Games Played Tuesday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to the Iowa Cubs 10-8
There is just something about losing to any Cubs team, regardless of the level, that just stings more than others. Especially when you outhit them on the night, 17-9. Add to that, the Cubs make three errors and you still can't muster out a win, when you are playing for sole possession of first place and this kind of loss, takes just a little longer to get over than a normal loss. With the win Tuesday night, the Cubs pull into a virtual tie with the Redbirds in the Pacific Coast League, North Division standings.
Joey Mather scored on an RBI single by Nick Stavinoha to give the Redbirds a very brief lead in the top of the first inning. Iowa responded with two in the bottom half of the first and added six more runs in the fourth to almost put the game out of reach.
Down 8-1 by the fifth inning, you have to give this first place Memphis ballclub credit for battling back, because in the ninth, they actually had a chance to take a lead, with the bases loaded and Solo Bomber Joey Mather at the plate, with two outs. Memphis fans sitting on the edge of their seats, were waiting for a blast from Joey Bombs that would empty the bases and send the Cubs fans home mumbling something about next season already. The 'Bomber' responded with a pop up on the left side of the infield, to end the game and leave the bases loaded.
Catcher Bryan Anderson, apparently hearing that he just made it to the top of my Prospect Power Rankings, promptly responded by going 4-for-5 on the day, scoring twice and driving in another run, raising his Triple-A batting average to .333.
Blake Hawksworth, coming off a couple of quality starts, was tagged with the loss, as his record falls to 2-6 on the season with a bloated 6.22 ERA. Blake didn't make it to the fourth inning, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, being charged with a wild pitch as well. Blake, to his credit, did strike out five Cubs, to keep the game in reach while he was on the mound.
TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 on the night, with a walk and a double, scoring twice, raising his batting average to just .195, for the season.
RECORD: 27-26, 1st Place tie with the Cubs
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Off Day
The Springfield Cardinals had the day off on Tuesday as they get ready to open a six-game home stand on Wednesday night at Hammons Field, with three games against the defending Texas League Champion San Antonio Missions and three more against the Corpus Christi Hooks.
Tickets are available for all six games in the home stand by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.
RECORD: 23-27, 3rd Place, 4.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 5-2 over Jupiter
Palm Beach starter Kyle Mura was on his game Tuesday night, pitching 8.1 innings, giving up only two runs on five hits and no walks, while striking out six. Francisco Samuel earned his sixth save for Palm Beach, pitching two-thirds of an inning, retiring both of the batters he faced.
Third baseman Tony Cruz was the offensive hero of the night, going 3-for-4, while driving in two of the Cardinals five runs.
The win puts the Cardinals 11 games above the .500 mark and five games ahead of the second place, Brevard County Manatees.
RECORD: 31-20, 1st Place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Off Day
The River Bandits had the day off on Tuesday. They begin a four-game set with the Burlington Bees, Wednesday.
TOP PROSPECT WATCH: Pete Kozma's bat has cooled off some, hitting only .205 in his last 10 games for Quad Cities, after a very hot start in April, when the Cardinals 2007, #1 Draft Pick, hit .341 in the first month of the 2008 campaign.
RECORD: 26-23, 4th Place, 10.0 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)
Tuesday game against the Rays was postponed due to rain.
RECORD: 6-6, T-4th Place, 3.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R)
Season begins on Saturday, May 31 as they entertain the DSL A's #2 club
2007 RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Kyle Mura
Clearly his best start of the season, Mura pitched 8.1 innings (I thought I was having flashbacks), giving up only two runs, both those runs coming in the ninth inning, after Mura had shutout the Hammerheads for eight innings.
Minor League Player of the Day - Bryan Anderson
Anderson responded by moving up to the top of the Prospect Power Rankings by going 4-for-5 on the day, scoring twice and driving in another run, to help give his ballclub a chance to pull out a come from behind victory, that just fell two runs short in the ninth inning.
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