Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Fell to Round Rock 7-5
Amaury Marti reminded everyone that he is a factor not to be forgotten in the Memphis lineup. On Monday night, he hit his third home run of the season, a two run blast, and singled twice. After signing with Louisville Slugger earlier in the day, Colby Rasmus blasted his second home run of the day, a two run bomb in the eighth. The 21 year old has a modest five game hitting streak.
Two players who have been struggling for the Redbirds managed to put together multi-hit nights. D'Angelo Jimenez doubled twice and scored a run. Josh Phelps doubled and singled to bring his average up to .216.
John Wasdin continues to struggle. In six innings, Wasdin allowed five runs on 10 hits as his ERA climbs to 5.96. Kelvin Jimenez allowed a run on four hits in his only inning of work. Hugo Castellanos allowed a solo home run in his lone inning.
RECORD: 8-11, tied for second, 3.GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NW Arkansas 1-0
Jaime Garcia was outstanding for Springfield in its first ever meeting with Northwest Arkansas. Garcia pitched an eight inning complete game, allowing one run on three hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts. The 21 year old hurt himself in the bottom of the eighth allowing the leadoff man to reach second on his throwing error. Garcia then threw a wild pitch that allowed the runner to reach third. Suicide squeeze and the Naturals are up 1-0.
Tyler Greene did all he could to tie the game in the ninth. With two outs, Greene reached on a bunt single. He then stole second to put himself in scoring position. It was not to be as Brendan Ryan flied out to center to end the game. On the night, the former Yellow Jacket had two hits, two steals, and a walk. Ryan was once again in the lead off spot and got the start at third, collecting a hit and a walk. Shane Robinson had two singles, drew a walk, and stole a base. Bryan Anderson singled and drew a walk. The reigning Texas League Player of the Week allowed two stolen bases but threw out two runners as well.
RECORD: 5-12, 3rd place, 3.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated St. Lucie 6-4
Starter Tyler Herron had an outstanding night. The 21 year old allowed one run on three hits while striking out six in five innings. He has allowed only four runs in his last fourteen innings (2.57 ERA). It was Herron's first win of the season. Brandon Dickson followed allowing one run on four hits in 2.1 innings of work. Marco Gonzalez followed allowing one inherited runner to score (charged to Dickson) in two-thirds of an inning.
What has happened to Kenny Maiques? The Quad Cities single season saves leader walked the first hitter in the ninth then hit the next batter. He got a groundball out to the third hitter of the inning but both runners advanced. Next, a single to right, two runs score and Maiques' night is over after only getting one out. Jon Mikrut got the next two outs to record his second save since being demoted.
Daniel Descalso singled twice, drove in two runs, and stole a base. Isa Garcia singled, doubled, and drove in two runs. Garcia is hitting .375 this season. Steve Hill was behind the plate for the Cardinals and singled. Brandon Buckman had a two run double and scored two runs. The former Cornhusker is hitting .348. The hot-hitting Antonio DeJesus hit his second triple of the season and also singled.
RECORD: 12-6, 1st Place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - OFF DAY MONDAY
Off day. With a record of 8-8, the River Bandits are in fourth place, six games behind first place Kane County. The team returns home for the start of a nine game homestand kicking off against the Burlington Bees.
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 - Tyler Herron
The 21 year old picked up his first win of the season after allowing one run on three hits in five innings of work. Herron has notched 17 strikeouts in 18 innings during his first try at the Florida State League. Honorable Mention goes to Springfield's Jaime Garcia. The 21 year old pitched a whale of a game, but his two mistakes in the eighth were his undoing. Still he may have positioned himself to replace Joe Rogers at Memphis. Garcia falls to 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA.
Minor League Player of the Day - Amaury Marti
The 33 year old hit his team leading third home run in the ninth but the Memphis comeback came up short. The Cuban also collected two hits to raise his average to .286. Honorable Mention goes to Tyler Greene who exhibited his own ninth inning heroics. The Georgia Tech product reached base three times and stole two bases to bring his season total to six.
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