Games Played Thursday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Shutout Omaha 5-0
The Redbirds took advantage of three walks and a hit by pitch to put four runs on the board in the top of the first. Shane Robinson singled to drive in two runs in the inning.
Starter Mitchell Boggs was not at his best but still put together a scoreless outing. Boggs left with two on and two out in the sixth. John Wasdin picked up his starter; retiring the first batter he faced to get out of the inning. Wasdin would allow two hits in the seventh before retiring the final three hitters he faced.
RECORD: 70-62, 2nd place, 8.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) -
With a three run lead in the bottom of the ninth, manager "Pop" Warner went to his closer, Texas League All-Star Fernando Salas. Former Cardinal Juan Richardson led off the inning with a double off of Mexico native. Salas would buck up to retire the next two hitters though and looked as if he would escape the inning unscathed. With two outs, Ed Lucas hit an innocent single to score Richardson and pull the Naturals within two runs. With two outs and a runner on, Brian McFall deposited a Salas pitch over the leftfield wall to tie the game at four and send this one to extra-innings.
In the tenth, Casey Rowlett led off the inning with a double and would advance to third on a Daryl Jones sacrifice. Donovan Solano would drive Rowlett in with an RBI single to left to put the Cards back up by one. Salas would return to the rubber in the tenth. The right-hander would use a strikeout and a double play to get the victory and pull the Cardinals within one game of first place.
Starter Kyle Mura made only one mistake in seven strong innings. Juan Richardson took Mura deep in the seventh for the 23 year-olds only run allowed.
Though Salas does have 24 saves, this was his seventh blown save of the season.
In his second Double-A game, Brett Wallace singled twice and scored two runs. Rowlett had two hits and drove in two runs.
RECORD: 33-26, 2nd place, 1.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Split a Double-Header
GAME ONE - Falls to St. Lucie 6-2
The Cardinals must have left their bats back in Jupiter in game one. The visitors managed only two hits, the biggest being a home run off the bat of Steven Hill. The Cardinals' first run came off a couple of walks and a sac fly from Nick Derba.
The Mets plated three runs on five hits off of starter Tyler Herron. The 22 year old was tagged for two home runs. Reliever Casey Mulligan allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in his only inning of work.
GAME TWO – Shutout St. Lucie 6-0
The Cardinals put six runs on the board but only had five hits in the nightcap. Palm Beach put a crooked number on the board in the third, fourth, and sixth to fend off the Mets' doubleheader sweep.
Nick Additon was fantastic, spinning a three-hit shutout. Additon struck out six and gave up only a single free pass.
After recording an extra base hit in his first three games back at Palm Beach, Steven Hill struck out in each of his three at bats.
Pete Kozma struck out three times in five at bats in the doubleheader. The 2007 first round pick is hitting .122 since being promoted.
RECORD: 29-28, 4th place, 4.5 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners over Wisconsin 5-3
The River Bandits put a tally on the board in the eight and ninth to pick up the victory over the Timber Rattlers.
Niko Vasquez singled in his first full-season at bat and would double and score later in the game. Oliver Marmol had two hits and scored two runs. Francisco Rivera singled, doubled, and drove in two runs.
RECORD: 30-29, 3rd place tie, 7.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Doubled up Mahoning Valley 4-2
The Muckdogs came out of the break just as it entered the All-Star break, victorious. Scott Gorgen hurled five shutout innings with seven strikeouts. He picked up his third victory in the process. Jay Buursma picked up his third save after entering the ninth with two runners on base.
Edwin Gomez had a two-RBI double to put Batavia on the board in the second inning.
The "Dogs" have now won four in a row.
RECORD: 36-23, 1st place
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Winners over Princeton 4-2
Jack Cawley had three hits and two RBIs to lead the JC offense. The Pace product is now hitting .358 in 95 at bats for the Cardinals. Replacing Curt Smith, Edgar Lara hit a solo home run and added a single.
In his second game in the Appy League, Yunier Castillo singled twice and drove in a run. Ryde Rodriguez went hitless in three at bats in his debut for Johnson City. Rodriguez played the final two innings at shortstop.
RECORD: 34-28, 2nd place, 5.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - OFF DAY
RECORD: 15-33, 5th place, 14.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over
RECORD: 31-34, 5th Place, 13.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - NO REPORT
RECORD: 27-37, 4th Place, 14.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Nick Additon Additon was spectacular, spinning a three hit shutout in only his second Florida State League start. Additon struck out six and now has an ERA of 0.75 in his two starts covering 12 innings.
Minor League Player of the Day - Brett Wallace
The 2008 First Round pick came up big with two hits and two runs scored to put Springfield back on the winning track against Northwest Arkansas.
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