Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Defeated Round Rock 4-3
Rasmus' home run was his ninth of the season and he is hitting .410 during a 10 game hitting streak. Freese and Hoffpauir each had two hits on the night. Brian Barden was 0-3 as his average is in danger of going below .300.
Anthony Reyes struck out five in five innings as Round Rock was able to scratch out two runs on six hits. Matt Scherer gave two shutout innings of relief. Jason Motte picked up the win with his inning of relief but was touched for a run on two hits. Ron Flores picked up his second save with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.
Old friend Ray King was tagged with the loss for the Express.
RECORD: 31-30, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Defeated Tulsa 3-2
Mark Shorey hit his second home run in as many nights but this one was the game winner in the top of the ninth. Steven Hill hit a home run for the second night in a row as well. The homer was a solo shot and Hill also added another hit and an RBI. With two more hits, Shane Robinson pushed his average to .386.
After not allowing a run in his last two starts, Jess Todd scattered seven hits as the Drillers plated two runs, only one earned. The former Razorback did not factor in the decision. Jon Mikrut picked up the win with 1.2 scoreless innings. Marco Gonzalez picked up his first save of the season.
RECORD: 28-30, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated Tampa 6-2
Seemingly a forgotten man, Brad Furnish pitched seven innings while allowing two runs on five hits and striking out five. The former second round pick is now 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA. Cardoza Tucker only pitched a third of an inning after the Yankees loaded the bases on three hits. Josh Dew came in to control the damage by striking out the next two hitters to get out of the jam. Dew would finish with three whiffs on the night and collected his fifth save.
RECORD: 39-21, 1st Place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Defeated by Wisconsin 4-3 in 10
With a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the eight, the bullpen let down Brian Broderick and cost him the win. Broderick was solid once again with five strong innings, scattering six hits that accounted for two runs, one earned. In 2.1 innings, The Timber Rattlers roughed up Josh Wilson for one run on five hits. Wayne Daman was charged with the loss after giving up a walk off home run in the tenth.
The River Bandits had only four hits on the night. Francisco Rivera pounded out two hits and two RBIs. Adron Chambers and Jose Garcia each singled. Pete Kozma walked twice but his average has dropped to .266.
RECORD: 30-28, 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) Defeated the Rays 4-3
Yorbel Alcala single twice and drove in a run. Osmir Medina collected two hits, a single and a double. Gerardo Mannbel walked twice and scored a run. In Medina and Mannbel, the team has two middle-infielders hitting .381 and .355, respectively.
RECORD: 11-9, 4th Place, 3.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Lost to the A's (2)
RECORD: 0-3, 5th Place, 2.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jess Todd
With the way he is playing since joining the Texas League, he is going to run out of mantle space, as he has become a regular winning this award. After allowing an earned run on Thursday night, his ERA is now 1.00. The only downfall is that he has only gotten one win in his six starts since joining Springfield.
Minor League Player of the Day - Daryl Jones
After a fantastic start, Jones has struggled of late hitting only .138 in his last nine games. But maybe he is righting himself with three hits on the night including his fifth home run. The 20 year old also swiped a base and is now 8-9 in stolen base attempts
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