Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 2-0 to Round Rock Express
The Round Rock Express only managed to score two runs in the top of the sixth inning off of Redbirds' starter Blake Hawksworth, but that would be all they needed as the Express shut out the Redbirds Thursday 2-0.
Hawksworth (L, 2-5) gave up two runs on just three hits over six innings. He walked four batters Thursday, unfortunately one of the walks would come in front of a home run by Round Rock's second baseman Brooks Conrad in the sixth to give the Express the only runs they would need for the win.
The Redbirds could only muster up four hits and one of those was from Hawksworth, so it's hard to find the offensive star of the night. 3B Travis Hanson went 1-for-3 with a double, the only extra-base hit in the game for Memphis.
RECORD: 19-22, 3rd Place, 4.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 8-7 over Tulsa in 12
The Springfield Cardinals pulled off an exciting 12th inning road kill over the Tulsa Drillers Thursday night.
The Cardinals offense was led by utility infielder Juan Lucena who went 5-for-5 on the night, but it was 1B Joe Mather's RBI single in the bottom of the 12th that finally put a win in the books for Springfield.
Other contributors with their bats; top prospect OF Colby Rasmus extended his hitting streak to 12 games going 2-for-3, SS Tyler Greene had three hits include a three-run double and 3B Juan Richardson hit his fifth home run of the season.
On the mound; Cardinals starter Eric Haberer allowed six runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five. Jose Garcia (2-0) recorded only one out to pick up his second win, and closer Christopher Perez earned his 10th save by striking out two in the 12th.
RECORD: 17-20, Tied 2nd Place, 3.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners x2 over Vero Beach
The Cardinals took two from the Vero Beach Devil Rays on Thursday.
In game one, a slugfest if there ever was one, the Cardinals came out on top 10-7. In game two the bats must have been worn out as the Cardinals only needed two runs to beat the Devil Rays 2-0 in the seven inning contest.
3B Allen Craig and C Danilo Sanchez were the offensive stars of game one as they combined to drive in seven runs and score five as Palm Beach defeated Vero Beach, 10-7, in the completion of April 15's suspended game.
Scott Vander Weg (W, 1-0) earned his first win of the season in relief of SP Gary Daley, who started the game on April 15 but did not pitch Thursday. Vander Weg surrendered only one run on four hits over 4.1.
In game two, Cardinals' starter Tyler Norrick (W, 4-3), carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The former Southern Illinois University star cruised through the first five innings without giving up a hit and walking only two batters, facing just one above the minimum.
RECORD: 22-18, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to West Michigan 5-2
The Swing of Quad Cities carried a 1-0 lead from the first inning through the sixth up to the top of the seventh when the Whitecaps put two runs on the board. Quad Cities came back in the bottom of the eighth to tie it up at two, but Quad Cities ran into rough water when the Whitecaps added three more runs in the ninth, as the Swing went down swinging in the stunning 5-2 loss.
Quad Cities' starter Blake King (the great nephew of Mickey Mantle), pitched quality innings, giving up only one hit while walking three batters. Brandon Dickson (L, 6-3) was saddled with a blown save and the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits while striking out five and walking two in 3.1 innings.
RECORD: 22-17, 3rd Place, 2.0 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
Palm Beach Cardinals starter Tyler Norrick, the former Southern Illinois University standout carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning to pick up his fourth win of the season and the Cardinals second win in a twin bill on Thursday.
Minor League Player of the Day
A perfect 5-for-5 night with an RBI for the infielder who wasn't even in the starting lineup when the Cardinals took the field, filled in for the injured Jarrett Hoffpauir.