Games Played Wednesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 9-4 over Las Vegas
The Redbirds scored in five of the first six innings to jump ahead one of the best hitting teams in the Pacific Coast League. Joe Mather was a triple short of the cycle. His solo shot in the fifth was his third home run of the season. Nick Stavinoha had three hits to boost his average to .361. Jarrett Hoffpauir had a double, triple, and drove in three runs. Bryan Anderson notched two hits and two RBIs and is now hitting .300 at Triple-A. David Freese had a hit, two walks, and scored three runs.
RECORD: 15-19, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - 8-1 Winners over NW Arkansas
Allen Craig blasted a two run home run and a solo shot to lead the Cardinals in their victory over the Naturals. Shane Robinson keeps hitting with three more singles and stole his seventh base. Robinson also drove in a run. A. J. Van Slyke and Tyler Greene had a hit, drove in a run, and scored a run. Van Slyke also stole a base while Greene's hit was a double. Casey Rowlett had two hits including a triple and drove in a run.
Jess Todd made his first Double-A start with 3.1 scoreless innings. Although he showed dominance with six strikeouts, he will need to be more efficient. It took 71 pitches, 44 of which were strikes, before he exited for reliever Nick Webber. The 23 year old gave up a run on two hits to pick up his third win of the season.
This game was called after seven innings due to rain.
RECORD: 17-16 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Doubled up by Dunedin 10-5
The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead with back-to-back home runs of the bats of Steven Hill and Brandon Buckman. It was Hill's seventh and Buckman's first. Jim Rapoport fell a home run short of the cycle and stole a base. Tony Cruz collected two hits and scored two runs.
Kyle Sadlowski was knocked around for six runs on six hits in four innings of work. Sadlowski did strikeout five but allowed three walks. Brandon Garner gave Palm Beach two shutout innings. Elvis Hernandez made his 2008 debut and made it through only 1.1 innings. The 23 year old gave up three runs on a hit and three walks. Francisco Samuel allowed a run in 1.2 innings while striking out three and walking three.
RECORD: 20-13 1st Place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Rained Out
Quad Cities (A) rained out. The River Bandits will return home on Thursday to take on Kane County. The team went a disappointing 1-4 on its recent road trip but has found Modern Woodmen Park to be much more inviting. The River Bandits are 11-5 this season on their home field.
> RECORD: 16-14, 3rd Place, 6.0 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 - Mitchell Boggs
Though his pitching line may not look overly impressive, Las Vegas has been held below four runs or less at home only once in about a month. Boggs is now 4-1 with a 3.52 ERA.
Minor League Player of the Day - Allen Craig
For the second time in consecutive days, Craig wins this honor. Connecting with two more home runs last night, the Springfield third baseman now has six long balls and 28 RBIs on the season
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