Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Nashville 7-1
Memphis starter Randy Keisler (L, 7-6) gave up three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings. Keisler had won his previous two starts, giving up only one run over 13 innings pitched.
Right fielder Joe Mather scored the only run for the Redbirds Thursday. Through his first 19 games for Triple-A, Mather is hitting .212 with 5 home runs and eight RBI.
RECORD: 39-52, 4th Place, 17.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Defeated Wichita 6-3
The Cardinals doubled up on the Wranglers beating them 6-3 Thursday.
Springfield starter Mitchell Boggs (W, 9-3) allowed two unearned runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts over six innings for his ninth and third straight win.
Speaking of Hamilton, he went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and two runs scored to lead the Cardinals offense.
RECORD: 14-6, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Clearwater 7-6
Starter Adam Ottavino allowed four runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings. The 21-year-old 2006 first round draft pick had gone 4-0 with an ERA of 0.67 in his four previous starts.
Reliever Matt Trent (L, 0-1) took the loss, his first of the season, surrendering three runs on four hits in two innings. The runs Trent gave up Thursday were the only runs he had given up in his last 10 games.
Center fielder Jim Rapoport led the offense, going 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored.
RECORD: 10-10, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 8-5 over Peoria
It was the Swing 8 and the Chiefs 5, Thursday as the Cardinals take one from the Chicago Cubs affiliate, managed by Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg.
Starter Tyler Herron scattered nine hits, allowing five runs, all of them earned, with three strikeouts while not walking anyone over 5.2 innings, but didn't get a decision.
Maiques is putting together a very impressive season, in his last 10 games, he's 1-1 with six saves, with an ERA of just 0.87. On the season he's 1-4 with 20 saves and an ERA of 1.89 with opposing batters hitting just .198 against him.
Second baseman Jared Schweitzer went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the offense.
RECORD: 10-9, Tied for 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners over Lowell 5-4
It looked like another loss for the Muckdogs Thursday, down 3-1 at the end of two, but they came back and edged Lowell 5-4 thanks to the bullpen that shut the Spinners down the final four innings.
Reliever Jon Stambaugh (W, 1-0) picked up his first win pitching 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out two. Josh Dew earned his third save, pitching 1.2 innings, giving up only one hit without walking anyone and struck out one to close out the game.
Right-fielder Mateo Marquez led the offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.
RECORD: 7-16, 6th Place, 6.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Winners 4-3 over Danville
The Cardinals scored the go ahead run in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI single off the bat of Mike Folli and held on to beat Danville 4-3.
Reliever Jose Arredondo (W, 2-1) gave up just two hits and walked one over three scoreless innings to get the win for the Cardinals (8-13). Steve Hill walked one and struck out the side in the bottom ninth to notch his first save.
Nick Addition started Thursday's game but didn't get a decision, pitching four complete innings, scattering seven hits including two home runs, allowing three runs, all of them earned while striking out three.
RECORD: 8-13, 3rd Place, 11.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Took Two From Mets
The Cardinals took two from the Mets on Thursday. The first game the clubs finished a suspended game from July 7, the Cardinals finally beating the Mets 1-0 in 17 inning affair, yes 17.
In game two the Cardinals handed the Mets their second loss of the day with an 8-2 win.
The starting pitcher in game 2, Reynier Gonzalez pitched good enough to earn a win, scattering four hits and a walk over four innings, allowing only one run while striking out three, but got a no-decision for his efforts.
It was the other Gonzalez who picked up the win, Carlos Gonzalez also pitched four innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out four batters for his third win.
RECORD: 7-11, 3rd Place, 6.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Tampa Bay/Cincinnati 8-7
The Cardinals couldn't hold onto their early 5-1 lead after two, finally suffering their 35th loss of the season, dropping them to last place and 20 GB in the standings.
RECORD: 15-35, 9th Place, 20 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Big Time Winners 10-1 over Oakland (2)
It was all Cardinals Thursday as they beat Oakland (2) 10-1
The first five batters in the Cardinals lineup went 12-for-21 and scored all of the Redbird runs.
Second baseman Michael Avila went 3-for-5 to include hitting a rare Cardinals home run, his first of the season and only the club's seventh on the season.
RECORD: 18-15, 4th Place, 2.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Springfield starter allowed two unearned runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts over six innings Thursday for his third straight win and ninth on the season.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Springfield Cardinals first baseman went 3-for-5 to include a three-run homer and two runs scored to lead his team to a 6-3 win Thursday.
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