Games Played Wednesday
The Farm System started the night with an overall record of 103-100 (.507)
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 3-2 to Tucson
The Redbirds and in particular starter Randy Keisler were snake bitten by the Sidewinders Wednesday, and left with the scar of a 3-2 loss, Memphis' second straight loss to Tucson.
Keisler had one of his better starts of the season, pitching 7.2 innings, his longest outing in his last five starts and allowed only two runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking only one batter, well enough for a win on most days.
Closer Brian Falkenborg (L, 0-2) suffered the loss giving up the winning run in the top of the ninth, on a wild pitch no less.
CF Skip Schumaker led the offense going 1-for-3 with his third home run on the season, a two run shot in the fifth. Rick Ankiel continues to hit well with a 2-for-4 day. Rico Washington also had two hits on the day in the losing cause.
GAME NOTES: The former St. Louis Cardinals' Minor League Player of the Year, third baseman Travis Hanson continues to struggle at the plate, going 0-for-3 Wednesday, striking out twice, as his batting average continues its nosedive down to .193.
RECORD: 25-29, 4th Place, 5.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to San Antonio 6-3
The Cardinals jumped out with a three nothing lead, with a run in the first and two in the third. Tyler Greene scored the first two runs for Springfield and Joe Mather crossed the plate in the third to give the Cardinals their early three run lead.
The lead would hold until the seventh inning when San Antonio would bat around and knocked out the Cardinals' starter, Cory Rauschenberger in the process. Rauschenberger allowed four runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings. Rauschenberger (L, 4-3) who took the loss, struck out three and walked one.
The Cardinals only managed four hits on the night, Jarrett Hoffpauir went 1-for-4 and had two RBI.
GAME NOTES: LF Mark Shorey made his Double-A debut Wednesday, making his presence notice immediately driving in Tyler Greene in the first inning with an RBI single.
PROUD PARENTS: With his parents in town from Alabama, Colby Rasmus has put on quite a hitting clinic over the last two nights prior to Wednesday's game. Rasmus tied a Springfield franchise record by driving in seven runs on Tuesday night, going 3-5 in the 12-10 win. Both Terry Evans and Rico Washington drove in seven runs in 2006.
On Monday, Rasmus became just the second Springfield Cardinals' player to record a multi-homer game, when he homered twice in a 5-4 win over San Antonio. His second homer was a game-tying shot with two outs in the ninth inning. For Rasmus, it's not only his first multi-homer game at the Double-A level, but the first multi-homer game of his professional career. Joe Mather is the only other Cards' player to have two homers in a game, with three multi-homer games this year.
RECORD: 23-26, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 8-4 over Jupiter
The Cardinals doubled up over Jupiter Wednesday with an 8-4 win.
Leading the offense,2B Isaias Garcia and LF Ian Church led the offense driving in two runs each. Catcher Danilo Sanchez scored two runs as well. Mark Hamilton smacked an RBI double and Nathan Southard chipped in a run-scoring single for Palm Beach, which has won three of four.
Top draft pick Adam Ottavino pitched 4.1 innings, giving up three earned runs, while striking out two and walking two and did not factor into the decision. Adam this season, has only pitched 5.0 innings or more in only half of his 10 starts.
Reliever Fernando Salas (W, 2-0) picked up his second win, pitching 3.2 innings, giving up only one run on two hits and striking out two batters without walking anyone (always the key to a pitcher's success).
RECORD: 29-23, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 6-4 over Clinton
Starting pitcher Brandon Dickson (W, 7-3) earned his team leading seventh win of the season, pitching five innings, giving up two runs (none of them earned) on five hits, walking just one batter and striking out two.
Kenny Maiques earned his 11th save pitching a scoreless perfect ninth inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Catcher Chris Grossman led the offense with a 3-for-4 night to include two extra base hits, a double and his second home run to drive in two of the runs for Quad Cities.
GAME NOTES: The Swing started the night looking even the series with Clinton, because they were five games behind the LumberKings for the final playoff spot at the start of the night. The Cardinals now have 52 games in the book with only 18 games remaining in the first half.
RECORD: 28-24, 4th Place, 5.5 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
Brandon Dickson (W, 7-3) earned his team leading seventh win of the season for Quad Cities Wednesday, pitching five innings, giving up two runs (none of them earned) on five hits, walking just one batter and striking out two.
Minor League Player of the Day
Catcher Chris Grossman led the offense for Quad Cities Wednesday with a 3-for-4 night to include two extra base hits, a double and his second home run of the season to drive in two of the runs for the Swing. (Who came up with this team name?)