Games Played Saturday April 25th
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 8-4 over Round Rock
Saturday the Redbirds turn to Ian Ostlund to make the start in the series opener at Round Rock. The left-hander had not started a game since his first season in pro ball in 2001 for Oneonta of the New York-Penn League. Going into Saturday's contest Ostlund had pitched in four games this season for the ‘Birds with his longest outing of the year going just 3.1 innings against Nashville on Tuesday when he allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
Ostlund responded to the challenge picking his first win of the season, pitching five complete innings scattering eight hits and two walks, allowing three runs while striking out five. Reliever Marco Gonzalez tossed two shutout frames and Josh Kinney gave up home run and a walk, while striking out three in his two innings on the mound to close out the game.
Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir hit two home runs (not a typo), as he went 3-for-4, with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Redbirds' offense. Struggling outfielder Joe Mather had a base hit to extend his hitting streak to four games. Catcher Nick Stavinoha had a three-run homer in the fifth with two on and two outs to tie the game.
The Redbirds won their second straight game Saturday to pull within a half game of the first place Iowa Cubs who lost yesterday. Today Memphis will send Adam Ottavino to the mound with a chance to move into 1st place.
JOE MATHER UPDATE: After enduring a slow start to the season with just two hits over his first 11 games (2-for-41) Joe Mather has a four-game hit streak going into tonight. "Joey Bombs" is 5-for-14 in his last four games with three RBI which equals his total from his first 11 games of the year. His batting average is at its highest point this season at .127 entering tonight's contest.
ROSTER MOVES: Katsuhiko Maekawa was placed on the disabled list yesterday. Maekawa had pitched in three games, including two starts, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. Evan MacLane has been acquired from Triple-A Reno for future considerations. MacLane was 0-2 with the Aces this season with a 6.75 ERA in three games, two starts. The lefty went 7-8 with a 4.67 ERA for Tucson last season.
TOP 40 PROSPECTS: Bryan Anderson (#3), Jess Todd (#4), Jon Jay (#10), Clayton Mortensen (#11), Adam Ottavino (#13), Allen Craig (#14), Tyler Greene (#17), P.J. Walters (#23), Nick Stavinoha (#30), and Shane Robinson (#33).
RECORD: 10-6, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 6-5 over Tulsa
The Cardinals won their fifth straight Saturday and for the For the second time in as many as nights, Brett Wallace hit a walk-off home run to give the Springfield Cardinals a 6-5 victory over the Tulsa Drillers.
Leadoff man and center fielder Antonio Dejesus drove in two runs with a triple and he walked and scored once to put Brett Wallace in the position to hit another walk-off homer and give the Cardinals another win and to extend their lead over Tulsa and Northwest Arkansas in the standings to three games.
Starter Tyler Herron, who did not get the decision, pitched five complete innings, allowing two runs on five hits and walk walks, while striking out six. Reliever Tyler Norrick picked up the win, his first, with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Wallace went 2-for-5 on the night, hitting his second walk-off homer in less than 24 hours and his fourth home run of the season.
KNOCKED OFF THE TOP OF THE HILL: Despite being knocked from the top spot in the Texas League batting race, Steven Hill is still off to a great start. His 1-for-4 performance on Friday dropped him to .435, now second in the league behind Frisco's Manny Pina (.486). Tuesday's five-hit performance tied a franchise record of five base hits that was last tied by Jose Martinez back August 18th, 2007.
Springfield looks for the sweep today, sending Kyle Mura to the mound in the final game of the four-game home stand.
RECORD: 10-5, 1st Place - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Sarasota 4-3
The Cardinals blew two leads Saturday to lose to Sarasota 4-3, as they lose to the Reds for the first time in five games, after sweeping the first four matchups.
Designated hitter Shane Peterson went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs as his batting average fell ever so slightly to .385, just enough to fall out of the league lead in hitting behind Brevard County's outfielder Caleb Gindl who is hitting .389. Palm Beach outfielder Adron Chambers is also in the hunt for the league lead in batting, hitting .380.
Starter Nick Additon had a decent outing, he gave up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out five, through four innings, but did not factor into the decision. David Kopp was tagged with a blown save and the loss, giving up two runs on four hits, including a solo homer, while striking out two.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: Pete played flawless defense again and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored Saturday to raise his batting average to a respectable .281.
RECORD: 8-7, Tied for 2nd Place - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 9-8 over Wisconsin
The Bandits overcame five errors Saturday to rally for seven runs over the final three innings - including a pair in the bottom of the ninth - to walk off with a 9-8 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday night at Modern Woodmen Park.
The win is especially sweet considering the River Bandits opened the 2009 season against the Timber Rattlers in Grand Chute, losing three straight games and being outscored, 15-4.
Outfielder Ryde Rodriguez led the Bandits offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Outfielder Chris Swauger continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double an RBI and a run scored. Shortstop Niko Vazquez also had two hits on the day and scored twice.
Quad Cities used four pitchers Saturday, with converted catcher, Casey Mulligan picking up the win with a perfect scoreless frame in the ninth.
The Bandits seemed to be just stuck in 5th place this season, but a win Saturday moved them into a tie for 4th place with Wisconsin and back to the .500 mark. Quad Cities is 5-2 at home early in the season, as opposed to a 2-5 record on the road.
RECORD: 7-7, Tied for 4th Place - MID Western Division
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - The Muckdogs will begin the defense of their NYPL Championship Title on June 19th when they host Auburn at home.
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - The Cardinals will open the season on the road in Kingsport on Tuesday, June 23rd. The Cardinals will play a three game series with the Mets before the action comes to Howard Johnson Field on Friday, June 26th when the Cardinals play host to the Burlington Royals in the 2009 home opener.
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Season starts mid-June
VSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts mid-May
DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts near the end of May
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Casey Mulligan
The converted catcher tossed a scoreless frame in the ninth as Quad Cities defeated Wisconsin for the first time in four games this season.
Minor League Player of the Day - Jarrett Hoffpauir
The Memphis second basemen hit two home runs Saturday to propel Memphis to 6-5 win over Tulsa.
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