Games Played Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to New Orleans 10-3
Memphis starter Tomo Ohka didn't help his chances Saturday of getting a call from St. Louis, as his record fell to 0-2 with the Redbirds after seven earned runs on 11 hits, walking one and striking out two. In three starts for Memphis, Ohka is now 0-2 with a 6.87 ERA, with minor league opponents hitting .360 against him.
Center fielder Rick Ankiel went 1-for-3 with his only hit being his league leading 22nd home run, a two-run shot in the first inning to give Memphis the early lead. Third baseman Travis Hanson went deep with his fourth home run on the season, a solo blast in the fourth inning, the last run Memphis would score against the Zephyrs.
The Memphis Redbirds have now lost nine games straight to the New Orleans Zephyrs, dating back to April 17th.
RECORD: 34-49, 4th Place, 15.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 5-2 over Frisco
Mitchell Boggs (W, 7-3) gave up just two runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out six to win his fifth straight decision and the fifth game in a row for Springfield and their franchise record 12th straight road win.
Closer Christopher Perez recorded the last four outs, striking out two, to earn his 21st save on the season.
1B Mark Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the offense.
RECORD: 7-3, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Sweep Double-Header
The Cardinals took two from the Sarasota Reds Saturday, winning 17-5 in the first game and edging the Reds 1-0 in the nightcap.
In game one the Cardinals had 23 hits en-route to the 17-5 win, with the infield providing the bulk of the offense.
Third baseman Allen Craig went 3-for-4 to include his 17th home run this season in the first inning. Craig drove in a career high five runs Saturday night's first game and scored three times.
Second baseman Isaias Garcia went 5-for-5 to include two doubles with three RBI and two runs scored.
1B Brandon Buckman had a big night going 4-for-5 and scoring a couple of times in the first game. Including his one at-bat in the game two, Buckman has had seven hits in his last 11 at bats.
Starting pitcher Tyler Norrick picked up the win in game one, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, walked four and struck out six.
In game two the Cardinals needed only one run to beat the Reds and they scored it in the first inning of the seven inning affair, with third baseman Allen Craig driving in the only run, going 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a walk.
Adam Ottavino was on his game, pitching six scoreless innings, scattering six hits, didn't walk anyone, while he struck out five to improve to 6-5 on the season.
Luke Gregerson earned his 17th save tossing a scoreless frame in the seventh.
RECORD: 7-3, 1st Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 4-3 over Wisconsin
Starter Tyler Herron (W, 8-4) pitched six very strong innings Saturday, striking out 10 batters, allowing only one run on three hits and he didn't walk anyone.
Kenneth Maiques picked up his 18th save pitching 1.1 scoreless innings.
The Cardinals 13th round draft pick this season, Steve Hill, made his first start for Quad Cities on Saturday after being promoted from short-season Batavia. Hill playing in left field in his Swing debut, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored, struck out twice.
Third baseman Donovan Solano went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Solano who is hitting just .248 on the season has turned it around recently, by hitting .412 (14-for-35) in his last 10 games.
RECORD: 5-4, Anywhere from 2nd to 5th place depending on how you want to look at it, just a half game back, no matter how you look at it.
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 5-1 over Mahoning Valley
Clayton Mortensen the Cardinals first round supplemental pick this year out of Gonzaga University, won his first game for Batavia, pitching five innings, giving up only one hit and one walk, while striking out three to lower his ERA down to 0.90 after three starts, 10.0 innings pitched.
CF Thomas Pham had a 3-for-4 night with a home run and two RBI. Pham who started the season with Quad Cities, was sent down to Batavia after hitting .063 through his first 14 games. Through his first 10 games for the Muckdogs he's hitting .351.
One of the new kids on the block, second baseman Daniel Descalso, drafted by the Cardinals in the third round, had another good night, going 2-for-4, with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base. He contributed on defense turning two double-plays to keep Mahoning Valley at bay.
RECORD: 5-7, 5th Place, 3.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Day Off - Saturday
After a rainout Thursday and two days off, the Cardinals hopefully will be back on the field today to begin a two-game series against Kingsport.
RECORD: 3-6, 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Suspended by Rain
The Cardinals and Nationals went at it for seven and a half scoreless innings before the game was suspended by rain.
The game will likely be concluded Sunday as the two teams are scheduled to play each other again.
RECORD: 2-5, 4th Place, 6.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Phillies 7-6
When the Cardinals do manage to put some runs on the board, the pitching just doesn't hold up.
Saturday it was the VSL Phillies 7-6 winners over the Cardinals.
RECORD: 13-29, 8th Place, 17 GB.
DSL Cardinals (R) NO REPORT
RECORD: 10-9, 3rd Place, 4 GB (Last League Update 06/28)
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Cardinals first round supplemental pick this year out of Gonzaga University, won his first game for Batavia, pitching five innings, giving up only one hit and one walk, while striking out three to lower his ERA down to 0.90 after three starts, 10.0 innings pitched.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Palm Beach Cardinals' third baseman went 3-for-4 in the first game of a double-header Saturday, to include hitting his 17th home run of the season and driving in a career high five runs. He had another RBI in game two making it six RBI for the day.
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