Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 3-2 over Iowa
Resiliency and a short memory are two musts of any successful pitcher. P.J. Walters seems to have both. His last time out, the 23-year-old was knocked around for nine runs in only 1.2 innings. Thursday night, the right-hander was outstanding, giving up only two runs on six hits, through six innings. Walters struck out seven to push his record to 5-1 despite a 6.15 ERA. Matt Scherer and Jason Motte combined for two innings of shutout relief. Ron Flores picked up his fourth save with a perfect ninth.
Colby Rasmus continues to pound Triple-A pitching in June as he collected two more hits as well as scoring and driving in a run. Nick Stavinoha matched Rasmus' line except that one of his hits was a double. Cody Haerther had a hit and drew three walks. Bryan Anderson singled and scored a run.
RECORD: 34-34, 2nd place, 4.0 games back
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 9-6
The Cardinals of the Ozarks put on a power display but came up on the losing end. In all, Springfield hit four home runs on the night. Jon Jay had three hits including a solo home run, his eighth of the season. Mark Shorey hit a two run shot, his fifth on year, to go along with a single.
Adam Ottavino continues his struggles in what turned out to be a no-decision, scattering seven hits that led to three runs in 4.2 innings. Jon Mikrut threw 1.1 shutout innings. Marco Gonzalez was touched for three runs in only one inning of work. Fernando Salas was charged with the blown save as well as the loss after Mario Lisson hit a solo home run. The Naturals scored two runs off of Josh Dew in the ninth.
RECORD: 33-32, 1st place tie
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Clearwater 6-2
Palm Beach starter, Elvis Hernandez must have left his control in the clubhouse as the Dominican had a hard time finding the plate. In 5.1 innings, he walked five and allowed four hits that led to six Thresher runs. Hernandez did strikeout five in the loss. After a good showing in his first outing since coming of the restricted list, Kenny Maiques control issues returned as he walked three in just 1.2 shutout innings. After getting shelled last night, Brandon Garner bounced back to record a shutout inning. Francisco Samuel struck out two in a perfect ninth.
RECORD: 41-26, 1st place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Postponed Weather
The Quad Cities River Bandits and the Peoria Chiefs had their series finale cancelled due to heavy thunderstorms on Thursday evening, but the homestand will continue through the weekend as scheduled at Modern Woodmen Park.
Thursday's cancellation will not be made up because it was the last scheduled meeting between the River Bandits and the Chiefs this half. Quad Cities welcomes in the Beloit Snappers for a three-game weekend series starting Friday and leading into the All-Star break.
RECORD: 32-30, 4th place, 8.0 games out
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 Pirates 4-2
Hector Corpas improved to 4-2 with five shutout innings while striking out three. David Brito pitched two scoreless innings of relief to lower his ERA to 0.40 in 22.1 innings.
RECORD: 14-12, 4th Place, 2.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Rained Out
RECORD: 0-7, 5th Place, 6.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - P.J. Walters
After getting absolutely scorched his last time out, P.J. struck out seven while allowing only two runs in six innings of work, to pick up his fifth win.
Minor League Player of the Day - Jon Jay
With three hits including his eighth home run of the season as well as a steal and two runs scored, Jay has now hit in nine of his last ten games. During that span, he is hitting .462 with three home runs, seven RBIs, eight runs, and two steals.
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