Games Played Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Portland 3-0
Chris Carpenter took the loss for Memphis allowing two runs in 5.2 innings in his first rehab appearance for the Redbirds. The former Cy Young Award winner struck out the side on 11 pitches in the first inning before surrendering single runs in the second and third frames. He finished the night allowing four hits, one walk and fanning five batters on 78 pitches, 53 strikes.
One night after scoring a season-high 15 runs the Redbirds offense had just four hits in being shutout for the second time this season. David Freese had his 10-game hit streak snapped going 0-for-4.
RECORD: 58-48, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to the NWA 2-1
The Cardinals dropped a 2-1 game to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, who took over first place in the North Division, knocking Springfield a full game back in the standings after the loss.
Cards' starter Kyle Mura pitched well, in only his fifth appearance for the Cards, giving up just two runs, while scattering six hits over 6.2 innings, to suffer another tough-luck loss.
Short stop Tyler Greene extended his franchise-record hitting streak to 17 games, finishing the night with a game-high four hits.
RECORD: 19-15, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated Brevard County 7-3
Cardinals' starter Shaun Garceau, worked his way out of a few jams, walking five on the night to pick up his sixth win on the season for Palm Beach. Garceau pitched five complete innings and gave up only one run on three hits and the five free passes, while striking out three. Elvis Hernandez, tossed two shutout innings for his fourth hold.
First baseman Matt Arburr, scored twice and went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a walk on the night, to lead the Cardinals offense.
Someone we haven't talked about for a while, Brandon Buckman the Cardinals DH, went 2-for-5 and scored twice.
RECORD: 16-17, 3rd Place, 3.0 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) -
The Quad Cities River Bandits put six runs on the boar in the first inning and never looked back as they handed the Lansing Lugnuts their worst home loss of the season, a 13-4 defeat.
Ryan Kulik (2-3) earned the win with a solid outing, setting down the side in order in three of his five innings of work. He allowed two runs on five hits in all, fanning two and walking one.
Center fielder Tommy Pham led the offense, going 2-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and two RBIs, but he had some help from a few of his friends; catcher Paul Vasquez, went 2-for-3 with his fourth home run on the season, driving in two runs while scoring twice and left-fielder Aaron Luna also went deep with his fourth home run.
Pete Kozma extended his current hitting streak to 11 games, going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Kozma also walked three times.
RECORD: 18-16, 3rd Place, 3 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to State College 4-3
Thomas Eager was tagged with his third loss on the season, after he hadn't given up a run or even a walk in his two previous appearances. Eager is now 1-3 with a 2.17 ERA after seven games with the Dogs, including five starts. Thomas finished the night pitching three complete innings, giving up just one run on three hits and now walks, while striking out five. A nice job.
RECORD: 19-16, 3rd Place, 5.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Bristol 10-4
Cards' starter Matt North appearing in his eight game and making his sixth start, suffered his first loss for Johnson City. North pitched four complete innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one.
I'll just say the bullpen didn't do much better than North on Friday night and leave it at that.
Third baseman Alex Castellanos went 2-for-4 and scored twice, to lead the Johnson City offense.
RECORD: 18-19, Last Place, 4.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Nationals 12-6
The lead changed four times Friday night, but a six run eighth inning, put the game out of reach as the Nationals defeated the Cardinals 12-6. It was a very ugly game, I hope fans got a refund at the gates, the Cardinals committed six errors with the Nationals making three misplays of their own.
RECORD: 12-18, Last Place, 6.5 games back.
VSL Cardinals (R) - Winners 10-0 over the Rays
Starter Geney Rios had his best start this season, gave up only one hit, while pitching six complete shutout innings to pick up the win.
The offense was spread out up and down the line up with almost everyone getting into the action as the Redbirds scored 10 runs on 12 hits and nine walks.
RECORD: 28-30, 4th Place, 11.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - OFF DAY
RECORD: 15-28, Last Place, 14.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Geney Rios
Pitched six shutout innings for the VSL Cardinals, giving up only one hit and one walk.
Minor League Player of the Day - Tyler Greene
Extended his season high and franchise record setting hitting streak to 17 games, going 4-for-4 for the Springfield Cardinals Friday night.
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