Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Pummeled Portland 15-4
The rout was on at Auto Zone Park as the Redbirds put up four in the second and followed with three innings in which the team scored three runs. Brian Barton led the onslaught by reaching base six times. The Rule V selection collected two hits, drew three walks, and was hit by a pitch. Barton had three RBIs along with Nick Stavinoha.
The former Bayou Bengal continues to feast on PCL pitching with two more hits in six at bats that actually lowered his average slightly to .342. David Freese collected two extra base hits while driving in three runs and scoring three. D'Angelo Jimenez, Rico Washington, and Jarret Hoffpauir each had two hits.
P.J. Walter labored through six innings in which he gave up four free passes and three hits that led to two runs. Matt Clement was tagged for two runs in his two-inning relief appearance.
Chris Carpenter is scheduled to take the mound for the Redbirds on Friday night.
RECORD: 58-47, 2nd place, 4.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners over Arkansas 2-1
In a wild one at Hammonds Field, Tyler Greene made history with a double in the bottom of the sixth. Hitless in his first three at bats, Greene hit a blooper in to left that both the shortstop and left fielder misplayed. Running hard the whole way, Greene made it to second for a double to extend his hit streak to 16 games, a Springfield record. The previous mark of 15 was set by teammate Allen Craig earlier this season.
The Cardinals overcame a one run deficit in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a Traveler' miscue. Jon Jay reached on an error to start the inning. Jay would reach second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Allen Craig. Mark Shorey would strikeout-swinging bringing up Andrew Brown with two outs.
Brown would quickly find himself in the hole with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Arkansas closer Stephen Marek delivered what appeared to be strike three. Brown's bat appeared to come through the zone but the first base umpire did not agree. So with a second chance, the former Cornhusker stroked a single up the middle to score Jay and send this one two extra frames.
The Travelers went three up, three down in the top of the tenth. Brandon Yarbrough led off the bottom of the inning with a walk but was erased at second on a Tyler Greene force out. The speedy Greene would steal second, his 14th of the season, setting up Jay to once again be the hero. The centerfielder would not be denied. Jay singled to right to score Greene and give Springfield the victory.
Daryl Jones did not have a memorable Texas League debut at the plate but the 21 year old made up for it in the field. With two on in the eighth, Jones robbed Corey Smith of extra bases on a ball hit toward the left field line.
Starter Adam Ottavino overcame a shaky first inning and settled in to record a quality start. On the night, the former first round pick struck out seven in seven innings while being charged with only an unearned run.
On a side note, after pitching seven solid innings, Ottavino still played a factor in the game. After being relieved of his pitching duties, he went out and coached first base. Only in the minor leagues.
Luke Gregerson picked up the win with two hitless innings of relief.
The Cardinals are now in a first place tie with Northwest Arkansas. Springfield travels to Springdale to take on its' first place nemesis on Friday night.
RECORD: 19-14, 1st place tie
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Falls to Brevard County 4-3
"Wild Child" Kenny Maiques checked his control at the door once again. The 23-year-old walked three on his way to being charged with three runs to pick up his third loss of the season. Maiques lasted only a third of an inning. The poor performance spoiled a solid outing from starter Mark Diapoules who hurled seven innings of one run baseball while striking out seven Manatees.
Tyler Henley doubled twice out of the leadoff spot for the Cardinals. The former Rice Owl was the only Palm Beach player with multiple hits and the only player with an extra base hit. Donovan Solano had a hit but is batting only .194 over his last ten games.
RECORD: 15-17, 4th place, 4.0 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Tagged by Lansing 6-1
River Bandit starter Josh Wilson was roughed up for five runs on nine hits to raise his ERA to 4.21. The Lugnuts scored four runs off the 21 year old but give him credit for making it through five innings.
Pete Kozma doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest by a River Bandit this season. During the streak he has raised his average by 15 points to .275. Brett Wallace had an RBI single. Adron Chambers singled, walked, and scored a run.
RECORD: 17-16, 4th place, 4.0 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Rained Out
RECORD: 19-15, 3rd place tie, 4.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) v- Falls to Bristol 5-3
Andres Rosales was tagged with an unearned run and racked up five strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Tandem starter Mike Blazek was charged with the loss after the right-hander was charged with two runs, one earned, in 3.2 innings. He did show his dominance by striking out six.
As a team, Johnson City committed five errors.
RECORD: 18-18, 3rd place tie, 4.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Defeat the Marlins 8-5
The GCL boys used a six-run fourth to defeat their Roger Dean Stadium roomies.
The rehabbing Zack Zuercher picked up the victory after spinning 1.2 scoreless innings. Another injured pitcher on his way back, Mark McCormick, allowed a run in his two-inning start and struck out five. A third rehabbing hurler, Gary Daley, could only make it through only a third of an inning due to command issues.
Ryde Rodriguez led the assault with four singles and three RBIs. Luis Mateo recorded a triple, a single, and two walks. The young Puerto Rican scored three runs and stole a base. Yunier Castillo singled twice and drove in two runs.
RECORD: 12-17, 5th place, 6.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Winners over the Pirates 6-5
The Cardinals got a run in the ninth to overtake the Pirates in a game in which both teams collected 11 hits and committed three errors. Jose Cortez exploded with four hits including two doubles, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. Gerardo Mannbel reached base three times with two singles and a walk.
Though he was charged with his first blown save, Jackson Solarte picked up his first win with three strikeouts in two innings of relief.
RECORD: 27-30, 5th place, 11.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - Fall to the Phillies 8-7 in 10 innings
Shortstop Jolbert Cabrera led the offense with a hit, a walk, and three RBIs. The 20 year old also stole his seventh base in ten attempts. Wader Perez reached base three times and drove in two runs.
Angel De Jesus was touched for four runs while striking out five in four innings of work.
RECORD: 15-28, 5th place, 13.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Adam Ottavino
The big, strapping right-hander overcame an unearned run in a rough first inning to bounce back and hurl six shutout innings. In seven innings on the night, Ottavino struck out seven.
Minor League Player of the Day - Brian Barton
The rehabbing outfielder reached base six times in a Memphis onslaught of Portland. The former Hurricane drove in three runs and scored three times helping the Redbirds to a 14-5 victory.
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