Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to New Orleans 5-4
The Zephyrs scored five runs in only four innings off of Redbird starter Mike Parisi. He walked five, struck out five, and gave up two home runs. The rehabbing Randy Flores hurled two shutout innings.
Shane Robinson doubled and smacked his first Triple-A home run, a two run shot in the second. Rico Washington had three hits and scored a run. Jarrett Hoffpauir reached base three times with a walk, single, and a double. "Hoff" is now hitting .305.
RECORD: 51-43, 2nd place, 5.5 games back
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 11-10
Two of the Cardinals' All-Stars did not shine too brightly on Thursday night. Jess Todd was roughed up for six runs on six hits and four walks in only 4.2 innings. Todd did strikeout out five. Fernando Salas was hammered for five runs including two home runs in the ninth inning.
Allen Craig led the offense with three hits including his 14th home run, a two run shot in the first. Andrew Brown hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. It was Brown's sixth home run in only 20 games at Double-A. Jim Rapoport tripled and drove in a pair of runs. Tyler Greene singled, drove in a run, stole a base, and scored a run.
RECORD: 9-9, 3rd place, 3.0 games back
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Tops Clearwater 5-3
Brandon Dickson logged his seventh victory with seven innings of one run baseball. The 23 year old now has an ERA of 2.95.
Matt Arburr is continuing to show impressive power with a double and his second home run. Though he is hitting only .158 he is slugging .526. With the score tied at three, Luke Gorsett and Daniel Descalso went back to back in the seventh inning to put the Cardinals on top.
Tyler Henley singled, doubled, and scored a run. Donovan Solono had two singles and is hitting .296.
RECORD: 11-8, 2nd place, 1.5 games back
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Pounded by South Bend 10-2
Coming into today's game, Nick Additon had not allowed more than two runs in a game since May 5. But on this day the Silverhawks knocked around the southpaw for six runs on seven hits including two home runs in only four innings. Jared Bradford allowed two runs in his only inning of work.
The River Bandits had only three hits and both their runs came on solo home runs. First round pick Brett Wallace walked and hit his second home run in the ninth. Nick Peoples hit his third home run in the seventh. D'Marcus Ingram singled for the only other Quad Cities' hit.
Wallace has now hit in seven straight games while Ingram has hit in eight straight. With a hit on Friday, Wallace will tie Pete Kozma and Matt Arburr for the longest River Bandit hit streaks of the season. Adron Chambers went hitless in four at bats to snap a seven game hit streak.
RECORD: 11-10, 5th place, 2.5 games back
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners over Lowell 5-3
The Muckdogs scored four in the first and held on for the victory. Blake Murphy did most of the damage with a bases clearing three-run double in the first. Shane Peterson continues to get on base with a hit and two walks. Peterson scored a run and drove in a run as well. The 20 year old has posted an on base percentage of .470 in 20 games.
Jameson Maj picked up the win after striking out six in five innings. Carlos Fernandez-Oliva hit a two run homer off of Maj in the top of the first for the only runs off the right-hander. Adam Riefer picked up his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.
RECORD: 12-11, 2nd place, 4.0 games back
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Defeated by Pulaski 7-3
Alex Castellanos led the offense with two hits including his second home run of the season. Jairo Martinez hit his third home run with a solo shot in the fifth. Jack Cawley singled in a run but struggled with his defense behind the plate. The 22 year old allowed three passed balls on the night.
The Cardinals have now dropped three in a row.
RECORD: 10-13, 4th place tie, 8.0 games back
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) – Fall to the Nationals 8-2
The bottom of the first inning had to be one of the wildest and wackiest I have seen in a long time. In two-thirds of an inning, starter Gary Daley was tagged for four earned runs without allowing a hit. The 2006 draft pick walked four batters, threw three wild pitches, and hit a batter. It safe to say he still has a ways to go in his rehab. As a team the Cardinals threw seven wild pitches and hit four batters.
Anthony Ferrara made his second professional outing and allowed a run on a hit and a walk while retiring two hitters via the strikeout.
Last night I mentioned Devin Shepard might have a short stay in the GCL. Infielder Braulio Hiraldo is probably not going to be at Roger Dean Complex very much long either. With two more hits, the 20 year old is hitting .520 in 25 at bats. Rosario singled, doubled, and scored a run.
RECORD: 7-11, 4th place, 7.5 games back
VSL Cardinals (R) – Shutout the Astros 1-0
Starter Demier Bier threw six innings while the Astros could only muster four hits off the 17 year old. Yonathan Gonzalez picked up his eighth save of the season after allowing one hit in the ninth.
Alberto Rivera singled twice and drove in the only run of the day. Gerrardo Mannbel singled to raise his average to .315.
DSL Cardinals (R) - Off Day
The Cardinals return to action on Friday to face the A's (2).
RECORD: 10-19, 4th place tie
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Brandon Dickson
Dickson picked up his seventh victory of the season after allowing only a run in seven innings of work. The 23 year old lowered his ERA to 2.95.
Minor League Player of the Day - Allen Craig
The third baseman strung together three hits including his 14th home run of the season. Craig drove in two runs to increase his team lead to 58.
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