Top Prospect Anthony Reyes, Makes His First Start

The St. Louis Cardinals #1 Prospect, Anthony Reyes made his first Triple-A start of the season Sunday. <p> Reyes allowed just two runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out five without walking a batter.

A five-run Oklahoma 12th inning sinks the Memphis Redbirds and Anthony Reyes' first start of the season.

Oklahoma sent 10 men to the plate and scored five runs in the 12th inning to salvage the finale of a four-game series, winning 9-4 over Memphis Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park. Laynce Nix delivered the biggest blow of the inning, a three-run homer that provided the final margin.

CF Skip Schumaker, who had eight career home runs over four seasons coming into today, hit his second home run of the game to give Memphis a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning, but Oklahoma C Gerald Laird tied the score with a home run of his own in the ninth. 1B Chris Duncan had three hits for the Redbirds, and Schumaker, 2B Bo Hart and RF Pete Zoccolillo added two apiece. C Mike Mahoney hit his first homer of the season when he and Schumaker went back-to-back in the third inning. RHP Brad Thompson (1-1) pitched the 12th and took the loss for Memphis, while Oklahoma's Craig House (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings to record the victory.

RHP Anthony Reyes, the No. 1 prospect in the St. Louis organization, allowed two runs on five hits in six innings in his first Triple-A start. He struck out five without walking a batter.

Reyes the 6'2" 215 pound right hander, was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the June 2003 free agent draft.

A non-roster invitee to spring training this year, Reyes had a very successful first year with the Cardinals going 9-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 19 starts between Single-A Palm Beach and Double-A Tennessee.

His 140 total strikeouts were second most in the team's minor league system and his nine wins ranked T-6th.

Reyes a former stand out at USC, ranks 10th on the all-time list for strikeouts for the Trojans and fifth with in games started with 53. Hopefully a sign of things to come for Cardinal fans.

Reyes was named the Cardinals' top pitching prospect for 2005 by both Baseball America and USA Today Sports Weekly.

Don't be surprise to see Reyes in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform by 2006.

Memphis (3-1) starts a four-game series against New Orleans Monday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Nerio Rodriguez gets the nod for the Redbirds and will be opposed by LHP Ed Yarnall.

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