Games Played Friday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 1-0 over Oklahoma
The Redbirds scored the only run of the game in the fifth inning. Shane Robinson led off the inning with a triple to right-center field and scored one batter later on Brendan Ryan's sacrifice fly. David Freese led Memphis with three singles.
Memphis starter Blake Hawksworth combined with Mark Worrell and Jason Motte to complete the ‘Birds sixth shutout of the year. Hawksworth earned the win with 6.1 scoreless innings before leaving in the seventh with an injury. The right-hander scattered three hits and fanned six in his fifth win of the year. Motte struck out the side to earn his eighth save of the year. Rising star Jess Todd will toe the rubber for Memphis, Saturday.
RECORD: 74-65, 2nd Place, 8.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 6-5 over Tulsa in 13
With the playoffs on the line, the Springfield Cardinals battled for 13 innings, before downing the Tulsa Drillers 6-5. Jim Rapoport's RBI single in the 13th to score Andrew Brown kept the Cardinals playoff hopes alive for another day.
Northwest Arkansas, defeated the Arkansas Travelers on Friday night, needing only one more win or a Springfield loss, to give the Naturals the Second Half Division Crown.
The Cardinals still have three more road games remaining in the regular season, as they open a three-game set tonight in North Little Rock against the Arkansas Travelers. Adam Ottavino, who has struggled most of the season, coming into tonight's game with a 2-7 record, will take the mound for Springfield.
RECORD: 39-28, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Dropped two to Vero Beach
GAME ONE: Lost to Vero Beach 8-1. The Cardinals were never really in Game One, down 4-0 at the end of one, the Redbirds only managed three hits on the night. Mark Diapoules suffered the loss, as he falls to 3-3 , for Palm Beach.
GAME TWO: Lost to Vero Beach 6-3. Pete Kozma who is hitting just .135 for Palm Beach, drove in the Cardinals two runs, and fan favorite Steve Hill, another one, but three runs just it wasn't enough Friday night, in the nightcap. Starting pitcher Jose Mateo, pitched a complete game, in his first start for Palm Beach and was tagged with the loss.
RECORD: 32-34, 4th Place, 8.0 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Wisconsin 6-2
The Quad Cities River Bandits let an eighth-inning tie slip away from them Friday night, as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored four runs in the frame to pull off a 6-2 win at Modern Woodmen Park.
Starter Deryk Hooker, scattered six hits and two walks, while striking out six, over 5.2 innings, to end up with a no decision. Reliever Jonathan Stambaugh was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs, two of them earned.
Quad Cities fell one game below .500 with the loss, with just four games remaining in the regular season.
RECORD: 33-34, 5th Place, 8.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Defeated Williamsport 4-2
The Dogs managed only five hits on the night, but that was all they needed, playing errorless ball, beating Williamsport 4-2.
Hector Cardenas improved to 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA on the year for Batavia, after picking up the win Friday night. Cardenas pitched five complete scoreless frames, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out six. Adam Reifer earned his 21st save, recording the final four outs of the night.
Batavia maintains a half game lead over division rival Jamestown in the NYP Pinckney Division standings, with eight games remaining in the regular season, including four games against Jamestown.
Batavia will face Jamestown tonight, the first game of a two game set, and the two will match up again on September 3 & 4, for their final head to head games.
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Season Over
RECORD: 40-25, 2nd place, 0.5 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Season Over
RECORD: 17-38, 5th place, 16.0 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 - Adam Reifer
The former UC Riverside Athletics star, recorded his 21st save, the old fashion way, coming in, in the eight to get the final out, before retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Minor League Player of the Day - Jim Rapoport
His RBI single in the 13th inning, keeps the Springfield Cardinals slim hopes of a playoff spot alive for another day.
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