Games Played on Memorial Day
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Memphis 11-6 over Round Rock
The Redbirds exploded for 11 runs on Monday to defeat the Round Rock 11-6.
CF Rick Ankiel hit a run-scoring double in the first inning and a solo homer in the third before blasting a three-run dinger in the fifth. Ankiel, for five RBI on the night. Ankiel now ranks in the Pacific Coast League's top five in both home runs (11) and RBI (39).
The other offensive contributors included RF Nick Stavinoha's sixth-inning grand slam that broke the game wide open. LF Skip Schumaker and PH John Nelson also went yard for the Redbirds, with Schumaker scoring three runs, while Mike McCoy went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.
Memphis reliever Hugo Castellanos (W, 1-0) pitched three perfect innings in relief of starter Matt Ginter and earned his first win of the season. Ryan Meaux and Mark Worrell combined to allow three runs over three innings, while Andy Cavazos pitched a scoreless ninth.
RECORD: 25-27, 4th Place, 5.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 5-4 over San Antonio
It took 10 innings but the Cardinals will take the win with a 5-4 victory Monday.
CF Colby Rasmus hit two home runs going 2-for-4 as he continues to show signs of improvement at the Double-A level.
Cardinals' reliever Matthew Scherer (W, 2-3) got the win after pitching a perfect 10th frame. Starter Eric Haberer pitched five innings scattering six hits, allowing three runs, walking four and striking out one.
RECORD: 22-25, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Idle on Monday
RECORD: 28-22, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Split a Double Header
Quad Cities split a pair of seven innings games Monday the Swing took a 1-0 decision in the opener before losing in game two, 4-0.
In game two, Quad Cities starter Tyler Herron pitched five innings, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out three. Reliever Kyle Sadlowski (L, 0-2) gave up two runs on four hits over two innings for his second loss.
RECORD: 27-23, 4th Place, 5 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
He didn't get a decision Monday but Quad Cities starter Tyler Herron pitched five innings, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out three to become our starter of the day.
Minor League Player of the Day
Ankiel's five RBI on Monday was just one shy of his career record. The pitcher turned outfielder now ranks in the Pacific Coast League's top five in both home runs (11) and RBIs (39).