MiLN - Memphis Wins 12 Inning Marathon

An inside look at the St. Louis Cardinals minor leagues.



For the Games of - 08/31/06




Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

Record - 56-83

Standings - Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place, 19 GB

Results: WON - Memphis hung on for 12 innings to defeat the Round Rock Express for a second night in a row, with a 3-1 victory, that may have been one of the best games the Redbirds played all season.

Memphis start John Webb pitched eight strong innings giving up just one run on the night. Relievers Josh Kinney, Matt Perisho and Andy Cavazos combined to pitch three scoreless innings of relief. Cavazos picked up the win for Memphis pitching an inning and a third of scoreless baseball.

Notes: The Cardinals purchased the contract of Memphis catcher Mike Rose and added him to the 25 man roster.



Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

Record - 26-41 (39-29, 1st half)

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

Results: WON - The Springfield Cardinals defeated Arkansas Thursday night, 5-3, to pick up their third game in a row. Kevin Ool picked up just his third win of the season and closer Mark Worrell racked up save #28.

Notes: The Springfield Cardinals continue their final series of the 2006 season Friday, as they face the Arkansas Travelers in the third game of the five-game road trip. Both clubs have been eliminated from playoff contention.

This is the sixth and final series between the Cards and Travelers, Springfield is 16-8 vs. Arkansas in 2006, 7-3 against them at Ray Winder Field.



Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)

Record - 35-17 (39-31, 1st half)

Standings - Florida State League, East Division - First Place

Results: WON - The rain moved up the coast and Palm Beach took the field and defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads by a score of 5-3, Thursday to move a game ahead of the Daytona Cubs in the East Division.

Mike Sillman continues to rack up the saves for the Cardinals, picking up save #35 this season, pitching one inning of scoreless relief, striking out two batters. Sillman's ERA for the season, an amazing 1.10 ERA. But check out these numbers from his last 10 games. He's 0-0 with 8 saves and a 0.93 ERA. In 9.2 innings he has struck out 16 batters while walking only four.

Notes: The Cardinals completed their first games since August 21 on Monday due to several rainouts. Palm Beach is 20-7 over its last 27 games and lead the Daytona Cubs by a single game in the Florida State League, Eastern Division race.



Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)

Record - 40-25 (34-34, 1st half)

Standings - Midwest League, West Division - First Place

Results: LOST - The Swing of the Quad Cities had their six-game winning streak come to an end Thursday night at John O'Donnell Stadium, giving up eight consecutive runs in an 8-4 loss to the Kane County Cougars. The Swing remain 3.5 games ahead of both Kane County and Beloit in the Midwest League's Western Division, and need just one more win to clinch the second-half division title.

Quad Cities (40-25, 74-59) finished their home-stand with a 5-1 record. Swing will wrap up their regular season with a four-game home-and-home series against Burlington that begins with a second match-up against No. 1 overall pick Luke Hochevar on Friday.

Kane County (38-28, 78-57) will most likely be back at John O'Donnell Stadium to open the post-season on Wednesday night, as the Swing would have to lose out while Beloit wins out to alter the current playoff picture.

Notes: The Swing clinched a spot in the playoffs after winning both games of a doubleheader on Sunday.



State College Spikes (SS-A)

Record - 35-32

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

Results: LOST - The State College Spikes were soundly defeated Thursday night, falling to the Batavia Muckdogs by the score of 14-3. Spikes pitching allowed 18 hits while walking six batters, and the State College defense committed five errors which lead to the drubbing at the hands of the Muckdogs. Donovan Solano went 2-for-4, with two RBI, and was the only State College player with more than one hit.

Notes: Last night's game, The Spikes knocked off 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.



Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Record - 34-34

Standings - Appalachian League, West Division - 4th place, 8 GB






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