Games Played Wednesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): SEASON OVER
RECORD: 56-88, 4th Place, 33.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 4-3 over the Drillers
Starter Mitchell Boggs (W, 1-0) allowed three runs, one earned on five hits with three strikeouts over six innings to get the win, the first playoff win in the club's history.
Third baseman Allen Craig was the star at the plate going deep in the sixth inning driving in two runs to lead past the Drillers 4-3. That would be all the runs for the night.
The Springfield Cardinals won both the First Half and Second Half North Division Pennants, becoming the first team to sweep the Division since Midland accomplished the feat in 2005. The Cards will host games one and two at Hammons Field, then travel to Tulsa for game three on Friday and game four if necessary on Saturday. Hammons Field would play host to game five on Sunday, if necessary.
COLBY RAMUS WATCH: 1-for-3 with a walk
PLAYOFF ROTATION: Here is how the remainder of the pitching rotation looks through the entire best-of-five series. 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 - TBD 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 3-0 after Rain Delayed
What happened to the Swing of Quad Cities? The Swing was shutout Wednesday night 3-0 in the first game of a best-of-three series against the Beloit Snappers, as Quad Cities has now lost eight games in a row.
Starter Tyler Herron suffered the loss giving up all three runs to the Snappers in the third inning. Herron finished the night pitching 3.1 innings, giving up the three runs on five hits, and a walk while striking out four. Relievers Michael Schellinger and Kyle Mura combined for 5.2 frames of scoreless relief, giving Quad Cities a chance to comeback.
Herron was firing on all cylinders early on, but Quad Cities' game one starter did not have the same dominating stuff following the second rain delay of the game, a 46-minute wait in the middle of the second inning
The Swing's offense could only muster up six hits, none of them for extra bases as Quad Cities left eight runners stranded in Wednesday's contest.
Center fielder Jose Ramirez had the best night at the plate, going 2-for-4.
STEVEN HILL WATCH: played behind the plate in game one, went 0-for-4, but did not allow a stolen base
Game 2 of the playoff is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET in Beloit
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 40-30, Tied for First Place
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 3-1 over Williamsport
Starter Clay Long pitched 3.1 innings scattering five hits and four walks while allowing just one run. Nick Additon (W, 1-0) pitched two perfect innings in relief to pick up the win and Josh Dew earned his 15th save.
Second baseman Mike Foli went 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI to lead the offense.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: 1-for-4
RECORD: 30-42, 5th Place, 15.0 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
The Springfield Cardinals' starter allowed three runs, one earned on five hits with three strikeouts over six innings to get the win, the first playoff win in the club's history.
Minor League Player of the Day
Third baseman Allen Craig was the star at the plate for Springfield Wednesday night going deep in the sixth inning driving in two runs to lead Cardinals past the Drillers 4-3.
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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