Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): SEASON OVER
RECORD: 56-88, 4th Place, 33.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Winners 4-3 over Tulsa
Colby Rasmus' walk-off homer in the ninth inning gave Springfield Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Tulsa Drillers on Thursday in Game 2 of the Texas League semifinals. The Cardinals now lead the best-of-five series, 2-0.
Starter P.J. Walters gave up just one run on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts over seven innings but did not factor into the decision. Reliever Matt Scherer pitched 1.2 innings and recorded the last five outs, striking out one to pick up the win Thursday.
The series will shift to Tulsa on Friday and again on Saturday night if necessary. Should game five be necessary, the Cards and Drillers will face off at Hammons Field on Sunday night at 6:10 pm. Tickets are available for Sunday's game by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.
ALLEN CRAIG WATCH: 1-for-2, with an RBI sac fly and a run scored
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 5-4 in 11
The Swing of Quad Cities season came to an end Thursday at the hands of the Beloit Snappers who beat them 5-4 in 11 innings to take the best-of-three quarterfinals playoff series.
An unbelievable end to very good season, the Swing lost their final nine games of the year, including the two games in the quarterfinal series.
Kenny Maiques suffered the loss in the final game of the year, giving up a run in his one inning of relief.
FIRST HALF RECORD: 39-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.5 GB
SECOND HALF RECORD: 40-30, 1st Place
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Lost to Williamsport 5-2
Starter Blake King (L, 1-4) only lasted three innings as he gave up four runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Leadoff man and second baseman Mike Foli went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored to lead the Dogs' offense.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: 1-for-4 with an RBI
RECORD: 30-43, 5th Place, 16.0 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
Walters gave up just one run on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts over seven innings Thursday, giving his club the chance to pull out the win.
Minor League Player of the Day
Rasmus hit a walk-off homer in the ninth as Springfield takes the first two games of a best-of-five series and are now just one win away from the Texas League Championship Series.
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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