Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost 7-0 to Tacoma
Starter Chris Lambert (1-3) allowed a run on five hits with three strikeouts in four innings.
The Redbirds were shutout Thursday despite getting nine hits, but leaving all nine runners stranded. Outfielder Skip Schumaker who just joined the team in Washington, went 0-for-4 in his first game back at Triple-A.
RICK ANKIEL WATCH: Did not play
2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell
RECORD: 47-66, 4th Place, 21.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Arkansas 4-1
Starter Adam Daniels (L, 4-4) surrendered three runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 5.2 innings.
Designated hitter Mark Shorey had two doubles and scored the Cardinals only run.
AMAURY MARTI WATCH: Cards' outfielder Amaury Marti, who has spent the majority of 2007 in the Mexican League, hit a three-run homer in his first 2007 Texas League at-bat on Wednesday night. Marti finished his 2007 Cards' debut with a double and a three-run homer. His numbers were impressive in the Mexican League, batting .337 with 15 homers and 71 RBIs in 96 games.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 23-16, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to St. Lucie 10-3
Cardinals starter Eddie Degerman (L, 1-4) gave up seven runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning three over 3.1 innings to take the loss as the Cardinals four-game winning streak came to an end Thursday.
Second baseman Isa Garcia went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored to lead the Redbirds' offense.
BRANDON BUCKMAN WATCH: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting just .237 with one home run and four RBI over his last 10 games
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 19-20, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to South Bend 7-6 in 14
The Swing could only muster seven hits in Thursday's 14 inning marathon against South Bend, but they didn't take advantage of the 11 walks given up by the Silver Hawks, leaving 12 runners on the bases.
Reliever Armando Carrasco (L, 4-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up the winning run on a homer in the bottom of the 14th inning. Armando had given his club a chance for a win, pitching three scoreless innings before giving up the walk-off home run.
STEVEN HILL WATCH: 0-for-7
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 22-16, 3rd Place, 1.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 4-3 over Jamestown
Starter Blake King (W, 1-2) pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and no walks while striking out three to pick up his first win for Batavia. Reliever Wayne Daman worked around a hit and a walk in the ninth inning to pick up his first career save.
RECORD: 16-25, 5th Place, 8.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Split a Double-Header with Burlington
The Cardinals played two on Thursday, dropping the first game 5-0 before coming back and winning game two by the score of 5-4.
In the first game, the Cardinals could only come up with two hits and they didn't take advantage of the three walks given up by the Royals pitchers, leaving starter Omar Javier (L, 0-4) out there to take his fourth loss of the season.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: 0-for-4 with three bases on balls, two runs scored, a stolen base and a fielding error
RECORD: 19-22, 3rd Place, 9.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) RAINED OUT
RECORD: 16-17, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Lost to Pittsburgh 11-3
Starter Jose Calero (L, 2-7) gave up six runs, four earned in just 2.2 innings to fall to 2-7 on the season. The bullpen didn't help much including Calero the staff had four wild pitches Thursday's contest.
NOTE: The box score for Thursday's game has the Cardinals record on the season incorrect, it is 23-46, not 49-20-1
RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 26 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Took Two on Thursday
The Cardinals played both Oakland teams on Thursday, beating Oakland2, 7-6 in gage one and Oakland2 2-1 in the nightcap.
RECORD: 23-26, 4th Place, 9.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Swing of Quad Cities reliever didn't win on Thursday or even get a hold or a save, but he did pitch three complete scoreless extra innings in relief before surrendering a walk-off home run in the 14th to get tagged for the loss. He deserved a better fate with his performance on the mound in yesterday's contest.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Palm Beach Cardinals' second baseman went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in Thursday's 10-3 loss to St. Lucie.
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
July - Jess Todd, Batavia, 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA in seven games (4 starts)fanning 36 batters in his 28.2 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
July - Osvaldo Morales, GCL, .333, 6 HR, 20 RBI
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