Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): OFF DAY
RICK ANKIEL WATCH: You'll have to watch the St. Louis Cardinals now.
2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell
RECORD: 48-71, 4th Place, 23.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 5-1 over the Missions
With the bases loaded in the ninth, the Cardinals new closer since Chris Perez was promoted to Memphis, Jason Motte, came in and struck out two for his sixth save. Starter Mitchell Boggs (W, 10-5) picked up his 10th win on the season, after giving up just one run on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over six innings.
Third baseman Juan Richardson went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs.
BRYAN ANDERSON WATCH: 3-for-4, 2 RBI and a run scored
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 25-20, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost to Tampa 10-7
Starter Trey Hearne (4-10) surrendered seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits while striking out four and walking two over six innings as he takes his 10th loss.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 20-26, 4th Place, 6.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 6-5 over Dayton
Quad Cities scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 comeback win Thursday.
Starter Clayton Mortensen allowed a run on one hit with two strikeouts 1.1 innings before getting ejected by plate umpire Phil Henry. Mortensen hit Jason Louwsma after surrendering a homer to Drew Stubbs. Reliever Armando Carrasco (W, 5-2) who is putting together a good season out of the bullpen, picked up the win after giving up four hits and a walk over two scoreless innings.
Catcher Nick Derba went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI and is currently hitting .367 for the Swing.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 28-17, 1st Place
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Hudson Valley 7-5
Clay Long, still looking for his first win for Batavia, scattered four hits over five innings, giving up two runs including a home run for a no decision. Tom Eager took the loss, giving up four runs in 2.1 IP.
Right-fielder Mateo Marquez went 2-for-4 to include a home run and three RBI to lead the Dogs offense.
RECORD: 18-30, 5th Place, 10.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Split a Double-Header with Elizabethton
Johnson City starter Senger Peralta (L, 1-4) gave up nine runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out three in 3.1 innings and was tagged for the loss.
In game two, the Cardinals scored an unanswered run in the top of the ninth frame to edge the Twins 7-6.
Reliever Eduardo Sanchez picked up the win in game two, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings to close out the game.
First baseman Matt Arburr went 2-for-3 to include a grand slam, a double, four RBI, a walk and two runs scored.
RECORD: 20-28, 3rd Place, 15.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Winners 16-8 over the Nationals
The Cardinals scored 16 runs without the use of the long ball. Catcher Luis De La Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk and two triples (a catcher hitting two triples in a game?), four RBI and three runs scored to lead the offense. Third baseman Rico Washington went 2-for-3 with yet another triple in yesterdays game, drove in three runs, scored three times and drew two walks.
The Cardinals used five pitchers Thursday with reliever Jose Rada (W, 1-1) picking up the win, pitching three scoreless innings in relief, giving up just two hits while striking out five.
REID GORECKI WATCH: 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored
RECORD: 21-19, 2nd Place, 7.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) SEASON OVER
RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Lost 2-1 to the Athletics(1)
Starter Alejandro Pinales (L, 2-5) pitched four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, to get saddled with the loss and see his record fall to 2-5. Reliever Ramon Urena pitched four solid scoreless frames, despite walking four batters.
RECORD: 24-30, 4th Place, 12.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Springfield Cardinals' starter picked up his 10th win on the season, after giving up just one run on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over six innings, Thursday.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Johnson City Cardinals' first baseman went 2-for-3 to include a grand slam, a double, four RBI, a walk and two runs scored, to lead his ballclub to a win and a split of a double-header Thursday.
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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