Games Played Sunday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 15-7 over the Isotopes
Memphis Redbirds winners 15-7, yes 15, this is not a typo, though I've been known to make typos in the past, this isn't one of them.
Former Major League pitcher and future Major League outfielder Rick Ankiel went 4-for-5 and hit his 15th homer and drove in three runs to lead Memphis past host Albuquerque, 15-5.
Ankiel had a lot of help Sunday, 2B Edgar Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the third and C Ryan Christianson added a two-run homer in the seventh. Joining in the hit parade, RF Skip Schumaker chipped in four hits and two RBIs. SS Brendan Ryan went 3-for-6 on the day with a double and a triple and two RBI.
Memphis starter Randy Keisler (L, 3-4) allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits while striking out two and walking one in six innings for the his third win in nine starts for the Redbirds.
RECORD: 28-36, 4th Place, 9.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 4-3 over Arkansas
The Springfield Cardinals moved into a tie for first place with the Tulsa Drillers after a road win Sunday beating the Arkansas Travelers with a 4-3.
The Cardinals starter Mitchell Boggs pitched seven innings Sunday for the second time this season, in 11 starts. Boggs scattered five hits and gave up only one run. A good outing for the Dalton Georgia native, who was coming off his last outing where he lasted only four innings, giving up eight earned runs on 11 hits.
Reliever Jason Motte picked up a blown save in the eighth, but managed to pick up his second win of the season, pitching a scoreless frame in the bottom of the ninth.
RECORD: 30-29, Tied for 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Brevard County 7-4
It was the battle of the leaders of the FSL Eastern Division with the second place Cardinals trying to close the gap between them and the Brevard County Manatees down to a half game on Sunday.
The Manatee responded to the challenge beating the Cardinals 7-4 knocking them 2.5 games back of Brevard County.
Cardinals' starter Adam Ottavino gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one, a good enough start on most days to earn a win.
On a positive note, Ottavino went seven innings for the first time this season.
Reliever Luke Gregerson has a rare rough outing, giving up three earned runs in one-third of an inning.
RECORD: 33-29, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Won 2-0 over Kernels
Quad Cities starter Tyler Herron (W, 6-4), picked up his sixth consecutive win with six scoreless, three-hit innings of work.
Reliever Brad Furnish pitched the final three innings for his second save of the year. The southpaw out of Texas Christian University retired nine of the 10 batters that he faced with four strikeouts.
The win Sunday snapped a three-game losing streak for Quad Cities and prevented a series sweep by Cedar Rapids, keeping the Swing in the playoff mix with just seven games remaining in the first half.
RECORD: 35-27, 4th Place, 4.5 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) Winners 7-4 over Chicago/Minnesota
The Cardinals defeated Chicago/Minnesota Sunday 7-4.
Cardinals' starter Jose Calero (W, 2-2) picked up his second win, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings in relief and Orlando Munez earned his first save of the season with a scoreless frame in the top of the ninth.
DH Jose Cortez had three RBI Sunday and hit his first home run.
RECORD: 7-17, 8th Place, 13.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
Herron picked up his sixth consecutive win with six scoreless, three-hit innings of work Sunday.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Memphis outfielder went 4-for-5, hitting his 15th homer and driving in three runs on Sunday.