Games Played Sunday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Omaha 5-4
The Redbirds were eliminated from postseason contention Sunday, losing to Omaha, 5-4, in 10 innings. The Redbirds concluded their 2008 Pacific Coast League road schedule With 38 wins on the season, more road victories than any other team in the league. The team's road win total is the second-most in franchise history trailing only the 2000 PCL Championship team that won 41 games on the road.
The Redbirds got off to an early the lead on David Freese's three-run first inning homer, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Royals. Outfielder Nick Stavinoha had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-5, raising his batting average to .337.
Starter Jess Todd had a decent start, pitching six complete innings, giving up just two runs on two hits, one of them a home run and five walks, while striking out four. The difference between a decent start and a good start, five walks.
RECORD: 71-64, 2nd Place, 9.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) -
Major league pitcher and former Springfield Cardinal Josh Kinney pitched a scoreless seventh inning on a medical rehab assignment. Kinney is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, and has been out since the 2006 postseason.
Kinney hit his first batter, but got the next man to ground into a double play, and struck out the final batter he faced to end the inning. He threw a total of seven pitches, six of them for strikes.
Elsewhere, Northwest Arkansas picked up a 3-1 win over Tulsa, leaving them tied with Springfield for first place in the Texas League North standings.
RECORD: 36-26, 1st Place Tie
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Brevard County 9-3
Starter Mark Diapoules was tagged with the loss Sunday, giving up eight runs on nine hits, including a home run and a walk, while failing to strike out anyone.
Catcher Nick Derba led the Palm Beach offense, going 2-for-4, including a double, driving in all three of Cardinals' runs.
RECORD: 30-29, 4th Place, 5.0 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Wisconsin 5-3
The River Bandits slipped to 3.5 games out of a playoff spot, with eight games remaining in the regular season, with the 5-3 loss to Wisconsin Sunday.
Starter Deryk Hooker continues to pitch in tough luck, deserving a much better fate than a no decision. Hooker scattered five hits and two walks over six complete innings, giving up just one run, while striking out six.
Jonathan Stambaugh suffered a blown save and the loss for Quad Cities, tossing two frames and allowing four runs, three of them earned, on four hits in the bottom of the seventh
RECORD: 31-31, 3rd Place Tie, 8.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 5-4 over Williamsport
The Muckdogs won their seventh straight game and remain in first place with the slim half game lead over Jamestown.
Arquimedes Nieto improved to 6-0 with Batavia, picking up the win Sunday in relief of starter Zachary Pitts. Pitts gave up two runs in five innings on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Nieto finished the day, pitching three no-hit innings, giving up no walks, while striking out one.
RECORD: 39-23, 1st Place
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Winners 6-2 over Bluefield
Starter Jose Mateo had one of his best starts of the season, pitching five complete innings, giving up two runs, only one of them earned, on five hits and no walks.
The Cardinals scored six runs, due in large part to the five errors by the Orioles.
RECORD: 36-29, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Split a Double-Header with the Nationals
RECORD: 16-37, Last Place, 15.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over
RECORD: 31-34, 5th Place, 13.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over
RECORD: 27-39, Last Place, 15.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Arquimedes Nieto
Nieto finished the day, pitching three no-hit innings, giving up no walks, while striking out one, as his stock continues to rise.
Minor League Player of the Day - Brett Wallace
The Cardinals 2008 first round draft pick hit two home runs on Sunday to include a walk off homer to keep Springfield in a first place tie with Northwest Arkansas.
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