Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to the Cubs 3-2
The Cubs took an early two run lead, scoring a run in each of the first two innings. The Redbirds responded with a run in the fifth and eighth to tie it up at 2-2. The Redbirds couldn't score in the top half of the ninth, so they brought in my main man, Jason Motte to try to hold the Cubs at two, to get the game into extra innings to have a chance to win.
Motte struck out the first batter, before surrendering three straight base hits, and an earned run for the loss. Motte's record falls to 1-1, with a 2.70 ERA, after pitching a third of an inning, giving up three hits and a run, while striking out one, without giving up any free passes.
The Redbirds had seven hits on the night, with Nick Stavinoha and the hot hitting David Freese, picking up two hits apiece. "Freese(r) burn" is leading the Redbirds in home runs (4); total bases (42); slugging percentage (.532); and OPS (.857).
TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Colby Rasmus went 1-for-4, with a walk. He's currently hitting just .224 on the season, (.280 vs LHP/.200 vs RHP) but has three home runs and a team leading 13 RBI and 12 bases on balls.
RECORD: 9-12, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Split a doubleheader, losing the first game 4-2, before winning the nightcap 4-3
GAME TWO: P.J. Walters, on cruise control until the sixth, finally got his first win of the season. Closer Luke Gregerson picked up his second save the old fashion way, pitching 1.2 innings. It was Gregerson's second appearance since coming off the DL on Tuesday. Gregerson picked up his first save pitching a scoreless 14th inning at Northwest Arkansas.
Center fielder Jon Jay hit his third home run of the year, going 2-for-4 in the nightcap, raising his batting average to .306 on the season. Jay one of the hottest hitters in the Texas League, is hitting .361 with two home runs and five RBIs in his last 10 games.
GAME ONE: Adam Ottavino took the mound for the Cardinals looking for his first win on the season. He would pitch a complete game, good enough to win on some nights, but not Thursday. Through six innings he gave up four runs on five hits, including a home and four walks, leaving the ballpark still looking for this season's first victory.
First baseman Mark Hamilton went 1-for-3, hitting his fourth home run on the season.
RECORD: 7-13, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Two-hit, 3-0 Win over the Devil Rays
Palm Beach Cardinals starter, Jess Todd had one of the best starts of the season in the minors for the St. Louis organization. He struck out a staggering nine batters in just fine innings of work, to include seven in a row, to earn him Birdhouse "Pitcher of the Day" honors and Todd just may be the best pitcher in the month of April for the Cardinals organization.
Kyle Sadlowski came on in relief of Todd in the sixth. You have to know the Devil Rays were so glad to see Sadlowski taking the mound, after being continuously embarrassed by Todd through the first five innings. Sadlowski decides he'll go ahead and keep the shutout in order and on the books, by striking out five batters in his four innings pitched, giving up just one hit, a triple and just walking one batter.
The top of the ordered scored the three runs for the Cardinals, Tyler Henley, Jose Garcia and Steven Hill, each scoring once, all three of the runs driven in by Brandon Buckman, off an RBI single in the third and then a two-run RBI base hit in the fifth.
TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Jess Todd's record improves to 3-0, 0.87 ERA, with the win Thursday night.
RECORD: 15-6, 1st Place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 5-4 in 10
The River Bandits were down 4-0 when they came up to bat in the sixth inning, they would go score a run in the sixth and seventh inning and tied the game up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
The Burlington Bees outhit Quad Cities 10-8, but they also made four errors, that contributed to two unearned runs and to their 5-4 loss. Andrew Brown and Mike Folli each had two hits to lead their club Thursday.
Cardoza Tucker, Jr. (2-1) earned the victory in his first appearance since being moved to the bullpen, striking out four batters over two scoreless frames in the ninth and 10th innings.
RECORD: 10-9, 3rd Place, 5.0 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
His seven consecutive strikeouts Thrusday night set a new franchise record, as he improves to 3-0, 1 SV, 0.87 ERA.
Minor League Player of the Day - Brandon Buckman
Brandon drove in his teams three runs Thursday night, raising his batting average over .300 in the mean time.
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