Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 6-5 over Tucson
CF Rick Ankiel hit his team high 12th home run of the season, a walk-off solo shot in the ninth inning to give Memphis a 6-5 victory over the Tucson Sidewinders on Thursday.
2B. Edgar Gonzalez 2-for-4 on the night, delivered an RBI triple in the second and a game-tying solo blast, his third home run this season, in the eighth.
Starting pitcher Mike Parisi had a night he'll probably never forget, going 2-for-2 and hitting his first career home run in the fourth inning. On the mound, he went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out four and walking four but did not get the win.
Closer Brian Falkenborg (W, 1-2) picked up his first win of the season, with a good appearance, allowing just one hit in 1.2 innings.
RECORD: 26-29, 4th Place, 6.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Off Day Thursday
LAST GAME: The Cards and Missions combined for 22 runs and 29 hits in an absolute shoot-out, a 12-10 victory for Springfield. Colby Rasmus tied a franchise record with seven RBIs, going 3-5 with his tenth homer of the year. The Redbirds trailed 8-3 before scoring eight straight runs to take the lead for good. Joe Mather also connected for a home run, his league-leading 13th of the year. Springfield reliever Michael Cooper (1-1) earned the win out of the bullpen, taking over in the fifth for starter Mitchell Boggs, who gave up eight runs in four innings.
Date Opp Pitching Probable's Time TV/Radio 6/1 vs. CC RHP Felipe Paulino vs. LHP Jaime Garcia 7:10pm JOCK 98.7 FM 6/2 vs. CC RHP Jimmy Barthmaier vs. LHP Kevin Ool 6:10pm JOCK 98.7 FM 6/3 vs. CC RHP Ronnie Martinez vs. LHP Eric Haberer 6:10pm JOCK 98.7 FM
RECORD: 23-26, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost a heartbreak 10-9 to Jupiter
The bats were on fire for both teams Thursday night but it was the Jupiter Hammerheads who came out on top of a 10-9 victory.
Leading the Cardinals offense; 3B Allen Craig, 3-for-5 to include three doubles, an RBI and two runs scored; SS Jose Martinez, 3-for-5 to include four RBI and a run scored; LF Dan Nelson, 3-for-5 to include two RBI and two runs scored and; A.J. Van Slyke, 3-for-5 and scoring a run in the losing cause.
Luke Gregerson (BS 1) had his first blown save of the season, giving up an earned run in the eighth inning despite striking out the side. Reliever Scott Vander Weg (L, 3-3) was tagged with the loss, pitching only one third of an inning, giving up four runs. Trey Hearne started the night for the Cardinals, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up 10 hits and five runs, four of them earned.
RECORD: 29-24, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 9-6 over Clinton
Swing starter P.J. Walters saw his 30 scoreless inning streak come to an end Thursday night, giving up four runs in the third inning. Fortunately his teammates pulled him out of the fire and Walters has still not lost a game since his first start on April 16th.
Elvis Hernandez (W, 4-3), the #2 starter of the tandem starting system of which I'm not a supporter of, picked up the win, his fourth of the season. Hernandez pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, giving up just three hits, but walked three batters and struck out four to get away with a win.
Leading the offense catcher Christian Reyes went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored for Quad Cities. 1B Brandon Buckman hit his 11th home run of the season and CF Daryl Jones hit his second home run this year as the souvenirs were flying out of the ballpark Thursday.
GAME NOTES: The Swing enter play four games behind the Clinton LumberKings for the final first-half playoff spot in the MWL-West, with only 17 games remaining before the All-Star break.
Starting Walters entered Thursday's ballgame with a 28-inning scoreless streak that spans the entire month. In six May outings, Walters was 4-0 with 29 strikeouts against just 16 hits and three walks. Going back to late April, Walters is 4-0 with one save and a 0.49 ERA in his last eight outings, boasting a 38-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 37 innings.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: A pair of 19-year-olds made their Swing debuts on Wednesday, and OF Tommy Pham and C/IF Wilmer Alvarado both came out swinging and notched hits in their first at-bats. Pham's first-inning single started a rally that resulted in two runs, while Alvarado's double in the fourth-inning sparked a four-run rally that included an RBI by Pham. All six Swing runs crossed the plate in those two innings.
RECORD: 29-24, 4th Place, 4.5 GB – Only 3 GB of Clinton for a first-half playoff spot
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
You have to go with Memphis starting pitcher Mike Parisi here. He pitched six complete innings allowing only three runs, keeping his team in the game and he went 2-for-2 at the plate to include his first career home run.
Minor League Player of the Day
Christian Reyes went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored for Quad Cities. The 21-year-old catcher smacked a three-run homer in the second, launched a solo homer in the fifth and singled and scored in the seventh.