MiLN - Swing Wins 6th Game In A Row

An Inside look at the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League System.



For the Games of - 08/30/06



Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 56-83

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place, 18.5 GB

Results: WON - after losing the first two games of the four-game series, Memphis defeated Round Rock 10-6 Wednesday.

Notes: IF Junior Spivey was placed on the disabled list for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday with a torn finger ligament. He has not played for over a week since damaging the finger while diving for a ball.


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 25-41 (39-29, 1st half)

Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place, 14.5 GB

Results: WON - Jordan Pals led the Springfield Cardinals to their second straight win Wednesday, edging the Arkansas Travelers 3-2 at Ray Winder Field, in the opening game of the final series of the season.

Pals (8-7) picked up his first win since July 13th, going seven innings, while allowing just two runs on four hits. Pals struck out six and walked one, leaving with a 3-2 lead after seven.

Notes: HELP WANTED: The Cardinals don't exactly have a full roster with five games to go. With Brendan Ryan promoted to Memphis and Carmen Cali staying behind in Springfield with discomfort in his left hand, the Cards will be playing short-handed for the next five games. Both Stuart Pomeranz and Chris Lambert 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 Cardinals improve to 25-41 in the second half and 64-70 overall. The Cards will send Kevin Ool (2-3) to the mound on Thursday, against Travs' right-hander Jose Arredondo (2-2). Game time from Ray Winder Field in Little Rock is 7:10pm.


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 34-27 (39-31, 1st half)

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - First Place

Results: Postponed - DID NOT PLAY

Notes: The Cardinals completed their first games since August 21 on Monday due to several rainouts. Palm Beach is 19-7 over its last 26 games yet remain in a tie for first place with the Daytona Cubs.


Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 40-24 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - First Place

Results: WON - The Swing of the Quad Cities won their sixth consecutive ballgame with a 7-2 win over the Kane County Cougars Wednesday night at John O'Donnell Stadium, breaking a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning by scoring the final five runs of the ballgame. Shane Robinson went 2-for-4 with a triple and four runs batted in as the Swing were able to capitalize on four errors committed by the Cougars.

Quad Cities (40-24, 74-58) matched their longest winning streak of the season with their sixth win in a row, a feat they accomplished during a first-half road trip that lasted from May 31-June 4. Kane County (37-28, 77-57) dropped 3.5 games behind the first-place Swing with the loss, and Quad Cities has won seven of the 11 meetings between the two teams this season.

Notes: Breathing Room: All of a sudden the Swing find themselves with a little bit of space atop the MWL-West, using Tuesday's doubleheader sweep to jump 2.5 games ahead of Kane County and 3.5 games ahead of Beloit. That brings a 25-day stretch to a close in which QC had not been more than a half-game up or a half-game out of first place, finding themselves anywhere from first to third place in the standings since August 3.


State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 35-31

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

Results: WON - The Spikes defeated the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Wednesday evening by the score of 4-1 to sweep the critical two-game series from their division rival. With the win the Spikes improved their record at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to 17-16 after starting the year 7-14 in the friendly confines. Jared Schweitzer and Donovan Solano each went 2-for-4 and were responsible for all four Spikes RBI. With the win, the Spikes kept pace with the Doubledays in the race for the Pinckney Division lead and remain only one game out of first place, as well as a game behind the Brooklyn Cyclones in the Wild Card chase.

Notes: With the Appalachian League season coming to a close, there are several players who could join the Spikes roster down the home stretch of the season. The Johnson City Cardinals have several players who could make an impact including Brandon Buckman, Isaias Garcia, and Mark Shorey.


Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 34-34

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 4th place, 8.0 GB

Results: WON! - Johnson City did it by winning the final game of the season, the Cardinals finish at .500 for the season. JC defeated Bluefield Wednesday by a score of 3-2 to avoid a losing season. Oscar Lara picked up his third win of the season, pitching a scoreless inning of relief.

Notes: The Johnson City Cardinals tied for the league lead in team home runs with 48, with Danville, but JC's .246 team batting average hurt.




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