Friday, May 30
Springfield Cardinals starter Jess Todd is proving himself to be a regular ace on the mound, winning his second straight outing and recording his second straight seven-inning shut-out on Friday night at Hammons Field. Todd recorded his second seven-inning shut-out performance, allowing only one hit for the second straight outing. His last one-hit performance ended up going to extra innings in a scoreless tie, preventing the right-hander from winning his first Texas League game. Todd allowed a lead-off single to Gabe Lopez to open the game. He then worked seven innings of no-hit baseball, allowing just four base-runners after the Lopez single in the first. The right-hander allowed one walk, but hit three batters, striking out two over seven innings, as the Cards beat the Missions 5-2.
impressive part of Friday night's game was the help that Todd got from his
Kyle Sadlowski came out of the
Saturday, May 31
For the first time in 2008, the Corpus Christi Hooks beat the Springfield Cardinals by a score of 7-2, Saturday night at Hammons Field.
starter Clayton Mortensen gave up two-runs in the second, after walking three
straight men in a row with two outs. Drew Sutton hit a single to drive in the
two runs and put
Tommy Manzella, who missed a cycle by a single, opened the third inning with a home run, his fourth of the year. Later in the inning Ole Sheldon would walk and wind-up scoring on a passed ball, putting the Hooks ahead 4-0.
Tyler Greene made things interesting by going long in the Cards' half of the third inning, making it 4-1. It was Greene's seventh of the season.
Brandon Yarbrough went opposite field in the fourth, down the left-field line for his first homer of the year, making it a two-run game at 4-2.
The game went into hyper-losing in the eighth inning, as Tommy Manzella hit a three-run tripple over Jon Jay's head, making it 7-2.
Mortensen (3-4) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits over five innings. The right-hander walked a season-high six men and struck out a season-best eight in the loss.
Hooks right-hander Tip Fairchild got the win, allowing two runs on six hits over five innings.
The Cards fell to 24-30, still five games back in the North Division of the Texas League.
Sunday, June 1
It was a real nail-biter on Sunday as the Springfield Cardinals used five pitchers to wrap-up a 1-0 shut-out victory against the Corpus Christi Hooks, the only team that the Cards had shut-out previously this year, winning both games 1-0.
Otttavino started the game for
It was in the bottom of the fifth when the Cards scored the only, and winning, run of the game. Casey Rowlett sent a single out to left field that scored Steven Hill from second, against hooks reliever Sean Walker.
In a scoreless ninth, Fernando Salas fanned the final two batters of the inning, after allowing a one-out single, giving him his sixth save of the season, in his last six appearances.
Redbirds improved to 25-30 with the win, and were just four games back of
Monday, June 2
Losing 3-1 to the Corpus Christi Hooks in the eighth inning, the Cards came to bat in the bottom of the inning and scored four times to get a come-from-behind win, beating the Hooks 5-3 and finishing the home stand 3-3. It was Mark Hamilton's double that made the difference, scoring Allen Craig with the game winning run.
Robinson got things started in the eighth inning by getting
The game couldn't end without a little more excitement from the Hooks, as closer Fernando Salas allowed a lead-off single to Wladimir Sutil in the ninth, but then struck out the next three batters to earn his seventh save of the year.
Cards starter Mark McCormick allowed just three hits--all home runs. McCormick pitched seven innings and allowed three solo homers--two to Rob Cosby. It was McCormick's longest outing of the season. Reliever Luke Gregerson got the win, throwing a scoreless eighth inning.
At 26-30, the Cards took a much needed day off Tuesday before beginning a four game series with the Tulsa Drillers on Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 4
With only 13 games left in the first half of the season, the Springfield Cardinals beat the Tulsa Drillers 4-1 and improved their record to 27-30, remaining four games back of the Texas League North Division leaders--the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
was once again a key factor in getting the win. Cards' starter Tyler Herron held
In the third inning, Shane Robinson hit a solo home run to left center to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Robinson hit a single in the first inning extending his hitting streak to eight games.
Shorey hit his third home run of the year in the sixth inning, to give
Hill also hit his third home run of the year, taking
The Drillers got a run off Luke Gregerson, who continues to struggle on the mound after having a stellar start to the season, in the eighth as Dexter Fowler's RBI single to right scored Duke Sardinha, making it 4-1.
Fernando Salas worked the ninth and allowed a pair of singles. But with the tying run at the plate, Salas got Justin Nelson to foul out and Neil Wilson to line out to Robinson in left field, giving Salas his eighth save in his last eight outings.
Thursday, June 5
It really doesn't seem possible, but the Springfield Cardinals are now only two games away from playing .500 baseball. Thursday night's 3-2 win showed just how capable this team is at playing good fundamental ball.
Todd, the talk of the Birdhouse forums and the Texas League Pitcher of the Week,
had another solid outing, even though he gave up two runs (one earned), on seven
hits in 6 1/3 innings. He did not factor into the win, giving up the earned run
in the first inning to Tony Blanco, who singled Eric Young Jr. home to give
game stayed tied until the ninth inning when Aaron Fultz came out of the bullpen
to open the inning throwing exactly one pitch in his
Gonzalez came out of the
Steven Hill popped his second homer in as many games and fourth of the year in the fourth inning, a solo shot off of Drillers' starter Ching-Lung Lo to tie the game at 1-1.
Robinson opened the inning with a single, extending his hitting streak to nine
straight games. After Jon Jay sacrificed Robinson to second, Hill came
through with a two-out RBI single to put
Cards will be hoping to make it five in a row on Friday night in
In other news:
St. Louis Cardinals made another roster move on Sunday, bringing up former
Springfield Cardinals' closer Mark Worrell to the big leagues, replacing Kelvin Jimenez. For Triple-A Memphis this
year, Worrell was 1-1 in 21 relief appearances, with an ERA of just 1.88. Worrell, who debuted with a scoreless
inning in Tuesday's 6-1 win in
order, the list goes like this: RHP
Josh Kinney, RHP Dennis Dove, LHP Troy Cate, INF Brendan Ryan, RHP Andy Cavazos,
RHP Kyle McClellan, INF Rico Washington, RHP Mike Parisi, RHP Chris Perez, OF
Joe Mather and now RHP Mark Worrell.
Rick Ankiel, who debuted as a pitcher prior to his transition to the
outfield, would be the 12th former Cardinal to play for