Minor League Pitcher of the Day - J.D. Stambaugh
The 25th round pick out of Brigham Young University put together a fantastic full season debut at the Quad Cities. Pitching in the River Bandits' piggyback rotation, Stambaugh followed starter Shaun Garceau in impressive fashion. Stambaugh pitched three scoreless innings while striking out seven to earn his first victory of the season.
Minor League Player of the Day - Joe Mather
After a breakout season in 2007 that saw the career Minor Leaguer added to the 40 man roster, Mather continues to make noise with a hot night for Memphis. The right-fielder scored four runs to go along with three hits including his first home run of the young season.
Memphis defeated Oklahoma (Rangers) 10-6
The Redbirds got four in the top of the first, put up one run in the second but found the scored tied after three innings. The Redbirds put up two in the seventh and three in the eighth and held on for the victory. Joe Mather was the star of the night with three hits including a home run, three RBIs, and scoring four times. Brian Barden also put up three hits including a home run. Amaury Marti continued his hot hitting with three hits and an RBI. Nick Stavinoha is looking to rebound after a disappointing 2007 while putting up two hits. Jarrett Hoffpauir collected two walks and singled. Colby Rasmus got a hit to leadoff the game and would come around to score.
Former indy baller, Joe Rogers, made his return to the Cardinals with the start. In 5.1 innings, Rogers gave up five runs on six hits including two home runs. On a positive note, he did notch five strikeouts and did not issue a walk. Mark Worrell followed with 1.2 innings picking up the victory but he was charged with a blown save after allowing one inherited runner to score. Cliff Politte pitched a perfect inning while Chris Perez gave up a solo shot to Chris Shelton in the ninth.
Springfield lost to Frisco 2-1
The mighty Springfield offense was held hitless through six innings. Jon Jay led off the seventh with a single and then stole second but then got doubled off. Cody Haerther later doubled and scored on a hit by Mark Hamilton. Haerther added another hit in the bottom of the ninth while Shane Robinson picked another single after collecting three hits on opening night. Bryan Anderson went hitless and gave up two stolen bases.
Jaime Garcia recorded six strikeouts while giving up two runs in four innings of work and was charged with the loss. Cory Rauschenberger responded well to his move to the bullpen with three strikeouts in two perfect innings of work. Fernando Salas gave up two hits while striking out four in two innings. Luke Gregerson notched a strikeout in an inning of work.
Palm Beach winners 6-3 over Jupiter (Marlins)
Palm Beach found itself down by two after two innings but put up three in the fourth and in the eighth to double up their roommates at Roger Dean Stadium. Mark McCormick made his much-anticipated debut and struggled. The former Baylor Bear gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in three innings of work. His piggyback partner, Brad Furnish, performed much better with three perfect innings of work and was credited with the victory. Marco Gonzalez pitched two perfect innings and was credited with a hold. Palm Beach closer, Kenny Maiques struggled after notching the save on Thursday night. The right-hander lasted only 0.2 innings after giving up a run on four walks. Josh Dew came in and recorded the last out of the game and was credited with the save.
Offensively, Tony Cruz led the way with two hits and two RBIs. Steven Hill scored two runs as did Brandon Buckman who also drew two walks. After each having a big night on Opening Day, Tommy Pham and Daryl Jones each collected a hit.
Quad Cities beat Wisconsin (Mariners) 4-3
After getting rained out on Thursday, Quad Cities got to make their 2008 debut . Trailing 3-2, the River Bandits put a crooked number on the board in the sixth and held on to pick up the victory. Justin Roberson went hitless but picked up two RBIs.
Shaun Garceau got the start for the River Bandits and was impressive. Beginning his second season at the QC, Garceau gave up one run on a hit and a walk while striking out six in 3.2 innings. Wayne Daman worked 1.1 innings, giving up both of the Timber Rattlers' runs. J.D. Stambaugh picked up the victory with seven strikeouts in three innings of work. Francisco Samuel picked up his first save of the season.