Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Albuquerque 5-2
Mitchell Boggs was cruising for the Redbirds with five scoreless innings. He was not as sharp in the sixth giving up five runs, including a three run home run to former Redbird John Gall. Mark Worrell struck out the side in the seventh. In the eighth, Worrell gave up a hit and a base on balls. Chris Perez was nasty in the ninth. The Birdhouse's #4 rated prospect struck out the first hitter in the ninth then got a lazy flyball, followed by an easy dribbler to third to close out the inning. His fastball reached 94 mph on the gun and he looks very comfortable pitching only from the stretch. Of his 11 pitches, eight were strikes.
Jarrett Hoffpauir was the only Redbird with two hits, and a run scored. Colby Rasmus singled and scored a run. Nick Stavinoha had a two run double in the first. Amaury Marti and Mark Johnson each singled. Cody Haerther doubled. After hitting two home runs on Wednesday, David Freese struck out three times.
The Redbirds have lost four in a row.
RECORD: 6-9, 3rd Place, 3.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Drilled Tulsa 20-5
Think Pop Warner would like to have Brendan Ryan leading off every night? Ryan went 4-for-6 with a home run, two doubles, three RBIs, four runs scored, and a stolen base. Catcher Bryan Anderson had four hits including his first home run, two doubles, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Allen Craig had two hits, drove in three runs, and scored three times. Mark Hamilton hit a three run homer, his third long ball of the season. Jose Martinez also hit a three run home run, his first of the season. Shane Robinson collected four hits including a double to go along with three RBIs and two runs scored. Jon Jay was the only position player in the starting lineup that did not get a hit.
Clayton Mortensen was outstanding with six shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out five. Nick Webber pitched a perfect innings of relief. Cory Rauschenberger gave up two hits in one inning of work. Kris Honel had a night he would rather forget. The former first round pick gave up five runs on only two hits including a home run, a walk, two hit batters, and a wild pitch, all without recording an out. Fernando Salas ended the game by striking out two after relieving Honel.
Springfield has now one three in a row.
RECORD: 4-9, 3-way tie for 2nd Place, 1.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to the Cubs 1-0 (10)
This game was scoreless after nine with both teams having two hits. The top of the tenth was interesting to say the least. Kenny Maiques hit the first batter, threw a wild pitch, and then walked the next two hitters. The newly demoted Jon Mikrut gave up a sac fly to former Oregon State star Darwin Barney. That run proved to be the game winner.
RECORD: 9-5,3-way tie for 1st Place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Off Day
The River Bandits will continue its road trip on Friday at Fort Wayne. Thomas Eager is the scheduled starter for Quad Cities.
RECORD: 7-6, 3rd Place, 5.5 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 - Clayton Mortensen
Mortensen tries to position himself as the man to take Joe Rogers place in Memphis with a fantastic outing against Tulsa. The 2007 first round pick got 12 groundball outs compared to only one flyball out. Of his 76 pitches, 53 were for strikes. The Gonzaga product is now 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA.
Minor League Player of the Day - Bryan Anderson
There were plenty of deserving players for Springfield but Anderson impressed. After posting only a .388 slugging percentage in 2007, Anderson logged two doubles in and a home run. The 21-year-old catcher had only 15 doubles all of last year. Anderson is now hitting .391.
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