Games Played Wednesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 3-2 to Round Rock
The Memphis Redbirds lost to Round Rock by the score of 3-2 with RR Express scoring all their runs in the second inning in what could have been worse if not by a great defensive play of Mike McCoy at second and a good play by Ankiel in center to contain the Express to just three runs.
Round Rock's Juan Gutierrez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Redbirds broke through and scored a run, adding another run in the ninth to just fall short of taking a game from the Express.
Memphis starter Mike Parisi (W, 5-6) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts over a season-high eight frames.
ANKIEL WATCH: Rick went 0-4 on Wednesday. The soon-to-be Major League outfielder is hitting .279 on the season with a league leading 21 home runs. In his last 10 games Rick is hitting .326 with five home runs and seven RBI, and I'll be honest with you, I'm surprised the Cardinals haven't called him up already, certainly it's a testimony to how well So Taguchi is playing as well as Ryan Ludwick.
People we need to get a caravan together and head to Memphis to show some support for the Redbirds, it looks like a ghost town there during the games.
RECORD: 34-46, 4th Place, 12.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 6-3
Just back from the All-Star break the Cardinals defeated the Midland Rockhounds 6-3 Wednesday night, with Cory Rauschenberger (W, 6-4) picking up his sixth win, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six.
Closer Chris Perez who is one of those rare guys on the fast track to the Major Leagues as a reliever, earned his 20th save on the season pitching a scoreless ninth, despite walking two batters. I'm a little concerned about his walks recently, over his last four innings pitched, Perez has walked seven batters, but other than that the kid has been practically perfect on the mound this season.
First baseman Mark Hamilton hit his first home run for Springfield yesterday, going 1-for-4 with a HR and two RBI. Mark is hitting just .143 since being promoted to Double-A, my take is that home run will go a long way to getting him on track to start producing for the Cardinals.
RECORD: 4-3, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 8-1 over Sarasota
The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated Sarasota 8-1 Wednesday to move two games ahead of four teams in the standings to hold onto first place in the FSL East division.
Outfielder Jon Jay and third baseman Allen Craig both went deep yesterday to help lead the Cards offense, while RF Nathan Southard had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
Cardinals' starter P.J. Walters pitched eight scoreless innings, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out nine in just his second start for Palm Beach. I'm hoping that Walters is not the player-to-be-named later in the recent trade with Detroit for Mike Maroth.
RECORD: 5-2, 1st Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Clinton 4-1
The Clinton Lumberkings defeated the Swing Wednesday night 4-1.
The only run the Quad Cities club could come up with was the solo home run by DH Christian Reyes in the third.
Swing starter Shaun Garceau (L, 5-5) pitched three innings, giving up four runs on five hits, but unfortunately two of the five hits were home runs. Garceau walked three and struck out three before turning the game over to the bullpen.
RECORD: 3-3, 4th Place, 1.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost 10-6 to State College
It was all State College Wednesday night as they defeated the Muckdogs 10-6.
Muckdogs' starter David Kopp, in his first appearance, was tagged with the loss. Kopp pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, but he struck out three. Kopp from Clemson University, was the Cardinals second-round draft pick this year.
The offensive player of the day for Batavia is a player you need to keep an eye on, Steve Hill. The Cardinals 13th round pick in this year's draft, Hill, a catcher/1B went 2-for-3 with two walks yesterday as the designated hitter. Through his first nine games Hill is hitting .429 with an on- base-percentage of .487.
RECORD: 3-6, Last Place, 3.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Winners 3-2 over Burlington
Johnson City starter Jose Arredondo and four relievers combined on a five-hitter to lift the Cardinals past the Royals, 3-2, on Wednesday.
First baseman Charles Pelt had one hit in the game but he made it count with a three-run homer in the first to give the Cardinals a big enough lead to hold on for the win.
The left-handed hitting Pelt was the Cardinals 29th draft pick this year, out of Georgia State University and he's hitting .406 through his first nine games with a .500 OBP.
RECORD: 3-6, 3rd Place, 5.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Mets 4-1
There is something to losing to the Mets even at the rookie-ball level that is hard to swallow, go figure. Anyway the GCL Mets held the Cardinals to one unearned run on Wednesday for the 4-1 win.
It was third baseman Arnoldi Cruz who got the only hit for the Cardinals, a line drive single to center to lead off the fourth inning.
Cardinals starter Fabian Marquez pitched four innings, giving up just two hits and one run while walking just one batter and striking out another, in his first start and just second appearance for the Redbirds.
RECORD: 2-5, 4th Place, 5.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Day Off Wednesday
The VSL Cardinals have lost twice as many games as they have won this season, with a won-loss record of 13-26.
RECORD: 13-26, 7th Place, 15 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) No Report
RECORD: 10-9, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
Cardinals' starter P.J. Walters pitched eight scoreless innings, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out nine in just his second start for Palm Beach.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Cardinals 13th round pick in this year's draft, Steve went 2-for-3 with two walks yesterday as the designated hitter for the Batavia Muckdogs. Through his first nine games the catcher/1B is hitting .429 with an on base percentage of .487.