Games Played Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Suspended Rain in the 3rd
The Redbirds down 6-1 in the third got a temporary reprieve thanks to the rain in Memphis. Rehab starter Matt Clement doesn't show any signs of nearing a return to the majors, as the major league veteran gave up six runs on eight hits, two of them home runs and three walks. Facing just 19 batters, Clement threw 83 pitches only 39 of them for strikes. You sure don't get much for even $1.5 million any more.
The official word from Memphis is the game will be resumed in Albuquerque when the Redbirds visit Isotopes Park in August. The Redbirds travel to Nashville to begin a four-game series on Saturday night, with lefty Jamie Garcia scheduled to take the mound.
RECORD: 38-37, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 5-3 over Tulsa
The Springfield Cardinals improved to 3-0 in the second half after a 5-2 win over Tulsa, the Cardinals ninth straight win at Drillers Stadium (maybe we should may the Cardinals to Tulsa). The win for Springfield gives the Cardinals a 39-34 record on the season, as they move to five games above the .500 mark for the first time this year.
Starter Adam Daniels picked up the win, his first win since returning from the Minatitlan of the Mexican League. Daniels allowed just one run on six hits and three walks, while striking out six.
Closer Fernando Salas earned his 12th save of the season, after giving up a lead-off single in the ninth, before retiring the next three batters in order.
Center fielder Jon Jay continues to swing one of the hottest bats in the Texas League in June, going 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored, as he makes his bid to return to the leadoff spot in the Cardinals lineup.
The Texas League Office has announced the 2008 Texas League All-Stars. The 72nd Texas League All-Star Game will take place at Hammons Field on Wednesday, June 25th.
Springfield has a total of three starters voted to the North Division squad, as the Texas League's leading hitter, outfielder Shane Robinson, will be joined by third baseman Allen Craig and shortstop Tyler Greene in the starting lineup. Brandon Yarbrough will be the reserve catcher, while Jon Jay will be a reserve outfielder. Jess Todd and relievers Luke Gregerson and Fernando Salas made the cut as well, and will throw for the North Division.
Springfield Manager "Pop" Warner, Pitching Coach Bryan Eversgerd, Hitting Coach Derrick May and Athletic Trainer Jay Pierson make up the North Division Staff, thanks to Springfield's 2007 trip to the Texas League Championship Series.
RECORD: 3-0, 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Jupiter 2-1
It was a tough night for Cardinals' starter Kyle Mura as he was tagged for a loss, after pitching seven complete innings, giving up only two runs on four hits, while striking out two and issuing and free passes to first base. Reliever Cardoza Tucker, pitched a scoreless frame in the eighth to keep the Cardinals in the game.
Designated hitter Tony Cruz drove in the only run on the night, with his team leading 43 RBI of the season. The Cardinals outhit the Hammerheads 6-5 but came up short in the scoring, as they are still looking for their first win in the second half.
RECORD: 0-2, Tied for 3rd Place – 1st Half Division Winners
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to the Kernels 6-1
Quad Cities could only muster two hits on the night as the Kernels broke through late in the game to had the River Bandits a 6-1 loss, just one night after the Bandits had scored five late runs to pull out Thursday's comeback victory.
Starter Brian Broderick suffered the loss for the Bandits, despite carrying a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning. The last three batters he faced all reach base and eventually score.
Designated hitter Francisco Riveria had one of the two hits on the night, with an RBI double to drive in first baseman Matt Arburr in top half of the seventh to pull QC within five runs.
RECORD: 1-1, Tied for 2nd Place, 1.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) Winners 3-2 over Mahoning in 11
The Muckdogs picked up their first win on the season Friday night with a 3-2 victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Starter Thomas Eager pitched five solid innings, giving up two runs, only one of them earned, on three hits and three walks, while striking out three. Relievers Ryan Kulik, the Cardinals eighth round pick out of this year's draft from Rowan University and Rigoberto Lugo combined for five no-hit innings of relief to pave the way for a win that went to Adam Reifer, who pitched a scoreless frame in the 11th, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Shortstop Colt Sedbrook, the Cardinals 22nd round pick of this year's draft, went 3-for-5 on the night to spark the Dogs offense, with a triple and an RBI.
RECORD: 1-3, 4th Place, 3.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) Defeated Kingsport 5-4
The Cardinals improved to 3-1 on the season, after coming back being down in the bottom of the first 3-0. Taking the first game of a two-game set, against the Kingsport Mets, there is something about beating any Mets team that is sweet.
Starter Reynier Gonzalez credited with the win, pitched five complete innings, giving up three runs, on two hits, three walks, while striking out four batters to avoid further damage.
Reliever Jorge Rondon picked up a save with a no-hit frame in the ninth.
Third baseman Alex Castellanos led the offense, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Designated hitter Jairo Martinez went deep with a solo shot in the third as the Cardinals took a 5-3 lead that would hold up for the night, as the Mets could only put one more run on the board, it coming in the seventh.
RECORD: 3-1, 2nd Place Tie, 1.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) NO REPORT AVAILABLE at deadline
VSL Cardinals (R) lost to the Pirates 6-1
The Pirates just kept picking at the Cardinals scoring a run in the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th inning, before adding two more for good measure in the eight to send the Cardinals reeling to a 6-1 loss.
Starter Deimer Bier, suffered the loss, giving up three of those runs in four innings pitched, on seven hits, one of them a home run.
RECORD: 17-16, 4th Place, 4.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) lost to the A's (2) 4-2
The Cardinals and A's each scored two runs in the fourth and that would hold up until the eight inning when the A's added two unanswered runs to defeat the Cards 4-2.
What seems like a recurring story in the organization over the past 24 hours, another good start from a starter went unrewarded in the Dominican Republic Friday night. Cardinals starter Charllan Jimenez, scattered five hits over six innings, allowing only two runs before leaving the game. Reliever Amaury Castillo was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs in the eighth.
Catcher Audris Perez, a young 19-year-old backstop, hit his fourth home run in his last 10 games, driving in two more runs, giving him 11 RBIs through his first 11 games this season. The kid threw out two-of-four would be base stealers, but even his bat and play behind the plate wasn't enough to pull out a victory from the jaws of defeat.
RECORD: 4-11, 5th Place, 7.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Ryan Kulik
Middle reliever Ryan Kulik, the Cardinals eighth round pick out of this year's draft from Rowan University, pitched three scoreless, no-hit innings for Batavia, striking two, to give the Muckdogs the chance to win the game Friday night in extra innings.
Minor League Player of the Day - Audris Perez
The 19-year-old catcher went deep Friday afternoon, driving in two runs, giving him four home runs and 11 RBIs this season, through the his first 11 games. Perez also threw out two of four runners, attempting to steal second, in what turn out to be another loss for the DSL ballclub, but Perez continues to shine without a great supporting cast.
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