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Mighty Joe Mather went 2-for-3 with a double and his Texas League leading 15th home run of the season, driving in all five of Springfield's runs Tuesday night as the Cardinals defeated the Tulsa Drillers 5-4.



Games Played Tuesday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 4-2 to Las Vegas 51s

Redbirds starter Mike Parisi (L, 4-4) took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.

1B Tagg Bozied and C Ryan Christianson hit RBI singles for Memphis, but the team left eight runners on base, to fall to the 51s in the final game of the series and nine game back in the standings.

Memphis will travel to Albuquerque on Thursday for a four-game series with the Isotopes. The 'Birds will put Anthony Reyes on the slab for the second time while Albuquerque will counter with left-hander Chris George. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. CST.


RECORD: 27-33, 4th Place, 9.0 GB


Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 5-4 over Tulsa Drillers

Mighty Joe Mather homered and drove in a career-high five runs to power the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over visiting Tulsa on Tuesday.

Mather hit an RBI double in the third, lifted a sacrifice fly in the fifth and smacked a three-run homer, his 15th, in the seventh. The 24-year-old first-baseman leads the Texas League in home runs and is tied for first with 37 RBIs.

Cardinals starter Mitchell Boggs (W, 5-3) earned his fifth win of the season the third against Tulsa, going seven innings and giving up just two runs, one of them earned, while scattering five hits, walking two and striking out four.

Closer Chris Perez picked up his 13th save on the season despite giving up two runs in the ninth before finally closing the game out.

Springfield now improves to 26-27 in the first half and 9-4 against Tulsa. Cory Rauschenberger (4-3) and the Redbirds look to make it three straight at Hammons Field on Wednesday night, as they take on Samuel Deduno (1-2) and the Drillers in the second game of the four-game series.


RECORD: 26-27, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Clearwater 8-0

Clearwater scored three unanswered runs in the third and added five more in the eighth to beat Palm Beach 8-0 on Tuesday.

Cardinal's starter Adam Ottavino (L, 3-5) was tagged with his fifth loss of the season, pitching just five innings, giving up three runs, scattering seven hits, walking four and striking out six.

Reliever Matt Trent had a very rough outing, giving up five earned runs in his one inning of relief.

RF Nathan Southard and CF James Rapoport each had two hits on the night.

The Cardinals return home Wednesday for a four game series against the Tampa Yankees.


RECORD: 31-25, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB


Swing of Quad Cities (A): Take Two from Wisconsin

The Swing took game one of a double-header Tuesday beating Wisconsin 13-5.

DH Brandon Buckman continues to swing a hot bat going 3-for-4 with his 13th home run of the season and scoring twice. RF Luke Gossett had one of his better nights this season, going 2-for-3 to include his second home run this season and driving in three runs.

William Sandoval hit his first professional home run in game one, a two-run shot in the fifth inning.

The Swing sent two MWL All-Stars to the mound on Tuesday. Elvis Hernandez the Swing's first of two starters (I hate this tandem rotation nonsense, just play the game like its suppose to be played), pitched four effective innings, giving up only two hits and one run, while striking out five batters, but did not factor into the decision.

P.J. Walters, starter #2, gets the win when he pitches just two innings but gives up three runs, go figure sports fans.

After opening with the 13-5 win the Swing took game two of the double-header by a score of 3-2 with #2 starting pitcher Tyler Herron (W, 5-4) picking up his fifth win of the season. Brad Furnish who started the game, pitched four innings, giving up two runs on two hits. He walked two, but struck out nine before turning the game over to Herron. Herron pitched the final three innings and gave up only one hit, didn't walk anyone and struck out six his fifth consecutive win.

1B Brandon Buckman went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in game two, with DH Chris Grossman driving in a run with his 2-for-4 night.

When it was finally over, MWL All-Star 1B Brandon Buckman went 5-for-8 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Swing of the Quad Cities to a doubleheader sweep and a series sweep over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Tuesday night.

MIDWEST LEAGUE ALL-STARS: The Swing will be represented by six players in the 2007 MWL All-Star game to include; position players 1B Brandon Buckman and SS Christian Lopez, and RHP's P.J. Walters, Brandon Dickson, Elvis Hernandez, and Kenny Maiques.

The Swing are on the road through the end of the week, finishing the road trip with two games in Cedar Rapids on Thursday and Friday. The next Swing home game is on Saturday, as Cedar Rapids comes to John O'Donnell Stadium to kickoff a nine-game homestand!



RECORD: 34-24, 3rd Place, 1.5 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.


VSL Cardinals (R) Lost 3-1 to Mariners.

The VSL Cardinals lost to the VSL Mariners 3-1 on Tuesday. The loss drops the Cardinals record down to 5-14 on the season, 10.5 games back in the standings.




Minor League Pitcher of the Day

Tyler Herron

Herron won his fifth consecutive game Tuesday night pitching three innings scoreless innings as the second half of the tandem starting experiment. He didn't walk anyone and struck out six.


Minor League Player of the Day

Joe Mather

Mather went 2-for-3 with a double and home run, driving in all five runs for Springfield Tuesday night. Mather's home run was his 15th of the season and he currently leads the Texas League in home runs and is tied for first with 37 RBI.



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