MiLN - A Rough Night for the Farm System

The State College Spikes were the only Cardinals' affiliate to win Thursday night. Memphis, Springfield, Quad Cities and Johnson City were all defeated and the Palm Beach Cardinals were rained out for the second night in a row.



For the Games of - 08/24/06



Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 52-81

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place, 21 GB

Results: LOST - Nashville defeated Memphis Thursday night by a score of 4-2. An excellent start by Chris Narveson, who gave up only two hits in six innings wasn't enough for the Redbirds to win.

Notes: Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch pointed out Thursday that the Redbirds entered Thursday's game against Nashville with a 52-80 record that stood as the second worst in the 17-team Pacific Coast League. Last season's club finished 71-72. This one began the season with an 0-8 road trip and never reached .500. Any game with four runs was considered an offensive explosion.


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 22-38 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place (last), 14 GB

Results: LOST - Juan Richardson homered and had three hits to extend his hitting streak to seven games, but the Cards dropped their sixth straight game, falling to Tulsa 7-3 on Thursday night at Drillers Stadium

Notes: Wednesday The Tulsa Drillers scored three runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Cards 5-4 in their fifth straight loss. Chris Russ (4-4) allowed three runs, two earned, without recording an out in the loss. Blake Hawksworth allowed just two runs over six innings in a no-decision. Brendan Ryan was 1-4 with two RBI's. Juan Richardson was 1-4, extending his hitting streak to six games.

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.



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

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

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

Results: Rained Out Again

Notes: The Brevard County Manatees and Palm Beach Cardinals game Thursday night was postponed until Friday night when they will play a doubleheader. The field at Space Coast Stadium is almost completely underwater and because of the amount of rainfall this week, it is draining very slowly and hopefully will be gone before sunset tonight so the grounds crew can have enough time to make necessary repairs for tomorrow night's DH. The amount of rain received on the Space Coast this afternoon had equipment and garbage cans floating in the dugouts.

Two seven-inning games will be played with LHP Jamie Garcia vs. RHP Mike Jones to start game one.



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 34-24 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - 3rd place, 0.5 GB

Results: LOST - The Swing of the Quad Cities watched their magic number drop to three Thursday night despite a 3-2 loss to the Peoria Chiefs at O'Brien Field.

Quad Cities (34-24, 68-58) stranded 11 runners on base Thursday night and was unable to come up with the big hit to turn the game around in their favor. Peoria (28-31, 69-59), who clinched a playoff berth in the first half by winning the Western Division.

Adam Ottavino (1-3) took the loss despite a solid outing, as the Cardinals' top pick in the 2006 draft registered a career-high nine strike outs while issuing just one walk. Four of his six innings pitched saw the Chiefs go without a base hit, but a rally in the second and the Reynolds home run in the fifth gave Peoria three big runs that would be all they needed for the win to even up the series between the two teams at four wins apiece.

Notes: Swing of the Quad Cities players Bryan Anderson and Randy Roth were both named to the 2006 Midwest League Post-Season All-Star Team, the league announced on Thursday.

Anderson, a 19-year-old catcher from Simi Valley, California, has spent all but two days of the 2006 season hitting above the .300 mark, and currently boasts a .303 clip with two home runs and 48 RBI. His 29 doubles are just two shy of cracking the all-time single-season top ten list for the Quad Cities franchise. A fourth-round pick out of high school in the 2005 draft, Anderson's patience at the plate has led to 42 walks drawn and a .381 on-base percentage.

Roth, a 24-year-old slugger from Louisiana, led the Midwest League with 18 home runs and 118 hits at the time of his promotion to the Florida State League on July 24. He also found himself among the league leaders with a .307 batting average (9th), 67 runs batted in (2nd), 45 extra-base hits (2nd), and a .523 slugging percentage (3rd) through 97 games with the Swing. The highlight of the 2005 10th-rounder's season was a 19-game hitting streak that lasted from April 21-May 10, a stretch in which he batted .368 with eight home runs and 21 runs batted in.



State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 32-29

Standings - New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 2nd place, 0.5 GB

Results: WON - The State College Spikes won a thriller on Thursday evening, downing the Williamsport Crosscutters by the score of 6-5 in ten innings. David Carpenter sent the game into extra innings with a sac fly in the eighth and then won it with a clutch single in the tenth after Williamsport had taken a 5-4 lead. With the win the Spikes kept pace in the Pinckney Division and remain only ½ a game behind the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Luke Gregerson(4-0) got the win for the Spikes, with all four of his victories coming against Williamsport.

Notes: All-Star 3B Allen Craig will miss the rest of the season with a partially torn Patellar Tendon in his knee.

The State College Spikes dropped the middle game of a three game series to the Williamsport Crosscutters by the score of 3-2, Wednesday night. 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 remained only 1/2 a game behind the Mahoning Valley Scrappers for the Pinckney Division lead.



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 30-32

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 3rd place, 9.0 GB

Results: Johnson City lost 11-2 Thursday night to Bluefield. The loss knocked the Cardinals down two games below .500 and nine games out of first.

Notes: Cardinals first-baseman Brandon Buckman is the team's lone representative on Appalachian League postseason All-Star team.



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