Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 14-11 to the Cubs
You would think if you scored 11 runs you should be able to win a game. These regular double-digit scores throughout the organization this year seem outrageous.
Memphis scored four runs in the top of the first but that lead didn't even hold through the inning with the Cubs scoring five in the bottom half of the frame. Iowa added three more runs in the third to move ahead 8-4, but give the Redbirds some credit they fought back and tied the game at 8-8 in the fifth inning, then went ahead 10-8 in the seventh and 11-8 in the eighth before the Cubs scored six runs in the bottom of the 8th to pull ahead for good, winning 14-11 on Monday night.
Starter Blake Hawksworth didn't make it out of the second inning, giving up eight runs on nine hits to include three home runs in just 1.2 innings pitched.
Reliever Chris Lambert didn't fare well either, giving up four runs in his one inning of relief, to be tagged with a blown save and the loss.
3B Rico Washington 4-for-4, with a double, a triple and five RBI while scoring twice to lead the Redbirds offense. 1B Tagg Bozied hit his 9th homer and 2B Edgar Gonzalez went 3-for-4, with a home run, a double and three RBI.
RECORD: 32-40, 4th Place, 10.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Arkansas 5-4
The Arkansas Travelers jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring three in the third and one in the fourth. Springfield fought back scoring four runs but fell one run short in their comeback bid to lose to the Travelers 5-4 Monday.
Starter Eric Haberer (L, 4-7) scattered seven hits over four innings giving up four runs and was ticketed with the loss.
ALL-STARS: Four Cardinals were selected starters and eight Springfield players in all were chosen as members of the North All-Star team. The starters were outfielder/first baseman Joe Mather, center fielder Colby Rasmus, catcher Bryan Anderson and designated hitter Juan Richardson. Others named to the team: Closer Chris Perez, left-hander Jaime Garcia, outfielder Sean Danielson and second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir
RECORD: 1st Half Division Winners
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 11-2 to Daytona
The Cardinals got off to a rough start to the second half of the season, losing to Daytona Monday night 11-2.
Starter Fernando Salas (L, 2-2) was saddled with the loss, giving up seven runs on 10 hits, with five of the hits being home runs.
First baseman A.J. Van Slyke provided the offense going 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run and a double, driving in the two runs for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals played better in the FSL All-Star game over the weekend, with 3B Allen Craig being named the Topps All-Star MVP, Tyler Norrick picking up the win for the Eastern All-Stars and reliever Luke Gregerson being named the "Pitcher of the Game."
Not everyone played badly for the Cardinals down the stretch to end the first half, C Brandon Yarbrough had 11 hits in his last 32 at-bats (.344) in his last 10 games.
RECORD: 34-34, 2nd Place, 6.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): MWL All-Star Break / No Games Scheduled
The Midwest League All-Star Game, which will be played at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday night at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, Illinois. Brandon Buckman, Christian Lopez, Kenny Maiques, Brandon Dickson, Elvis Hernandez, and P.J. Walters are in Kane County to participate in the 2007 All-Star Game. When the break is over, the season will resume on the road in Wisconsin on Thursday.
RECORD: 38-31, 4th Place, 5.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS)
Season opens TODAY! against the Auburn Doubledays.
Johnson City Cardinals (R)
The Cardinals will open TODAY! 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) Off Day on Monday
The Cardinals had the day off Monday but have moved up in the standings, at least by percentage points, ahead of Tampa Bay/Cincinnati and the Mets. All three teams are 14.5 games back of league leading Houston Astros. The Cardinals 10-21, .323 winning percentage puts them ever so slightly ahead of the Red Devil Rays and Mets who share records of 9-20.
The Cardinals are on the road today and will play Twins/Cubs
DSL Cardinals (R) Off Day on Monday
RECORD: 5-8, 4th Place, 6.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
It's hard to believe you would find the Pitcher of the Day appearing in a 14-11 game, but Memphis reliever Hugo Castellanos was the only guy on the mound Monday that actually looked like a pitcher.
In three and a third innings scoreless innings pitched, Castellanos gave up only one two hits, walking one and striking out one.
Hugo who started the season at Double-A is a combined 2-2 with a 3.29 ERA in 25 games, 38.1 innings.
Minor League Player of the Day
Memphis third baseman Rico Washington went 4-for-4 Monday, with a double, a triple and five RBI while scoring twice to lead the Redbirds offense in a sad 14-11 loss to the Iowa Cubs.