Games Played Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 7-6 over Albuquerque
Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir who is feasting on Triple-A pitching since his promotion, went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored Friday night. Not to be outdone, RF John Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and a run scored.
Memphis starter Anthony Reyes made it through only four and two-thirds of any inning before being taken out of the game. Reyes gave up six runs, on six hits, but here's the bad news folks, three of the six hits were home runs, that is not going to score a lot of points with the people in the front office back in St. Louis. Reyes walked four and struck out four.
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 9-2 over Midland
Somebody break up the Springfield Cardinals, with Friday's 9-2 win over Midland, the Cardinals improve to a 10-5 mark in the second half and set atop the Texas League North Division by three and a half games, over Tulsa.
The St. Louis Cardinals top prospect, looked like it Friday night, as Colby Rasmus went 4-for-5 with a grand slam, his 16th home run, a double, five RBI and two runs scored, to take the Birdhouse Player of the Day Honors.
Left-fielder Casey Rowlett had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-four with a walk to boot and scoring three of the Cardinals nine runs.
Starter Mitchell Boggs was lights out Friday night, pitching six complete innings, giving up only two hits and two walks, striking out six to allow just one run before turning the game over to the bullpen in the top of the seventh.
Ranked by Baseball America as the Cardinals' 11th best prospect, and by the Birdhouse as the 21st best prospect, Boggs was originally drafted by STL in 5th round of 2005 June Draft.
FUTURES GAME ON SUNDAY: 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. The game can be seen live on ESPN 2 at 3pm Central. 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. Both will miss two days of action, as they're gone for both Saturday's and Sunday's games.
RECORD: 10-5, 1st Place,
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Take Two From Vero Beach
The Cardinals defeated the Vero Beach Devil Rays twice on Friday, winning 5-0 in 11 innings in game one and 5-1 in seven innings in game two.
GAME ONE – Designated hitter Jon Jay was the offensive star in game one, going 4-for-6, with two doubles and an RBI, raising his batting average to .357.
Starter Chris Narveson just activated off the DL, pitched two no-hit innings giving up just one walk, and didn't strike anyone out. Reliever Robert Ransom who is quietly putting together a very good season, pitched seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out one. Jon Mikrut (W, 3-0) pitched the final two innings, without giving up a hit to pick up his third win on the season.
GAME TWO – The St. Louis Cardinals 2006 top draft pick, Adam Ottavino (W, 7-5) pitched a complete game Friday, giving up just four hits, a walk and striking out five to pick up his seventh win. Ottavino is 4-0 with a 0.67 ERA in his last four starts.
The Cardinals used the long ball to take the second game with DH John Jay having another big game, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, an RBI and two runs scored. 1B Brandon Buckman and Nathan Southard also hit the ball out of the park to help Ottavino pick up his seventh win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Friday, DH Jon Jay in a double-header combined for a 6-for-10 night, hitting a home run, three doubles, driving in two runs and scoring twice to lead his club to not one, but two wins.
RECORD: 9-5, 1st Place
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 6-2 over Clinton
Swing starter Brad Furnish (W, 2-3) pitched five solid innings, giving up two runs on one hit, three walks, striking out three to pick up his second win of the season, as Quad Cities improves 8-7, getting past the .500 mark. Reliever Marco Gonzalez pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits while striking out two to pick up his first save for Quad Cities.
PROSPECT WATCH: Although he left Thursday night's ballgame in line for the loss, the Swing offense rallied in the ninth to keep RHP Tyler Herron's eight-game winning streak intact. He certainly pitched well enough to win, carrying a one-hit shutout into the seventh before the LumberKings finally got to him. Since May 9, the 2005 supplemental first-rounder is 8-0 with a 2.07 ERA (61IP/14ER) and 63-8 a strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Swing is 7-5 in games that Herron has started, making him the only member of the current five-man rotation with a mark over .500.
RECORD: 8-7, 5th Place or 2nd Place depending on how you want to look at it, just 0.5 game out of first place
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Auburn 4-3
The Muckdogs lost their sixth straight game, losing to Auburn Friday night by the score of 4-3.
Down 4-0 going into the seventh inning, the Muckdogs fought back as 3B Daniel Descalso and DH Nicholas Derba had RBI base hits in the seventh for Batavia as the team scores three runs to fall just short of a win.
Muckdogs starter Blake King (L, 0-1) surrendered four runs on three hits and six walks in just two and a third innings.
RECORD: 5-17, Last Place, 7.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to Princeton 5-4
The Cardinals lost to Princeton last night by the score of 5-4, despite outhitting the Devil Ray 10-7. It was sort of an ugly ballgame with both team committing three errors on the night and the Johnson City manager Joe Almaraz being ejected in the second inning.
JC starter Omar Javier, got a no-decision Friday as he scattered five hits over five innings, giving up two runs, one of them earned, while walking two and striking out two.
Reliever Jose Mateo ended up with a blown save and a loss as a result of his three innings pitched, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out three.
RECORD: 4-11, 4th Place, 10 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Game Suspended by Rain
RECORD: 5-6, 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) OFF DAY Friday
RECORD: 14-31, 8th Place, 18.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) POSTPONED
RECORD: 14-13, 3rd Place, 5.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Palm Beach Cardinals starter pitched a complete seven inning game Friday, giving up just four hits, a walk and striking out five to pick up his seventh win on the season. Ottavino is 4-0 with a 0.67 ERA in his last four starts.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Springfield Cardinals and future St. Louis Cardinal center fielder went 4-for-5 with a grand slam, his 16th home run, a double, five RBI and two runs scored, to take the Birdhouse Player of the Day Honors.
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