Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Defeats Nashville 5-1
Clayton Mortensen was outstanding helping rest an overused bullpen with seven strong innings. The Sounds were able to manage only one run on six hits off the Gonzaga product. In his last three starts covering 20.2 innings, Mortensen has allowed only two runs (0.87 ERA). Mark Worrell finished with two shutout innings.
Sounds' starter Lindsay Gulin stymied the Redbirds for six innings as Memphis could only muster three hits off the soft-tossing lefty. But after he exited, the Redbirds took the lead off of former big league closer Derrick Turnbow in the seventh and added three insurance runs in the eighth.
Josh Phelps doubled, tripled, and walked. Phelps came around to score each time he was on base and drove in two runs. Bryan Anderson had two hits and the game winning RBI off of Turnbow. Although he is hitting .344, Anderson is still having his troubles behind the plate. The 21-year-old allowed his seventh passed ball in 39 games.
Shane Robinson had a hit and drove in the first Redbird run of the game.
For the second straight game, Colby Rasmus did not start.
RECORD: 47-40, 2nd place, 5.0 games out
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners over Frisco 7-3
The two Texas League division leaders hooked up in Frisco, Texas, to help declare North-South supremacy. The Roughriders entered the night with a 10-2 record while leading the league in average, on base percentage, slugging, runs, and home runs.
Kyle Mura's was impressive in his Double-A debut, as the 23-year-old hurled five shutout innings against a talented Roughrider' offense. Even with a six-run lead, Josh Dew could not shut the door and was chased after Frisco scored two off the right-hander in two-thirds of an inning. Fernando Salas entered the game with two runners on and the tying run standing in the on deck circle. Salas was able to record the third out to nail down his 14th save of the season.
It has been a rough season for Jose Martinez especially the Month of June when he hit .161/.227/.161. The 22 year old seems to be putting things together especially on Thursday night. Martinez collected three hits including a home run to go along with five RBIs. The three hits extended his hit streak to a modest six games.
Mark Shorey had three hits as well including a home run, his seventh of the season. Shorey has quietly pushed his average up to .299. Jim Rapoport singled, drew a walk, stole a base, and scored two runs. Rapoport isn't hitting much but he already has three stolen bases in six games.
RECORD: 7-5, 1st place tie
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Rained Out
RECORD: 6-6, 3rd place, 1.5 games back
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners over Cedar Rapids 2-1
Richard Castillo continues to broaden his legend as the 18-year-old spun seven shutout innings. He is now 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA in the Midwest League. Pete Parise picked up his seventh save of the season.
Brett Wallace went hitless in his first three at bats. Leading off the eighth, Wallace singled to left field off of reliever Chris Armstrong. It was his first hit of hopefully many in his Cardinal career.
RECORD: 7-8, 5th place, 3.5 games back
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Defeats Hudson Valley 5-2
Starter Arquimedes Nieto struck out five in five innings in route to the victory. It was his second victory of the season and his ERA stands at 1.06. Adam Riefer recorded the last out of the game to pick up his third save.
Blake Murphy had three hits to go along with an RBI and a run scored. Jermaine Curtis singled twice to push his average to .339. After picking up three hits last night, Frederick Parejo singled two more times on Thursday night. Colt Sedbrook entered the game as a pinch runner and stole his sixth base.
RECORD: 9-8, 3rd place, 2.5 games back
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Falls to Kingston 11-3
The offensive highlight of the night was Alex Castellanos first professional home run. The third baseman out of Belmont-Abbey finished the night with two hits and two RBIs. Brett Lilley doubled and drew three walks. The former Golden Domer has pushed his on-base- percentage over .400.
RECORD: 8-8, 4th place, 4.5 games back
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Defeated by the Dodgers 4-2
The game was called after the home half of the sixth because of rain.
RECORD: 5-7, 4th place, 4.5 games back
VSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Phillies 3-1
Javier Avendano hurled six shutout innings while striking out seven along the way. Yonathan Gonzalez was charged with the loss and his third blown save after giving up three runs in 1.2 innings of relief.
RECORD: 20-20, 5th place, 7.0 games back
DSL Cardinals (R) - No Report Available at the Deadline
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Clayton Mortensen
Mortensen put together his third outstanding start in a row with seven innings of one run baseball on Thursday night. Quietly, he is now 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA in Triple-A.
Minor League Player of the Day - Jose Martinez
The Venezuelan led the Cardinals with three hits and five RBIs in a match up of Texas League division leaders. Martinez has now hit in six straight games.
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