MiLN - Springfield Wins First One at Home

Springfield closer Chris Perez pitched a perfect top of the ninth to give the Cardinals a chance to win in the bottom of the inning. The Cardinals scored a run in the bottom frame of the ninth to give Perez his first win of the season.


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Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Day Off For The Redbirds

The Memphis Redbirds (10-10) begin a four-game homestead hosting the Iowa Cubs (9-10).

The Redbirds are coming off a road four-game sweep against the Omaha Royals, out scoring them 29-15 in the series.

RECORD: 10-10, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners at Home 4-3 over Wichita

The Springfield Cardinals scored one in the bottom of the ninth to avoid extra innings beating the Wichita Wrangles by a score of 4-3 on Wednesday night for their first win this season at home at Hammons Stadium.

Chris Perez (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, with a scoreless, no-hit, top of the ninth inning, to give his team a chance to win in the bottom frame.

Outfield Jon Jay had a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cardinals and Perez their wins.

The Cardinals' starter on the night Eric Haberer, pitched 5.1 innings, giving up only four hits, but was hurt by his bases on balls. Haberer allowed three earned runs on the night.

DH Juan Encarnacion in Springfield on a rehab assignment was 1-for-5 on the night to make his totals for his first two games, 1-for-9, with 1 RBI.

**RAINOUT INFO**: Tuesday night's game between the Cards and Wranglers was rained out, one of three at Hammons Field this year. The game will be made up as part of a double-header on Thursday, May 10th, when the Wranglers next come to Hammons Field. Tickets for last night's game can be exchanged at the Cardinals ticket office for a future home game in 2007 (based on availability).

GORECKI TO HAVE SURGERY: Outfielder Reid Gorecki will miss up to eight weeks because of a broken hamate bone in his left hand. Gorecki, who was placed on the Disabled List last week, is currently in St. Louis and had surgery to have the bone removed from his left hand on Thursday. The recovery time for an injury of this nature is typically six to eight weeks. Reports that he will return in three weeks seem very optimistic.


RECORD: 6-9, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to the Daytona Cubs 7-2

The Cardinals scored one in the first and one in the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead over the Cubs, but they couldn't hold on or keep up as the Cubs scored two runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game and scored five unanswered runs to beat the Cardinals 7-2, Wednesday.

Starting pitcher Adam Daniels (1-2), takes the loss, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits, while striking out three batters and walking just one.

The Cardinals made four errors on the night allowing two unearned runs to score.


RECORD: 10-8, Three-way tie for 1st Place along with the St. Lucie Mets and Brevard County Manatees.


Swing of Quad Cities (A): No Midwest League Games Scheduled

1B Brandon Buckman is on fire leading the Midwest League; HR (5), RBI (16), Total Bases (44), Doubles (7), and is second in the league with Hits (22)

Swing will be back at John O'Donnell Stadium for a six-game homestand starting Saturday! For tickets, call (563) 328-2000!

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: April 22, IF Jared Schweitzer placed on the DL, retroactive to 4/21. C Christian Reyes transferred to Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training (Johnson City).

RECORD: 9-10, 6th Place, 3 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS)

Season opens on Tuesday June 19th, against the Auburn Doubledays.


Johnson City Cardinals (R)

The Cardinals will open the season on the road in Greenville on Tuesday, June 19th.



Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Chris Perez

The Springfield Cardinals' closer came into a tie ballgame in the top of the ninth and pitched a perfect inning, to give his ballclub a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth. The Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the inning to give them their first win at home this season.


Minor League Player of the Day

John Jay

Jon Jay's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning netted Springfield their first home win of 2007 with a 4-3 victory over Wichita. Jay was 2-for-5 on the night.



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