Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners over Iowa 10-8
Starter Mike Maroth allowed four runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in just 1.2 innings, escaping with a no decision. Reliever Brian Falkenborg picked up the win and Chris Perez another save.
Right-fielder Joe Mather and shortstop Brian Barden both homered to lead the offense. Barden went 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and three runs scored. First baseman Tagg Bozied also had a good night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.
SKIP SCHUMAKER WATCH: 0-for-5
2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell
RECORD: 55-82, 4th Place, 29.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 10-3 over Arkansas
The Cardinals put some distance between them and Arkansas Monday night with a 10-3 win to move 2.5 games ahead of the Travelers in the standings.
Starter Eric Haberer (W, 13-7) picked up his 13th win on the season, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out two over six innings.
COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 2-for-5, with a home run and three RBI; Colby Rasmus has been named Texas League Player of the Week for a second straight week and for the third time this year. Rasmus hit .419 (13-31) in seven games last week, leading the league in both hits (14) and home runs (4). Last week, Rasmus hit .611 (11-18) with two homers and three RBIs in earning the award the week before.
NEW ALL-STARS: Texas League Post-Season All-Stars were announced on Monday, with three Springfield Cardinals named to the 2007 squad. OF Colby Rasmus, C Bryan Anderson and RHP Chris Perez were all selected to this year's Post Season Team.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-31, 1st Place
SECOND HALF RECORD: 33-29, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 3-1 over the Mets
Starter Tyler Norrick (W, 11-9) allowed one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking one over seven innings to win his third straight start and picked up his 11th win on the season. Luke Gregerson worked around a single and an error in the ninth to rack up his 27th save.
Right-fielder Luke Gorsett went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, raising his batting average to .301.
ALLEN CRAIG WATCH: 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 32-33, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Winners 6-3 over Cedar Rapids
The Swing jumped out to a four run lead in the bottom of the first and never really looked back, beating Cedar Rapids 6-3, Monday night.
Starter Brandon Dickson (W, 11-6) gave up two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three. Dickson, who has been pitching very well of late, is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA over his last four starts. Closer Kenny Maiques recorded the final three outs of the game to pick up his league leading 31st save.
Third baseman Tony Cruz led the offense, going 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
STEVEN HILL WATCH: 1-for-4, with an RBI and a run scored
MAGIC NUMBER 3: Quad Cities needs only three wins in their final eight games to clinch a playoff berth.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 39-23, 1st Place
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 5-4 over Auburn in 10
The Dogs used six pitchers Monday night over 10 innings with Justin Fiske picking up his first win with a scoreless frame in the top of the 10th.
Left-fielder Justin Roberson, batting in the #2 hole, went 4-for-5 with a triple and scored three runs to lead the offense.
ANDREW BROWN WATCH: 2-for-4, with a walk, a home run and two RBI
RECORD: 26-37, 4th Place, 12.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Lost to Danville 6-1
The Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, but that would be the only run they would score Monday as Danville defeated them 6-1.
Starter Dylan Gonzalez (L, 0-3) gave up two runs on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts in three innings and was saddled with his third loss for the Redbirds.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: 1-for-4 with a double
RECORD: 27-39, 3rd Place, 21.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) Lost to the Dodgers 6-1
The Cardinals could only come up with four hits on the night and were never really in the game after the fourth inning.
RECORD: 24-30, 3rd Place, 15.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) SEASON OVER
RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) SEASON OVER
RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
The Palm Beach starter allowed just one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking one over seven innings, to win his third straight start and picked up his 11th win on the season.
Minor League Player of the Day
Amaury Marti had three hits, including a three-run blast in Springfield's third straight win on Monday night in North Little Rock.
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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