Games Played Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Defeated Oklahoma 5-4
Starter Mike Parisi picked up his seventh win, scattering five hits and four walks while surrendering three runs and striking out four. Mark Worrell, who I have called on to get more save opportunities, earned his fourth save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
ROSTER MOVES: Colby Rasmus has been activated from the disabled list. The Cardinals top prospect landed on the DL July 10, retroactive to July 8. Bryan Anderson has been activated from the temporary inactive list. Anderson played for the World Team in the Futures Game walking in his lone at-bat. Tyler Norrick has been transferred to Palm Beach after pitching in one game for the ‘Birds. Joe Mather and Chris Perez have been optioned from St. Louis. Mather played in six games for the Cardinals in his most recent trip going 3-for-10 with his second big league home run. Perez has not appeared in a game for Memphis since May 13 and pitched in 23 games for St. Louis with a 4.18 ERA and 2-1 record.
OLYMPICS: Brian Barden and Colby Rasmus have been selected to play on Team USA at the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. Team USA's first Olympic game will be against Korea on August 13.
RECORD: 55-44, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - 6-0 Winners over NWA
The Springfield Cardinals pulled to within one game of first place Northwest Arkansas, shutting out the Naturals by a score of 6-0 on Friday night.
Relievers Jonathan Mikrut and Luke Gregerson combined to work the final three innings, allowing just one hit.
COMING UP: Springfield (15-12) is now just one game back of Northwest Arkansas (16-11) in the North Division. The Cards will look to make it four straight wins on Saturday night, sending Adam Ottavino (1-5) to the hill against Blake Wood (3-3). Game time on Saturday night is 6:10pm and gates open at 5:10pm.
RECORD: 15-12, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Sarasota 6-2
Tyler Norrick suffered his first lost since arriving in Florida from Memphis. Tyler gave up six earned runs on seven hits, two of them home runs and three walks. I'll attribute this loss to jet lag.
The Cardinals could only muster up three hits. Right-fielder Charlie Kingrey had two of them, both for extra bases, a double and a home run to lead the Cardinals anemic offense.
The Cardinals have lost three straight as they slowly begin to slip in the standings.
RECORD: 14-12, 4th Place, 1.0 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Burlington 8-3
Starter Josh Wilson was tagged with the loss. He tossed six innings and allowed four runs - three earned - on five base hits.
Right-fielder Aaron Luna hit his second career home run in the bottom of the ninth inning but it was too little too late. Luna went 2-for-4 on the day with a home run and a double and two RBIs to lead the Bandits offense.
RECORD: 15-13, Tied for 4th, 4.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to Staten Island 3-2
Batavia tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the seventh inning, but Staten Island scored in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Muckdogs the 3-2 loss.
Starter Thomas Eager deserved a better fate than a no-decision, pitching five complete scoreless frames, giving up only two hits and no walks while striking out three. Reliever George Brown was tagged with a blown save and a loss, giving up all three of the runs to Staten Island.
Center fielder Frederick Parejo hit his first home run on the season, going 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .311.
RECORD: 16-14, Tied for 3rd Place, 5.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Bristol 4-2
Starter Deryk Hooker suffered the loss Friday night, giving up three runs, two of them earned on four hits and two walks.
Niko Vasquez (for the record his name is Niko, not Nico as MiLB has it on their websites/records etc.,) led the offense as he raised his batting average to .347 on the season, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He also walked, his seventh base on balls in his last 10 games.
RECORD: 13-17, Last Place, 7.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Split with Dodgers
The teams completed a suspended game from July 13th, with the Cardinal winning it 2-1 before dropping the regularly scheduled seven inning game to the Dodgers 5-3.
RECORD: 10-12, 3rd Place, 6.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Rain Again
The Cardinals and the Astros completed the first game, a suspended game from July second, with the Astros winning 3-2. The second game was called before it could get started because of rain again.
RECORD: 25-27, 6th Place, 9.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the A's(1) 12-8
The Cardinals had plenty of offense, but six errors and pitchers who must have been frustrated by the lack of defense, drop one to the A's 12-8 on Friday.
RECORD: 14-24, Last Place, 12.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jess Todd
Earned his third win at Springfield, tossing six shutout innings.
Minor League Player of the Day - Niko Vasquez
Went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored to raise his batting average to .347.
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