Games Played Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 4-2 over Round Rock
Thanks to a series of errors by the Round Rock Express the Memphis Redbirds scored four unearned runs Saturday to beat the Express 4-2 and end a three game losing streak.
Memphis starter Mike Smith (W, 5-3) picked up his team leading fifth win of the season pitching seven complete innings, giving up six hits and only two runs, while walking two batters and striking out seven.
Closer Mark Worrell earned his second save for Memphis with a perfect ninth inning.
RF Nick Stavinoha led the Redbirds' offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a base on balls.
NOTES: Memphis will conclude their homestand and series with Round Rock Sunday afternoon with game time scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Randy Keisler will go for the home team and face Round Rock's Juan Gutierrez.
RECORD: 20-23, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 6-4 over Tulsa
The Springfield Cardinals defeated the Texas League North Division leaders, the Tulsa Drillers for the second night in a row to pull within 1.5 games of them after Saturday's 6-4 victory.
Cory Rauschenberger (W, 4-2) improved his record to 4-2 with his fourth straight win. Cory pitched five innings, scattering five hits, giving up two runs, both of them earned. He walked five and struck out two to extend his winning streak to four games.
Closer Chris Perez earned his 11th save on the season, giving up a hit and striking out a batter in the ninth to seal the deal over Tulsa.
CF Colby Rasmus was the star of the game, going 3-for-4, including hitting his seventh home run on the season, driving in three runs on the night, drawing a walk and scoring three times to lead the Cardinals past the Drillers.
NOTES: Springfield improves to 19-20 with the win, now just 1 ½ games back of first-place Tulsa in the North Division. Looking for the four-game sweep on Sunday, the Redbirds will send Jaime Garcia (1-3) to the hill. Tulsa will counter with right-hander Alan Johnson (1-0). Game time on Sunday from Tulsa is 2:05pm. The Cards will be off on Monday and then continue their road trip on Tuesday from San Antonio, with the first of three against the Missions.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Casey Rowlett has been called up from Palm Beach of the Florida State League, replacing Jon Jay, who hurt his right shoulder while batting on Thursday night in Tulsa. Rowlett has played second base as well as the outfield this year for Palm Beach, hitting .259 with one homer and ten RBIs in 36 games. Jay is expected to be on the Disabled List for two weeks, giving his shoulder time to recover from an injury he suffered when sliding into third base at Wichita on May 3rd.
RECORD: 19-20, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 9-1 over Vero Beach
The Vero Beach Devil Rays were singing "Some Beach" Saturday night at the Palm Beach Cardinals beat them 9-1.
Cardinals' starting pitcher Adam Ottavino (W, 3-3) struck out nine batters over five scoreless innings to lead Palm Beach to the 9-1 win over Vero Beach. The 21-year-old 2006 first-round draft pick allowed just two hits and two walks to even his won-loss record at 3-3. Ottavino (3-3) has not allowed a run since May 8, a span of 12 innings.
Third baseman Allen Craig continues to tear up FSL pitching with three hits on the night to include two doubles and a run score. Craig was joined by Mark Hamilton, Ian Church and Jose Martinez as all four of them had two RBI for Palm Beach.
NOTES: The Palm Beach Cardinals need to get their internet broadcasts of home games back online, even though the quality of the broadcasts could be described as very unprofessional at best, it is still better than nothing, for the fans across Cardinal Nation interested in following some of the club's best prospects.
It also wouldn't hurt to light a fire under someone's desk in the media relations office and get some Game Notes publish and some updates on the website, that are not 10+ days old.
At game 42 into the season and the top story on the site is an Organizational Preview a March 1st story, please, you have got to be kidding me.
RECORD: 24-18, 2nd Place, 2 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost 6-5 to West Michigan
Quad Cities lost a close one Friday night by the score of 5-4 to the West Michigan Whitecaps, as the Swing dropped their fourth game in a row, the longest losing streak of this season for them.
RHP Kenneth Maiques ended up with his first blown save and first loss on the season Saturday, pitching in the ninth inning, giving up three earned runs to let the Whitecaps roll pass the Swing for the win.
2B Jared Schweitzer was the offensive star of the day, going 3-for-5 to include hitting his second home run of the season, a grand slam in the seventh inning. Schweitzer is now hitting .387 this season.
Brad Furnish and Tyler Herron both threw well as the tandem starting duo for the Swing on Saturday night, while Kyle Mura chipped in with a scoreless inning of relief. The three hurlers combined to hold West Michigan to three runs – two earned – over eight innings of work while recording six strikeouts.
NOTES: The Swing went 5-3 against the Whitecaps in 2006, but West Michigan still went on to win their second consecutive Midwest League title. The two squads will get together eight times in 2007, as the Swing travel to Grand Rapids from August 3-6. The reigning champion Whitecaps held a 46-44 lead in the all-time series prior to this set.
RECORD: 22-19, 3rd Place, 4.0 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.
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)
Season begins on Wednesday, June 20th.
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Palm Beach Cardinals' Adam Ottavino struck out nine batters over five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and two walks to even his won-loss record at 3-3.
Minor League Player of the Day
The St. Louis Cardinals' top prospect, Colby Rasmus was the star of the game, going 3-for-4, including hitting his seventh home run on the season, driving in three runs on the night, drawing a walk and scoring three times to lead the Cardinals past the Drillers.