Games Played Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Split a Double-Header with Omaha
GAME ONE: Memphis edged Omaha 3-2 Saturday afternoon at AutoZone Park to take the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Anthony Reyes pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts to earn his second win with Memphis.
GAME TWO: Omaha slipped by Memphis 3-2 to claim a split in the team's day-night doubleheader at AutoZone Park Saturday. Tyler Norrick didn't have his best stuff in his Triple-A debut. The SIU alumni walked a Redbirds season-high six batters to go along with eight strikeouts over four innings in taking the loss. The lefty gave up two runs, one earned, on one hit in his Triple-A debut. Cody Haerther drove in both of the Redbird runs.
RECORD: 53-44, 2nd Place, 6.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 5-4
Texas League All-Star, shortstop, Tyler Greene had a huge night for Springfield, in a losing cause as Springfield loses 5-4 in come-from-behind Northwest Arkansas win.
Cards' starter Tyler Herron pitched five and two-thirds solid innings, getting a no-decision after leaving the game with a 4-2 lead.
As Maxwell Smart would say, "missed it by that much", Allen Craig was unable to set a new Springfield Cardinals record, as he saw his 15-game hit streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 night. Craig and Aaron Herr (2005) are the only Cardinals in franchise history to hit in 15 straight games.
Greene went 3-for-4 performance, homering twice with three RBIs in his best offensive game on the season.
RECORD: 10-10, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 7-6 in 10 over Lakeland
It took ten innings as the Cardinals came back after being down 6-3 in the fourth inning, scoring four unanswered runs to beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 6-3 in 10.
Starter Eddie Degerman didn't survive through the fourth, leaving the game after 3.2 innings, giving up six earned runs on five hits and four bases on balls (those walks will kill you every time) while striking out three.
Elvis Hernandez improved his record to 4-1, pitching the final two frames, giving two hits and a couple of more walks.
DH and catcher Tony Cruz is starting to heat up, last night he went 3-for-5 with a home run and a double, with three RBIs and scoring twice. Cruz is hitting .390 with one home run, six doubles, 10 RBIs and scored six times in his last 10 games.
RECORD: 13-8, 1st Place
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Beaten by the Lumberkings 4-1
The Quad Cities River Bandits bats didn't make much noise Saturday managing just four hits in a 4-1 loss to the Clinton Lumber Kings.
Josh Wilson took the loss giving up three runs on eight hits over five innings of work. The right-hander struck out four without issuing a walk, but gave up at least one hit in each inning and was touched for four extra-base knocks.
Not much offense to write home about in the 4-1 loss.
RECORD: 12-11, 5th Place, 4.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 4-1 over Ironbirds
Baseball is a funny game at times, La Curtis Mayes picked up his first win of the season, being in the right place at the right time, giving up the only run Aberdeen would score.
Adam Reifer earned his sixth save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
Jose Garcia, playing second base, went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to push his batting average up to .302, after 24 games at Batavia. In his last 10 games Jose is hitting 333 and has scored 11 runs and drove in another four.
RECORD: 14-11, 2nd Place Tie, 4.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Won 16-3 over Elizabethton
You would think the Johnson City Cardinals should be able to share some of those 16 runs with some of the other teams in the system, including the big boys in Pittsburgh.
Randy Santos who got all the run support you could ever ask for, pitched four shutout frames, giving up just two hits and three walks while striking out seven, to pick up his first win.
Niko Vasquez or Nico Vasquez, depending on the source you use, the Cardinals shortstop, had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs, while scoring twice.
Teammate and catcher Jack Cawley went 3-for-4, drove in two runs and scored three times, while right-fielder Edgar Lara went deep, his second home run on the season, driving in three more Redbird runs.
RECORD: 12-13, Last Place, 6.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - OFF DAY
RECORD: 8-11, 3rd Place, 6.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Mariners 4-3
Shortstop Gerardo Mannbel continues to do something that we haven't seen a lot from the VSL Cardinals in the last couple of seasons and that is hit. Yesterday Mannbel went 3-for-4 and scored twice in the 4-3 loss to the Mariners. Mannbel is hitting .394 over his last 10 games.
RECORD: 24-24, 4th Place, 9.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - Beat the Mariners 12-11 in 13
Shortstop Juan Cabrera went 4-for-7 with a double and two RBIs while scoring twice to help lead the offense.
The Cardinals would use seven pitchers in Saturday's contest, with their best pitcher, Alejandro Pinales improving to 2-0, after giving up just one run on three hits and no walks, and five strike outs in five complete innings pitched.
RECORD: 12-20, 4th Place, 11.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Anthony Reyes
Anthony Reyes pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts to earn his second win with Memphis.
Minor League Player of the Day - Tyler Greene
The Springfield Cardinals shortstop went 3-for-4 Saturday, homering twice with three RBIs in his best offensive game on the season, in what turned out to be a losing cause.
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