Games Played Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 5-1 over Omaha
The Redbirds defeated the first place Omaha Royals Saturday night by the score of 5-1. Mitchell Boggs (2-0, 0.69) picked up his second win on the season, pitching seven near flawless innings, giving up a solo home run in the first, which was the beginning and the end of the Royals offense. Boggs went seven complete innings, giving up the one run on four hits, he didn't walk anybody and he struck out five.
Closer Chris Perez earned his second save, entering the game with two on, despite throwing a wild pitch. Perez got the Royals, Angel Berroa to fly out to right to Amaury Marti to end the game. The Redbirds improved to 5-5 on the season.
Infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir in the lineup as the designated hitter Saturday night went 1-for-3 on the night, with his base hit in the second driving in two runs. Hoffpauir added a sac fly in the sixth to allow catcher Mark Johnson to score from third.
TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Colby Rasmus went 1-for-2, had an RBI and he walked three times. Colby is currently batting .220 and is still adjusting to the lights and the field at AutoZone Park in Memphis.
RECORD: 5-5, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost 4-2 to Frisco
Adam Ottavino lasted just four innings Saturday night getting a no-decision in the 4-2 loss to the Frisco RoughRiders. The Cardinals drop to just 1-8 on the season but somehow have managed to stay just two games back in the North Division standings, though you know these losses aren't going to set well with the manager Pop Warner.
The Springfield Cardinals, the team that show perhaps the most promise before the season started, certainly has become the biggest disappointment within the organization to date.
The Cardinals were in the game till the end, behind 4-2 they got the tying runs in scoring position before shortstop Tyler Greene struck out to end the game.
Reliever Matt Scherer made his season debut with the ballclub after getting off the DL. He worked a 1-2-3, eighth inning to keep the team in the game.
Left-hander Adam Daniels who was scheduled to take the mound Sunday against Midland, was placed on the DL Saturday. No information concerning his injury or illness was immediately made available to the media.
TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Shortstop Tyler Greene continues to struggle at the plate. Saturday he struck out four times in five at-bats. He's hitting .212 on the season and batting leadoff, at least for now.
RECORD: 1-8, Last Place, 2.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 7-3 over Brevard County
The Palm Beach Cardinals scored early and often, racking up six of their seven runs of the day in the first two innings. Brevard County had eight hits on the day, putting up a run in the first, second and fifth inning.
Brad Furnish who came on in relief of starter Mark McCormick, pitched four innings, scattering four hits, giving up just one run, to earn his second win of the season. Josh Dew pitched a scoreless frame in the ninth, striking out the side.
The offensive star of the day came from an unlikely source, shortstop Oliver Marmol. Marmol doubled to left-center with the bases loaded to drive in to give the Cardinals about all the offense that they were going to need.
First baseman Steven Hill went 1-for-3, with a triple and an RBI. Hill is hitting .351 (13-for-37). The right-handed hitter is hitting, .364 against lefties and .346 against right-handed pitching.
TOP PROSPECT WATCH: First baseman Brandon Buckman didn't get a hit Saturday, going 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Buckman is hitting a robust .343 on the season, despite the 0-for-3 day.
RECORD: 7-3, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 9-2 over South Bend
It was all Quad Cities Saturday has the River Bandits scored six runs in the bottom of the first and you almost have to feel a little sorry for the South Bend Silver Hawks who dropped to 0-9 on the season.
Pitching continues to be Quad Cities strong suit, Blake King picked up his first win of the season, pitching three complete scoreless innings, despite walking five batters and not striking anyone out. Andres Rosales who started the game, pitched four innings, giving up only one run on four hits and three walks, while striking out one batter.
The designated hitter, Charlie Kingrey was the offensive player of the day for the Bandits. Kingrey went 3-for-4, with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored. Kingery raised his batting average for the season to .300 after Saturday's offensive assault.
TOP PROSPECT WATCH: The St. Louis Cardinals top draft pick last year, shortstop Pete Kozma turned in his third multihit game of the young season on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a double while turning in a pair of stellar defensive plays—a sliding catch in front of the bullpen in foul territory and a diving stop on a grounder behind second base. He didn't waste any time getting his fourth multihit game, going 2-for-5, Saturday, with an RBI double and the seventh and scoring a run in the first inning to help give his club a big lead.
RECORD: 5-4, 3rd Place, 3.5 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 - Mitchell Boggs
Boggs gave up one run in the first inning Saturday against the first place Omaha Royals, from that point he was practically flawless, pitching seven innings, giving up just one run on four hits, no walks and struck out five.
Minor League Player of the Day - Charlie Kingrey
Kingrey went 3-for-4 Saturday, with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored to help lead Quad Cities to a big 9-2 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks.
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