Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 4-3 over the Iowa Cubs
Starter Blake Hawksworth pitched a complete seven inning game Sunday to improve to 5-4 on the season as the Redbirds defeated the Iowa Cubs 4-3.
Leadoff man and shortstop Tyler Greene helped lead the offense with his third home run on the season, a solo blast coming in the first to get Memphis on the board.
BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 0-for-3 in the regularly scheduled game.
RECORD: 26-24, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Corpus Christi 8-2
Springfield starter Ryan Kulik suffered his third loss since joining the Double-A Redbirds, allowing six runs on nine hits, including a home run and two walks over five innings while striking out one.
Right fielder Tyler Henley hit his third home run on the season, a two run shot in the fifth to account for the Cardinals offense.
Lance Lynn, who took home the Birdhouse "Pitcher of the Month" honors for the month of May will take the mound today for the Cardinals in the rubber game.
RECORD: 28-20, 1st Place - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Lakeland 6-5
The Lakeland Flying Tigers scored two runs in the top of the ninth to comeback and beat the Cardinals 6-5 Sunday with reliever Casey Mulligan, the Birdhouse "Minor League Pitcher of the Month" for April, getting tagged with the loss.
The Cardinals took advantage of a wild pitch and an error as they scored four of their five runs in the eighth as they came back from a 4-1 deficit only to fall finally to Lakeland 6-5.
RECORD: 20-29, Last Place, 12.5 GB - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Winners 10-3 over Lansing
The River Bandits snapped a seven game losing streak with a big 10-3 win over Lansing Sunday.
Quad Cities got three-hit games from Charlie Cutler, Travis Mitchell and Frederick Parejo, salvaging a victory on the final day of a six-game stretch in Michigan that began with a sweep at the hands of the West Michigan Whitecaps and continued with losses in the first two games of the three-game set in Lansing.
Starter Gary Daley turned in his best performance of the year in Quad Cities' first game back on a regular five-man starting rotation. The 23-year-old from California struck out eight over 5.2 innings while allowing just four hits. Although he allowed three runs and walked four, two of the three runs and three of the four walks came during a sixth-inning Lugnuts rally that was aided by a misplayed fly ball to left.
RECORD: 23-26, 7th Place, 7.5 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.
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Blake Hawksworth
With a complete game victory Sunday, Hawksworth improved to 5-4 on the season and more important than that he leads the team with five victories, is that, after struggling with injuries for what seems like forever, Blake is leading the team in "innings pitched" with 62 innings this season. In addition, opponents are hitting just .227 off of him this season, after hitting .307 off of him last year at Memphis.
Minor League Player of the Day - Charles Cutler
Cutler had three more hits Sunday to help Quad Cities snap a seven game losing streak. Cutler took home the Birdhouse "Minor League Player of the Month" honors for May as his stock continues to rise.
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: The Birdhouse Minor League Notebook returns today after missing in action since May the 8th, when a tornado and hurricane force winds of 135 MPH ripped through our home and property, "Lone Star Acres", in Southern Illinois, causing substantial damage and the loss of power, water, phone service and internet access for several days. Still in the recovery stage from the storm with ongoing repairs etc,, hopefully there won't be any more interruptions in this report for the rest of the season.
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