Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Iowa stuns Memphis 5-4
After being roughed up in his previous two outings, Jaime Garcia bounced back, giving up just two runs in six innings. The 21-year-old struck out three and recorded 10 groundball outs and five fly ball outs. Jason Motte pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing a hit and notching a strikeout. Ron Flores pitched only a third of an inning but was charged with a run. John Wasdin recorded an out in the eighth and only one out in the ninth. Unfortunately, he allowed a two run home run in the eighth to tie the game and the Cubs Casey McGehee hit a solo shot off of Wasdin to win it in the bottom of the ninth.
Colby Rasmus, batting out of the second slot in the lineup, singled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run. Rasmus also stole his seventh base of the year. Joe Mather doubled, singled, and drove in two runs. Bryan Anderson reached base three times with two singles and a walk. The Redbirds as a team stole three bases in Thursday's contest.
RECORD: 28-27, In a three-way tie for 1st place
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - lost to San Antonio 7-4
Shane Robinson singled twice, stole a base, and scored a run. Jon Jay, batting third, singled and hit his fifth home run of the season. Mark Hamilton walked twice and singled. Isa Garcia hit a pinch hit home run in the fifth, his first Double-A long ball.
Starter, Tyler Herron was knocked around for five runs on eight hits in a five-innings. Herron is now 1-3 with a 5.54 ERA since being promoted to Springfield. Zack Zuercher spun a scoreless inning of relief. Scott Vander Weg made his 2008 debut and was charged with a run in an inning of work. Jon Mikrut gave up a solo home run in his two innings.
RECORD: 23-29, 3rd place, 5.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - edges Jupiter 3-2
Brandon Dickson struck out six in six innings. The Hammerheads scored only one run on three hits off the 23-year-old. Brandon Garner gave up a hit in two-thirds of an inning while Justin Fiske was charged with a run in only a third of an inning. Though he allowed an inherited runner to score, Josh Dew picked up the two-inning save, his fourth at Palm Beach.
Luke Gorsett collected a single and a double along with scoring a run. Daniel Descalso and Antonio DeJesus both singled. DeJesus walked and scored a run as well. Andrew Brown and Tony Cruz both singled and drove in a run.
RECORD: 33-20, 1st place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - shutout the Bees 6-0
Mark Diapoules spun five shutout innings to go along with his five strikeouts. The Bees were only able to gain three hits off of the stingy 19 year old. Nick Additon was fantastic in picking up his first save with four hitless innings. The lefty struck out four batters as well.
Charlie Kingrey banged out three hits to go along with an RBI and a run scored. Mike Folli his second home run of the year, a three run bomb in the second. Tommy Pham singled twice and stole his fourth base for the River Bandits. In his professional debut, Nick Peoples singled twice and scored a run.
RECORD: 27-24, 4th place, 10.5 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) defeated the Rays 6-2
The Cardinals had only three hits but got six runs thanks in part to three Rays' errors. Centerfielder Alberto Rivero led the offense with a three run blast in the sixth inning. It was his first of the season. The Cardinal defense was actually worse than the Rays as it committed four errors on the day.
RECORD: 8-6, 3rd Place, 2.5 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 - Nick Additon
The 20-year-old, Nick Additon, pitched four hitless innings to go along with his four strikeouts, as he was dominant in picking up his first save of the season. Additon lowered his ERA to 2.76 and is averaging better than a strikeout per inning pitched this season.
Minor League Player of the Day - Colby Rasmus
Hitting out of the second spot in the lineup, Rasmus reached base with two hits, scored a run, and stole his seventh base of the season. His stolen base leads the Redbirds and is more than twice as many of the three players tied for second. In his last eight games, Rasmus is hitting .333 (10-30).
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