Cardinals MLN - Spivey at 2nd for St. Louis?

Could Junior Spivey still play a role in the St. Louis Cardinals pennant race? Prior to Monday's game with Triple-A Memphis, IF Junior Spivey had hit .368 in his last 10 games with four homers, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored.



For the Games of - 08/14/06




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 49-74

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd Place, 15.5 GB

Results: WON - The Memphis Redbirds defeated the Iowa Cubs Monday night, 5-1.

Chris Narveson (6-4) picked up the win pitching 5.1 innings and giving up just four hits and no runs.

Notes: Going into Monday's game, the Redbirds have won just three of their first 12 games in August, and the problem has been pitching. Memphis pitchers have allowed 149 hits and 48 walks in 108 2/3 innings, with the result being a 7.29 ERA. The Redbirds have dropped to 10th in the PCL with a 4.47 ERA, not good for a team that is last in the league in batting.

Could Junior Spivey still play a role in the St. Louis Cardinals pennant race? Prior to Monday's game, IF Junior Spivey had hit .368 in his last 10 games with four homers, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 21-30 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th Place, 8.5 GB

Results: WON - On Bob Gibson Bobble-Head night, the Springfield Cardinals defeated Midland by a score of 7-2. The Cardinals out hit the Rockhounds 14-3.

Mike Parisi picked up the win for Springfield improving his record to 8-5 and Nick Stavinoha hit his tenth home run of the season.

Notes: Going into Monday night's game, Parisi was 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in the month of August. He has pitched six or more innings in five straight starts and his 87 strikeouts are second most on the team.

Cardinals' closer Mark Worrell has had only one save opportunity in the last 13 games, which he converted on 8/2 at Arkansas. Worrell entered August needing 10 saves to surpass the career-high of 35 he had with Palm Beach in 2005 but there are now just 20 regular season games remaining in the season.

ON THE DL: Chris Lambert with a pulled muscle in his right arm (8/12). Brendan Ryan with a left wrist injury (4/6).



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 28-23 (39-31, 1st half)

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd Place, 1.5 GB

Results: WON - Picked up a 5-2 road win Monday night against Lakeland.

Notes: OF Colby Rasmus drove in three runs in a 9-8 win over Jupiter on Friday, giving him eight RBIs in his last six games and 24 in 38 games since joining the Cardinals from Quad Cities.

The Cardinals are coming off of a 5-1 week that included three one-run victories. They're two games back of division-leading Daytona and St. Lucie. Palm Beach has won 11 of its last 14 games.



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 30-20 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - 1st Place


Three-run first sets the tone as Swing staff retires 17 of last 18 batters.

The Swing of the Quad Cities jumped on top early and received strong pitching Monday night at Pohlman Field, using a 7-1 win over the Beloit Snappers to recapture sole possession of first place in the Midwest League's Western Division. Donnie Smith earned the win with seven strikeouts over five innings, combining with a pair of relievers for a three-hit shutout in which the Snappers were held hitless after the third.

Quad Cities (30-20, 64-54) took a half-game lead over the Snappers with the win, reversing the positions occupied by the two clubs entering Monday's contest. Beloit (30-21, 65-54) fell behind early and never recovered, as the Swing rallied for three runs in the top of the first to take control early.

Notes: IF Jose Martinez was placed on the DL on 8/6, backdated to 8/3, with a bone bruise in his left foot.

RHP Mark McCormick returned from a month-long DL stint (6/2-7/10) to make one start on 7/10, but was scratched from his next outing and placed on the DL again on 7/20 due to shoulder inflammation.

RHP Phillip Andersen was placed on the DL on 4/25 with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, and is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on 5/17. Neither McCormick or Andersen is currently with the team.



State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 28-25

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 2nd Place, 1 GB

Results: LOST - The State College Spikes fell for the first time in a week on Monday evening, losing to the Vermont Lake Monsters by the score of 6-0 to snap their seven-game winning streak. LHP Brad Furnish (2-5) suffered the loss despite striking out nine over his seven innings of work. The former TCU star, allowed four runs, all in the third inning, while walking two and the Spikes bats were unable to dig out of the early hole. Offensively, the Spikes managed only six hits and left seven runners on base

Notes: Since making his first professional start on Opening Day in State College,

Brad Furnish has struggled early in games, pitching to a 6.55 first inning ERA, and a 6.75 second inning ERA, before settling in and not having an earned run average above 2.35 in any other inning.

Prior to Monday night's game, the Spikes went 6-1, winning their last six games after dropping the week's opener to Mahoning Valley. The streak propelled the Spikes over .500 to an overall record of 27-24, good for second place in the NYPL's Pinckney Division. They moved up two spots in the division race this week.

No game scheduled for the Spikes on Tuesday.



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 24-28

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 4th Place, 9.5 GB

Results: WON - Johnson City continued beating up on Greenville Monday night, by a score of 5-0. Cardinal's pitching held Greenville to just three hits.

Notes: Tyler Herron, has been named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week, for this past week, his line:

2-0, 0.71 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 SO

Herron has won his past four decisions after losing his first five. On Monday against Burlington, the 20-year-old allowed three hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out five. Six days later, the streaky right-hander surrendered three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits while striking out a season-high seven batters.




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