Games Played Tuesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): All-Star Break
No Games Schedule Tuesday
RICK ANKIEL WATCH: The fascination with Ankiel never ceases to amaze me, still considered by many as the solution to the St. Louis Cardinals offensive woes this season, Ankiel has hit just .211 in his last 10 games, but has hit five home runs and driven in 10.
In 76 games at Triple-A Rick is hitting a semi-respectable .270, while leading the club with 26 home runs and 66 RBI. Thirty-nine of Ankiel's seventy eight hits this season have been for extra bases to include; 11 doubles and two triples to go along with his 26 home runs.
RECORD: 49-52, 4th Place, 16.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A):
The World Team defeated the US Team by a final of 7-2. Anderson started at catcher and went 0-2, throwing out one of three base-runners attempting to steal.
Colby Rasmus came off the bench and went 0-2, but did make a fine running catch in left-center defensively.
ROSTER UPDATE: Cards' shortstop Tyler Greene heads back to the Disabled List after re-injuring his right knee in his first at-bat since initially injuring it. Greene had been on the disabled list since injuring his knee in a freak accident on 6/16 in Wichita, when he fouled a pitch away and awkwardly twisted his right knee on the swing. Greene had hit in six straight games coming into that contest, raising his average to .244.
Catcher Danilo Sanchez, who had his first home run in a Springfield uniform on Saturday, has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates and will be assigned to Class-A Hickory of the South Atlantic League.
WINING STREAK: When the Cardinals take the field tonight in Wichita two streaks will be on the line: the Cardinals six game winning six game winning streak and the Wranglers seven game losing streak.
RECORD: 13-5, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): OFF DAY TUESDAY
RISING STAR: Third baseman Allen Craig is having a Triple Crown type season, through 83 games he's hitting .320 with 17 home runs and 61 RBI. It should be noted he also has walked 24 times and has stolen seven bases. His .370 OBP is impressive as well.
Racking up the honors, so far this season, Craig was named the Cardinals' Minor League Player of the Month of June; was a member of the FSL Mid-Season All-Star team and named the FSL All-Star Game Top Star and was the FSL Player of the week back on April 30.
RECORD: 10-8, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): OFF DAY TUESDAY
The Swing play a single game with Clinton this morning, and look to stay hot during day games. Quad Cities is 16-7 during the daytime this season, including 3-1 during Wednesday day games.
Swing SS/3B Donovan Solano was promoted to high Class-A Palm Beach on Tuesday.
Solano, a 19-year-old native of Barranquilla, Colombia, hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games with Quad Cities, raising his batting average by 39 points since June 15. In his 82 games with the Swing in 2007, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound infielder hit .257 with 30 RBI and 8 doubles.
RECORD: 9-8, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) OFF DAY TUESDAY
RECORD: 6-15, 6th Place, 7.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Defeated Blue Field
Starter Jose Mateo (W, 2-1) got the win after pitching five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out three.
RECORD: 7-12, 3rd Place, 10.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Nationals 5-4
Right-fielder Edgar Lara went 2-for-4 to include his third home run of the season, a two run shot in the third to help the cause, but the Nationals ended up with five runs of their own to hand the Cardinals a 5-4 loss and dropping them down to last place in the GCL Eastern Division standings.
Michael Blazek (L, 1-1) was saddled with his first loss, despite giving up just one run over three innings, on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Not a bad outing for Blazek, but the loss is charged to him as he gave up the eventual winning run.
RECORD: 5-9, 5th Place, 6.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) OFF DAY TUESDAY
RECORD: 15-32, 8th Place, 18.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Winners 5-2 over the Mariners
Despite being outhit by the Mariners 10-6 on Tuesday the Cardinals beat Seattle 5-2.
Catcher Jeudis Polanco was the offensive player of the game, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Starter Jose Rosario (W, 3-1) scattered five hits over six scoreless innings, walking one and striking out four, to pick up his third win of the season.
RECORD: 16-13, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Johnson City starter picked up his second win Tuesday after pitching five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out three.
Minor League Player of the Day
Solano didn't play Tuesday but he was promoted to Palm Beach which warrants some recognition. The 19-year-old native of Barranquilla, Colombia, hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games with Quad Cities, raising his batting average by 39 points since June 15. In his 82 games with the Swing in 2007, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound infielder hit .257 with 30 RBI and 8 doubles.
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