Games Played Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Omaha 9-3
Starter LHP Chris Narveson (L, 3-2) was roughed up Saturday night, giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks to take the loss for the Redbirds. Narveson who had been on the DL since May 11, just rejoined the Redbirds after making three rehab starts for Palm Beach.
The Redbirds offense was pretty well shut down for most of the night, with no one getting an extra-base hit, or more than one hit. Memphis has now lost five games in a row. Memphis is tied with Portland with the worst record in the Pacific Coast League (16 teams).
RICK ANKIEL WATCH: DH, 1-for-4
2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell
RECORD: 41-60, 4th Place, 21.5
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 8-4 over Wichita
Starter Adam Daniels (W, 4-3) allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 6.1 IP, good enough to pick up his fourth win for Springfield. Daniels has been impressive of late, just two weeks ago being named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week, for a seven inning shutout win at Midland.
Catcher Bryan Anderson raised his batting average to .326 after going 4-for-5 on the night with a double and three RBI. SS Jose Martinez scored three runs and also drove in three runs, going 3-for-4 with a double Saturday.
COLBY RASMUS WATCH: Did not play Saturday because manager Pop Warner thought Rasmus looked mentally tired. Rasmus is hitless in his last six games and is 0 for his last 18, currently the Cardinals reigning top prospect is hitting .248, 16HR, 52RBI
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 19-10, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Postponed
Saturday's Florida State League game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads has been postponed due to rain at Roger Dean Stadium.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 24.
First place Brevard County's game was also rained out as Palm Beach remains just three games back in the standings, which is remarkable considering the Cardinals have last seven out of their lost 10 games and are currently on a three game losing streak.
Brevard County, who finished in first place at the end of the first half of the season, at the same time has played .500 ball over their last ten games.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 13-15, Tied for 2nd, 3.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Lansing 6-0
Quad Cities was shut out by Lansing Saturday night 6-0.
Starter Brandon Dickson (L, 8-5) was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out six, over six innings.
What little offense the Swing generated, came from DH Nick Debra who went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, raising his batting average to .400 through his first seven games with QC.
Right-fielder Daryl Jones, who is really struggling at the plate this season, went 2-for-3 raising his batting average to .205. Jones who was selected in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft, has been ranked as high as #15 by the Birdhouse and if anyone ever looked like a ballplayer in a uniform its Daryl Jones.
In the past, Jones was deemed the fastest base runner and best athlete in a "Best Tools" survey of the Cardinals Minor League system by Baseball America, it's just unfortunate that he hasn't been able to put it together on the field.
FIRST HALF RECORED: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 15-12, 3rd Place, 2.4 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Aberdeen 7-4
Down 6-0 going into the top of the fifth, the Muckdogs tried to rally back, scoring four runs before the inning was over, but Aberdeen added another run in seventh as the Muckdogs didn't score the rest of the night, finally falling to the Ironbirds 7-4.
Starter Brandon Garner who pitched to three batters in the third inning, was taken out after giving up back-to-back homers and then a walk. On the night Garner gave up four runs on five hits, three of them home runs and two walks, while striking out one.
Offensively Shortstop Oliver Marmol had a good night with the bat, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.
The Muckdogs are 2-8 over their last ten games, and had just avoided a seven game losing streak Friday night with a 4-3 win over Aberdeen, but Saturday they were unable to put together two wins in a row.
RECORD: 8-23, 6th Place, 9.5 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Winners 5-3 over Princeton
Starter Senger Peralta gave up two unearned runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out four in 3.2 IP, but didn't figure into the decision. Reliever Jose Arredondo (W, 3-1) picked up the win, his third and the Cardinals fourth game in a row, surrendering an unearned run on two hits while striking out three over three frames. Closer Eduardo Sanchez struck out the side in the ninth to record his second save.
RECORD: 13-16, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Winners 1-0 over Marlins
Ahead 1-0 in the sixth frame the GCL game between the Cardinals and Marlins was called because of heavy rain. I guess heavy rain is about the best closer that you can get.
Starter Andres Rosales (W, 1-0) picked up the win, pitching the complete game, giving up just two hits and a walk over six innings, while striking out seven.
First baseman Osvaldo Morales drove in the only run for the Cardinals with a base hit in the fourth to drive in CF Frederick Parejo from third, after Parejo had a base hit, moved to second on a sac bunt, then stole third. Old fashion Cardinal baseball.
RECORD: 9-16, 5th Place, 11.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Winners 2-1 over Tampa Bay/Cincinnati
Starter Ginney Rios pitched a very good game Saturday, giving up just one run on only two hit in five innings, walking two and striking out six, but did not figure into the decision.
Reliever Eleazer Jimenez (W, 4-1) faced the minimum number of batters over three innings, as he picked up the win with three scoreless frames, giving up only one hit and a walk, while striking out two.
Third baseman Hector Garcia hit a home run, his second on the season to help spur the offense.
RECORD: 18-40, 8th Place, 22 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Mariners 8-1
The Cardinals offense was no match for the Mariners on Saturday, losing by the final score of 8-1, after leaving six runners stranded on the bases.
Designated hitter Jeudis Polanco had the only extra base hit for the Cards, going 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Starter Randy Santos (L, 1-2) suffered his second loss in six starts, giving up six runs on seven hits, with no walks, while striking out nine batters in just 4.1 IP.
The Cardinals are just 3-7 over their last 10 games as they begin to fade in the standings.
RECORD: 20-20, 4th Place, 5.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Johnson City closer struck out the side in the ninth to record his second save.
Minor League Player of the Day
Anderson raised his batting average to .326 after going 4-for-5 on the night with a double and three RBI.
Organizational Pitcher of the Month
April - Tyler Norrick, Palm Beach, 3-1, 1.63 ERA, 19K in 5 starts
May - P.J. Walters, Quad Cities, 4-0, 0.88 ERA, 30.1 IP scoreless streak
June – Tyler Herron, Quad Cities, 5-0, 2.27 ERA, 37K, 2 BB, in 31.2 IP
Organizational Player of the Month
April – Joe Mather, Springfield, .324, 10HR, 16RBI,
May – Colby Rasmus, Springfield, .349, 8HR, 24RBI
June – Allen Craig, Palm Beach, .337, 7HR, 24RBI
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