Games Played Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Albuquerque 8-1
Albuquerque scored seven runs in the third inning on their way to an 8-1 win over Memphis Wednesday afternoon at AutoZone Park.
Memphis struck first with a single run in the first inning scoring on Allen Craig's sacrifice fly but it was all Albuquerque for the rest of the day with the Redbirds adding only three more hits over the next eight innings.
Memphis starter Mitchell Boggs was saddled with the loss giving up eight runs, five earned, on nine hits over 2.2 innings. Redbirds reliever Ian Ostlund turned in 5.1 innings of scoreless relief with a season-high seven strikeouts.
BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Back at third base, Brett went 1-for-4 with a double.
PACKED HIS BAGS: Shortstop, I guess now a third baseman, Khalil Greene, is back in St. Louis, after only playing four games at Memphis on a so-call rehab assignment. The Cardinals have not added Greene to the roster, but I'd expect you should see him activated and playing for the Cardinals before the week is out.
RECORD: 31-35, 3rd Place, 8.5 GB - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Arkansas 10-9
Arkansas scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to comeback and beat Springfield 10-9 Tuesday night.
Closer Samuel Freeman was tagged with his first blown save and lost since joining the Double-A team after starter Ryan Kulik was battered in the first four frames, giving up four runs on nine hits, including two home runs and two walks.
Outfielder Tyler Henley, who may be one of the most underrated players in the system, went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Cardinals offense that put 13 hits and nine runs on the board, in a losing cause.
The Cardinals return home for the final six games of their first-half scheduled with just a one game lead in the standings. The Cardinals are 18-10 at home this season, so perhaps Springfield will clinch that first-half division title after a couple of days of home cooking.
RECORD: 35-29, 1st Place - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Postponed Lightning
The game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and the Tampa Yankees Wednesday was postponed due to lightning near the ballpark.
The Cardinals will play a doubleheader Thursday as they find themselves back in last place in the FSL South Division, even though they didn't play yesterday, after a brief one day stand out of the basement.
RECORD: 26-39, Last Place - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to the Chiefs 7-3
The Quad Cities River Bandits left 13 runners stranded on the bases Wednesday night as they lost their sixth straight game and were swept by the Peoria Chiefs in a five-game series.
Starter Adam Veres took the loss despite having a decent outing for the River Bandits, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out five over five innings.
Center fielder Travis Mitchell led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
RECORD: 28-38, Tied for 6th Place, 11.0 - 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.
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Tyler Norrick
Norrick was the only effective pitcher out of the bullpen for Springfield Wednesday, pitching two no-hit innings, while striking out three and walking just one.
Minor League Player of the Day - Tyler Henley
Tyler went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored in Springfield's 10-9 loss to Peoria.
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