Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Thumps Nashville 8-1
Make it 31 and 13. Colby Rasmus continues his torrid pace with a double and his eleventh home run of the season. That puts his hit streak at 13 (22-46, .478) and he has reached base in 31 straight games. The 21 year old also drew a walk, stole a base, and scored two runs on the night.
The game was tied at one going in to the sixth when the Redbirds put a five-spot on the board. All Redbird starters got on base with a hit or a walk except for Shane Robinson who reached on a force out but would come around to score.
Clayton Mortensen was more than up to the task as he put together his best Triple-A start to date. The 23 year old scattered seven hits and four walks in 7.2 innings. The Sounds only plated one run off the Gonzaga product. Mortensen recorded 14 ground outs compared to seven fly outs. At the plate, the slender right-hander drew two walks and scored a run.
Mark Mulder was the scheduled starter but was scratched due to back stiffness.
RECORD: 40-38, 2nd Place, 4.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - RAINED OUT
In what was supposed to be a matinee final for the Cardinals ended up like a scene from Bull Durham. The groundskeeper in Tulsa failed to put the tarp on the field after last night's game and showers during the night put a damper on Springfield evening the series.
The Cardinals have a scheduled off day on Tuesday before returning home to host the Texas League All-Star game on Wednesday night. I will be at Hammons Field with live updates from the park.
RECORD: 3-2, 2nd place, 1.0 games back
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - RAINED OUT
The Cardinals and Fort Myers will play a double header on Tuesday. The first game will start at 5:05 ET and both games will be seven inning affairs.
RECORD: 1-2, 4th place, 1.5 games back
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Defeated Kane County 8-5
In his first start for the Quad Cities, Richard Castillo dominated Kane County. The 18 year old hurled five innings of no hit baseball while striking out six Cougar hitters. His only hiccup was a one out walk in the fourth after two hitters reached via two consecutive Domnit Bolivar errors. Castillo was able to get out of the inning thanks to a caught stealing by catcher Paul Vazquez and a lineout to Adron Chambers.
Though Bolivar committed two errors, he redeemed himself with three hits. Nick Peoples logged two hits including his first professional home run, a two-run blast in the fifth.
The River Bandits showed off their speed with triples from Bolivar, Chambers, and Oliver Marmol.
RECORD: 2-3, 4th place, 3.0 games back
Batavia Muckdogs (SS)- Pounds Jamestown 8-1
The Muckdogs put four on the board in the second inning and scored in the next three innings to pull away from the Jammers. The offense was led by Jon Edwards' four extra-base hits. The 20 year old pounded out three doubles and hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot.
Colt Sedbrook continues to find professional baseball to his liking with three more hits and three RBIs. Jermaine Curtis had his best game as a pro, collecting three hits and driving in his first run.
Ramon Delgado hurled four strong innings. Jamestown only plated one run on four hits. After getting roughed up in his first start of the season, Jameson Maj rebounded with five shutout innings and recorded five strikeouts.
RECORD: 3-4, 3rd place, 3.0 games back
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Clobbers Greenville 13-1
The Cardinals took it to their rival Astros with a seven-run third inning followed by three in the fourth and the sixth. After having five RBIs in 35 games during 2007, Ivan Castro drove in five runs on Monday night. The Dominican catcher collected a three-run double in the third and a two-run double in the sixth.
The first and second hitters in the lineup, Brett Lilley and Guillermo Toribio, combined for six hits and five runs scored. Osvaldo Morales and Travis Mitchell both hit their first home runs of the season.
Third round pick Niko Vasquez singled twice to raise his average to .333 and he drove in two runs.
Mike Blazek was superb for the Baby Birds spinning four shutout innings and striking out five. The 19 year old has yet to allow an earned run in his first eight innings of 2008.
RECORD: 5-2, 2nd place, 1.0 games back
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Dodgers 4-3
The Cardinals lose by one but outhit the Dodgers 7-3. The team's undoing was three errors compounded by the pitching staff giving way nine bases on balls. Ronald Russell got the start and walked five in only two innings. Gary Daley started is rehab on a shaky note getting tagged for three runs in only two-thirds of an inning.
RECORD: 2-1, 2nd place, 1.0 games back
VSL Cardinals (R) Fall to the Astros 4-3
Starter Geney Rios gave the team five one-run innings while striking out five but did not factor in the decision. The stingy David Brito was tagged with his first loss of the season after giving up a run in two-thirds of an inning. Brito's ERA now stands an unbelievable 0.36.
RECORD: 17-17, 5th place, 5.5 games out
DSL Cardinals (R) Winners over Phillies 7-6
The Cardinals got three in the top of the ninth to finish the comeback victory. Alexander Castellano and Luis Pimental each had two hits and Pimental had two RBIs as well.
Starter Jose Pasen was tagged for five runs in 3.2 innings but did strikeout six.
RECORD: 5-13, 5th place, 9.0 games back
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Richard Castillo
In his first taste of the Midwest League, Castillo was close to untouchable with five no-hit innings. For his efforts, he picked up the victory.
Minor League Player of the Day - Jon Edwards
Though Ivan Castro drove in five runs, it is hard to ignore Edwards' four extra base hits. The 2006 draft pick collected three doubles and his first home run of the season.
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