Games Played Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to Albuquerque 9-3
The Redbirds lost to the Isotopes Saturday 9-3. Starter Mike Smith (L, 10-13) gave up nine runs, eight earned, on 13 hits while striking out four and walking two in 3.1 innings for his fourth straight loss.
Leadoff man and center fielder Skip Schumaker went 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored to lead the offense. Schumaker is hitting .304 at Memphis and should be called back up in September when the Cardinals expand their rosters.
ROSTER MOVES: Reliever Brad Thompson has been assigned to Memphis and is expect to also be back in St. Louis when the rosters expand.
JOE MATHER WATCH: 0-for-2 with an RBI and two bases on balls
2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell
RECORD: 54-81, 4th Place, 28.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Split a Double-Header with Arkansas
In a battle for first place in the Texas League North standings, Springfield managed to stay a mere one-half game ahead of the Arkansas Travelers as they split a double-header Saturday with the Cardinals dropping game one, 5-4, before winning the nightcap, 4-0.
GAME ONE: Starter Mitchell Boggs (W, 10-7) was roughed up Saturday as he gave up five runs on 11 hits. He struck out two and walked one over five innings. Boggs is now 4-4 with a 3.88 ERA since the All-Star break.
First baseman Mark Hamilton went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the offense in game one.
GAME TWO: Starter Adam Daniels didn't get a decision, but he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out four. Reliever Kyle McClellan (W, 2-0) picked up his second win by pitching a scoreless frame in the fifth.
Designated hitter Cody Haerther went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.
COLBY RASMUS WATCH: Extended his hitting streak to 10 games in game two, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three runs scored. In game one Saturday, Colby went 1-for-3. Rasmus is 21-for-43 with five homers, seven RBIs and 13 runs scored during his current 10-game hitting streak.
BAD NEWS FOR RICHARDSON: Juan Richardson, who leads the Cardinals with 78 RBIs, will go on the Disabled List and will miss the remainder of the 2007 season, including the playoffs. Richardson has not started a game since 8/15 because of what was believed to be shin splints in his left leg. After seeing the team doctor on Wednesday, Richardson was diagnosed with a stress fracture in that left leg. The second-year Cardinal is the franchise's all-time leader in homers with 35 and RBIs with 155.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 31-29, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 12-2 over the Mets
It was a night that the St. Lucie Mets would like to forget as the Cardinals beat them 12-2, as Palm Beach makes another run at first place, now just one game below the .500 mark and just three games back of the Mets in the standings.
Starter Adam Ottavino (W, 12-7) won his third straight start, giving up just one run on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts over five innings.
The Cardinals used the long ball to do the bulk of the damage. Dan Nelson, Allen Craig and Luke Gorsett all homered to power, with Nelson driving in three runs and Gorsett hitting his second grand slam this month.
ALLEN CRAIG WATCH: 1-for-4, with a home run, a walk and three runs scored
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 31-32, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Cedar Rapids 4-1
Cedar Rapids picked up a game on the Swing Saturday, as they beat them 4-1 to pull within two and a half games of the first place Quad Cities Swing.
Starter Clay Mortensen (L, 0-1) gave up two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five in five innings, to take his first lost for Quad Cities.
Left-fielder Jose Ramirez tripled and scored the Swing's lone run on SS Oliver Marmol's groundout in the eighth. Marmol hadn't had a hit since August 19, mired in an 0-for-19 skid that has spanned his last seven games going into Saturday's game.
FOR THE RECORD: RHP Kenny Maiques has put his imprint on the Quad Cities record books this season, establishing new marks for saves in a season and saves in a career with a total that currently stands at 30. The 22-year-old flamethrower has been especially dominant since a botched play at the plate led to a blown save in South Bend on August 2, as Maiques has allowed just two hits since while going 6-for-6 in save chances and fanning 10 over 7.1 innings.
STEVEN HILL WATCH: 1-for-4, Hill is still hitting .342 for the Swing, despite the fact that he had not had a hit since August 19, and was mired in an 0-for-19 skid that has spanned his last seven games before his base hit Saturday.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 37-23, 1st Place
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Auburn 5-4
Starter Logan Collier (L, 2-1) gave up five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts over seven innings to take his first loss for the Muckdogs.
Right-fielder Justin Roberson hit a two-run double in the fifth and 2B William Groff went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the Dogs offense.
JON EDWARDS WATCH: In his first game for the Muckdogs, Edwards went 1-for-4. Edwards was just promoted from Johnson City, where he hit .245, 7HR, 33RBI in 55 games, 188 at-bats.
RECORD: 25-36, 4th Place, 12.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to Burlington 9-4
The Cardinals used six pitchers in Saturday's 9-4 lost to Burlington with reliever Steve Hill (L, 0-2) taking the loss after he surrendered a run on two hits and a walk over 1.2 innings in relief.
Designated hitter Matt Arburr went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: 0-for-4, hitting .280
RECORD: 27-37, 3rd Place, 20.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Marlins 6-5
The Cardinals ran through five pitchers in Saturday's 6-5 loss with Hector Cardenas getting tagged with the loss.
The switch-hitting second baseman Braulio Hiraldo, had the best day at the plate for the Redbirds, going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season and scoring twice.
RECORD: 24-29, 3rd Place, 14.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) SEASON OVER
RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) NO GAMES SCHEDULED
RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Palm Beach starter won his third straight start, giving up just one run on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts over five innings.
Minor League Player of the Day
Extended his hitting streak to 10 games in game two of Saturday's twin bill, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three runs scored. Rasmus is 21-for-43 with five homers, seven RBIs and 13 runs scored during his current 10-game hitting streak.
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
Osvaldo Morales, DSL, Player of the Month for July, .333, 6HR, 20RBI
Nick Additon, Johnson City, Start of the Month for July, 1-0, 1SV, 1.78 ERA
Justin Fiske, Batavia, Reliever of the Month for July, 6G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA
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 May, .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, Starter 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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