Games Played Sunday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - 8-7 over Memphis
The Redbirds jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first, but they would need to score two in the eighth and ninth to beat Omaha 8-7.
Starter Jaime Garcia had a bad day, giving up six runs on eight hits and four walks in 4.1 innings pitched to fall to 4-4 with a 4.59 ERA. In his last 10 games, he's 3-5 with a 5.50 ERA, giving me some cause for concern.
Josh Phelps who's hitting .438 (14-for-32) with five home runs and 14 RBIs over his last 10 games continues to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-3 Sunday with a home run and three RBIs and scoring twice. In the ten game span, Phelps has walked eight times and scored 14 runs.
Nick Stavinoha had three hits Sunday, including a triple. He scored three times and drove in another run. Brian Barden padded his +300 batting average, going 3-for-5 with a home run and a double, scoring twice.
Bryan Anderson's eight game hitting streak came to an end, going 0-for-4.
RECORD: 49-41, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 6-4 over Midland
The Cardinals defeated the Midland RockHounds in the opening game of a three-game series, by a final score of 6-4 on Sunday night in Midland.
Marco Gonzalez on in relief improved to 3-0 on the season with 1 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Fernando Salas retired the side in order in the ninth for his league-best 15th save of the year.
Tyler Herron got a no-decision on Sunday night, working six-plus innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. The right-hander struck out six and walked two batters.
Jose Martinez, Allen Craig and Tyler Greene all had a multi-hit game and catcher Brandon Yarbrough hit a triple. The second triple of the day from a minor league player that you just don't expect to hit one, Nick Stavinoha also hit one for Memphis.
RECORD: 8-7, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated Jupiter 6-3
Tyler Norrick made just his third start of the season as he get's closer to the form that made him a star at Southern Illinois University. He pitched six complete innings, his longest outing of the three, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight.
The Redbirds bullpen, which has done an outstanding job this season for Memphis, came through. Eddie Degerman picked up his second win with a scoreless frame in the seventh, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Elvis Hernandez pitched the eighth and ninth, giving up a run on two hits, including a home run, while striking out three.
Third baseman Dan Nelson, who is having a nightmare of season, heck I'm having nightmares over it, went 1-for-3, driving in two runs and scoring another one. Nelson is hitting just .091 through his first 13 games.
Only one player in the Cardinals lineup is hitting over .300 this season, Daryl Jones is hitting .320, yet this team who won the first half division title is still in the thick of things out of the gate in the second half.
RECORD: 8-7, 3rd Place, 1.0 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Shutout by Peoria 1-0
What a tough loss on Sunday, the Cities River Bandits got a outstanding starting pitching performance from Josh Wilson on Sunday evening, but could only mustered three hits in the 1-0 shutout loss to the Peoria Chiefs at Modern Woodmen Park.
Wilson took the loss despite racking up a career-high seven strikeouts over a career-high seven innings. He allowed just one run on six hits without issuing a walk, retiring 10 consecutive batters before yielding a leadoff homer in the seventh.
Reliever Mike Parise deserves some credit pitching to shutout innings to give his team a chance to come back.
RECORD: 9-9, 2nd Place Tie, 3.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - 10-9 winners over Vermont
The Muckdogs had a 10-1 lead half way through the game, but barely held on for the victory, as the Vermont Lake Monsters scored eight unanswered runs.
Left-fielder Edwin Gomez led the Dog's offense, going 4-for-5, with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored.
RECORD: 11-9, 3rd Place, 2.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Double-header Sweep
First baseman Osvaldo Morales went 4-for-4 in the first game.
Shortstop Niko Vasquez was the star in game two, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and scoring twice, to account for the Johnson City offense.
RECORD: 10-10, 4th Place, 5.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Defeated the Mets 13-7
Catcher Ismael Cardona drove in five runs Sunday with his 2-for-4 day that included a triple and a base on balls and scoring on of the Redbirds 13 runs. Center fielder Raniel Rosario hit a home run, drove in two and scored three times.
The Cardinals used eight, yes eight pitchers with right-hander Pablo Ortiz getting credit for the win.
RECORD: 6-9, 4th Place, 6.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - DAY OFF
RECORD: 20-22, 6th Place, 9.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - DAY OFF
RECORD: 9-17, 4th Place, 10.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Josh Wilson
He suffered a loss Sunday, I don't care, it was one of the best performances of the season from the River Bandits staff. Josh had a career-high seven strikeouts over a career-high seven innings. He allowed just one run on six hits without issuing a walk, retiring 10 consecutive batters before yielding a leadoff homer in the seventh. You can't win if your team doesn't score.
Minor League Player of the Day - Edwin Gomez
The Batavia Muckdogs left-fielder went 4-for-5, with two doubles, three RBIs and scored twice on Sunday.
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