Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A): Lost to New Orleans 7-6 in 10
Josh Phelps hit a solo home run in the top of the tenth to give the Redbirds the lead unfortunately it was short lived. David Freese seemed to break out of an early slump with three hits including his first home run of the season. Nick Stavinoha chipped in two hits and hit his first homer of the season as well. Not to be outdone, Gabe Johnson hit his first long ball of the season, a three run blast, after getting the start at catcher. Colby Rasmus went 0-4 to drop his average to .229. Please, remember it is still very early. After being promoted earlier in the day, Cody Haerther went 0-3 in his Triple-A debut.
Former Birdhouse Minor League Pitcher of the Year (2006) Blake Hawksworth continues to struggles. "Hawks" gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings leaving him with a bloated ERA of 9.31. Hugo Castellanos and Cliff Politte each pitched two shutout innings of relief. Chris Perez came in to close out the game in the bottom of the tenth but gave up two runs on three hits to blow his first save and get his first loss of the season.
Memphis falls back to .500 with a 4-4 record. The Redbirds will play their long awaited home opener on Friday night. The Birdhouse will be at Autozone Park giving you the latest from the scene.
RECORD: 4-4, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Big 12-5 Win over Frisco
Mark Hamilton came up big for Springfield with a grand slam in the top of the eighth to put Springfield ahead, and on their way to the team's first victory of the season. Tyler Greene collected two hits and scored three runs from the leadoff spot. Catcher Bryan Anderson was moved to the two hole and responded with four hits and three runs. After struggling over the first week, Jose Martinez put up four hits while Jon Jay had a hit and drew two walks. As the designated hitter, Brandon Yarbrough chipped in two hits. Jaime Garcia went one more inning than his first outing, but he gave up one more run as well. Garcia gave up three runs in five innings after giving up two runs in four innings in his first start. On the night, 21-year old yield seven hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts and was credited with the win. Jon Mikrut followed but could not get out of the sixth, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in 0.2 innings. Fernando Salas followed with 1.1 innings of work. Zachary Zuercher gave Pop Warner's team 2 innings of shutout relief, striking out two.
RECORD: 1-6, 3rd Place, just 2.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Defeated the Daytona Cubs 2-1
Kyle Sadlowski was impressive allowing one run on three hits in five innings of work. Sadlowski recorded 10 groundouts to three fly outs and is now 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Jess Todd was even more impressive with four shutout innings allowing only one hit while striking out four. Todd was credited with his first save of the season.
Steve Hill was the offensive leader once again registering two hits and scoring two runs. Hill is hitting .393 this season. Brandon Buckman and Donovan Solono both added two hits as well. Daryl Jones was in the leadoff spot and got a hit and drew a walk. Also, he struck out three times. Tommy Pham drew a walk and stole a base. Oliver Marmol drew a walk and worked his way around the bases by stealing second and then third.
RECORD: 6-2, 1st place tie with the Jupiter Hammerheads
Quad Cities River Bandits (A): Lost to Mother Nature
The Quad Cities River Bandits were rained out for the third time in eight days on Thursday, as their scheduled series finale against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Veterans Memorial Stadium was cancelled. Since the River Bandits and Kernels do not meet again before the all-star break, the game will not be made up.
RECORD: 3-4, Three-way tie for 4th Place, 4.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS)
Season begins June 18th, on the road against the Auburn Doubledays
2007 RECORD: 31-43, 12th Place, 16.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R)
Season begins on June 17th, on the road against the Bristol Sox
2007 RECORD: 28-40, 3rd Place, 22.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)
Season begins on June 19th, on the road against the GCL Marlins
2007 RECORD: 24-30, 3rd Place, 15.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R)
Season begins in May
2007 RECORD: 23-46, 7th Place, 25.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R)
Season begins in June
2007 RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jess Todd
The 2007-second rounder picked up his first save of the season with four innings of shutout baseball for the Palm Beach Cardinals Thursday night, while racking up four strikeouts. His tandem-starting mate, Kyle Sadlowski is deserving of mention getting the victory after allowing one run on three hits in five innings.
Minor League Player of the Day - Mark Hamilton
He did not have the most hits on the night but Hamilton did have the biggest. With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, Hamilton hit a grand slam to help lead the Springfield Cardinals to their first victory of the season.
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