MiLN - All "A" Teams in Tight Pennant Races

The Johnson City Cardinals won their fifth game in a row Wednesday, defeating Bluefield by a score of 8-3.



For the Games of - 08/23/06



Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 52-80

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place, 20 GB

Results: LOST - Memphis gave up four runs in the seventh inning to the first place Nashville Sounds, which was more than enough as Memphis falls to the Sounds 5-0 Wednesday evening at AutoZone Park in the opener of a four-game series.

The Redbirds fall to 20 games back out of first place with the loss.

Notes: Dennis Tankersley (4-14) suffered his Pacific Coast League-leading 14th loss of the season after allowing two runs on five hits over his six-plus innings of work for the Redbirds.

The teams continue the series with another 7:10 p.m. meeting on Thursday evening. Memphis southpaw and one of the Cardinals' top prospects Chris Narveson will take the mound and face Nashville's right-hander Justin Lehr.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 22-37 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place (last), 13 GB

Results: LOST - Blake Hawksworth did his job allowing just two runs over six innings, but the Cards' bullpen couldn't hold the lead in a 5-4 loss at Tulsa on Wednesday night as the Cardinals second half season woes continue.

Notes: With last night's loss, Springfield has now lost five games in a row and is now five games under the .500 mark (61-66) for the first time this season.

The Cardinals have won just five games in August thus far, none of them being back-to-back. The Cards haven't won two straight games since 7/27-28 as part of a four-game winning streak.

Springfield sends Mike Parisi (8-6) to the mound on Thursday night in the third game of the four-game series. Tulsa will go with right-hander Enmanuel Ulloa (6-5). Game time from Tulsa on Wednesday will be 7:05pm.



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 31-26 (39-31, 1st half)

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - 3rd place, 2 GB

Results: The St. Lucie Mets and Palm Beach Cardinals doubleheader was rained out Wednesday, August 23rd due to heavy rain and lightning in the area.

Notes: The weather in Palm Beach puts the pennant race on hold for a second day in a row.



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 34-23 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - 2nd place, .5 GB

Results: OFF DAY

Notes: Quad Cities had Wednesday off but begin a home-and-home series with Peoria on Thursday. The final two games of the series will be played at JOD on Saturday and Sunday.



State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 31-29

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 2nd place, .5 GB

Results: The State College Spikes dropped the middle game of a three game series to the Williamsport Crosscutters by the score of 3-2. Eddie Degerman made the start for the Spikes and tossed six solid innings, allowing only two runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out five. Donovan Solano paced the Spikes offense, collecting two of State College's six hits, driving in one and scoring a run. Despite the loss, the Spikes remain only 1/2 a game behind the Mahoning Valley Scrappers for the Pinckney Division lead.

Notes: ALUMNI REPORT: Six former Spikes have been promoted to Quad Cities this year. Pitchers, Adam Ottavino, Tyler Norrick, Donnie Smith and Jason Motte. All have experienced a great deal of success: Ottavino (1-2, 3.97) Smith (4-1, 2.67) Norrick (1-2, 3.74) Motte (0-0, 4 app. 1.50) Two position players Mark Hamilton who started off red-hot with the Swing has struggled lately (.284, 2, 21) and Jose Salazar (.250, 0,0) is adjusting to pitchers in the Midwest League.



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 30-31

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 3rd place, 9 GB

Results: WON - The Cardinals defeated Bluefield 8-3 on Wednesday evening.

Oscar Lara (2-0) allowed one hit while striking out one and walking two in 1 1/3 innings of relief. No Johnson City pitcher threw more than 2 1/3 innings in the game.

Thomas Pham hit a three-run triple and Travis Mitchell went 3-for-3 to lead visiting Johnson City past Bluefield.

Notes: The Johnson City Cardinals have won five games in a row and are just one game below .500 for the season.




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