Peterson led the offense with two hits. Ramon Delgado threw four shutout innings, striking out five. A 2007 draft pick, Adam Reifer, made his professional debut by striking out two in a one-hit ninth.
RECORD: 0-2, 5th place, 2 games back
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Defeated Bristol 8-5
JC got out of the gates early with two runs in the second and the fourth to go up 4-0. Edgar Lara would lead off the second with a walk. Jack Cawley would double to push Lara to third. Osvaldo Morales hit a sac fly to score Lara then Matt Rigoli would hit an RBI double to score Cawley.
Lara started things in the fourth with a leadoff double. He would advance to third on a passed ball. Travis Mitchell would then single to drive him in. Mitchell would then steal second and score on a single by Morales.
Bristol would get one in the fourth off of starter Mike Blazek. With Samuel Freeman pitching for the Cardinals, the White Sox would pick up one in the fifth. Reynier Gonzalez entered to pitch in the sixth and the White Sox got nasty scoring three runs in the sixth and seventh to put their lead at 8-4. The damage in the seventh came on back-to-back home runs.
Rigoli reached on an error in the ninth and would advance to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball. Rigoli would then score on a passed ball to make the score 8-5.
Though he allowed a run, Freeman struck out the side in his only inning of work. Blazek struck out three in his four innings on the mound.
RECORD: 1-1, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)
Season begins today, June 19th, on the road against the GCL Marlins
2007 RECORD: 24-30, 3rd Place, 15.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Tigers 3-1
In a pitcher's duel, the Tigers got one run in the first and two in the sixth to top the Cardinals. In the first, the Tiger lead off hitter, Ivan Espinoza, walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Wondy De Los Santos would reach on an error and Espinoza would come around to score on the play. De Los Santos would double to start the sixth and reach third on a Hernan Perez single. Then the excitement hit as De Los Santos would steal home as Perez stole second. Perez would score on an error by Hector Garcia.
RECORD: 16-15, 5th Place, 4.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Mariners 6-1
The DSL Mariners scored three runs in the top of the first off of Cardinals starter, Jose Pasen. That was all the offense that Pasen would surrender, as he pitched six complete innings, striking out 10 in the process.
The Cardinals offense consisted of two base hits and a walk, hence the 6-1 loss.
RECORD: 3-10, 5th Place, 7.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - P.J. Walters
Walters gave up an unearned run in the first, but settled in to pitch six complete innings, giving up only five-hit while striking out eight Albuquerque hitters.
Minor League Player of the Day - Andrew Brown
Brown had four hits on the night, his first two home runs at Double-A, Brown drove in five runs in what can best be described as a slaughter of Arkansas on Wednesday night.
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