For the Games of - 08/29/06
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)
Standings- Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place, 19.5 GB
Results: LOST - again. Memphis lost 5-3 to Round Rock Tuesday. Chris Narveson took the loss as his record fell to 7-7 for the season for Memphis. Narveson pitched five complete innings and gave up nine hits to include two home runs as Round Rock scored all five of their runs against the Memphis starter.
Notes: Springfield Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan was promoted to Memphis on Tuesday.
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)
Record -24-41 (39-29, 1st half)
Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place, 15.5 GB
Results: WON! - The Springfield Cardinals won their final 2006 home game with a 5-3 victory over the Wichita Wranglers on Tuesday night at Hammons Field.
Nick Stavinoha's three-run blast highlighted a five-run first inning, as the Cards took the lead for good at 5-1 against Wichita.
Cards' starter Mike Parisi, (9-7) picked up his ninth win of the year. He worked a total of 7 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, striking out nine men without allowing a walk.
Notes: Springfield will hit the road to finish the 2006 season, as Jordan Pals (7-7) takes the mound on Wednesday night in Little Rock in game one against the Arkansas Travelers.
Brendan Ryan, who has played in just 10 games with Springfield this season and only 21 overall has been transferred to Triple-A Memphis. The Redbirds' regular shortstop, John Nelson, left after the third inning of Sunday's game with what was described by the club as a sore lower back. Ryan had hit in nine of the 10 games he played for the Cards, including multi-hit games in each of his final three.
Starting pitchers Stuart Pomeranz and Chris Lambert, two of the Cardinals Top Prospects, are done for the season due to injuries to their pitching arms. Lambert has been out since 8/11 when he pulled a muscle in his right biceps, going just one inning against Frisco. Pomeranz also lasted just one inning on 8/18 at Frisco, due to stiffness in his arm. Pomeranz has been shut down in preparation for the Arizona Fall League and is currently in Palm Beach strengthening his arm.
The fans of Springfield helped sell out Hammons Field for the 36th straight time on Tuesday night, and for the 47th time this year, with a crowd of 8,134. That number brings the total attendance in 2006 to 492,302 and a two-year total of 1,018,863.
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)
Record - 34-27(39-31, 1st half)
Standings - Florida State League, East Division - First Place
Results: WON - The Cardinals defeated the St. Lucie Mets 5-2 Tuesday to stay in first place. Jaime Garcia picked up the win, pitching 6.2 innings, giving up only two earned runs. Garcia struck out eight batters while walking only one.
Mike Sillman picked up his 34th save of the season, pitching a scoreless, third of an inning.
Notes: The Cardinals completed their first games since Aug. 21 yesterday due to several rainouts. Palm Beach is 18-6 over its last 24 games, just good enough to be tied with Daytona for first place in the FSL Eastern Division.
Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)
Record - 37-24(34-34, 1st half)
Standings - Midwest League, West Division - First place
Results: OFF DAY - Did Not Play
Notes: The Swing along with John Deere have announced that they will partner to offer a reduced price on all tickets as Quad Cities begins its run at the Midwest League Championship at John O'Donnell Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Regularly $9, Box Seats to the Swing's first home playoff game on Sept. 6 will be available for only $7 and Bench/Berm Seating will be $6. The first playoff game, in the best-of-three series, will be played at JOD. Gates will open at 6 p.m. with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30.
The Swing have won four Midwest League championships but none since 1990.
State College Spikes (SS-A)
Record - 34-31
Standings -New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 2nd place, .5 GB
Results: WON - The State College Spikes defeated the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Tuesday evening by the score of 4-3. Nathan Southard, who has been the offensive hero for the Spikes all season, hit his third walk-off RBI of the season, an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, to give the Spikes the much needed win. Southard finished the evening 3-for-5 with three RBI. With the win the Spikes are just a ½ a game back of Auburn for the Pinckney Division lead.
Notes: The State College Spikes pitching staff received a boost earlier today when 2005 1st Round Selection, Tyler Herron was added to the Spikes roster. Herron was the Cardinals' first round selection in the 2005 MLB Draft and has gone 5-1 in his last six starts. The hard-throwing right hander has allowed 11 runs over his last 31.1 innings, including a scoreless streak that reached nearly 16 innings. In 69.2 innings, the former high-school All-America has struck out 54.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)
Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 4th place, 8.5 GB
Results: WON - Johnson City defeated Bluefield 11-7 Tuesday.
Notes: Back to set point, the Cardinals will try again for the last time to make it to the .500 mark for the season on Wednesday, when they face Bluefield for the final game of the season. Bluefield has scored 18 runs during the last two games, so it should be interesting.