Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 4-3 over Portland
Rick Ankiel hit his PCL leading 32nd home run of the season, a three-run shot to lead Memphis to a 4-3 win over the Portland Beavers. Back in St. Louis the Cardinals are shut out again for the league leading 10th time this season.
Shortstop Brendan Ryan scored two runs in Tuesday's contest. Back in St. Louis the Cardinals are shut out again for the league leading 10th time this season.
First baseman Tagg Bozied had the other RBI on the night. In his last 10 games, Bozied has hit five home runs and driven in 15. Meanwhile, back in St. Louis the Cardinals are shut out again for the league leading 10th time this season.
Starter Matt Ginter pitched three shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out four, before turning the game over to the bullpen. Reliever Hugo Castellanos (W, 3-0) allowed one run on four hits over two innings to pick up his third win. Mark Worrell pitched two scoreless innings and Brian Falkenborg surrendered two runs on three hits in the eighth before the new closer, Chris Perez tossed a perfect ninth for his second save.
Meanwhile back in St. Louis, well you know.
RICK ANKIEL WATCH: He's beginning to pack his bags, or should be.
2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell
RECORD: 48-70, 4th Place, 23.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): NIGHT OFF
The 1st half division winning Springfield Cardinals have lost their last two games and going into Wednesday's games, lead the Arkansas Travelers by just one game in the standings.
Despite decreased playing time due to five active outfielders on the roster, Mark Shorey continues to hit well, batting .348 (8-23) in his last eight games. The North Carolina native has two homers and five RBIs in that eight-game stretch, hitting safely in eight of his last ten games. Combined with his three homers and 30 RBIs in 50 games with Quad Cities, Shorey has a total of 14 homers this year with 63 RBIs in 104 total games.
COLBY RASMUS WATCH: hitting .344, 2HR, 4RBI, with 10 walks & 10 runs scored over his last 10 games,
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 24-19, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 13-10 over Dunedin in 12
It was a wild one Tuesday night as the Cardinals fought tooth and nail to come out on top, 13-10 over the Dunedin, after being out scored by the Blue Jays 19-3, in losses in both of the first two games of the four game series. The Cardinals will be looking to even the series today on the road at Knology Park in Dunedin Florida.
First baseman Brandon Buckman had a huge night, going 3-for-6, with a walk, a double, a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. It was catcher Brandon Yarbrough's two run double in the 12th inning that led the Cardinals past the Blue Jays for good. Yarbrough went 2-for-6 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and three runs batted in.
Starter Eddie Degerman gave up six runs, five earned, on five hits and six walks while striking out four over four innings. In his first seven games for Palm Beach, Degerman has posted a record of 1-4 with a 7.42 ERA. Eddie began the season at Quad Cities where he had a record of 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 12 games to include 6 starts.
Reliever Luke Gregerson (W, 3-4) allowed two hits and struck out three over three scoreless frames for the win.
ALLEN CRAIG WATCH: 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 20-24, 4th Place, 6.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 5-3 over the Dayton Dragons
The Swing came out winners Tuesday night 5-3 over the Dayton Dragons in a game called off in the eighth because of rain and lightening. Rain does makes for a perfect closer when you have the lead past the fifth inning.
Starter Elvis Hernandez (6-7) allowed two runs on three hits while striking out seven and walking one over five innings for his first win since June 29.
Designated hitter Christian Reyes continues to swing a hot bat going 3-for-3 with a couple of RBI to lead the Swing to a big win over Dayton as Quad Cities takes over sole possession of first place and moves a full game ahead of second place Beloit.
Reyes is batting .439 (18-for-41) with a homer and 11 RBIs over his last 10 games.
TONY CRUZ WATCH: 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 26-17, 1st Place
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 6-4 over Hudson Valley
The Dogs came back from an early 2-0 deficit to beat Hudson Valley 6-4 Tuesday.
Starter Brandon Garner pitched four complete innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out one, for a no-decision. Reliever Jon Stambaugh (W, 2-1) picked up his second win, scattering five hits and a walk, allowing only one run in three innings of relief. Davis Bilardello earned his first save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
Center fielder Tyler Henley, the Cardinals 8th round draft pick this season, went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored, while Daniel Descalso the Cards third round pick, went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.
RECORD: 18-28, 5th Place, 9.5 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to Kingsport 9-7
Starter Andres Rosales facing just one over the minimum struck out four and walked two in five hitless innings and deserved a better fate than a no-decision.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: 2-for-5, run scored, no errors
RECORD: 19-25, 3rd Place, 13.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Swept a Double-Header
The Cardinals took two from the Dodgers on Tuesday, winning 2-1 in the first game and 3-2 in the nightcap.
In game one, starter Mike Blazek (W, 3-2) had one of the best performances of the season for the entire organization, pitching six complete scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out five.
In game two, Hector Cardenas (W, 1-4) picked up his first win pitching three scoreless innings and Julio Sanchez closed out the game with a scoreless frame to pick up his fourth save. Sanchez is 1-0 with four saves in his first five games for the GCL Cardinals. BOXSCORE Game One
RECORD: 20-19, 2nd Place, 7.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) SEASON OVER
RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Beat the A's(2) 5-4
The Cardinals had a 5-0 lead by the end of the third and held on to beat the A's(2) 5-4.
Starter Angel Tapia (W, 3-3) struck out seven in five innings to pick up his third win, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks.
RECORD: 24-29, 4th Place, 11.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The GCL Cardinals' starter pitched six complete scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out five, to pick up the first win of a double-header sweep Tuesday.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Palm Beach Cardinals first baseman went 3-for-6, with a walk, a double, a home run, four RBI and two runs scored Tuesday.
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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