Friday, July 4
rained down on the Springfield Cardinals on the Fourth of July, but the
celebration was not for the Cards, but for the Frisco RoughRiders who spanked
the Springfield Cardinals 8-1 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in
Frisco starter Michael Ballard wasn't out there alone on Friday night, as his teammates gave him lots of early support, but he really didn't need much of the help as he carried a shut-out into the ninth inning. Frisco's offense picked up three runs in the second inning and five in the third against Cards starter Adam Daniels, who struggled through three innings.
The RoughRiders capitalized on two wild pitches from Daniels in the second inning. In the third, Frisco put it away by sending nine men to the plate and scoring five times in the inning. Daniels walked three men in the inning, all of which came back to bite him in the rear by scoring. Tim Gradovilles added to the score with a two-run single to cap the scoring at 8-0 Frisco.
Saturday, July 5
For the second night in a row, the Frisco RoughRiders got a tremendous outing from their starting pitching. Derek Lee, just signed out of the Mexican League, pitched six innings of shut-out baseball, coming in for a spot appearance after scheduled Frisco starter Thomas Diamond was placed on the disabled list earlier in the day. Lee allowed just two hits in six innings in his first outing in a Texas League uniform, earning his first win in Double-A.
Jess Todd gave up enough to Frisco in the first inning to give them the win, as Julio Borbon opened the game with a double to deep right field, then scored off the next batter, Elvis Andrus' RBI single, giving the RoughRiders a 1-0 lead.
Todd gave up a home run to Bourbon in the sixth, Borbon's first home run since joining the Texas League, making it 2-0. But, Todd could hardly be blamed for this loss on Saturday night. He actually pitched quite well allowing just two runs on three hits across six innings. The right-hander struck out five RoughRiders and walked just one, throwing 87 pitches.
if not Todd, who?
Sunday, July 6
The Cards snapped their two-game losing streak, defeating the Midland RockHounds 6-4.
4-4 in the top of the eighth, Brandon Yarbrough ripped his team-leading fifth
triple of the year to center field. With Tyler Greene at the plate and one
out, Yarbrough took off for home as part of an apparent suicide squeeze.
The pitch from Justin Dowdy (1-3) was low and got by Midland catcher Jed Morris,
allowing Yarbrough to score uncontested, giving
Eventual winner Marco Gonzalez (3-0) got some help in the bottom of the eighth, as with a man aboard, Myron Leslie's deep drive to right field was knocked down at the warning track by 20-mph winds blowing in from right field. Mark Shorey was there at the wall to make the catch, keeping the Cards up 6-4.
1 2/3 scoreless innings from Gonzalez, Fernando Salas came out of the
Cards (8-7) remained just one game back of
Monday, July 7
was a seven-inning pitching duel between the Cardinals and the RockHounds at
Citibank Ballpark quickly turned into a slug fest in the eighth, as the Cards
scored three times to take a 3-0 lead. But, that lead wouldn't hold as Tommy
Everidge tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run homer off
Martinez led off the eighth with a double against
led off an eventful 12th inning with the decisive homer, but that wasn't the
only drama in the inning. With a runner at first and two outs, Andrew Carignan appeared to get Matt Pagnozzi on an 0-2 pitch that looked like it
caught the outside corner for strike three. After the pitch was called a
ball by the home plate umpire, Midland Manager Webster Garrison argued from the
dugout and was immediately ejected. After shooting out of the dugout to
protest the call, Garrison covered home plate with dirt and then headed to the
clubhouse. Pagnozzi eventually walked to put runners at first and
second. Casey Rowlett followed with a line drive to left-center
field. Midland center-fielder Todd Donovan made an amazing diving grab to
end the inning, keeping the
Marco Gonzalez, who earned the victory on Sunday night, picked up the save on Monday, working a 1-2-3 12th inning for his second save of the year. Cards' starter Adam Ottavino allowed just five hits over six scoreless frames in the well-pitched no-decision.
Tuesday, July 8
The Cardinals barely missed sweep of the RockHounds, losing the final game of a three game series, 2-0.
the first inning, Jon Zerigues two-out single scored Aaron Cunningham to give
two-out double in the ninth off
The double for Craig extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games, the longest for any Cardinal player this year.
Cardinals returned to
Thursday, July 10
With the Cardinals leading 9-6 in the top of the ninth inning, the rally heard 'round the ballpark Thursday night at Hammons Field was--"Come on guys, let's go, the Cards have this one sewed up." But, it turned out to be a long drive home for anyone tuning into the game, as the Northwest Arkansas Travelers scored five times to beat the home town crowd, 11-10.
Cardinals closer Fernando Salas gave up a three-run homer to Kila Kaaihue, his league-leading 23rd of the season, to cap the scoring and give the Naturals their fifth win in a row and handing the Cards their second straight loss, knocking them back to third place in the Northern Division of the Texas League.
It was a see-saw game from the get-go as Springfield took a 2-0 lead in the first as Allen Craig extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-run homer to center field, his 14th of the year.
Naturals came back with one run in the second and three in the fourth against
Matt Pagnozzi's two-run double tied the game in the fourth, but Northwest Arkansas quickly reclaimed the lead in the fifth, as Juan Richardson's two-run single against Todd chased the right-hander and gave the Naturals a 6-4 lead.
In the sixth, the Cards extended their lead as Rapoport tripled home a pair of runs, then scored on a Jose Martinez sac fly.
Salas (4-2), who gave up a two-run homer to McFall as well as Kaaihue's three-run shot in the ninth, took the loss, working just 2/3 of an inning.
Springfield Cardinals left hander Jamie Garcia has been added to the St. Louis
Cardinals roster. Garcia is expected to work in relief, filing the left-handed
void in the
Jon Jay, Springfield Cardinals outfielder, was named Topps Player for the Month of June. Jay's efforts in June were a major reason why the Cardinals finished the month with an 18-8 mark.
the past month, Jay led all Texas Leaguers with a .385 batting average. The
In 26 games, Jay showed off a diverse set of skills in which he clubbed six homers, drove in 19 runs, stole four bases, and scored 22 runs. The center fielder demonstrated he can be a thumper who hits the long ball or a leadoff-style hitter that sets the table.
Jay's torrid hitting raised his season batting average by 24 points to a .316 mark when the month concluded.
Jay was also named Texas League Player of the Week for the period of June 2 through 8 after he led the circuit with 12 hits and a 1.413 OPS. The Texas League All-Star led his club to two victories that week with two late-inning homers.
In 305 at-bats this season, Jay is batting .311, with 11 round-trippers, 44 RBIs and eight steals.
Thursday, Jay missed his seventh straight game with
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