Games Played Sunday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 3-0 over Round Rock
Redbirds' starter Randy Keisler and three relievers combined on a five-hitter as Memphis shutout the visiting Round Rock Express, 3-0, on Sunday.
Keisler after a shaky first inning, where he hit the first batter and walked the second one, Keisler worked his way out of the jam and went on to pitch six innings, scattering only four hits while striking out five to turn the game over to the bullpen with a 2-0 lead in the seventh.
Submarine pitcher Mike Sillman struck out the side in a perfect seventh inning before Andy Cavazos sent the side down in order in the eighth, fanning one. Mark Worrell surrendered a hit while striking out one without issuing a walk in the ninth for his third save.
LF Mike McCoy who usually plays second base, went 3-for-3 Sunday and scored a run. Lead off hitter CF Skip Schumaker ripped an RBI single in the third and RF Nick Stavinoha hit a solo homer, his fifth of the season in the eighth inning to propel the Redbirds to a 3-0 victory.
NOTES: The Redbirds will play at Nashville tomorrow night in the first game of an eight-game road trip. Memphis will send Mike Parisi to the hill to face the Sounds in game one..
RECORD: 21-23, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to the Drillers 1-0
The Cardinals going for the series sweep against the first place Tulsa Drillers on Sunday were shutout 1-0, ending the Springfield's four-game winning streak.
Springfield starter Jaime Garcia (L, 1-4), who went 2-for-2 at the plate to try to put some runs across, surrendered only one a run on two measly hits while striking out four and walking three batters in seven innings, a great performance that deserved a better fate.
NOTES: Juan Lucena became the first Springfield Cardinals' player in franchise history to record a five-hit game, going 5-5 with five singles this past Thursday night. Lucena's only plate appearance where he didn't register a hit was actually the most important, as his sacrifice fly in the seventh inning tied the game at 7-7.
RECORD: 19-21, 2nd Place Tie, 2.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Fort Myers 2-1
Cardinals' starter Trey Hearne (L, 3-3) allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out two over seven innings to see his record fall to 3-3 on the season.
Catcher Brandon Yarbrough drove in the only run for Palm Beach Sunday with an RBI double in the ninth inning, but that would be all the offense the Cardinals could generate.
NOTES: 3B Allen Craig is off to an amazing start hitting .353 10 HR and 35 RBI. His 95 total bases ranks second in the Florida State League and leads the Palm Beach Cardinals with 1B Mark Hamilton a distant second with 61 total bases.
RECORD: 24-19, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 3-2 over the Whitecaps
Quad Cities' starter Shaun Garceau (W, 3-1) allowed only two runs on six hits without a walk over five innings, striking out three. Piggyback starter Eddie Degerman tossed four no-hit innings in relief, fanning five and walking one, earning his first save for the Swing to help snapped a four-game skid.
BOXSCORE NOTES: Swing of the Quad Cities' leadoff hitter and center fielder Jim Rapoport was activated from the Disabled List on Sunday, to make room for Rapoport on the active roster, catcher Omar Falcon was released by the St. Louis Cardinals.
RECORD: 23-19, 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 former Rice pitching star and Quad Cities' piggyback starter Eddie Degerman tossed four no-hit innings in relief for the Swing Sunday, fanning five and walking one, earning his first save for the Swing to help snapped a four-game skid.
Minor League Player of the Day
LF Mike McCoy who usually plays second base, went 3-for-3 Sunday and scored a run as the Memphis Redbirds defeated the Round Rock Express 3-0.