Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 6-5 over Round Rock
Third baseman Rico Washington had another good night at the plate Thursday, going 2-for-3, to include his sixth home run of the season and a walk, raising his batting average to .311. In his last 10 games Washington is hitting .462 with one home run and seven RBI.
Starter Randy Keisler had one of his best starts of the season, picking up his fifth win by pitching 7.1 innings, scattering six hits, giving up only one run, walking three and striking out eight.
RECORD: 33-41, 4th Place, 10.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 3-2 over Tulsa
The Cardinals came back from a 2-0 deficit going into the bottom of the sixth inning scoring three runs over the final four frames to improve to 2-1 and move to the top of the division.
Matthew Scherer (W, 4-3) picked up his fourth win on the season in relief of starter Cory Rauschenberger who had a very strong outing, pitching seven innings, giving up just three hits, walking three but striking out six to stay out of big trouble.
Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir raised his batting average on the season to .321 with a 3-for-4 night.
RECORD: 2-1, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Jupiter 10-5
The Jupiter Manatees doubled up on the Cardinals Thursday night, beating our Redbirds by a score of 10-5.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two, but fell behind 3-2 by the fourth inning, before Jupiter tacked on four more runs in the fifth, adding another two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to nail the coffin shut on the Redbirds.
Robert Ransom got the start for Palm Beach, he gave up four runs, three of them earned on nine hits, walking one and striking out one. It was Scott Vander Weg who was tagged with the loss when he gave up three runs in one-third of an inning.
Right-fielder Nathan Southard had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the losing cause.
RECORD: 0-1, 2nd Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 7-6 over Wisconsin
Quad Cities had a 5-0 lead at one point that they blew, but in the end they came out on top of Wisconsin 7-6.
Starter Tyler Herron was roughed up in his first start in the second half, giving up six earned runs on nine hits in just 4.2 innings pitched. The big lanky right-hander from West Palm Beach had only given up one earned run in his previous 22 innings pitched before Thursday's game.
Reliever Kyle Sadlowski managed to get his first win of the season, pitching a third of an inning, facing just two batters, giving up a hit and get the other one out for the win.
Closer Kenneth Maiques earned his 15th save, striking out the only batter he faced to end the game.
Left-fielder Daryl Jones who's hitting just .187 this season, managed to score three runs after going 0-for-2, but drawing three walks that led to his runs being scored. Of course the big question is, how do you walk somebody three times who is hitting .187?
RECORD: 1-0, 1st Place
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Dropped Two to Auburn
After Batavia shutout Auburn 7-0 in the season opener, Auburn came back with a vengeance and Muckdogs 11-6 and 3-2 in Thursday's double-header.
Batavia pitcher Brandon Garner was hit very hard in his first appearance, giving up six earned runs in just 2.1 innings pitch as he suffered his first lost of the season.
Catcher Steve Hill is off to a good start, with six hits in his first nine at-bats, to include a one home run, two doubles, five RBI and two runs scored in his first two games.
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Defeated Greenville 7-3
For the second time in two days, the Cardinals defeated Greenville by the score of 7-3.
Starter Jose Mateo pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just four hits, walking one and striking out six to earn his first win this season.
Reliever Pete Parise allowed one run on two hits over the final 1.1 innings on the mound for his first save.
Shortstop Dognnt Bolivar went 2-for-4 Thursday with both of his hits being for extra bases, a double and a home run. Bolivar scored two runs and drove in two runs to account for enough scoring to win the game. (I know you think I spelled his first name wrong, not)
RECORD: 2-1, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Winners 7-4 over the Marlins
The Cardinals improve to 2-0 with a 7-4 win over the Marlins Thursday.
Lead off man, center fielder D' Marcus Ingram went 3-for-5 on the day to include a double and a run scored in his first game of the season.
The Cardinals made three errors Thursday, something you might expect at this level, but on a good note, left-fielder Joseph Hage had two outfield assists, throwing out a runner at third and then one trying to score at home. Nice.
RECORD: 2-0, 1st Place
VSL Cardinals (R) Lost 18-1 to the Phillies
Ok, I'm trying to stay positive here. The Cardinals held the Phillies to less than three touch downs on Thursday.
This game was over by the third inning basically. The Phillies scored a run in the top of the first to open the game, added three more runs in the third which will usually put a game out of reach for the VSL Cardinals. Of course the Phillies piled up on the Cards adding seven more runs in the fifth to put the game way out of reach.
The Cardinals DH Ismael Cardona went 2-for-4 and drove in the only Cardinal run in the seventh.
Starter Jorge Rondon (L, 0-4) allowed six runs in just four innings on eight hits and two walks, to see his record fall to 0-4 on the season.
RECORD: 11-23, 7th Place, 14.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Nearing .500 Mark
RECORD: 7-8, 3rd Place, 5.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
Starter Randy Keisler earned his fifth win by pitching 7.1 innings, scattering six hits, giving up only one run, walking three and striking out a season high eight batters for his third consecutive win.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Palm Beach Cardinals right-fielder Nathan Southard had a big night at the plate Thursday, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the Cardinals 10-5 loss to Jupiter.
You have to give a guy credit that keeps fighting back in what appears to be a losing cause, but just doesn't quit. I appreciate that in a player.