Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 9-5 to Nashville
Redbirds starter Mike Smith (L, 5-4) had a rough night, for seven runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three in 6.1 innings. Chris Lambert gave up two runs on two hits and a walk without retiring a batter.
Reliever Hugo Castellanos closed out game, striking out three batters in just 1.2 innings, but it was too little too late. The loss drops the Redbirds to last place in the PCL American North Division
RECORD: 23-25, 4th Place, 4.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 8-1 over San Antonio
It must of seem like the battle at the Alamo again Thursday night for San Antonio, as it was all Cardinals as Springfield defeated the San Antonio Missions 8-1.
On the mound, Springfield starter Mitchell Boggs (W, 4-3) tossed 6.2 innings and limited the Missions to just one run on four hits and three walks while striking out two, for his fourth win on the season. Reliever Matthew Scherer struck out two over 2.1 innings and was credited with his first save on the season.
There was plenty of offense; SS Tyler Greene went 4-for-5 with two doubles and scored four runs, 1B Joe Mather hit his League-leading 12th homer, a three-run shot in the ninth that scored Greene and RF Sean Danielson. CF Colby Rasmus had a pair of RBI doubles and scored twice to help lead the charge.
RECORD: 21-22, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 8-4 to Lakeland Flying Tigers
Down early by the score of 6-0, you have to give the Cardinals some credit, they fought back and put four runs on the board.
Palm Beach starter Adam Ottavino (L, 3-4) surrendered five runs on five hits over 2.2 innings, striking out three and walking two on the night. Not his best outing of late, for sure.
Looking for a bright spot in last night's loss? RF Nathan Southard went 3-for-4 with an RBI single that contributed to a three-run eighth. DH A.J. Van Slyke had a 3-for-5 night to include a double, raising his batting average up in the right direction to .245.
RECORD: 26-21, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost 3-1 to South Bend
Swing starter Eddie Degerman (L, 0-1) gave up a home run in the second and another one in the third, which is all South Bend would needed to hand Degerman is first loss on the season. By the time the book was closed on Eddie, he had allowed two runs on three hits and four walks over four innings in just his third start for the Swing.
The Swing barely avoided being shut out for the fourth time this season when RF Luke Gorsett doubled in the eighth and came home on 2B Jared Schweitzer's single.
RECORD: 25-21, 3rd Place, 5.0 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)
The Cardinals will open their season on Wednesday, June 20th.
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
Reliever Matthew Scherer struck out two over 2.1 innings and was credited with his first save on the season.
Minor League Player of the Day
Springfield Shortstop Tyler Greene went 4-for-5 with two doubles and scored four runs Thursday night.