Memphis (Triple-A) 6, Oklahoma 4 (12 innings)
The score was knotted at four in the bottom of the 12th with one out when Brian Barden singled for his third hit of the game. Joe Mather then came to the plate and put a Kazuo Fukumori pitch over the left field wall to end it. With his only hit in six at bats, Mather ties Colby Rasmus for the team lead and it was his third consecutive game with a long ball.
Down 2-1 in the seventh, Cody Haerther led off the inning with a walk. David Freese then singled to put runners on at first at second with nobody out. Up next, the number eight hitter, Colby Rasmus, came to the plate to provide the late-inning heroics. Instead, he laid down a bunt to advance the runners and was able to reach on an error to load the bases. Mark Johnson singled to left to score two runs and a hustling Rasmus would make it all the way to third. Jarrett Hoffpauir grounded into a double play but allowed Colby to score, putting the Redbirds up 4-2. The Redhawks would get one in the eighth and the ninth to send the game into extra frames. Nick Stavinoha has a hit in eight of his last nine games.
Back at Memphis trying to establish himself as a starter, Anthony Reyes threw 68 pitches and only made it through 3.2 innings. The Redhawks banged out six hits and drew two walks. Jason Botts did the damage with a long two-run home into the right field picnic area in the first inning.
Hugo Castellenos relieved Reyes with three innings of scoreless relief but did get into trouble with two outs in the seventh. Mark Worrell came in and got the final out with two runners on. Jason Motte lasted only a third of an inning after walking two, throwing a wild pitch, and giving up an RBI single. Next, Kelvin Jimenez entered the game and got the double play to end the inning. With a 4-3 lead in the ninth, all expected it would be Chris Perez coming in to notch his ninth save. But instead it would be Jimenez back on the bump. Nelson Cruz led off with a triple and would score on an infield ground out to knot the game at four. Ron Flores threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one. John Wasdin struck out two in the twelfth to pick up his third victory of the season.
It was the first time this season that Rasmus was not in the leadoff spot when he was in the starting lineup. Jarrett Hoffpauir singled and walked in his spot in the one hole.
RECORD: 20-21, 2nd place, 1.0 games out
Arkansas 6, Springfield (Double-A) 5
Springfield was unable to overcome an early 3-1 deficit, dropping their seventh game in a row. Tyler Herron was banged around for five runs on seven hits, including two home runs to Ben Johnson in 5.1 innings. The 21-year-old did strike out five and left after having thrown 86 pitches. Adam Daniels made his second consecutive appearance out of the bullpen. He recorded the final two outs of the sixth inning but not before allowing a double, a stolen base, and a run. Marco Gonzalez was outstanding with two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.08.
Starting in left field, Allen Craig had a sensational night, finishing a triple short of the cycle and scoring two runs. His home run was his seventh of the year. The Texas League's leading hitter, Shane Robinson, was out of the lineup but Casey Rowlett did an admirable job with a single, a walk, and a stolen base. Jon Jay clobbered his fourth home run of the year and drew two walks. With two more hits, Isa Garcia pushed his average to .353 in 17 Double-A at bats.
Mark Hamilton failed to appear in his fifth straight game.
RECORD: 17-23, 3rd place, 4.5 games out
Palm Beach (High-A) 5, Vero Beach 4
After starting the year at extended spring training, Brian Cartie had a career game in only his second game in full-season baseball. The 2007 draft pick drove in all five runs for the Cardinals, including his first home run, a two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth that would give Palm Beach the victory.
Starter Kyle Mura was roughed up for four runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Instead of his tandem starter mate, David Kopp, Brandon Garner followed and provided two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Jon Mikrut threw two scoreless innings to pick up his first victory.
RECORD: 25-15, 1st place, 5.0 games up
Quad Cities (A) 3, Peoria 1
After the Chiefs put up one in the bottom of the third, the River Bandits came back with three of their own thanks in part to three walks to start the inning followed by an Andrew Brown two-run double. Matt Arburr would ground into a fielder's choice to score Charlie Kingrey and that was the game.
Besides Brown's double, the only other River Bandit hit came off the bat of Paul Vasquez, also a double. Tommy Pham's consecutive home run streak ended at three games after the outfielder went hitless.
In his second appearance of the season, Josh Wilson is trying to put himself back on the prospect radar after having been selected in the second round in 2005 and then injured. The only run scored against the 21-year-old came on a solo home run with two outs in the third. Brian Broderick picked up his second save of the year with four shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three.
RECORD: 20-17, 3rd place, 6.5 games back
VSL Cardinals 5, VSL Tigers 4 (11 innings)
It took extra innings, but the boys in Venezuela picked up their first victory of the season. Third baseman Carlos Yegues led the way with three hits including two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored. Centerfielder Alberto Rivero singled, drove in a run, and stole a base. Catcher Carlos Viloria doubled and scored a run but allowed three stolen bases to the Tigers' Ivan Espinosa.
Right-hander Deimer Bier allowed three runs on four hits in three innings. Left-hander Miguel Lopez gave up only an unearned run while striking out three in his four innings of relief. Right-hander David Brito went 3.2 scoreless innings to pick up the first victory of the season.
RECORD: 1-2, 7th place, 2.5 games back
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
Dominican Summer League Cardinals (R)
Season begins in June
2007 RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Josh Wilson
Making his first start of the season, Josh Wilson gave the River Bandits five strong innings. His only big mistake was a solo home run that gave the Peoria Chiefs their only run of the game. The 21-year-old made only three appearances in 2007 due to injury and started 2008 at extended spring training.
Minor League Player of the Day: Brian Cartie
In only his second game for Palm Beach, Cartie drove in all five runs as the Cardinals overcame the Rays on Thursday night. He capped it off with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Palm Beach the 5-4 victory. After appearing in only eight games in 2007 due to injury, the 23-year-old now has five hits in his first nine at bats.
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