Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lose Finale 3-1 to Nashville
The Memphis Redbirds dropped their season finale 3-1 to the Nashville Sounds Monday afternoon at AutoZone Park.
Starter Mike Parisi (L, 8-13) suffered the final loss as he gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings.
Second baseman Mike McCoy scored the only run for the Redbirds Monday, stealing home in the eighth inning.
Memphis ends the season 56-88 setting a franchise-record for losses for the second straight season and had the worst record in the 17 team Pacific Coast League.
RECORD: 56-88, 4th Place (last place), 33.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 3-1 over Arkansas
Starter Adam Daniels (W, 5-7) pitched seven solid innings Monday, scattering seven hits and a walk, while striking out six and allowing only one run.
AMAURY MARTI WATCH: 0-for-3 with a sac fly
TOPPS AGAIN: For the second time this year, Colby Rasmus has won the Texas League's Topps Player of the Month Award, this time for the month of August. Rasmus, who won the award back in May, led the league with a .365 average, 12 home runs, 30 runs scored and a total of 81 bases in August.
MARK RETURNED: Outfielder Mark Shorey has re-joined the ballclub after a brief stint with Palm Beach of the Florida State League. Shorey started the year at Quad Cities of the Midwest League, but was promoted all the way to Springfield in May, playing in 60 games for the Cards while batting .269 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs. Shorey was sent down due to lack of playing time in the outfield. The North Carolina native played in 19 games for Palm Beach, batting .286 with three homers and 16 RBIs. Shorey will take the roster spot of Rico Washington, who lands on the Disabled List with two broken bones in his left cheek.
PLAYOFF ROTATION: Unofficially, here is how the rotation would be set up through the best-of-five series vs. Tulsa. Game 1: Tulsa - LHP Sean Thompson (5-1 4.06 ERA) at Springfield - RHP Mitchell Boggs (11-7, 3.84 ERA), Game 2: Tulsa - RHP Ryan Mattheus (9-11, 5.56 ERA) at Springfield - RHP P.J. Walters (3-4, 2.37 ERA), Game 3: Springfield - LHP Eric Haberer (13-8, 4.32 ERA) at Tulsa - RHP Ching-Lung Lo (8-8, 5.61 ERA), Game 4 (if necessary): Springfield - RHP Cory Rauschenberger (11-8, 4.68 ERA) at Tulsa - RHP Jon Asahina (3-5, 5.07 ERA), Game 5 (if necessary): Tulsa - RHP Samuel Deduno (5-8, 5.44 ERA) at Springfield - Adam Daniels (4-7, 6.58 ERA).
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: 37-32, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): SEASON OVER
FIRST HALF RECORD: 36-34, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 35-35, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Swing of Quad Cities (A): Lost to Beloit 6-2
The Swing lost their seventh game in a row Monday, losing to Beloit 6-2 to end the regular season on a very sour note. Manager Keith Mitchell, coach Brian Eversgerd and catcher Nick Derba were all ejected for arguing with the umpires.
The four-game sweep by Beloit was the first time the Swing had been swept in a four-game series all year. The Swing will have Tuesday off before the playoffs begin on Wednesday. Unfortunately they'll be facing Beloit who has had their number over the last four games.
Starter Clay Mortensen (L, 0-2) was saddled with the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on nine hits in just three innings pitched.
Third baseman Tony Cruz went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI to lead the offense.
STEVEN HILL WATCH: 0-for-4
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 40-30, three-way tie for 1st Place with Cedar Rapids & Peoria
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 6-1 over Jamestown
Starter Brandon Garner gave up just one unearned run on two hits and three walks while fanning four in four innings, getting a no-decision Monday. Reliever Jon Stambaugh (W, 3-2) allowed two hits and struck out four over four shutout innings to pick up the win.
Right-fielder Jon Edwards went 3-for-4 on the day, with a double and two RBI to lead the offense.
ANDREW BROWN WATCH: 1-for-4, with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored
RECORD: 28-42, 5th Place, 17.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R)
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
Jon allowed just two hits and struck out four over four shutout innings to pick up the 6-1 win Monday.
Minor League Player of the Day
Jon Edwards went 3-for-4 on the day, with a double and two RBI to lead the offense for the Muckdogs win.
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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