Games Played Monday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Defeats Tacoma 13-11
The Redbirds scored five runs in the bottom of the first with the big blow being a three run home run off the bat off the red hot David Freese. The Rainiers came back with five of their own off of starter Mike Parisi in the top of the second to tie things up.
The game wouldn't stay knotted for long when Josh Phelps hit a three-run homer of his own in the second. Blake Hawksworth did not fare much better than Parisi. Tacoma scored five off of the oft-injured right-hander in 2.2 innings of work.
The Rainiers put two more runs on the board in the top of the third and not to be outdone, the Redbirds scored five in their half of the third inning. Once again the big blow came off the bat of Phelps who took Oscar Villareal deep for his second three-run home run of the game.
The Rainiers would plate three more in the fourth to make things very interesting. The visitors would put another tally on the board to make the score 13-11, which is how, the game would end.
Believe it or not, there was one outstanding pitching performance. Reliever Jason Motte struck out all five batters he faced. He has 23 strikeouts in his last 12.2 innings pitched.
Chris Perez picked up his tenth save with two strikeouts in a hitless ninth.
Phelps ended his night with three hits and seven runs batted in. Freese had three hits as did D'Angelo Jimenez.
In his Triple-A debut, Tyler Greene had a hit, a stolen base, a run scored, and a run driven in out of the Memphis leadoff spot.
RECORD: 59-49, 2nd place, 4.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Thumped by NWA 10-4
Swept! The Cardinals came into this four game set tied for first place with Northwest Arkansas. Now after being swept by the Naturals, Springfield finds itself four games out
In a matchup featuring two really nice pitching prospects, Jess Todd and Dan Cortes, neither stood out. But Cortes did come out better than Todd who was knocked around for eight runs on eight hits including three home runs. The first big blow came in the second when the .208 hitting Mario Lisson hit a grand slam off the Springfield ace. Then in the fifth, Todd would surrender two more home runs including another to Lisson and a two run blast to former Cardinal farmhand, Juan Richardson.
It was a rough homecoming for Todd who played his college ball a few miles down the road for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Allen Craig collected two hits including his 19th home run. Jim Rapoport came off the disabled list and responded with a two-run blast in fifth, his first Double-A home run. Daryl Jones singled twice to record his first multi-hit game for Springfield.
With the promotion of Tyler Greene to Memphis, Jose Martinez moved over to play shortstop while Isa Garcia manned second base. The leadoff vacated by Greene's departure was taken over by the speedster Rapoport.
RECORD: 19-18, 2nd place, 4.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated by Daytona 8-5
Brad Furnish continued his forgettable season by getting tagged for eight runs including two home runs in 4.2 innings. He now stands at 7-7 with an ERA over five. The bullpen put out the fire with 3.1 shutout innings. Casey Mulligan hurled two-thirds of an inning to lower his ERA to a fantastic 1.76.
Donovan Solano reached base four times with three singles and a walk. Matt Arburr hit his fifth home run since being promoted, a two-run shot. Arburr did strikeout three times and now has whiffed 25 times in only 80 at bats.
Tyler Henley singled twice and walked. Antonio DeJesus collected two singles and scored two runs.
RECORD: 17-18, 4th place, 4.0 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Falls to GLL 6-2
The River Bandits had tied the score at two in the top of the eighth but the Loons scored four in the bottom of the inning to pull away for the victory.
Pete Kozma extended his hit streak to 14 games with a single, a walk, and a run scored. During the streak, Kozma is hitting .393 to push his season average to .284. Adron Chambers singled and scored a run. Chambers has now hit in nine straight games. Francisco Rivera collected a two RBI single.
Carlos Pupo is hitless in his last 28 at bats.
RECORD: 20-17, 3rd place, 1.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Outlasts Williamsport 4-3
The Muckdogs scored four in the fourth inning and held on for the victory. The big blow of the inning was a three run blast off the bat of Jermaine Curtis. Christian Rosa had two hits, stole a base, and scored a run.
RECORD: 22-16, 2nd place tie, 4.0 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Shutout Danville 3-0
Scott McGregor and Deryk Hooker combined on a gem for the Cardinals. McGregor allowed only two hits while striking out five in the five-inning start. Deryk Hooker followed with four innings of one hit ball while striking out seven.
RECORD: 20-20, 4th place, 3.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Defeated by the Dodgers 4-3
Southpaw Anthony Ferrara was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on five hits in three innings of work. The teenage left-hander did strikeout three. The rehabbing Zack Zuercher struck out two in a shutout inning while David Carpenter struck out one in his scoreless inning of relief. Carpenter has yet to give up an earned run in since moving from behind the plate to the pitcher's mound. Braulio Hiraldo hit his second home run of the season in the sixth, a two-run shot. Rainel Rosario and Juan Castillo both singled and scored a run.
RECORD: 12-20, 5th place, 8.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Shutout by the Phillies 2-0
The Cardinals had only four hits and two those were collected by Anthony Fonseca. Billy Bolivar and Jesus Montero both singled to round out the offense. Hector Corpas was charged with the loss after the Phillies plated two runs in his five innings of work. Game 2 was rained out.
RECORD: 29-32, 5th place, 12.0 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - No Report at the Deadline
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jason Motte
In a wild one at Autozone Park, Motte struck out all five batters he faced. The former catcher now has 85 strikeouts in 52 innings this season.
Minor League Player of the Day - Josh Phelps The journeyman infielder had a big day with three hits including two home runs and seven runs batted in. Phelps now has 20 home runs on the season.
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