Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 14-7 to Las Vegas
Talking about not being lucky in Las Vegas, the Memphis Redbirds were embarrassed by the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate 14-7 Monday night.
Redbirds starter Randy Keisler (L, 2-4) was charged with seven runs on nine hits with a strikeout in four innings for his fourth loss. This was the lefty in spring training that the organization was so high on and projected to make the Major League club as a starter, but is struggling at Triple-A with a 2-4 record and a 6.08 ERA.
SS Mike McCoy hit a two-run double in the fourth and a solo homer, his second, in the sixth for the Redbirds. LF John Rodriguez chipped in a two-run single and 2B Edgar Gonzalez was 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Redbirds generated what should have been enough offense.
The Redbirds bullpen was useless Monday, as Chris Lambert gave up three runs in one inning and his ERA on the season has risen to 7.31 on the season and one has to wonder how long the former Boston College star will be around. Dennis Dove gave up five hits and two runs in his one inning of relief.
RECORD: 27-32, 4th Place, 8 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Off Day Monday
Former Springfield Cardinals' infielder Brendan Ryan has been called up to the big leagues, making his Major League debut on Saturday in Houston, grounding out to short in his only at-bat. Ryan, a member of the St. Louis 40-Man Roster coming into the year, is the first Springfield position player to make his Major League debut in St. Louis. Ryan becomes the fourth former Springfield Cardinals player overall to play in St. Louis, joining pitchers Josh Kinney, Dennis Dove and Troy Cate. Ryan was hitting just .243 with one homer and nine RBIs in 55 games for Memphis in 2007. Ryan saw time in Springfield in both 2005 and 2006.
RECORD: 25-27, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 11-5 over Clearwater
The Cardinals first baseman Mark Hamilton hit three homers and drove in six runs as visiting Palm Beach powered past Clearwater, 11-5, on Monday.
Dan Nelson the Cardinals DH in last night's game went 2-for-4 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Lead off batter and center fielder James Rapoport scored twice.
Cardinal's starter Adam Daniels (W, 3-5) allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk with a season-high eight strikeouts in six innings.
PLAYER TO WATCH: RP Kyle McClellan has been strong of late coming out of the Palm Beach bullpen. In his last 6 1/3 innings pitched over six appearances, McClelland has not allowed an earned run while striking out 14 and giving up three hits and just one walk.
BOXSCORE RECORD: 31-25, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Rained Out
The Swing of the Quad Cities' scheduled game with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers was rained out on Monday afternoon due to heavy rains that persisted all morning and were expected throughout the afternoon at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday evening. The twin bill will consist of two seven-inning contests starting at 5:35 p.m. and featuring a 30-minute break between the games.
The rainout came one day after the Swing extended their winning streak to five with a 4-2 win on Sunday. The victory, which was played despite consistent precipitation, improved Quad Cities' record to a season-best 32-24.
With 13 games remaining in the first half, Quad Cities enters play just two games behind second-place Clinton and 3.5 games behind first-place Beloit.
RECORD: 32-24, 3rd Place, 3.0 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
Adam Daniels (W, 3-5) allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk with a season-high eight strikeouts in six innings to pick up his third win of the season. In 59.2 innings this season, Daniels has 50 strike outs and only 10 walks. The four runs he allowed last night were the most runs he gave up since his first start back on April 9th, when he allowed five runs in five innings.
Minor League Player of the Day
Hamilton hit three home runs and had six RBI to lead his club to a win over Clearwater Monday. The 22-year-old slugger set career highs in homers and RBIs and is tied for third in the Florida State League with 10 home runs.