Games Played Sunday
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Oklahoma 7-3
The RedHawks sent nine men to the plate in the fourth inning and used four hits to score five runs. Taylor Teagarden led off the inning with a solo home run and Chris Shelton's two-run double capped the rally. Four different RedHawks had two hits each, including Shelton. Cody Haerther led the Redbirds with three singles. Rico Washington and Jarrett Hoffpauir both hit home runs to provide the offense for the ‘Birds.
Oklahoma starter Tommy Hunter was strong over eight innings to earn the victory. The big right-hander gave up one run on six hits with four strikeouts. Memphis starter Jess Todd was roughed up for five runs on seven hits in just four innings in taking his first loss with the Redbirds.
Memphis and Oklahoma play tonight with game time scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and the final fireworks show of the year to follow. P.J. Walters will be on the hill for the ‘Birds and face RedHawks right-hander Doug Mathis.
RECORD: 74-66, 2nd Place, 9.0 GB
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 2-1 over Arkansas
The Springfield Cardinals beat the Arkansas Travelers by a score of 2-1 on Saturday night, at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas, but was knocked out of the playoffs by a Northwest Arkansas' victory over Tulsa, their eighth straight win, as the NWA win the Second Half North Division Title.
Starter Adam Ottavino turned in one of his best performances of 2008, Ottavino allowed just one run on four hits, including a home over his seven innings, while walking just one batter, while striking out four.
The St. Louis Cardinals first round draft pick of 2008, Brett Wallace, continues to punish pitchers at Double-A, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored. Wallace is currently hitting .390 at Springfield.
The Redbirds look for their third straight win on Sunday at 6:00pm, sending Kyle Mura (3-4) to the mound against Travs' right-hander David Austen (1-3). The Cardinals finish the 2008 regular season on Monday afternoon at 1:30pm from Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.
RECORD: 40-28, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 5-4 over Tampa Bay
Catcher Nick Derba waited until his 66th game at Palm Beach to hit his first home run and decided he liked it so much, he hit another one to lead the Cardinals past Vero Beach. Derba finished the day going 2-for-2 with two home runs, three RBIs and drawing a walk.
Starter Shaun Garceau improved to 8-4 on the season, despite having an off day, giving up four runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out two.
GAME TWO – Rained Out
BOXSCORE Game Two Rained Out
RECORD: 33-34, 4th Place, 7.5 GB
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Defeated Wisconsin 6-3
Jon Edwards and Blake Murphy each homered and drove in two runs on Saturday night, to lead the Bandits to a 6-3 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Modern Woodmen Park. With the win and just two games left in the regular season, the Bandits are assured of finishing overall at least at the .500 mark.
Starter Chuckie Fick improved to 6-5 on the season with a highly respectable 3.17 ERA. Fick pitched six complete innings, giving up three runs, two of them earned on five hits and a walk, while striking out six.
RECORD: 34-34, 4th Place Tie, 8.5 GB
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to Jamestown 10-2
Five Muckdogs errors led to three unearned runs, but Jamestown didn't need the free gift of three runs as they racked up 15 hits and scored 10 runs in Saturday's battle for first place in the Pinckney Division.
Batavia, with just seven games remaining in the regular season, finds themselves a half game back of Jamestown, as both teams take the field this afternoon. The two teams will also meet up again next week for a two-game set that could decide the Division Championship.
RECORD: 41-26, 2nd Place, 0.5
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 Ottavino
He made his best start of the season, in his final appearance for Springfield this season, giving up just one run, on four hits, through seven innings pitched.
Minor League Player of the Day - Nick Derba
His two home runs, three RBIs led the Palm Beach Cardinals past Tampa Bay Saturday, 5-4.
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