Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): All-Star Game Break
The Redbirds go into the All-Star break in last place with a 39-52 record on the year. Albuquerque will host the Triple-A All-Star game on Wednesday night with reliever Mark Worrell representing the 'Birds.
The 2007 Triple-A All-Star Fiesta got off to a tremendous start as 20,000 total fans turned out for the All-Star Fan Fest at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday combined.
Fans came out in droves to get autographs from seven former Dukes and Dodgers legends, including Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Bill Russell, and Mike Marshall, as well as participate in scores of interactive games.
Today, Isotopes Park takes center stage for the PNM Power Derby at 7:00 PM. The annual home run derby will feature Triple-A All-Stars, including Valentino Pascucci and Scott Seabol from the Isotopes, Albuquerque baseball alumni Mike Marshall and Robert Stratton, and even a pair of high school sluggers.
On Wednesday, the Pacific Coast League All-Stars will battle their brethren from the International League in the 20th annual Triple-A All-Star Game at Isotopes Park at 5:30 PM.
Tickets are still available for both events and can be purchased at Isotopes Park or any Ticketmaster outlet, www.ticketmaster.com, or Ticketmaster by phone 505-883-7800. For more information, visit www.albuquerquebaseball.com or call 505-924-2255.
Memphis will open the second half of the season at Nashville on Thursday night. Randy Keisler is scheduled to get the ball for the 'Birds and face the Sounds.
RECORD: 39-52, 4th Place, 16.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A):
The Springfield Cardinals just keep on winning as they won their sixth straight game with an 8-3 win over Frisco Monday to improve to 13-5 for the second half of the season. Starter Eric Haberer (W, 7-4) gave up three runs, two earned on six hits and a walk while striking out four over six innings.
Closer Chris Perez worked a scoreless ninth to earn his 24th save in 25 chances, including 24 straight.
Third baseman Juan Richardson went 1-for-2 with a walk, a home run (13th), three RBI and two RBI to lead the Cardinals offense.
Leadoff man and centerfielder Sean Danielson also had a big night at the plate, going -3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.
RECORD: 13-5, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Brevard County 5-3
In a battle to regain first place in the Florida State League Eastern Division, the Cardinals were beaten down by the Brevard County 5-3 Monday to drop 1.5 GB in the standings behind the Manatees.
Struggling Palm Beach starter Trey Hearne (L, 4-7) gave up four runs on 10 hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 4.2 innings. In his last 10 games Hearne has posted a record of 1-4 with a bloated 8.41 ERA and he hasn't made it out of the fourth inning in his last seven starts.
Leadoff man and centerfielder Jim Rapoport went 3-for-4 with a run scored to help lead the Cardinals offense.
RECORD: 10-8, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): POSTPONED
Monday night's game between the Swing and the Beloit Snappers has been postponed due to severe weather in the area. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Beloit on September 1-3.
SS/3B Donovan Solano had a season-high nine-game hitting streak snapped on July 1, but he went right back to work the next day to start what has turned into a seven-game streak. He has hit safely in 15 of his 16 games this half, batting .365 since the All-Star break. Dating back to the end of the first half, the 19-year-old from Colombia has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games, batting .433 (29-67) while raising his average 39 points to .257.
Catcher Chris Grossman had an inning to remember in the bottom of the second on Sunday, belting two home runs and driving in five as the Swing scored nine times en-route to a 9- 4 win. It was all part of a 4-for-4 day in which he raised his average 13 points to a season-high .278 to go along with six homers and 42 RBI.
RECORD: 9-8, 3rd Place, 2 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Staten Island 5-3
The Muckdogs have today off and they need it after losing to Staten Island 5-3. Batavia falls to 6-15 on the season.
The Dogs begin a six game road trip on Wednesday.
Starter Thomas Eager was saddled with the loss Monday, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits, two of them being home runs, and one walk while striking out one.
On a very positive note, reliever Pete Parise pitched four scoreless, no-hit innings in relief, striking out three.
The Muckdogs only managed seven hits with right-fielder Antone DeJesus being the only batter to get more than one hit in a game when Batavia couldn't muster an extra-base hit and left eight runners on base.
RECORD: 6-15, 6th Place, 7.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to Bluefield 11-9
You have to give the Cardinals some credit, Bluefield scored nine of their 11 runs in the top of the first inning, but Johnson City never gave up. Down 11-4 in the fourth, the bullpen shut out the Orioles for five innings as the Cardinals pulled within two runs to tie it up.
Leadoff man and left-fielder Joey Hage led the offense Monday night, going 3-for-5 with a walk, two doubles and three runs scored.
Second baseman Jose Garcia went 1-for-3, but he also walked twice and scored three runs.
Starter Tyler Leach was knocked out of the first inning with retiring a batter, facing seven hitters, giving up seven runs on four hits and three walks.
On the bright side, you have to give credit to reliever Brian Broderick. After seeing Bluefield score 11 runs right before his eyes in the bullpen, Broderick came in and shut them down for five complete innings, giving up just two hits and striking out four. I don't know about you, but to me this was a very impressive outing for the young 6'6" right-hander. Keep an eye on this kid.
RECORD: 6-12, 3rd Place, 10 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Day Off Monday
RECORD: 5-7, 3rd Place, 6.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Houston 7-6
The Cardinals fall to 15-32 on the season after losing to Houston 7-6 Monday. It just seems when they get good pitching performances they can't get any run support and then on a night they score six runs they just can't hold the opponents down.
The Cardinals had more walks (9) than hits (7) as Houston tried to give the game away and they almost had more errors (6) than hits. It's just ugly baseball being played in Venezuela this summer.
As a team the club is hitting .226 with just five home runs in 1510 at bats. On defense, the club has made 102 errors in just 47 games. The pitching staff has a record of 15-32 with a 4.53 ERA.
RECORD: 15-32, 8th Place, 19.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Winners 6-2 over the A's (1)
Center fielder Edwin Gomez went 2-for-4 plus took a walk and scored three runs to lead his team to a win over the first-place A's to pull within three and a half games back.
Reliever Randy Santos (W, 1-1) picked up the win, pitching four scoreless, no-hit innings, walking two and striking out two.
Closer Angel Tapia earned his fifth save, pitching two scoreless frames, giving up just two hits, no walks and striking out one.
RECORD: 16-13, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Johnson City Cardinals reliever pitched five shutout innings in relief giving up just two hits and striking out four, against a team that had scored 11 runs before Broderick entered the game.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Johnson City Cardinals leadoff man and left-fielder Joey Hage came up in the first inning with his club already down nine runs, that didn't stop him for going 3-for-5 Monday night with a walk, two doubles and three runs scored to help his team fight, scratch and crawl their way back into the game, losing only by two runs to the Orioles, 11-9.
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