Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) : Winners over Albuquerque 8-1
Memphis starter Randy Keisler (W, 7-5) pitched seven innings Thursday, scattering nine hits and giving up just one run, walking one and striking out six to pick up his second consecutive win.
Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Redbirds. Hoffpauir appears to be unfazed by his promotion to Triple-A. In his first two games for Memphis he has gone, 4-for-5, with a home run, a double, four RBI, two runs scored and he's taken a walk. Nice.
PROSPECT WATCH: Travis Hanson went 2-4 Thursday with a run scored, raising his batting average to just .222. Hanson has been showing a little life at the plate recently, in his last 10 games before yesterday's game, the former Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year hit .314 with two home runs and three RBI.
RECORD: 37-51, 4th Place, 15.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 4-1 over Midland
Springfield starter Adam Daniels (W, 3-1) pitched seven strong innings, giving up just six hits, allowing one run on a home run in the sixth inning. He walked two and struck out two in the 4-1 win over the Rockhounds.
Daniels started the season at Palm Beach, where he went 4-6 with an ERA of 3.52 in 12 games. Thursday's impressive win was Daniels third win in a row.
Closer Chris Perez pitched a perfect ninth, facing just three batters and striking out two of them to pick up his 22nd save of the season.
The Redbirds go to 9-5 in the second half, 10-4 on Thursdays (the best record of any day in the week) and are now 45-36 overall.
RECORD: 9-5, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Double-Header Postponed
The Palm Beach Cardinals scheduled double-header against the Vero Beach Devil Rays was postponed Thursday because of rain. Game one will be made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, starting at 5 p.m. Game two will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 20.
The idle Cardinals picked up a half game in the standings after Brevard County suffered a brutal beating at the hands of the Jupiter Marlins by the score of 12-3, Thursday.
PROSPECT WATCH: Brandon Buckman, who was tearing up the Midwest League hitting .341 with 14 HRs and 52 RBI for Quad Cities before being promoted to Palm Beach, is currently hitting .302 with one home run and six RBI through his first 13 games for the Cardinals.
RECORD: 7-5, Tied for 1st with Brevard County, the Cardinals finished the first half of the season with a 36-34 record, 5.5 games back of Brevard County.
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 3-2 over Clinton
Quad Cities scored three runs in the ninth to come back and beat Clinton 3-2. The Clinton LumberKings had held the Swing scoreless for 17 straight innings before Quad Cities finally scored in the ninth frame.
Reliever Armando Carrasco (W, 2-0) got his first professional win, despite giving up a run on two hits in the eighth. Kenneth Maiques earned his 19th save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
Catcher Steven Hill homered and RF Luke Gorsett ripped an RBI triple in the ninth inning to lead Quad Cities past Clinton. Hill went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI and a run scored and Gorsett had a big day going, 3-for-4 missing hitting for the cycle by a home run.
Tyler Herron had a very good start, pitching seven complete innings, giving up just four hits and allowing only one run, walking one and striking out five.
PROSPECT WATCH: OF Daryl Jones has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 contests, scoring 12 runs and stealing three bases since June 14. Jones went 0-for-4 Thursday.
RECORD: 7-7, 6th Place, 1.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Last 2-1 to Auburn
Auburn edge past Batavia by the score of 2-1 on Thursday, as the Muckdogs lose their five games in a row.
Muckdogs starter Pete Parise gave up a run on two hits with five strikeouts and no walks in four innings. Reliever Thomas Eager tossed two scoreless frames and Josh Fritsche (L, 0-2) took the loss, giving up a run on two hits and striking out one in the eighth.
Center fielder Thomas Pham hit his second home run on the season scoring the only run for Batavia.
PROSPECT WATCH: St. Louis Cardinals Vice-President Jeff Luhnow told me that Clayton Mortensen was going to be the biggest surprise of this year's draft and to date he's been right. Mortensen has pitched very well through his first four games, he has a record of 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA, striking out 13 batters in 13 innings.
RECORD: 5-12, 5th Place, 6.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost 2-1 to Princeton
The Cardinals lost a tough one, 2-1 to Princeton on Thursday.
Cardinals' starter Brian Broderick in his second start, scattered three hits while striking out four and walking one in five scoreless innings. Tyler Leach (L, 0-1) surrendered two runs on four hits and a walk in 1.1 innings to take the loss.
PROSPECT WATCH: First baseman Charlie Pelt is one of the few bright spots on a 4-10 Johnson City team. Pelt the Cardinals 29th round draft pick this year is hitting .406 through his first nine games.
RECORD: 4-10, 3rd Place, 10 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Postponed due to Rain
RECORD: 5-6, 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Lost 8-2 to Pittsburgh
The (14-31) Cardinals ran into one of the hottest teams in the league, the (35-15) Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday and lost by the score of 8-2.
RECORD: 14-31, 8th Place, 17.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Seattle 13-2
The Cardinals took an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but couldn't hold it as the Mariners scored four in the bottom of the third inning and never looked back, finally beating the Cardinals 13-2 Thursday.
RECORD: 14-13, 3rd Place, 5.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Quad Cities starter went seven complete innings Thursday, giving up just four hits and allowing only one run, walking one and striking out five.
Minor League Player of the Day
Hill went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI and a run scored Thursday.
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