Games Played Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A):Lost to Omaha 6-2
The Redbirds were down 3-0 at the end of the fourth inning and never really mounted a threat against the Omaha Royals. Coby Rasmus batting leadoff went 0-for-4 on the night and saw his batting average drop to .205. Jarrett Hoffpauir batting in the two hole, went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored one of the Redbirds two runs. They need to keep Jarrett at the top of the order, either leadoff or batting second.
Outfielder Cody Haerther, the DH in Friday night's game, just his second game at Triple-A had his first hit, going 1-for-3.
Starter John Wasdin suffered his first loss, giving up four runs, three of them earned in 5.2 innings pitched. The bullpen gave up a couple more runs before the night was over and Memphis falls below the .500 mark with a 4-5 record.
Nick Stavinoha and David Freese became the first Redbirds tandem to hit back-to-back home runs this year. The duo hit solo shots in the second inning of Thursday night's game off New Orleans starter Ruddy Lugo. For both Stavinoha and Freese it was their first homers of the season.
The Redbirds find themselves in second place 2.5 games back of the division leading Omaha Royals with three more games in this series. Three straight wins could propel them into first place.
RECORD: 4-5, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A): Lost to Frisco 8-3
The Cardinals winning streak came to an end at one, after the Frisco RoughRiders handed them an 8-3 loss.
Starter Clayton Mortensen seemed almost on cruise control until the third inning, when he hit two batters and walked another one to load the bases. Before it was over the RoughRiders had scored five runs, more than enough to hand the Cardinals their 7th loss of the season.
Shortstop Tyler Greene hit his first home run this season, but he made another error, his fourth in the first eight games, that's not good.
Reliever Bob Zimmerman came on in relief of Mortensen to retire the last batter in the third, but gave up a home run in the fourth. Zimmerman has given up four home runs in just five innings this season.
Don't give up on this team yet. The Springfield Cardinals picked up their first and only win of the year so far with Thursday's 12-5 win in Frisco. The win ended the longest losing streak to start the season in Springfield's four-year franchise history. Back in 2005, the Cards lost their first four games, previously their worst start ever. Last season, the Cards got off to a 2-7 start, but won the first half and second half North Division Crowns. So it ain't over.
RECORD: 1-7, 2nd Place, 2 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A):Lost to Brevard County 7-6
Starter Tyler Herron lasted only three innings, giving up three runs, two of them earned, on five hits, one of them a home run, while striking out three. He did not factor into the decision. His teammates battled back scoring three runs in the bottom of the second and another run in the fourth to get Herron off the hook. Brandon Dickson was tagged with the loss, giving up three more runs to the Manatees in the seventh. Kenny Maiques pitched a scoreless frame in the ninth to give the Cardinals a chance to comeback from the one run deficit. When it was over, it was the Manatees 7, Cardinals 6.
First baseman Brandon Buckman went 3-for-4 on the night with a walk to raise his average to .375 on the season. Steven Hill went deep with a two out solo shot in the bottom of the first to give the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead. Hill would also score later in the game, he's hitting .364 this year.
Going into Friday night's game, Steven Hill led the Florida State League with eight runs scored.
RECORD: 6-3, 2nd Place, 1 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A): Winners 5-1 over the South Bend
Tandem starters Nick Additon and Brian Broderick gave up only one run to the Silver Hawks on Friday night, as South Bend is still looking for their first win of the season. Addition pitched five complete innings, giving up only one run on just two hits, one of them a solo blast in the third inning to give South Bend the only lead they would have on the night. Brian Broderick shutdown the Silver Hawks for four innings to pick up his first save.
The Cardinals #1 draft pick last season, Pete Kozma, got on base three times Friday night, with two hits, including a double and he also reached base on a walked. Kozma has raised his batting average to .296 and he's playing solid defense, making an excellent sliding play early in the game to keep the Silver Hawks from mounting a comeback.
RECORD: 4-4, 3rd 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 - Nick Addition, Quad Cities
The Quad Cities starter went five complete innings Friday night, giving up only one run that came off a wind aided home run, and one other hit while striking out six batters. He faced only two batters past the minimum. Additon has gone nine innings this season and has given up only one run while striking out an amazing 15 wannabe hitters. He became the first Quad-City starter this season to qualify for a win on the mound.
Minor League Player of the Day - Brandon Buckman, Palm Beach
Buckman went 3-for-4 Friday night and reach base on a walk, raising his batting average to .375 on the season. Buckman has reached base on a walk eight times this season in just nine games, giving him an on-base percentage of .488 and a set of impressive slash stats of .375/.488/.438. Keep an eye on this kid.
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