Games Played Monday, May 11
Redbirds limped out of Des Moines after losing three of four to the I-Cubs.
Starter P.J. Walters served up a three-run home run in the fourth inning to put
Memphis down 4-0. He ended up yielding all six runs in 6 1/3 innings and dropped
to 1-1 in the Pacific Coast League.
First baseman Nick Stavinoha hit a solo home run in the ninth. It was his fourth of the season and team-best 24th RBI. His teammates managed just two other hits on the day.
RECORD: 17-12, 1st place by one-half game - PCL American North Division
Cards' starting pitcher Brandon Dickson (2-2 on the season) surrendered three runs, two earned, on four hits over four innings. He walked four and hit a batter.
The pen was no better as three relievers that followed issued four more free passes, six hits and yielded four more runs. As a staff, the Cardinals lead all of professional baseball with 173 walks so far this season.
RECORD: 17-13, 1st place by one game - Texas League North Division
Home cooking didn't do it for the Cardinals as they had twice as many hits as the Mets (eight vs. four) but couldn't put them together, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine.
Starter Richard Castillo took the loss despite the first two runs having scored on an error by right fielder Shane Peterson and the final one coming in on a fielders' choice. He fell to 0-4, 5.03 on the season.
RECORD: 11-19, tied for last place, nine games out - FSL South Division
RECORD: 16-13, tied for third place, 2.5 GB - MWL Western Division
VSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts May 18.
DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts May 30.
Pitcher of the Day – Blake King
Player of the Day – Brett Wallace
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