Games Played Thursday, June 4th
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Oklahoma 6-0
The Redbirds were shutout Thursday night by the Oklahoma Redhawks who go up two games to one in the four game set with game four scheduled for tonight.
Evan MacLane was tagged for the loss, giving up the six runs, five of them earn, through his 6.2 innings on the mound. Ian Ostlund, just off the DL closed out the game, pitching an inning and a third of scoreless relief.
The Birdhouse's #4 ranked prospect RHP Jess Todd was promoted to St. Louis Thursday. Todd became the 12th rookie to be on the squad this season. Todd, 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA, had 11 saves for Memphis and will likely be used as a long man with the Cardinals.
BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went hitless for the third straight game, going 0-for-4, striking out twice.
OKC PRESS RELEASE: Shutout City: RedHawks blank Redbirds
RECORD: 28-26, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to San Antonio 8-1
Springfield's 8-1 loss last night to San Antonio, along with Tulsa's win over Frisco, leaves the Cards just one game up with 19 to go in the second half. The Cards and Drillers have five head-to-head games remaining in the first half, all of which will take place at Drillers Stadium in Tulsa
Starter Brad Furnish couldn't get out of the third inning, giving up six runs in two-plus innings, but give some credit to Brandon Dickson who worked four innings of scoreless relief, before allowing a pair of runs in the top of the seventh.
PETE KOZMA WATCH: Pete had an 0-for-4 night, striking out twice.
ROSTER MOVES: On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals gave RHP Tyler Herron his outright release. Herron went 2-4 with a 4.34 ERA in nine starts for Springfield in 2009. RHP Eddie Degerman was activated from the Springfield Disabled List to take his spot. Degerman had been on the DL for the past week, with what was being called a contusion on his right foot. Degerman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Wednesday, his first game since coming off the DL.
PRESS RELEASE: Missions Slow Cards with 8-1 Win
RECORD: 29-22, 1st Place - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Dunedin 9-5
The Cardinals were never really in the game Thursday with the Blue Jays jumping out to an early 3-0 lead after two innings, despite home runs by Chris Swauger & Jermaine Curtis who kept the hopes up for awhile.
Starter Mark Diapoules fell to 1-3 on the season, getting tagged with the loss after giving up six runs, five of them earned, through his three-plus innings on the mound.
RECORD: 21-32, Last Place, 12.5 GB - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Burlington 5-4
The Quad Cities River Bandits and Burlington Bees went back and forth through the first five innings on Thursday night, only to watch a two-out balk with a man at third base in the seventh inning turn into the decisive play in a 5-4 River Bandits loss at Community Field.
Adam Veres on in relief was tagged for the loss, giving up what was the winning run in his 1.2 innings.
Second baseman Alex Castellanos had a three-hit night in the losing cause and even though he's hitting just .243 on the season, Alex is swinging one of the hottest bats in the organization, hitting .450 (18-for-40) over his last 10 games.
PRESS RELEASE: BANDITS LOSE ON SEVENTH-INNING BALK
RECORD: 24-28, 5th Place, 8.5 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 - Brandon Dickson
Brandon pitched four scoreless frames last night for Springfield giving his team a chance to mount a comeback that never materialized.
Minor League Player of the Day - Alex Castellanos
Alex Castellanos added three base hits to his numbers last night and is swinging one of the hottest bats in the organization, hitting .450 (18-for-40) over his last 10 games.
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