Games Played Wednesday Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 3-2 to Round Rock
The Redbirds lost their sixth game in a row as closer Brian Falkenborg couldn't preserve a one run lead in the top of the ninth, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, for his third blown save and fourth loss of the season.
Outfielder Rick Ankiel the leading vote getter for the 2007 Triple-A All-Star game to be played on July 11 in Albuquerque, has decided not to play in the game.
"I'm very honored and it's really a great accomplishment for me," Ankiel told local reporters this week "Unfortunately, with the (season-ending left knee) surgery I had last year, I'm gonna have to decline."
RECORD: 34-47, 4th Place, 13.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 13-2 over Midland
The Springfield Cardinals left 10 runners on base Thursday but still managed to score 13 runs to beat Midland 13-2 at Midland.
Springfield starter Eric Haberer (W, 5-4) gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings, to pick up his fifth win.
THE HEAT IS ON: The Cardinals started the 2007 season slowly, posting a record of 23-26 through April and May but have turned things around in June with an 18-8 record after Thursday's win.
ALL-STAR GAME RECAP: Eight Springfield Cardinals participated in Tuesday night's Texas League All-Star Game, held at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas. The South Division won 5-4 in ten innings, when Hook's infielder Jonny Ash singled home the game-winning run against Tulsa's Ryan Mattheus. Springfield's Sean Danielson had a go-ahead RBI single in the tenth inning, but the South got two in the tenth to win it. Colby Rasmus and Danielson both finished 1-2. Juan Richardson, Bryan Anderson and Jarrett Hoffpauir all finished 0-2. Mitchell Boggs, Jaime Garcia and Chris Perez each worked a scoreless frame in relief for the North Division. Jonny Ash of Corpus Christi won MVP honors, collecting the game-winning hit. Frisco's German Duran swatted 16 homers in the annual Home Run Derby to win it. Juan Richardson was one of four finalists in the Derby.
RECORD: 5-3, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Sarasota 8-5
First baseman Brandon Buckman went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, his first, in the seventh for the Cardinals. The 23-year-old Buckman hit 14 homers with 52 RBIs in 67 games for Class A Quad Cities before his promotion on June 20.
Cardinals' starter Fernando Salas (L, 2-3) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts over 2.1 frames for his third straight loss as the Cardinals lead in the East is down to one game over Brevard County.
RECORD: 5-3, 1st Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Clinton 5-3
Quad Cities' starter Brandon Dickson (L, 7-4) gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out six and walking two in 3.2 innings as his record falls to 7-4.
Reliever Blake King turned in one of his best performances of the year out of the bullpen, striking out five without allowing a hit and walking only one batter over three innings. He retired nine of the 10 batters he faced.
Shortstop Christian Lopez went 2-for-4 with a double, for the only extra-base hit for the Swing Thursday and he scored one of the three runs for Quad Cities.
HEATING UP: Going into last night's game, SS/3B Donovan Solano was hitting .393 (11-28) since June 15, including a season-high six-game hitting streak that remains current.
OF Daryl Jones has hit safely in eight of his last nine ballgames, scoring seven runs during the stretch which has included a pair of four-game hitting streaks.
RECORD: 3-4, 6th Place, 2.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Mahoning Valley 12-7
The Muckdogs fell behind the Scrappers 5-0 early Thursday night but fought back and pulled within one run in the fourth before the Mahoning Valley added five more runs on the board by the end of the fifth inning. The Muckdogs still managed to pull within two runs of their opponents, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but that would be as close as they could come with the Scrappers adding two more runs before the night was over to beat Batavia 12-7.
Batavia's Josh Wilson took his first professional loss, giving up five earned runs on nine hits in just 1.2 innings.
Infielder Daniel Descalso, the Cardinals third round draft choice (club's fifth pick overall), out of the University of California, went 3-for-3 with three walks and an RBI.
Muckdogs' catcher Steve Hill, who I have been telling you to keep an eye on, went 2-4 with 3 runs batted in Thursday, in his final game as a Muckdog.
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Rained Out
Thursday's Appalachian League game between the Burlington Royals and Johnson City Cardinals was postponed due to rain at Howard Johnson Field.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader August 2.
RECORD: 3-6, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Rained Out
Thursday's Gulf Coast League game between the GCL Dodgers (7-0) and the GCL Cardinals (2-5) was postponed due to rain in Jupiter Florida.
RECORD: 2-5, 4th Place, 5.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Lost 11-4
The Cardinals lost to one of the better teams in the league, the fourth place Chicago/Minnesota club (23-16-1), by the score of 11-4 Thursday.
The Cardinals were down 4-1 at the end of two and this club just doesn't have the bats to come back very often from three run deficit. The Cardinals did manage to push a run across home in the, 6th, 7th and 8th innings, but the Twin/Cubs had already put seven more runs on the board.
Second baseman Ted Obregon went 2-for-4 for the VSL Cardinals to include a double which was the only extra-base hit for the club.
Starter Carlos Noquera (L, 0-4) still looking for his first win this season, was saddled with the loss, pitching four innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one. BOXSCORE
RECORD: 13-27, 7th Place, 15 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Day Off - Thursday
RECORD: 10-9, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
Drafted by St. Louis Cardinals out of Southern Illinois University in the third round of the 2004 draft, Springfield starter Eric Haberer (W, 5-4) gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings, to pick up his fifth win.
Minor League Player of the Day
Pesky infielder Daniel Descalso, the Cardinals third round draft choice (club's fifth pick overall), out of the University of California, went 3-for-3 with three walks and an RBI for the Batavia Muckdogs Thursday night.