Games Played Wednesday
COMING UP: Ray Mileur will be on vacation from July 27 through August 3, his Cardinals Minor League Notebook will return to the Birdhouse on Saturday August 4.
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 4-2 over Sacramento
While the Cardinals struggle to put runs on the board in St. Louis Wednesday, at Memphis Rick Ankiel hit his Pacific Coast Leading 29th home, going 2-for-4 with a home run, three runs batted in, a stolen base and two runs scored to lead the Redbirds past the River Cats.
Starter Mike Smith (W, 9-9) picked up his ninth win on the season, pitching seven complete innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out five. The recent PCL Pitcher of the Week (07/09/2007) allowed just one hit after the first inning and retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The St. Louis Cardinals and what has become their Major League Taxi Squad, the Memphis Redbirds are a combined 88-114, 26 games below the .500 mark.
2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell
RECORD: 43-62, 4th Place, 20.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Arkansas 13-8
The Cardinals squandered an early 5-0 lead over the Arkansas Travelers Wednesday as starter Cory Rauschenberger (L, 7-7) was tagged for seven runs, five earned, on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4.1 IP.
Left-fielder Sean Danielson went 3-for-6 to include his fourth home run in the second inning that gave the Cardinals the 5-0 lead. Danielson had three RBIs and two runs scored for the Cardinals. Designated hitter Juan Richardson hit his 15th homer on the season, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, plus a base-on-balls, driving in two and scoring once. Catcher Bryan Anderson had a 2-for-3 night with two walks, a double and two RBI, raising his batting average to .320.
The Cards have now dropped three straight and lead Arkansas by just one game in the North Division standings. The two clubs will face each other 11 more times this season, to date the Cardinals are 10-8 over the Travelers, so this could get interesting down the stretch.
COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 1-for-4, 2BB, 2K, fielding error
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Momma said there would be days like this, the Cardinals stranded 14 runners on the bases Wednesday.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 19-13, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Dropped Two to Daytona
The Cardinals were swept by the Daytona Cubs in a double-header Wednesday, 5-2 and then by the score of 6-3 in the nightcap.
GAME ONE: Starter Brad Furnish (L, 0-2) was tagged with the 5-2 loss in game one, giving up five runs on seven hits, including one home run and four walks with a strike out over seven innings to fall to 0-2 for Palm Beach.
GAME TWO: The Cardinals lost game two, 6-3, with starter Trey Hearne (L, 4-8) taking his eighth loss on the season, giving up four runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts over four innings.
Catcher Chris Grossman went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored, raising his batting average with Palm Beach to .478, through his first seven games with the Cardinals.
JON JAY WATCH: combined for 3-for-6, 2B, 1RBI, 1R
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 14-18, 3rd Place, 4.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): NO GAMES SCHEDULED
The Midwest League had the night off Wednesday.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 17-13, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 5-3 over Brooklyn
It was a reversal of fortunes Wednesday in the New York-Penn League as the (10-24) Muckdogs took it to the (25-10) Cyclones, beating them by the final score of 5-3.
The Cardinals second, second round pick in the 2007 draft, Jess Todd (W 3-0), picked up his third win, pitching three scoreless innings in relief, or part-two starter, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Josh Dew earned his fifth save, giving up just one hit over two innings while fanning five.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Dew and Todd combined; faced 21 batters, they struck out 12 of them, impressive.
RECORD: 10-24, 6th Place, 9.5 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost 6-5 to Greenville, 14
It was a tough loss for the Johnson City Cardinals on Wednesday as they gave up an early 3-0 lead and ending up losing to Greenville 6-5 in 14 innings, as their six game winning streak came to an end.
Starter Jose Mateo, gave up three unearned runs on three hits and three walks with a strikeout. Ray Silva, the Cardinals' eighth pitcher, allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four in 1.2 IP and was saddled with the loss.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Cardinals walked nine batters, committed three errors as half of Greenville's runs scored were unearned.
RECORD: 15-17, 3rd Place, 9.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Winners 4-3 over Nationals
The Cardinals used eight pitchers to defeat the Nationals Wednesday 4-3 and pick up their third win in a row.
Mike Sillman pitched one inning to start the game, giving up just one hit while striking out two, as his rehab work continues. James Hooker (W, 1-0) pitched four very impressive scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and a walk with five strikeouts to pick up the win.
Center fielder D'Marcus Ingram led the offense with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
RECORD: 12-16, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) OFF DAY
RECORD: 20-41, 7th Place, 23 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to A's1, 10-5
It was another ugly game as the Cardinals outhit the A's 11-10, but gave up 11 walks and made four errors, as the A's doubled up on the Redbirds 10-5.
Juan Jaquez (L, 1-1) was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out four over 3.1 IP.
Center fielder Edwin Gomez and first baseman Marcos Martinez both went deep in the losing cause Wednesday as the Cardinals have now lost four consecutive games.
RECORD: 20-22, 4th Place, 8.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
Struck out seven batters over three scoreless innings in relief to pick up his third win for Batavia.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Springfield Cardinals' left-fielder went 3-for-6, with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.
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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