Games Played Wednesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Nashville 6-5
Former Major Leaguer closer Troy Percival began his comeback with Memphis last night and allowed one run on one hit and three walks while retiring two batters in the seventh.
Starting pitcher Blake Hawksworth went six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts, leaving the game with a 5-4 lead. Reliever Mike Smith (L, 5-6) was tagged with the loss after giving up a run on two walks and retiring four batters in 1.1 innings.
The Redbirds outhit the Sounds 10-7 but left eight runners stranded as the Sounds move to within 2.5 games of first place with the win.
RECORD: 29-38, 4th Place, 11.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Shutout Wichita 2-0
Starter Eric Haberer (W, 4-2) 6.1 shutout innings, giving up just four hits, walking four, striking out three, for his best start since May the 8th when he pitched eight shutout innings.
First baseman Joe Mather went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double.
Reliever Jason Motte pitched a scoreless ninth inning, walking one and striking out two for his third save.
BREAKOUT YEAR: Left-fielder Sean Danielson is putting together quite the year in his first Double-A season. After opening the year by playing 12 games in Palm Beach with 11 hits in his first 31 at-bats, Danielson was promoted to Double-A on April 19th. A career .275 hitter coming into 2007, Danielson would be leading the league with his .351 average if he had the necessary amount of plate appearances (2.7 per team game).
RECORD: 33-29, First Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Split a Double-Header with the Hammerheads
The Hammerheads beat the Cardinals 6-2 in game one, with the Cardinals shutting them out in game two.
GAME ONE: Cardinals starter Tyler Norrick (L, 6-5) pitched his first complete game, giving up six runs, on six hits, with four walks and striking out five. Norrick is 3-5 with a 4.33 ERA over his last 10 games.
Mark Hamilton hit his 13th homer a two-run shot in the third in game one to lead the offense.
GAME TWO: Starter Robert Ransom was very impressive Wednesday, pitching four scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, walking one and striking out three. He didn't factor into the decision, but was instrumental in the Cardinals snapping a four-game losing streak Wednesday.
What was impressive about Ransom is that Wednesday was his first start of the season and only his second appearance this year after just coming off the DL, missing the last two full seasons because of shoulder surgery.
Left-fielder A.J. Van Slyke went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to drive in the only run for the Cardinals in game two, but it was all they needed.
RECORD: 34-32, 2nd Place, 4.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Wisconsin 5-2
Swing starter Elvis Hernandez (L, 4-4) took the loss, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks over three innings. Reliever Kyle Sadlowski followed with two scoreless frames, while P.J. Walters allowed two runs, one earned, over 3.1 innings, after retiring the first nine batters he faced. Quad Cities pitching struck out 14 batters in the losing cause.
The star of the game for Quad Cities was catcher Wilmer Alvarado, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, gunning down four would-be basestealers in his first start of the season behind the plate.
The bottom line now after the loss to Wisconsin, with just four games remaining in the first half of the season, the Swing need to win out while Clinton loses out, in order to have a chance at post-season play.
RECORD: 36-29, 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.
VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Mariners 10-4
Starter Omar Diaz (L, 1-3), gave up five earned runs on four hits, two walks Wednesday and was saddled with his third loss of the season.
C/1B Ismael Cardona went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored to help lead the Cardinals anemic offense, while playing at first base yesterday.
RECORD: 7-20, 9th Place, 15.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Oakland (2) 5-4 (Tuesday's Game)
Down 4-1 the Cardinals fought back scoring a run in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings to tie Oakland at 4-4. The A's would respond with a run in the bottom of the ninth for the win.
The DSL Cardinals are playing a lot like the VSL Redbirds. The club is hitting just .190 with three home runs and 29 RBI in their first nine games.
About the only hot bat for the Cardinals is SS Juan MosQuera who is hitting .355 with an OBP of .535, with 12 walks and six stolen bases, leading the team in all those offensive categories, but he didn't play in Tuesday's contest.
RECORD: 3-6, 3rd Place, 5.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
Making his first start and just second appearance after missing more than 2+ seasons due to shoulder surgery, Ransom pitched four scoreless innings Wednesday for the Palm Beach Cardinals, giving up only one hit. Even though he got a no-decision for his efforts, you can't ignore this remarkable performance from this young man.
Minor League Player of the Day
Quad Cities catcher Wilmer Alvarado, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, gunning down four would-be basestealers in his first start of the season behind the plate.