Games Played Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Omaha
Slugger Josh Phelps hit his 31st home run on the season in a losing cause as the Redbirds dropped a 4-2 loss to the Omaha Royals. Phelps a major league veteran who has played for the Yankees and Pirates deserves a September call up and a shot make the major club next season.
Starter Clayton Mortensen was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits, including two home runs and three walks, while striking out six.
The Redbirds are seven games above the .500 mark with just 10 games left in the season, just four wins from their first winning season since 2004.
RECORD: 70-63, 2nd Place, 9.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 5-1 over NWA
Starter Justin Fiske came up huge Friday night, giving up just one run in 6.1 innings for his third win in eight starts for the Cardinals. Fiske who started the season at Quad Cities and made three relief appearances for Palm Beach, initially was used as a spot starter for Springfield, has made thirty appearances in relief and eight starts this season. Fiske finished the night, scattering four hits and four walks while striking out eight in his 6.1 innings on the mound.
Second baseman Casey Rowlett hit his fifth home run of the season, with two on, to lead the Cardinals offense pass the Royals. Brandon Yarbrough had one of his best games at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
RECORD: 34-26, Tied for 1st Place
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 8-5 over Port St. Lucie
The Cardinals, the 1st half division winners, remained 4.5 games back of Jupiter after Friday's 8-5 victory over Port St. Lucie.
Starter Blake King, picked up his first win for Palm Beach, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on two hits and four walks (those walks will kill you), while striking out four. Mike Parise got his second hold, with two-thirds of a scoreless inning in relief. Parise is quietly putting together a fine season, with a combined record of 5-2 with 13 saves and a 2.41 ERA, with 44 appearances combined between Quad Cities and Palm Beach.
TOP PROSPECT WATCH: The Cardinals 2007 first round draft pick, shortstop Pete Kozma, went 0-for-3 Friday night, as his batting average at Palm Beach falls to just .115 (6-for-52). Pete's blue chip stock is taking a hit this quarter.
RECORD: 30-28, 4th Place, 4.5 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Wisconsin 5-2
Quad Cities suffered a 5-2 loss to Wisconsin Friday night, falling back to .500 in the second half and slipping to four games out of the playoff race with just 10 contests remaining in the regular season.
Starter Jameson Maj struck out seven batters in five innings, scattering seven hits and surrendering a couple of runs, but didn't factor into the decision. Kenny Maiques suffered the loss, giving up three runs in the eighth.
Third baseman Domnit Bolivar had the only multi-hit night, going 2-for-4.
RECORD: 30-30, 3rd Place Tie, 8.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 10-1 over Mahoning Valley
The Muckdogs maintained a half game lead over Jamestown in the NYPL Pinckney Division standings with a huge 10-1 win over Mahoning Valley.
Starter Thomas Eager, was finer than he had to be Friday night, giving up just one run on two hits and four walks, while striking out five through five innings. George Brown earned his third save for the Dogs.
The Dogs racked up 13 hits en-route to the 10-1 win with outfielder Edwin Gomez driving in three of the runs, while going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Second baseman Alex Castellanos is on fire, hitting .600 (6-for-10), in his first three games for the Dogs, went 3-for-4 Friday night, with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.
RECORD: 37-23, 1st Place
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Lost to Princeton 7-0
The Cardinals made six errors Friday night and could only muster up four hits, as Princeton punished the baby Redbirds 7-0, in a loss that is going to leave a scar.
Starter Kevin Thomas pitched four complete innings and suffered the loss, giving up two of the runs on six hits, but give the kid some credit he didn't walk anyone, while striking out four.
As to the offense, as my friends in "The Mob" would say, "Forget about it."
RECORD: 34-29, 3rd Place, 6.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - 11-2 loss to the Dodgers
The rain came to late and didn't wash away the pain of a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers Friday.
Starter Gary Daley, still looking for his first win after 10 starts for the GCL Cards, walked five of the six batters he faced, before being taken out of the game. He would eventually be charged with five runs. Those walks will kill you.
RECORD: 15-34, Last Place, 14.5 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over
RECORD: 31-34, 5th Place, 13.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - Lost to the A's(1) 3-0
Starter Angel De Jesus, didn't get much help from his defense as they committed three errors behind the talented 6'6" right-hander. Je Jesus, tagged with the loss, is 2-3 with a 1.39 ERA in his last ten appearances, while walking eight and striking out 29. His record in August, falls to 1-1 with a 0.43 ERA. The kid is a rising star on the horizon.
RECORD: 27-38, Last Place, 14.5 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Mike Parise
Parise gets the nod today, not so much for his relief appearance Friday, but because is quietly putting together a fine season and middle relievers in the minors just don't get enough recognition for their contributions. Parise is 5-2 with 13 saves and a 2.41 ERA on the season.
Minor League Player of the Day - Alex Castellanos
Alex Castellanos went 3-for-4 Friday night, with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.
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