Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Winners 6-3 over the Cubs
The Redbirds doubled up on the Iowa Cubs beating them by the score of 6-3 Thursday night.
Starter Mike Smith (L, 11-13), allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 6.2 innings to pick up his 11th win. Smith also had a good day with his bat, as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Leadoff man and center fielder Skip Schumaker hit his seventh home run driving in two runs to lead Memphis to a win.
MIGUEL CAIRO WATCH: will likely be called up today or tomorrow; 0-for1, with two walks and a run scored, Cairo has been playing third base at Memphis and will see playing time there for the Cardinals in September
2007 All-Stars: Mark Worrell
RECORD: 55-85, 4th Place, 31.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Shutout Wichita 8-0
Boggs pitched a season high eight complete innings, giving up just two hits and three walks while striking out five.
Shortstop Jose Martinez had another good night at the plate, going 2-for-4, with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. In his last 10 games, Martinez is hitting .324, 2HR, 9RBI and he's hitting .355 with runners in scoring position this season.
Third baseman Rico Washington went deep, hitting his third home run at Double-A, his 11th on the season, to drive in three of the Cardinals runs.
The Cardinals' win, combined with Arkansas' loss at Tulsa on Thursday, reduces Springfield's magic number to one, as the Cards can now wrap up the Second Half North Division Title on Friday night with a win at home at Hammons Field.
COLBY RASMUS WATCH: 0-for-4, snapping a 15 game hitting streak
2007 All-Stars: Bryan Anderson, Sean Danielson, Jaime Garcia, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Joe Mather, Chris Perez, Colby Rasmus, Juan Richardson; Post Season All-Stars, 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: 35-30, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Winners 4-1 over Brevard County
Designated hitter Mark Shorey went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Cardinals offense.
BRANDON YARBROUGH WATCH: 0-for-4, hitting .346 in August even after the 0-for-4 night, with two home runs & 22 RBI
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 34-33, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Peoria 3-1
Starter Clay Mortensen trying to clinch a playoff berth for his team Thursday, held Peoria to just one hit and a walk while striking out four in five shutout innings. Reliever Matt Spade was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs in 1.1 innings pitched.
Leadoff man and center fielder Jose Ramirez went 3-for-3 with a walk and drove in the only Swing run.
Quad Cities missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth for the second consecutive night, but can still secure their spot in the post-season by winning just one of their remaining five games. Quad Cities has been in first place in the MWL-West for 30 days this half, including 25 days in a row since August 6.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 40-25, 1st Place
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Jamestown 5-0
Jamestown jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and that would be all the offense they would need as the Jammers shutout the Muckdogs and held Batavia hitters to just three hits on the night.
Starter Jonathan Stambaugh (L, 2-2) gave up five runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over four innings to see his record fall to 2-2.
Third baseman Daniel Descalso doubled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games
RECORD: 27-39, 5th Place, 14.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) SEASON OVER
RECORD: 28-40, 3rd Place, 22.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) SEASON OVER
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, 16.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day
Boggs pitched a season high eight complete innings Thursday for Springfield, giving up just two hits and three walks while striking out five to pick up his 11th win.
Minor League Player of the Day
The Palm Beach Cardinals' designated hitter went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Cardinals offense to a big win 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
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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