Games Played Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 4-1 over Iowa
Memphis starter Randy Keisler evened his record at 4-4 last night, giving up just one run in seven innings, striking out a season high six batters to lead the Redbirds past the Cubs.
Closer Brian Falkenborg pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two to pick up his 14th save.
RF Skip Schumaker had a 3-for-4 night to include a double and a run scored. CF Rick Ankiel hit his 16th home run on the season, a solo blast in the fourth. Brendan Ryan also had three hits and an RBI to help lead the Redbirds offense.
RECORD: 30-39, 4th Place, 10 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 7-3 over Wichita
The Springfield Cardinals didn't waste anytime Friday night sensing their first Texas League Pennant was within grasp if they could beat Wichita. The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, adding two more runs in the fourth to go ahead 4-0 before Wichita could score their first run in the fourth.
The Cardinals would add three more runs to go ahead and beat Wichita 7-3, to lock up the first playoff berth for Springfield in its three-year history.
Cardinals' starter Mitchell Boggs picked up the win, his sixth of the season, scattering eight hits, giving up three runs over 6.2 innings.
3B Juan Richardson & 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir provided the power for the win Friday. Richardson went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI and three runs scored. Hoffpauir added four more hits with his five at-bats, driving in four of the Cardinals runs.
ALL-TIME HIGH: With Friday's 7-3 win, the Cardinals set a brand new franchise-mark for longest winning streak, as they notched their seventh straight win. After not reaching the .500 mark until they were 56 games into the season, the Springfield Cardinals are now a season-best six games over .500 at 35-29 with a season-high winning percentage of .547.
RECORD: 35-29, First Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): No FSL Games Scheduled Friday
It's the Florida State League All-Star Break, with the All-Star game to be played on Saturday at Daytona Beach.
We'll have the results from the All-Star game in Sunday's report.
RECORD: 34-33, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Beloit 17-4
It was just one of those days that you want to forget as soon as possible, as the Swing of Quad Cities was beaten badly at home by the visiting Beloit Snappers 17-4 Friday night.
Swing starter Shaun Garceau (L, 4-4) was knocked out of the game after giving up five runs, two of them earned on four hits and four walks in just 2.2 innings.
Quad Cities used seven pitchers last night before they could eventually put out the fire that burned out of control for eight innings.
RECORD: 37-30, 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) Day off Friday
The Cardinals had an off day Friday, which is much better than this club being on the road. This season the VSL club is 1-13 on the road and just 7-8 at home. Over the last 10 games the Cards are 3-7.
RECORD: 8-21, 9th Place (last), 14.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) No News to Report
Information from the DSL continues to be slow in coming. The last updates that we have and the last time the DSL website was updated was Wednesday.
RECORD: 3-7, 4th Place, 6.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Springfield Cardinals' starter made history last night picking up his sixth win on the season and leading the Redbirds to their first half Texas League Division Championship.
Minor League Player of the Day
Friday night Hoffpauir went 4-for-five with two doubles and four RBI to lead the Cardinals to a big road win over Wichita to clinch Springfield's first ever playoff berth.