Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Portland 5-3
Memphis starter Blake Hawksworth (L, 3-12) gave up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out a season-high seven in five innings as he loses his 12th game on the season. In his last 10 starts Blake is 0-4 with a bloated 8.18 ERA.
Skip Schumaker who should still be in St. Louis, went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, his sixth, in the seventh inning.
From this week's MiLB Pacific Coast League Notebook; Tagg Bozied's red-hot week was highlighted by his eight RBIs in Thursday's 16-13 victory over Tacoma, breaking the team record of seven held by Eduardo Perez. Six of the RBIs came on home runs -- a two-run shot off Tomo Ohka in the first inning and a grand slam off Juan Done in the seventh. He also singled in a run in the sixth and hit an RBI double in the ninth as the Redbirds overcame an early 10-2 deficit. The 28-year-old's surge -- he collected 13 RBIs in a six-game span -- gave him 63 on the season, second on the team behind OF Rick Ankiel's 85. Bozied's 21 homers were also second-best on the team behind Ankiel's league-leading 31.
RICK ANKIEL WATCH: 0-for-1 in a pinch hit appearance
2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell
RECORD: 47-70, 4th Place, 23.5
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Tulsa 3-0
Starter Cory Rauschenberger (L, 8-8) pitched good enough to pick up a win, surrendering just two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning one in six innings, but ended up being saddled with the loss when his team couldn't generate any offense.
From this week's MiLB Texas League Notebook; It was hardly a shock when closer Chris Perez was promoted to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. ``There was no reason for him to be here anymore,'' Cardinals manager Pop Warner told the Springfield News-Leader. Perez failed to convert on his first save opportunity of the season on April 6 and then ran off 27 in succession while striking out 62 and walking 28. The 2-0 right-hander gave up just 17 hits in 40 2/3 innings, and opponents batted just .126 against him. Perez, a supplemental first-round draft pick last year who bypassed having to pitch at Palm Beach in the Class A Florida State League this summer, appears to be on a fast track to the Majors.
COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 0-for-1, a pinch hit appearance
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 24-19, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Dunedin 11-3
A team that was in the race just last week, seems to have packed it in for the season, dropping their fifth game in a row, losing to Dunedin Monday night 11-3.
Former SIU-C standout Tyler Norrick (L, 9-8) was tagged for nine runs on seven hits and five walks over 4.1 innings, his shortest outing since June 20th when he also left after 4.1 innings.
Second baseman Isa Garcia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run to left field, his fourth on the season, in the fifth inning.
From this week's MiLB Florida State League Notebook; RF Luke Gorsett has only played in 19 games since arriving from the Quad Cities, but he made a name for himself Aug. 1 in a 7-2 Cardinals' win over Daytona. The University of Nebraska product racked up five RBIs. Four of his RBIs came on a grand slam in the opening inning. He later added an RBI double in the third.
BRANDON BUCKMAN WATCH: 1-for-4, with an RBI
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 19-24, 4th Place, 6.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Beat W. Michigan 8-4
Brandon Dickson (W, 9-8) won his ninth game of the season, pitching five innings, scattering six hits and three walks, while striking out three, giving up just one run, as Quad Cities moves back into a tie for first place with the Beloit Snappers.
From this week's MiLB Midwest League Notebook; 1B Christian Reyes went 4-for-5 with a home run and a career-high five RBIs Friday, leading the Swing to an 11-5 romp over West Michigan. The 21-year-old singled in the second and sixth innings, sparked an eight-run eighth with a three-run homer -- his 10th of the year -- and capped the scoring with a two-run base hit in the ninth inning as Quad Cities posted 10 runs in the final two innings.
STEVEN HILL WATCH: 2-for-5, with a run scored, hitting .359 for Quad Cities
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 25-17, 1st Place
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Williamsport 6-3
Williamsport doubled up on Batavia Monday night 6-3. Starter Jess Todd, (L, 4-1) suffered his first loss of the season, giving up four runs, three earned over 5.1 innings pitched, on four hits and a walk, while striking out four.
First baseman Andrew Brown went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two RBI to lead the offense.
PAUL HENLEY WATCH: 0-4
RECORD: 17-28, 5th Place, 10.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to Kingsport 8-2
Cardinals starter Jose Arredondo (L, 4-3) gave up three runs on three hits while striking out five over 4.1 innings.
Center fielder Travis Mitchell went 2-for-4 Monday and drove in two runs.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: The Cardinals 2007 top draft pick went 0-for-4 and is currently hitting just .188 through his first five games for Johnson City and .172 through his first nine professional games including four games with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.
RECORD: 19-24, 3rd Place, 12.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Split with the Mets
The Cardinals completed a game postponed from July 27 Monday morning, losing to the Mets 11-6, before coming back and beating the Mets 6-4 in the regularly scheduled game.
RECORD: 18-19, 3rd Place, 9.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Season Over
RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the Phillies 7-6
A five-run ninth inning propelled the Phillies past the Cardinals in a very disappointing loss Monday.
RECORD: 23-29, 4th Place, 11.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Quad Cities starter picked up his ninth win of the season and helped his club move back into first place.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Quad Cities center fielder went 3-for-6 Monday with a double and two 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
July – Jess Todd, Batavia, 3-0, 0.94 ERA, 36K, 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, DSL, .333, 6HR, 20RBI
Birdhouse Award Winners
Jarrett Hoffpauir, Springfield, Player of the Month for June, .337, 7HR, 24RBI
Tyler Herron, Quad Cities, Starter of the Month for June, 5-0, 2.27 ERA, 31.2 IP
Kyle McClellan, Springfield/Palm Beach, Reliever of the Month for June, 2-0, 0.00 ERA
Colby Rasmus, Springfield, Player of the Month for June, .340, 8HR, 24RBI
P.J. Walters, Quad Cities, Starter of the Month for May, 4-0, 0.88 ERA
Luke Gregerson, Palm Beach, Reliever of the Month for May, 0-0, 11SV, 0.64 ERA
Joe Mather, Springfield, Player of the Month for April, .324, 10HR, 16RBI
Tyler Norrick, Palm Beach, Pitcher of the Month for April, 3-1, 1.63 ERA
Jason Motte, Palm Beach, Reliever of the Month for April, 1-0, 3SV, 0.90 ERA
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