Games Played Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Oklahoma 9-5
P.J. Walters suffered just his second loss of the season for Memphis Saturday, giving up six earned runs in just 4.1 innings pitched, on seven hits, with two of them being home runs. As I have pointed out several times, Walters hasn't been as effective at Triple-A as his won-loss record would suggest. Personally, I'd get him back to Springfield to finish the season out.
Still holding out hopes for Matt Clement to pitch for St. Louis, he pitched an inning of relief, giving up two hits, including a home run. He walked one and struck out one.
Left-fielder Nick Stavinoha hit his 14th home run on the year, a solo blast in the eighth. Nick finished the night going 2-for-4 with the home run and two RBIs, raising his batting average to .341.
RECORD: 55-45, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Defeated NWA 13-2
Springfield right-hander Adam Ottavino (2-5), who won just the second time this season in 16 starts. He pitched five complete innings (89 pitches) giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, leaving the game with a 6-1 lead.
As goes Allen Craig, goes the Springfield offense. Craig finished with four hits and scored two runs, and Mark Shorey delivered three RBIs to give Ottavino a much needed win. Jon Jay scored three runs, off a base hit and two bases on balls. Designated hitter Isa Garcia hit his third home run of the season, with two on and he finished the night driving in four runs.
Chris Carpenter will be making his first rehab start in Springfield today.
RECORD: 16-12, First Place Tie
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost 2-1 to the Reds
The Cardinals were suffered a four-game sweep at the hands of the Sarasota Reds Saturday, with a 2-1 loss. The Cardinals are tired of seeing red, as they completed their eight-game season series with the Reds losing six of eight.
I hated seeing Mark Diapoules getting tagged with his first loss, he really deserved a much better fate for his performance Saturday. Mark pitched six complete innings, giving up only one run on three hits and four walks while striking out nine batters. Man you have to get a win with that performance.
RECORD: 14-13, 4th Place, 1.5 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Defeated by FTW 14-3
This loss is going to leave a scar, I don't even know where to begin.
Starter Ryan Kulik suffered the loss for Quad Cities, failing to make it out of the third inning. He was touched for seven runs - six earned - on nine hits over 2.2 frames. Following Kulik to the mound, Dylan Gonzalez, didn't fare much better, giving up seven runs in just one inning of work.
So before you were finished with your first cold one, the Bandits were already down 14-0, giving you a good reason to order some more cold ones, perhaps even two at a time.
Give the bullpen a lot of credit, because they shut down the Wizards offense for the rest of the game. Brandon Garner came in with two outs in the fourth, as the River Bandits bullpen took over and shut down Fort Wayne the rest of the way. After allowing the first two men he faced to reach on consecutive singles, Garner began a stretch in which he, Matt Spade, and Eduardo Sanchez retired 15 in a row and 16 of the last 17 batters of the game.
So I tip my hat off to the bullpen, nice job, proud of you.
RECORD: 15 -14, 4th Place Tie, 4.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Defeated Auburn 7-5
Starter Joshua Hester pitched 4.1 solid innings, giving up just one hit while striking out five, but didn't factor into the decision. Left-hander Hector Cardenas earned the win with three shutout innings to improve to 2-0 and Adam Reifer earned his 8th save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
RECORD: 17-14, 2nd Place Tie, 4.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Winners 8-7 over Bristol in 10
The Cardinals came out on top of an ugly game that included a combined 10 errors in the game, six by Bristol and four by the Cardinals.
Offensively, first-baseman, Osvaldo Morales went 4-for-five, including two extra-base hits, a home run and a double and he scored twice, to lead the Cardinals offense. Also of note, Jack Cawley went 3-for-five and scored twice, as Joseph Hage drove in two runs, finishing the night, going 2-for-4.
The Cardinals used five pitchers Saturday, with Samuel Freeman picking up the win.
RECORD: 14-7, Last Place, 6.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost 2 to the Marlins
GAME ONE: The Cardinals lost game one, what was left of a suspended game from July 14th. 11-10. This is a tough one, I'll just let go, the Cardinals blew a 9-0 lead after two innings, and failed to win in a game that they had 18 hits. It's pretty bad when eight of your nine players in the starting batting order have multi-hits in a game and still lose.
GAME TWO: Blake Hawksworth making a rehab start for the GCL Cardinals, showed some promise, pitching three shutout innings, giving up only two hits while striking out three in. The Cardinals offense failed to take advantage of Blake's start, as they fell by the score of 1-0.
Blake is one of the most impressive prospects I've seen, I only hope that yesterday's performance is a sign of great things to come.
RECORD: 10-14, Last Place, 6.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) Rained Out
RECORD: 25-27, 5th Place, 10.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) Rained Out
RECORD: 14-24, Last Place, 12.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Blake Hawksworth
Making his first rehab start with the GCL Cardinals, Blake pitched three shutout innings.
Minor League Player of the Day - Osvaldo Morales
The Johnson City Cardinals' first baseman went 4-for-five, including two extra-base hits, a home run and a double and scored twice in Saturday's 8-7 win over Bristol.
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