Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - stung by Salt Lake 9-0
Blake Hawksworth allowed a single and then walked the next two hitters to load up the bases in the top of the first. The Bees' cleanup hitter Kendry Morales made him pay by clearing the bases with a grand slam. Hawksworth was able to get out of the inning without allowing any more damage thanks to two strikeouts. Hawks did come back to get Morales with a strikeout in the second on a change. On a positive note, he did get several swing and misses with his changeup, I just do not understand why he doesn't use his most effective weapon more often. He finished the night by allowing eight runs, five earned, on seven hits and five walks and a hit batter in five innings. The 25 year old did strikeout five and his ERA now stands at 8.38.
Chris Perez worked the ninth and was lighting up the radar gun at 96 mph. He gave up a single and a walk to start things off but came back with two strikeouts and got Morales to ground out to shortstop Brian Barden.
David Freese was back in the lineup after missing four games with a knee contusion. In his first at bat he singled up the middle and would later draw a walk. Barden was the only Redbird with multiple hits, two singles. Joe Mather singled and has hit in eight straight games.
Bryan Anderson was hitless and is now 0 for Triple-A. His struggles carried over to his defense as he allowed two passed balls and three stolen bases.
RECORD: 11-17, 3rd place, 5.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - defeated by NW Arkansas 9-6
Jon Jay extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the first. Allen Craig followed Jay with his third home run of the season. Jay would end the night with three hits, two RBIs, and two run scored. Craig contributed two hits and three runs batted in. A.J. Van Slyke doubled in his only at bat. Tyler Greene had a hit and score two runs. Greene did commit his seventh error in 25 games. Brandon Yarbrough walked and was credited with an RBI.
It took starter Adam Daniels 81 pitches to make it through 4.1 innings. The lefty allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while walking one. Fernando Salas struck out three and allowed a walk in 1.2 innings of relief. It looked as if Josh Dew had things figured out but the 2007 draft pick took a step back on Thursday night. Dew gave up six runs on five hits and two walks including a grand slam in just an inning of relief. It took 37 pitches for Dew to get through the inning. Nick Webber gave up a run on two hits in his inning of work. Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth.
RECORD: 12-15, 1st Place tie
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Vero Beach 5-4
Mark McCormick gave up three runs on six hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. The former Baylor Bear did strikeout five and has 21 strikeouts compared to 15 walks this season. Marco Gonzalez finished up the fifth for McCormick with help from Jim Rapoport as he threw a runner out at the plate. Brad Furnish worked three innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out four. Francisco Samuel picked up his second loss in less than a week by allowing a run on a walk and a hit in the ninth.
Steven Hill went deep and now has home runs on back to back to days. "The King of the" Hill's five home runs puts him among the league leaders of the Florida State League. Starting the night at first, Hill did strikeout in his three other at bats. Daryl Jones singled and walked. David Carpenter singled, doubled, and scored a run. To go along with the outfield assist, Rapoport doubled and drove in two runs.
RECORD: 18-9, 1st Place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - OFF DAY
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 - Chris Perez
In a night lacking any outstanding performances, Perez will win this award with his two strikeouts in an inning of work. It was not a save situation, but most of his appearances have been in non-save situations. The former Miami Hurricane has five saves and an ERA of 2.13.
Minor League Player of the Day - Jon Jay
After getting to a slow start, Jay has been on fire as he extended his hit streak to 12 games. During the stretch, Jay is hitting .500 to raise his average for the season to .347.
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