Games Played Sunday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 8-5 to Omaha
The Redbirds are in the midst of a six game losing streak, losing to Omaha 8-5 on Sunday.
Starter Blake Hawksworth pitched six complete innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, leaving the game down 3-2.
Reliever Matt Ginter was tagged with the loss and a blown save, after the Redbirds scored three runs in the top half of the seventh to give the Redbirds a 5-3 lead. Ginter in a very unusual fashion, surrendered five runs on four hits and no walks, striking out one, in his one inning of relief.
Ginter had pitched very well over his last ten games prior to Sunday, posting a record of 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in those 10 appearances.
Right-fielder Joe Mather batted leadoff much to my surprise. Mather was hitting just .182, 6HR, 10RBI at the start of Sunday's game. Imagine Chris Duncan batting leadoff. Anyway the only thing Mather did was go 4-for-5 on the day, with an RBI.
RICK ANKIEL WATCH: 2-for-4, with a home run, his 27th and two RBI
ROSTER MOVES: Springfield Cardinals' first baseman Mike Ferris has been promoted to Triple-A Memphis, and was the first one in the clubhouse today and found himself in the starting lineup, as the Redbirds DH. Mike went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in his Triple-A debut. Ferris was hitting just .227 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 65 games since opening the year at Class-A Palm Beach.
Reliever Kelvin Jimenez was called up to St. Louis and flew to Atlanta to meet the team on Sunday.
2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell
RECORD: 41-61, 4th Place, 21 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Wichita 8-1
The Wichita Wranglers use four home runs to end the Springfield Cardinals ten-game winning streak at Hammons Field, defeating the Redbirds by a score of 8-1 on Sunday.
Springfield starter Mitchell Boggs (L, 9-5) gave up six runs, four earned, on six hits, three of them home runs, with six strikeouts and four walks over 5.1 IP.
Texas League All-Star third baseman Juan Richardson went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, his 14th on the season. Currently one of the hottest hitters in the minor leagues, Richardson is hitting .378, 0HR, 7RBI over his last 10 games and is hitting .341 in 23 games since the All-Star Break.
COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 2-for-4, caught stealing for only the second time in 16 attempts
ROSTER MOVES: Cards' first baseman Mike Ferris has been promoted to Triple-A Memphis, leaving the Cards with exactly one extra position player on the bench (Catcher Henry Guerrero). Ferris was hitting just .227 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 65 games since opening the year at Class-A Palm Beach. The Cards are now two men short of filling out their 24-man roster, due to Tyler Greene's season-ending knee surgery.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 19-11, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Jupiter 9-4
The Cardinals trying to close the 3.5 game gap between them and first place Brevard County, lost to Jupiter 9-4, while Brevard County spilt a double-header on Sunday.
Starter Eddie Degerman, (L, 1-2) took the loss, giving up six runs, four earned, on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three.
The Cardinals had their chances but they left 10 runners marooned on the bases as another chance to close the gap between them and Brevard County slipped through their fingers.
JON JAY WATCH: 1-for-5, 1K , Selected by the Cardinals out of the University of Miami (Fla.) in the second round (74 overall) of the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft, currently hitting .324, 2HR, 6RBI for Palm Beach.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 13-16, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 6-1 over Lansing
Starter Elvis Hernandez pitched three innings giving up only one run on two hits and four walks, before giving way to the bullpen.
Reliever Mike Schellinger (W, 4-3) gave up two hits while striking out six in four scoreless innings in relief for his fourth win. The 24-year-old right-hander has allowed only one earned run in his last 12 2/3 innings.
Armando Carrasco threw in two perfect scoreless frames to close out the game for Quad Cities.
Offensively, third baseman Tony Cruz hit his third home run and catcher Nick Derba continues to hit like Ted Williams, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Derba is hitting .435 through his first eight games for Quad Cities.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Tony Cruz, a 26th-round pick in the 2007 draft, raised his average to .417 since joining the Swing on July 12, boasting three homers and 13 RBI through just nine games with the club.
STEVEN HILL WATCH: 1-for-4, with an RBI, Hill is hitting .306, 3HR, 8 RBI through his first 20 games at Quad Cities.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 15-12, Tied for 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 2-0 over Aberdeen
Batavia starter Pete Parise (W, 1-0) picked up his first win for the Muckdogs after six games to include three starts. Parise pitched five shutout innings, giving up just three hits, no walks and striking out one, in his best performance to date for Batavia.
Out of the bullpen, Thomas Eager pitched three more scoreless frames, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Closer Josh Dew recorded his fifth save, pitching a scoreless ninth inning, giving up just one hit and striking out one.
The Dogs would get only one run, it coming in the eighth inning off an RBI single by designated hitter Paul Vazquez to drive in shortstop Oliver Marmol.
RECORD: 9-23, 6th Place, 9.5 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Beat Princeton 5-2
Retiring the first 10 batters he faced, starter Nick Additon (W, 1-0) struck out a career-high seven batters in five scoreless innings to pick up his first win for Johnson City, the club's fifth win in a row.
Second baseman and leadoff man Mike Folli went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored to lead the Cardinals offense.
RECORD: 14-16, 3rd Place, 9.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Winners 4-1 over the Mets
The Cardinals shut out the Mets for eight innings before giving up a single run in the bottom of the ninth to preserve a win by the final score of 4-1.
Righthander Mike Sillman began a rehab assignment with the GCL Cardinals on Sunday, pitching two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out two in a start against the Mets' GCL affiliate.
Sillman, 25, has been on the Triple-A Memphis disabled list since May 27 with a sore shoulder. This is his second stint on the disabled list for the same problem, as he was also sidelined from April 30-May 17. He has appeared in 10 games for Memphis this season, going 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA, allowing six hits, walking 10 and striking out nine.
Reliever Reynier Gonzalez (W, 1-0) pitched four scoreless frames, picking up his first win after giving up just two hits and no walks, while striking out six.
Through his first seven games for the GCL Cardinals to include three starts, Reynier Gonzalez has posted a record of 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA, in 25.2 IP.
The other Gonzalez, Carlos, picked up his first save, pitching three innings, giving up one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out three.
First baseman Edwin Conde went 2-for-4 Sunday to include a two run homer in the sixth.
RECORD: 11-16, 4th Place, 10.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Beat the Tigers 7-3
Center fielder Alberto Rivero had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a double, while scoring twice. First baseman Ismael Cardona went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI to lead the Redbird assault.
Starter Jorge Rondon (W, 1-5), picked up his first win of the season, scattering six hits over 5.1 IP, giving up only one run, while walking and striking out two.
RECORD: 19-40, 7th Place, 22 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) DSL All-Star Game
The National League All-Stars winners 4-1 over their American League counterparts.
DSL Cardinals' pitcher Angel Tapia pitched a perfect seventh inning in relief, striking out one, to earn a hold in the All-Star Game.
Catcher Juan Castillo the only other Cardinal to play in Sunday's All-Star game, went 0-for-1 on the day.
RECORD: 20-20, 4th Place, 5.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
Retiring the first 10 batters he faced, the Johnson City starter struck out a career-high seven batters in five scoreless innings to pick up his first win and the club's fifth win in a row.
Minor League Player of the Day
Inserted in the leadoff spot for the struggling Memphis Redbirds Sunday, Mather responded by going 4-for-5 with an RBI single.
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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