Games Played Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 2-1 to Round Rock Express
Round Rock edged Memphis 2-1 Friday night to hand the Redbirds their seventh consecutive loss.
Joe Mather smacked his second Pacific Coast League homer in the fifth for the Redbirds.
Redbirds starter Blake Hawksworth finishes the month of June, 0-for-6 in the win column, even after last night's performance when he allowed just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out two in six innings.
Reliever Kelvin Jimenez (L, 1-2) gave up one run on two hits in the seventh and closer Mark Worrell who has been selected to replace OF Rick Ankiel on the Triple-A All Star squad, pitched two scoreless frames to finish the game.
RICK ANKIEL WATCH: The center fielder went 0-4 Friday night and I'll control my rant because I know he's almost everyone's favorite player, but, he should be playing in the upcoming Triple-A All Star game. If Drew is, I mean Ankiel is that fragile that he can't play in an exhibition game for one to three innings, then how much help can you expect from him down the stretch if he's promoted to St. Louis. Seriously folks, if he is that concerned about his knee and I'm not saying it's not a legitimate concern, then you have to have some reservations about bringing him up for an anticipated pennant race, this season.
RECORD: 34-48, 4th Place, 14.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 4-0 over Midland
The Cardinals win their fourth straight game and 11th consecutive road win with a 4-0 shut out over the Midland Rockhounds Friday night.
Springfield starter Adam Daniels (W, 2-1) gave up just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over seven innings to pick up his second win for the Cardinals. Daniels has allowed one earned run in his last 12 innings and has a 3.12 ERA since a promotion from Palm Beach on June 19.
Colby Rasmus went 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored for the Cardinals as they improve to 6-3 to start the second half of their season.
WEBMASTER: Cards' reliever Nick Webber allowed an earned run in Thursday's game for the first time in exactly one month. Webber allowed an earned run at home to San Antonio on 5/28, exactly one calendar month to the day. Since 5/28, he had allowed just one unearned run in his next 14.2 innings and ten outings, until Thursday's game in Midland. His ERA is still at 1.63 over 18 Double-A appearances. Webber is one of those guys that you hope is not on the "player to be named later" list, in the trade with Detroit for Mike Maroth.
RECORD: 6-3, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Postponed Due to Rain
Friday night's Florida State League game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and Sarasota Reds was postponed due to rain.
It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
The Cardinals actually picked up a ½ game in the standings with second place Brevard County being beaten 6-3 by Clearwater.
TRIPLE CROWN THREAT: Third baseman Allen Craig is putting together a memorable season and could win his team's Triple Crown. Through 74 games Craig is leading all qualified hitters with a batting average of .317 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI.
RECORD: 5-3, 1st Place, 1.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 8-0 over Wisconsin
Elvis Hernandez (W, 5-5) pitched five shutout innings while allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out two. He retired the last eight batters he faced.
A few more games like he pitched last night and one can only imagine "Elvis" night at the ballpark.
As we first reported here yesterday, the first member of the 2007 draft class reported to Quad Cities on Friday, as power-hitting Steve Hill, a 13th-round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this month, was transferred there from Batavia.
The 22-year-old out of Stephen F. Austin State University was hitting .429 with five doubles, one homer, and eight runs driven in during his first nine professional ballgames.
UNSUNG HERO: Kyle Mura, you don't hear much about middle relievers in these reports, but sports fans you can't help but appreciate the job that the 22-year-old right-hander Mura has done for the Swing this season. In 18 games, 21.2 innings pitch, Mura has a 2-0 record with a 2.08 ERA and he has struck out 17 batters, walking only five and given up only one home run this season. Being a middle reliever is not the quickest way to the majors, but one can only hope that the contributions by Mura this season is not being overlooked.
RECORD: 4-4, 5th Place, 1.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 10-3 over Mahoning Valley
Beware of the Muckdogs as they racked up 10 runs in Friday night's contest to beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 10-3.
First baseman Andrew Brown had his best game this season, going 2-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and scoring twice. Brown was the Cardinals 18th round pick in this year's draft out of the University of Nebraska, prior to last night's game, he was hitting just .171 with one home run and five RBI through his first eight games.
Starter LHP Jonathan Stambaugh, the 25th round pick out of Brigham Young University got a no-decision, pitching 4.2 innings, giving up five hits and two runs, before turning the game over to the bullpen. Ironically LHP Davis S. Bilardello, out of the University of Florida, the Cardinals 43rd round pick, got the win, pitching to just two batters in the fifth, giving up a single before striking the next batter out.
Reliever Brandon Garner picked up his first save after pitching four complete innings, scattering five hits and giving up only one run and striking out three.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Batavia pitchers did not walk a single batter in last night's contest and while the offense didn't hit one out of the park, they did combined for six doubles and left only three runners on base. Impressive stats for a team that has struggled early on.
RECORD: 4-7, 5th Place, 3.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) OFF DAY
The Johnson City Cardinals next game is Sunday at home against Kingsport.
The Johnson City Sports Foundation and the Johnson City Cardinals would like to thank Geoff Moore and WCQR for a great performance at Faith and Family Night on June 27th. They also would like to thank the over 2,000 fans in attendance for making this night a huge success.
RECORD: 3-6, 3rd Place, 4.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) DAY OFF
The GLC Cardinals (2-5) will take on the Nationals (2-7) today as both teams will fight to stay out of the cellar in the GCL Eastern Division standings.
RECORD: 2-5, 4th Place, 5.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Lost 1-0 to Houston
The Cardinals who are 13-28 on the season took on the VSL powerhouse, the first place Houston ballclub, sporting a record of 28-11-2 and gave them all they could ask for in a very well pitched game on Friday.
The Cardinals could only come up with five hits, two of them doubles, but left all five runners on base as they were shut out by the Houston staff.
Starter Ginney Rios had a great game, giving up only one hit through five complete innings, walking just one batter while striking out three. A tough no-decision to have to swallow.
Reliever Miguel Lopez took the loss, giving up one run on five hits over three innings.
What a shame that Rios or for even that matter Lopez didn't have a better fate in yesterday's contest, but they are playing for a club that can't put runs on the board. The team is hitting just .224 this season and with 1306 at-bats the club has still hit just three home runs.
RECORD: 13-28, 7th Place, 16 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) NO REPORT TODAY
RECORD: 10-9, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Springfield Cardinals starter Adam Daniels gave up just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over seven innings to pick up his second Double-A win.
Minor League Player of the Day
Batavia's first baseman Andrew Brown had his best game this season Friday night, going 2-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and scoring twice to help his club to a big 10-3 win over Mahoning Valley.
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