Games Played Wednesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Oklahoma 5-2
Memphis starter Mike Parisi (L, 5-8) gave up three runs on six hits in six innings, walking six and striking out six, as Oklahoma takes two of the first three games in a four game set.
Center fielder Rick Ankiel went 2-for-4 and scored a run to lead the Redbirds offense.
JARRETT HOFFPAUIR watch: Playing second base Wednesday, Hoffpauir went 1-for-4 as his batting average fell to .350. How many players do you know who would like to say their batting average fell to .350?
PROGRESS?: The Redbirds with a record of 7-8 this month, have lost four of their last five, and six of their last 10 games. A 7-8 record may not seem like much to brag about, but when you have a 41-57 record on the season to date, playing almost.500 ball is some progress.
RECORD: 41-57, 4th Place, 18.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to 2nd Place Tulsa 6-1
The Drillers took 3-of-4 games against the Cardinals Wednesday night with a 6-1 win, to pull to within 3.5 games of Springfield in the standings. Tulsa and Springfield have two more four-game series left in 2007, one in Tulsa and one in Springfield, these series could decide who is going to finish in first place in the second half of the season, in the Texas League North Division.
If the season ended prior to Wednesday's game, the first-half Division Champions Springfield Cardinals would meet Tulsa in the opening round of the Texas League playoffs, based on the fact that the Drillers have the next best overall record in the league at 46-48. Tulsa has kept Arkansas (42-53) and Wichita (35-60) in the race, dropping 11 of their last 17 games.
Starter Jaime Garcia (L, 5-8) pitched six innings, giving up three runs, while scattering five hits, four walks and striking out six, as his record falls to 5-8.
The Cardinals could only muster three hits Monday so we'll have to look elsewhere for offensive players of the day.
WHO's HOT? Texas League Player of the Week, Mark Hamilton entering Wednesday's game, was hitting .375 (12-for-32) with runners in scoring position. In his first six games with Springfield before the All-Star break Hamilton was hitting a mere .125 with no home runs. Through 22 games after the break he's hitting .307, 2 HR, 17 RBI.
COLBY RASMUS watch: Colby went 0-for-4 Wednesday, striking out all four times.
RECORD: 16-10, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Lakeland 5-3
The Flying Tigers scored three runs in the top of the first inning to take a lead that they would never relinquish as the Cardinals played catch up ball all night long, never actually catching up.
Starter Brad Furnish (L, 0-1) making his first start for Palm Beach, pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out one. Furnish had just been promoted from Quad Cities where he posted a 3-3, 2.42 ERA in 21 games, 12 starts.
Reliever Trey Hearne had a big night on the mound, pitching two perfect innings, striking out five batters without giving up a hit or a walk. Hearne needed a good outing, going into Wednesday's game Trey had a record of 1-3 with an ERA of 8.16.
WHO's HOT: Second baseman Isa Garcia, who has been the Cardinals hottest hitter since the All-Star breaking, hitting .333 in his last 25 games, to include the game winning RBI double in Tuesday's contest, went 0-for-3 Wednesday's game.
The Cards missed a golden opportunity to pick up ground on first place Brevard County Wednesday as the Manatees lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays, 4-2.
RECORD: 13-13, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to the Loons 10-4 in 7 innings
Who comes up with these team names, do you have any idea how hard it is to type that your team lost to the "Loons", especially by the score 10-4.
The rain that didn't fall hard enough or fast enough to save the Swing, who found themselves six runs back from a loss, as the umpires called the game because of rain in the 7th inning.
Talking about mixed results, starter Tyler Herron (L, 8-5) gave up seven runs on six hits and two walks while striking out a mind-boggling nine batters in five innings.
WHO'S HOT: Jared Schweitzer has raised his average 32 points to .293 since July 7 after picking up 13 hits in his last 7 games.
STEVEN HILL watch: The first baseman was 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single in the first to give Quad Cities an early lead that they would surrender in the third. Hill is quickly becoming a fan favorite in the blogosphere is hitting .353 through his first 16 games for Quad Cities. BOXSCORE
RECORD: 13-11, 2nd Place, 1.5 GM.
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Tri-City 5-3
It's at this point in the report when I begin to look for my anti-depressants, Batavia loses another game this time to Tri-City by the score of 5-3, as the Muckdogs drop their sixth game in a row to fall to 7-22 on the season, 10 games out of first place.
Starter Thomas Egar who did not factor into the decision, scattered five hits and three walks over 4.1 innings, allowing two runs, while striking out three batters.
Reliever Josh Fritsche saw his record fall to 0-3, getting tagged with the loss after giving up a home run in two-thirds of an inning.
WHO's HOT: Second baseman and leadoff hitter Jose Garcia went 2-for-4 last night, since his promotion from Johnson City, Garcia has hit .350 (7-for-20) through is first 10 games with the Muckdogs.
RECORD: 7-22, 6th Place, 10 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to Kingsport 11-5
The Cardinals suffer a 11-5 loss to Kingsport Wednesday as reliever LaCurtis Mayes (L, 0-2) yielded six runs, five of them earned, on three hits and three walks while recording just one out in the nine run sixth inning for Mets.
Starter Nick Addition allowed a run on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings didn't get a decision for his efforts.
Designated hitter Beau Riportella stroked a two-run homer in the third to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, then added a solo blast, his second, in the sixth for the Cardinals. Riportella finished the game, going 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored, in a gallant effort, in a losing cause.
Right fielder Jon Edwards when 1-for-3 last night, hitting his third home run this season.
RECORD: 9-16, 3rd Place, 11.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Dodgers 9-8
Starter Francisco Samuel pitched three innings, scattering seven hits, giving up six runs with only three of them earned. The Cardinals offense battled back scoring eight runs in Wednesday's game to take Samuel off the hook before falling to the Dodgers 9-8.
Reliever Hector Gardenas ended up being tagged for the loss, pitching two innings, giving up three hits and one run.
First baseman Osvaldo Morales went 3-for-5 on the night, with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
RECORD: 7-15, 5th Place, 11.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Winners 8-3 over Houston
The Cardinals climb up out of the cellar Wednesday with an 8-3 win over Houston.
Left-fielder Ted Obregon led the team going 3-for-5, with an RBI and a run scored. Teammate third baseman Hector Garcia went 1-for-2, taking a couple of walks, hitting a rare home run for the Cardinals, driving in three runs and scoring twice.
How rare was Garcia's home run? The Cardinals have hit only seven home runs this season in 1764 at bats.
RECORD: 17-38, 7th Place, 20.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Winners 9-8 over Oakland(2)
The Cardinals walked their way back from a six run deficit in the third inning, to come back with a five run outburst in the bottom of the ninth to beat Oakland(2), 9-8.
Reliever Alejandro Pinales (W, 2-4) picked up his second win, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
If hearing that the DSL Cardinals had a five run ninth inning or that they scored nine runs in a game seems to be a little strange for a team that ranks 31st in a 34 team league in hitting with just a .218 batting average, and ranks 26th in home runs with just seven home runs in 1149 at-bats, it's because Oakland walked 17 batters Wednesday as the Cardinals themselves could only come up with five hits.
Talk about a giving the game away, but what is amazing is, that a ballclub with a team batting average of .218 with only 17 HR in 1149 at-bats, ranking near the bottom in all offensive categories, is just 3.5 games back in the standings.
RECORD: 20-18, 4th Place, 3.5 GB.
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Palm Beach reliever pitched two perfect innings, striking out five.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Johnson City designated hitter went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. His two hits were home runs and he had four RBI.
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