Games Played – Thursday, May 14th
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Las Vegas 3-1
Las Vegas grabbed an early lead and held onto win 3-1 Thursday night at AutoZone Park.
Three hits and an error in the top of the first led to two Las Vegas runs. Buck Coats doubled to lead off the game for the 51s and scored on a David Freese throwing error when Howie Clark reached on a bunt single. Clark scored on Randy Ruiz's single to right field before the ‘Birds had recorded an out. Memphis cut the lead to one with Mark Shorey's first Triple-A home run, a solo shot to right. Shorey was the only Redbird to advance past second base on the night.
Memphis wasted a strong outing from starter Blake Hawksworth, who took the loss. Hawksworth gave up three runs on five hits over 7.2 innings. It was the Redbirds second straight loss as they fall out of first, a half game back of the Iowa Cubs.
BRENDAN RYAN UPDATE: In his first three games for Memphis, playing shortstop and batting in the leadoff spot, Brendan is 0-for-11 with five strikeouts. Ryan isn't inline for an automatic return to St. Louis when his rehab assignment is over, he'll need to be a little more productive at the plate before returning to Cardinals.
ROSTER MOVES: Placed Joe Mather on the 7-day DL, signed free agent infielder Javier Brito, activated Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir and left-handed reliever Katsuhiko Maekawa from the disabled list.
RECORD: 18-14, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 4-2
The Cardinals lead in the Texas League North Division has been slowly slipping away. Last night despite outhitting the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 13-10, the Cardinals left 13 men stranded and had two men thrown out at the plate as they came up two runs shy to let their sole possession of first place slip away.
Starter Ryan Kulik, who has been pitching well, suffered his second loss, giving up the four runs on seven hits (including two home runs) and two walks, while striking out two through his five innings on the mound.
Offensively: Designated hitter Mark Hamilton had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Six of the Cardinals players had a multi-hit night, including; Daryl Jones (2-for-4, RBI), Brett Wallace (2-for-4, with a double and a run scored), Steven Hill (2-for-4), Daniel Descalso (2-for-4, with a double) & Tyler Henley (2-for-3 with a double). You would think that would be enough.
With Tulsa's win over the Arkansas Travelers, the Drillers (18-15) and the Cards (18-15) are now tied atop the North Division.
MEDICAL REPORT: Andrew Brown was injured in Wednesday night's game while swinging. Brown will be held out of today's lineup after having an MRI on his left hand earlier today. Brown had been red-hot for Springfield, hitting safely in nine of his last ten games, including seven multi-hit efforts.
RECORD: 18-15, Tied for 1st Place - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 2-0 over Charlotte
The Cardinals came away with a 2-0 win over the Charlotte Snow Crabs Thursday night, as we are going to have snow crabs here tonight in the Birdhouse to celebrate this rare victory.
Starter Nick Additon, who I have been very high on for the past two seasons, picked up his second win, pitching six complete shutout innings, giving up only three hits, no walks, while striking out three, to earn the Birdhouse "Pitcher of the Day" honors. Adam Reifer picked up his fourth save with a scoreless frame in the ninth, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Leadoff man and right-fielder Adron Chambers drove in designated hitter Francisco Riveria twice to account for the scoring.
The Cardinals are showing a little sign of life, winning three of their last 10 games.
RECORD: 12-21, Last Place, 9.5 GB - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Split a Doubleheader
GAME ONE: The Bandits dropped the first game of the doubleheader with the Peoria Chiefs, losing 7-3.
Starter Josh Wilson pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits (including two home runs), while striking out five, but did not factor into the decision. Converted catcher David Carpenter was tagged with the loss, as he gave up the other four runs.
Leadoff man and second baseman Brett Lilley scored two of the Bandits three runs, with designated hitter Chris Swauger going 2-for-3 on the night with a double, a triple and two RBIs to pace the offense in the losing cause.
GAME TWO: It took extra innings, but the Bandits bounced back and defeated the Chiefs 4-1 in the nightcap.
Starter Gary Daley had what you would call a quality start, even though he only pitched four innings. Daley held the Chiefs scoreless through four frames, while scattering five hits and two walks and striking out two. Casey Mulligan, another converted catcher, picked up the win with his two shutout innings on the mound. Mulligan now has an ERA of just 0.60, it's amazing to think he was originally signed by the Cardinals as catcher in 2006.
First baseman Osvaldo "Big Mo" Morales drove in two of the Bandits' runs and second baseman and leadoff man Brett Lilley, went 2-for-4 with a double, and drove in the other Quad Cities run.
RECORD: 18-15, 3rd Place Tie, 3.0 GB - 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) - The GCL Cardinals open their season on June 23 vs. the GCL Marlins.
VSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts May 18th as they take on the Phillies
DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts the 30th of May as they also take on the Phillies.
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Nick Additon
Nick pitched six shutout innings as the Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Charlotte Snow Crabs by the score of 2-0.
Minor League Player of the Day - Brett Lilley
The kid just finds a way to make things happen. Yesterday in Quad Cities' doubleheader against the Chiefs, Lilley went 3-for-7 with a walk, a double, an RBI and two runs scored. It's not the kind of stuff that makes the FOXSports or ESPN nightly highlight reels, but it's the kind of stuff that will win you ball games. This kid Lilley is an on-base-machine, with a .484 OBP through his first 21 games for Quad Cities. I'm not sure how close Lilley will get to the majors, but he's the kind of player that would be worth the trip to the ballpark to watch.
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