Games Played Monday, May 18th
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 3-2
Memphis and Reno battled for over four hours on Monday night at AutoZone Park until the Redbirds finally scratched out a 3-2 victory.
With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th and trailing by a run Jon Jay's fielder's choice tied the game and Ruben Gotay's error allowed Donovan Solano to score all the way from second base and hand the ‘Birds the win. Memphis scored the game's first run in the fourth inning on Bryan Anderson's third home run of the year. Brett Wallace and Solano each had three hits to lead the Redbirds and Jon Jay extended his hit streak to six games with a pair of hits.
Fernando Salas picked up the win in relief as the sixth Memphis pitcher in the game. Memphis starter Adam Ottavino pitched five scoreless innings despite walking a season-high six batters and he's still looking for his first win of the season.
BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett is feasting on Triple-A pitching, through his first three games at Memphis the Cardinals future third baseman is hitting .429 (6-for-14).
RECORD: 20-16, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners 3-2 over Arkansas
The Springfield Cardinals opened their eight-game home stand with a walk-off win, as they edged the Arkansas Travelers by a score of 3-2 Monday night at Hammons Field.
Shortstop Pete Kozma had one of his best nights at the plate, going 3-for-5, including his two-out single in the bottom of the ninth that knocked in outfielder Jim Rapoport with the game-winner, as Springfield moved to one full game in front of Tulsa in the North Division standings. The 3-for-5 night with the bat and game-winning RBI will help ease the pain of the two throwing errors he made last night.
Starter Tyler Herron pitched five complete innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out one, but did not factor into the decision. Closer Francisco Samuel worked around a lead-off walk in the ninth inning, picking up the win in relief for the Cards.
RECORD: 20-16, 1st Place - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 6-1 over Sarasota
The Cardinals tacked on two runs in the top of the first and never looked back as they defeated the Sarasota Reds 6-1 Monday night.
Outfielder Shane Peterson, arguably the best position player for the Cardinals, hit a two-run homer in the first to put the Cardinals on top and he had a great day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, driving in three runs and scoring twice to lead the Palm Beach offense.
Starter Brian Broderick had a great game, pitching eight complete innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out two. Blake King tossed a scoreless frame in the ninth, retiring the side in order in a non-save situation.
RECORD: 14-23, Last Place, 10.0 GB - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 3-1 over Kane County
Starter Arquimedes Nieto retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced and struck out six over five strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits. The outing, which came four days after the 20-year-old from Panama took a perfect game into the sixth inning on Thursday in Peoria, lowered Nieto's ERA to 2.67 with 33 strikeouts and just seven walks over 30.1 inning of work this season. Keep an eye on this kid.
Catcher Charlie Cutler, the only batter in the lineup hitting over .300 this season, led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
RECORD: 20-16, Tied for 2nd Place, 2.5 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 Started Yesterday
DSL Cardinals (R) - Season starts the 30th of May as they also take on the Phillies.
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Brian Broderick
Broderick pitched eight complete innings, scattering four hits and giving up only one run as the Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Sarasota Reds 6-1 Monday night.
Minor League Player of the Day - Shane Peterson
Peterson had a huge night offensively, going 2-for-4, with a double, a home run, driving in three runs and scoring twice as he almost single-handedly defeated the Sarasota Reds for Palm Beach yesterday.
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