Games Played Tuesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 4-3 over New Orleans
Memphis starter Mike Smith (W, 7-7) pitched six solid innings Tuesday, scattering six hits, giving up two runs, walking two and striking out four to pick up his seventh win on the season.
Closer Brian Falkenborg earned his 18th save, pitching one and a third inning, giving up only one hit and striking out two.
Second baseman Edgar Gonzalez had a big night, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Gonzalez, we know he can hit but there remains a serious concern about his defense. Tuesday he made his 10th error this season that is second most on the club.
RICK ANKIEL Watch: Ankiel went 1-for-4 on the night, but his one hit was his league leading 23rd home run that gave Memphis the lead Tuesday.
RECORD: 36-50, 4th Place, 15.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): NO GAMES SCHEDULED
THANK YOU JUNE, COME AGAIN: The Springfield Cardinals wrapped up their winningest month in team history on Saturday, going 20-8 (.714) in the month of June. Only twice during the month did the Cards lose back-to-back games and never more than just two straight. The month not only included a franchise-record eight game winning streak and the first division title in team history, but it ended on Saturday night with the Cards winning their fifth straight game.
THE FUTURE IS NOW: Two Springfield Cardinals have been selected to participate in the annual Future's Game, to be held on Sunday, July 8th, as part of the festivities surrounding the Major League All-Star Game in San Francisco. Catcher Bryan Anderson and outfielder Colby Rasmus will represent the St. Louis Cardinals, as part of the US Team, as they'll take on the World Team.
The Cardinals return home today, after losing their final two road games this weekend.
RECORD: 7-5, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 1st Game 7-3, 2nd Game Suspended
The Cardinals lost the first game of a double-header Tuesday to Brevard County by the score of 7-3.
The rehabbing former Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter (L, 0-1) was tagged for five runs, three earned, on five hits with a pair of strikeouts in just 1.1 innings. Of course at this stage of his rehab the Cardinals are only concern about Carpenter getting his work in, the results are secondary.
GAME TWO – the nightcap was suspended, no other information available at our deadline.
ALLEN CRAIG Watch: The Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for the month of June, went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Craig the Florida State League All-Star and All-Star Game Top Star is currently hitting .331 for the Cardinals.
RECORD: 7-5, Tied for 1st Place with Brevard County
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Defeated Clinton 7-6 in 10
Reliever Kenneth Maiques picked up his first win of the season, pitching 1.1 innings to include the 10th frame, giving up one walk and striking out one, Tuesday.
Center fielder Jose Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and naturally a run scored.
Catcher Chris Grossman also had a good night, going 2-for-3 and drawing two walks and scoring two runs, but it was RF Jaime Landin's walk-off home run in the 10th that gave the Swing their big win. Landin went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI on the night.
LF Steve Hill went 1-for-5 contributed more with his defense yesterday than his bat. On a line drive single to left in the ninth inning, a runner was thrown out at home on the throw, by the left fielder to shortstop Christian Lopez to catcher Chris Grossman. That run could have been the winning run, at least it would have been the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth.
RECORD: 6-6, 5th Place, 1.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to State College
The first place State College Spikes pounded the Muckdogs Tuesday, beating them 9-3 in a game that Batavia left eight runners on base.
Shortstop Oliver Marmol did what he could, leading off and going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored to lead Batavia's offense.
Starter Brandon Garner lasted only one and a third inning, giving up five earned runs, on six hits and one walk with no strikeouts.
It's worth noting reliever Jonathan Stambaugh pitched four good innings in the lopsided loss, allowing only one run on two hits, the run coming off a homer, he didn't walk anybody, and he struck out five. Stambaugh did a good job keeping the club in the game, they just couldn't come up with enough offense to overcome the six run deficit.
RECORD: 5-10, 5th Place, 5.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost 5-3 to Elizabethton
The Cardinals had the lead most the night but Johnson City reliever Mark Diapoules (L, 0-1) who worked a scoreless sixth but did not record an out in the seventh. He was charged with four runs on five hits while striking out one.
Left-fielder Joseph Hage, who went 3-for-5, and shortstop Dognnt Bolivar each drove in a run for the Cardinals with Hage also scoring on the night.
The 4-8 Cardinals are going to have their hands full playing against the first place 13-1 Elizabethton Twins today in the final game of a two-game set.
RECORD: 4-8, 3rd Place, 8 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Split a Double-Header with the Dodgers
The Cardinals took the first game of a double-header with the Dodgers beating them 6-5, before dropping the nightcap 7-2.
In game one, it was reliever Matt Spade who picked up his first win, pitching a perfect seventh inning, striking out one.
The offense was led by; RF Edgar Lara who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Lara had some help from Jairo Martinez the designated hitter Tuesday, as Martinez went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
In game two, it was starter Gustavo Martinez who was saddled with the loss, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, striking out one.
Third baseman Osvaldo Morales hit his fourth home run on the season, going 1-for-2, with a HR, RBI and a run scored and a walk.
RECORD: 5-6, 2nd Place, 5.0
VSL Cardinals (R) Beat Detroit 4-1
The Cardinals held the Tigers to just one run on three hits Tuesday, with Detroit scoring their only run in the top of the first. The Cardinals came back in the bottom half of the first frame scoring twice to take the lead and hold onto it for the club's 14th win.
The Cardinals designated hitter Ismael Cardona hit his first home run of the season to knock in his 19th and 20th RBI.
Starter Omar Diaz had his best start of the season, pitching five innings, giving up just one run on two hits.
Reliever Richard Castillo pitched four shutout innings, giving up just one hit Tuesday, striking out two. This season Castillo has appeared in 11 games to include five starts, pitching 40.1 innings, racking up a win and a save for a record of 1-0 with 1 save and a 0.67 ERA. Repeat 0.67 ERA this is not a typo. Castillo has struck out 40 batters while walking just 14 and in that 40+ innings pitched he has given up just one home run.
RECORD: 14-29, 7th Place by 1% point over the Mets, 16.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) DAY OFF TUESDAY
RECORD: 14-11, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
We have to give some credit to VSL Cardinals reliever Richard Castillo. Castillo pitched four shutout innings Tuesday, giving up just one hit while striking out two batters. The kid is having a great season, with a 1-0 record and a save, in 11 games, 40.1 innings pitched, with an amazing ERA of just 0.67 on the season.
Keep an eye on this kid, and trust me, if he keeps pitching like this we'll get a picture of him soon.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Quad Cities' right-fielder hit walk-off home run in the 10th, his sixth home run on the season that gave the Swing their big win come from behind 7-6 win over Clinton. Landin went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI on the night.
Happy Fourth of July – Be Safe Everyone – God Bless
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