Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 6-1 over Oklahoma
Major league veteran John Wasdin came very close to perfect game Monday afternoon, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The 35-year-old retired the first 21 batters he faced, 11 by strikeout, before the Redhawks Chris Shelton led off the eighth inning with a solo homer to spoil the day.
Wasdin was making his first start since April and had not gone more than four innings since moving to the bullpen. The right-hander was an emergency starter when Mitchell Boggs was summoned to St. Louis prior to the game.
Third baseman David Freese had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored and second baseman D'Angelo Jimenez went 2-for-4, including his fifth home run on the season and he drove in three runs to pace the Redbirds' offense.
RECORD: 56-46, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 10-7 in 13
The Cardinals used seven pitchers to come up on the short end of a 10-7 loss to the NW Arkansas in 13. I'd think you could lose with fewer pitchers. Justin Fiske got the start in place of Adam Daniels, Fiske gave up three runs on three hits and three bases on balls, and I tell you those walks will kill you. Ironically it was Adam Daniels who was tagged with the loss, giving up three more runs on five hits in the last two innings of the marathon.
Third baseman Allen Craig went 3-for-5 with a double, a base on balls, an RBI and a run score, and Cody Haerther and Casey Rowlett both had a multi-hit game with Rowlett hitting his fourth home run of the season.
The New Dynamic Duo: (Prior to Monday's Game), Allen Craig and Tyler Greene have both been on a ferocious home run pace lately. Craig has seven home runs in July and is hitting .375 this month (30-80). Tyler Greene, mired in an offensive slump for much of the first half, has six home runs this month and is hitting .305 in July (25-82). Greene is currently on a 12-game hitting streak, his longest of the year.
MORE ON THOSE TWO CAPELESS CRUSADERS: Craig and Greene, both of whom played for Springfield in 2006, are both in the top-ten for Springfield's all-time career home run list. With 35 home runs at the top is Juan Richardson, who did it over a two-year period in 2006 and 2007. Greene blasted ten last year and has 16 this season, for a total of 26, tied for third on Springfield's all-time list. Combine Craig's three home runs from last season and he's at 21 in his Springfield career, which is tied for sixth all-time. Colby Rasmus owns the single-season home run record with 29 back in 2007.
RECORD: 17-13 Tie with the NWA
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Dunedin 14-1
Holy cow, the Cardinals have now lost six straight and the slow drop in the standings is becoming a free-fall. As the Blue Jays already leading 5-0, added nine more runs in the fifth to make it 14-0 until the Cardinals scored their only run in the ninth.
Brandon Dickson was tagged with the loss, giving up nine earned runs on seven hits, including three home runs and three walks, while striking out seven. Dickson pitched four complete innings and to four batters in the fifth, before turning the game or what was left to it, to the bullpen.
Eddie Degerman, pitched the fifth, giving up five runs, but only one of them earned and at this point it was over.
Let's move on, as the Cardinals fall below the .500 mark in the second half.
RECORD: 14-15, 3rd Place, 2.5 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Fort Wayne
Oh man, here we go, can anyone win a game tonight, and Quad Cities wastes another outstanding outing by Nick Additon, losing to Fort Wayne 1-0, Monday night.
Additon seven complete innings giving up just one run on one hit, a solo homer in the fourth, while striking out six. What does the guy have to do?
The Bandits out-hit the Wizards 7-2 and couldn't take advantage of a Fort Wayne error, leaving eight runners stranded on the night. A tough loss, to say the least.
On a positive note, Wayne Daman pitched two scoreless frames to finish the game in relief of Additon to give Quad Cities a chance to comeback. A comeback that never came.
The Bandits have Tuesday off, so the loss will sting for another 24 hours.
RECORD: 16-15, 4th Place, 5.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 2-0 over Auburn
I cannot ignore Arquimedes Nieto any more. Bottom line, I'm going to have to learn to spell his name. He earned the win to improve to 3-0 yesterday with a 0.93 ERA after seven games, including five starts. Monday he pitched five complete shutout innings, scattering five hits and four walks while striking out two.
Adam Reifer earned his ninth save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
Center fielder Shane Peterson, my man, went 2-for-4 with a double and scored both of the Muckdog runs.
RECORD: 18-14, 2nd Place, 4.5 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Beat the Twins 3-2
Starter Kevin Thomas pitched four complete scoreless frames, walking two, while striking out three, but didn't get a decision for his efforts.
Samuel Freeman, the Cardinals 32nd round pick of this year's draft out of the University of Kansas, picked up the win with 1.1 innings of shutout relief.
Not much offense, check out the boxscore to see if you can find something to write home about. BOXSCORE
RECORD: 17-17, 3rd Place Tie, 3.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost twice to the Mets
Rough day in Florida, I don't care what the convention and visitors bureau says.
RECORD: 10-17, Last Place, 7.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Mariners 4-3
RECORD: 25-28, 5th Place Tie, 11.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the A's (2) 8-2
RECORD: 14-25, 5th Place, 12.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - John Wasdin
Carried a no hitter into the eighth, I was watching the game and I knew at the crack of the bat, Chris Shelton had hit a home run to lead off the eighth. A great start for Wasdin who was forced into the rotation to make a spot start. May not be his last.
Minor League Player of the Day - David Freese
A 4-for-4 day with two doubles and a run scored is all Freese needs to frame another "Player of the Day" award on his mantle. Freese-frame this one.
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