Games Played Saturday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners8-7 over Albuquerque in 12
Starter Mitchell Boggs who got a no-decision for his efforts, pitched seven complete innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, no walks, while striking out five. Mark Worrell earned the win with a perfect frame in the 11th, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Third baseman David Freese led the offense with a 4-for-6 night that included a home run and two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored.
First baseman Josh Phelps also went deep Saturday with his 28th home run on the season. Phelps deserves a call up in September, the question remains if the Cardinals will add him to their 40-man roster.
RECORD: 67-59, 2nd Place, 7.5 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 5-2 over Corpus Christi
The Springfield Cardinals kept their dreams of another division title alive with a 5-2 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks on Saturday, to pull within two games of first place.
Josh Dew ended up getting the win with 2.1 scoreless innings on the mound in relief of Wainwright. Dew surrendered only one hit and a walk while striking out five as he picked up his first win for Springfield.
Left-fielder Daryl Jones led the offense hitting in the leadoff spot. Jones went 2-for-3 and walked twice, hitting a triple, driving in a run while scoring another one.
RECORD: 30-24, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Defeated Vero Beach 8-4
Starter Mark Diapoules improved to 3-1 at Palm Beach despite not having one of his best starts this season. Mark pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, only two of them earned on four hits and here is the killer, five walks, while striking out five.
Left-fielder Steven Hill working his way back to Springfield just finishing the first stop of his rehab stint with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, went 1-for-5 on the night, driving in four runs. It was good to see Hill back in Palm Beach, where he had played so well earlier in the year.
RECORD: 28-26, 4th Place, 4.5 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Stung by the Bees 6-4
The River Bandits got stung by the Burlington Bees Saturday night, losing a hard fought game by the score of 6-4, after staging some dramatic two-out scoring throughout the game.
Reliever Jameson Maj suffered the loss for Quad Cities, allowing four runs on four hits over three innings of relief. His outing came after five solid innings by starter Jared Bradford, who allowed the first two homers of his professional career in the second. Bradford finished the night, giving up five hits, including the two home runs, through five innings, walking only one batter while striking out three.
Leadoff man Adron Chambers led the offense, going 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored.
RECORD: 29-26, 3rd Place, 4.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) -Defeated Auburn 3-2
The Muckdogs in the heat of a pennant race, won their second straight game, six out of their last 10 to pull within a half game of Jamestown in the New York Penn League, Pinckney division standings.
Starter Arquimedes Nieto didn't factor into the decision, but continues to be one of the most impressive pitchers in the Cardinals farm system. Nieto pitched five complete shutout innings, scattering four hits and two walks, while striking out three. On the season, Nieto is 5-0 for Batavia with a Gibson like 1.28 ERA.
Zachary Pitts earned his first win for the Dogs, in relief of Nieto and Adam Reifer picked up his 17th save.
No standout offensive performances at the plate, but the Dogs did score three runs on seven hits, just enough for the win.
RECORD: 34-23, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Defeated Kingsport 7-6
Shortstop Nico Vasquez was the catalyst for the junior Redbirds offense Saturday night, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. First baseman Curt Smith, hit his 8th home run on the season, going 2-for-4 on the night, with two RBIs and a run scored.
Starter Reynier Gonzalez picked up his second win, pitching five complete frames, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Reliever Samuel Freeman earned his first save with two scoreless frames to close out the game.
RECORD: 31-27, 3rd Place, 6.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Off Day
RECORD: 15-32, Last Place, 13.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over
RECORD: 31-34, 5th Place, 13.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - No Report
No report available at the deadline.
RECORD: 24-35, Last Place, 15.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Adam Wainwright
It's hard to consider Wainwright the Minor League Player of the Day, but he was very impressive in his rehab start with Springfield Saturday night, so impressive, he's likely to make his next appearance in a game, as a starter for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Minor League Player of the Day - David Freese
Freese treated Memphis Redbirds fans to one of his best offensive performances of the year, going 4-for-6, with a home run and two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored.
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