For the Games of - 08/10/06
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)
Standings- Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd Place, 16.5 GB
Results: LOST - Fresno defeated the road team Memphis Thursday night 7-4. Memphis starter Ricardo Rodriguez (1-1) went the distance for the first time this season, surrendering seven runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits. He struck out eight and walked two.
Notes: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start this Friday as the Redbirds take on the Iowa Cubs at 7:10 p.m. The start will be Mulder's second rehab outing with his first coming at Single-A Quad Cities last Sunday.
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)
Record -19-28 (39-29, 1st half)
Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th Place, 8 GB
Results:LOST - The Springfield Cardinals opened their seven-game home stand on Thursday night, with their longest game of the 2006 season. The Frisco RoughRiders picked up a run-scoring single from Ruddy Yan in the top of the 13th, then held on for a 5-4 win at Hammons Field in the opening game of the three-game series.
Cards' starter Eric Haberer had his best Double-A outing, going eight innings, while surrendering just one earned run on six hits in the no-decision.
Notes: The Cardinals were swept in the three-game series at Midland this week, scoring only one run in each of the three losses.
Mark Worrell is the recipient of St. Louis' Minor League Pitcher of the Month for
July....Worrell posted six saves and a 0.51 ERA (17.2 IP, 1 ER) in 13 July appearances. It is the second time this season a Springfield pitcher has won that honor (Stuart Pomeranz for May). Worrell leads the Texas League with 26
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)
Record - 25-23 (39-31, 1st half)
Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd Place, 3 GB
Results:LOST - The Palm Beach Cardinals gave away the game last night in a 6-5 loss to the Clearwater Threshers, allowing a comeback win as the defense rest.
The middle-infield combination of shortstop Rayner Laya and second baseman Juan Lucena committed back-to-back errors in the ninth inning, allowing the tying runs to reach base off closer Mike Sillman. Clearwater third baseman Michael Costanzo provided the game-tying hit, with a two-run double over the head of centerfielder Colby Rasmus.
Clearwater scored the game-winning run in the tenth inning, after J.J. Johnson singled and reached second base, due to a fielding error by Randy Roth on a Troy Cate pick-off attempt. Tuffy Gosewisch singled up the middle bringing Johnson home.
Palm Beach reliever Troy Cate (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing an unearned run on two hits.
Notes: Nick Webber, in a decent no-decision effort against Vero Beach a week ago on Monday, struck out five Dodgers and walked two. That fact is worth mentioning because it was the first time in eight starts since June 13, when he fanned three and walked two, that the 5-4 right-hander struck out more batters than he walked. Then, in a four-inning start on Saturday, he walked one and struck out none to bring his totals in 112 innings to 54 walks and 48 strikeouts. Only twice in 22 appearances has he not walked a batter.
Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)
Record - 27-18(34-34, 1st half)
Standings - Midwest League, West Division - 1st Place tie with Kane County
Results: POSTPONED - Following heavy rains that moved through the Quad Cities area early Thursday morning, the uncovered infield at John O'Donnell Stadium was deemed unplayable by both mangers and the umpires. As a result, Thursday's Whitecaps game against the Swing has been postponed. (Apparently they don't get the Weather Channel in the Quad Cities)
Quad Cities has been involved in ten postponed games this season. Three Swing games were not made up.
State College Spikes (SS-A)
Record - 25-24
Standings -New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 3rd Place, 2.5 GB
Results: WON - The State College Spikes won their season-high fourth game in a row on Thursday evening, topping the Williamsport Crosscutters by the score of 4-3. The Spikes fell behind 3-0 early, but as has become tradition for State College, they clawed and scored in their last turn at bat to take a thrilling win from their SawBuck Series rival.
Nathan Southard, who earlier in the day was one of three Spikes named to next week's NYPL All-Star Game, was the offensive star on this night, as the former Tulane Green Wave drove in two runs to push his team-leading RBI total to 30.
Notes: Since the promotion of Jose Salazar to The Swing, and with Brendan Ryan nursing a back injury, Spikes shortstop Willian Sandoval has made the most of his oppertunity to play. Sandoval was 1-for-4 last night, reaching base twice, and
stealing two bases, raising his stolen base total to 13. Over his last five games, Sandoval is swinging the bat at a .350 clip (7-20). Also, A.J. Van Slyke has been locked in at the plate, hitting .433 over his last 10 games (13-30) and .533 over his last five (8-15). Last night, Van Slyke was the first player of the year to record four hits in one game.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)
Standings -Appalachian League, West Division - 4th Place, 9 GB
Results: WON - Thomas Pham's RBI single in the top of the 13th inning lifted Johnson City over Pulaski, 4-3, on Thursday. Johnson City reliever Brandon Dickson (1-0) got the win, despite allowing an unearned run on a hit and two walks in the 12th. Oscar Lara worked around a double in the 13th to record his first save for the Cardinals.
Notes: Infielder Mark Shorey leads the club with seven home runs and 31 RBI.