Games Played Thursday, June 18th
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Iowa 9-3
The agony of defeat continued for the Memphis Thursday night as a five run fourth inning propelled the Iowa Cubs to a 9-3 win over the Redbirds.
Starter Clayton Mortensen had his worst start of the season, getting roughed up for all nine runs, eight of them earned, on eight hits and four walks in just 3.1 innings on the mound.
The Redbirds are 1-9 over their last 10 games, having losing their last three games and are 8.5 games back in the standings.
BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett went 1-for-4 with a solo home run to his credit.
RECORD: 31-36, 3rd Place, 8.5 GB - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to NWA 6-5
NWA scored two runs in the top of the ninth to comeback and hand the Cardinals a 6-5 loss in the opening game of a four game series between these two clubs. The Cardinals loss erases the lead they held in the division as Tulsa moved into a tie for first place last night and NWA finds themselves just one game out in the standings with their shot at a first half division title within reach.
Closer Francisco Samuel gave up the two runs in the ninth to get tagged with his third blown save of the year and his third loss. Starter Lance Lynn gave up four runs through six innings, but did not factor into the decision.
Offensively, leadoff man and left-fielder Daryl Jones went 3-for-5 with a run scored and 1B Mark Hamilton and SS Pete Kozma each had a multi-hit night, Hamilton going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Kozma went 2-for-5 with a run scored and committed his 11th error of the season.
RECORD: 35-30, Tied for 1st - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Took Two from Tampa
The Palm Beach Cardinals extended their rare winning streak to four games Thursday night with a doubleheader sweep over the Tampa Yankees, winning game one by the score of 5-1 and the night cap by the score of 3-2.
GAME ONE: Blake King earned the win with two scoreless frames of relief as he improves to 5-0 on the season with a remarkable 1.15 ERA.
GAME TWO: It was Thomas Eager picking up the win in the night cap, tossing three shutout innings, striking out five in the process, giving up only one hit. Casey Mulligan picked up his second save for Palm Beach with a scoreless frame in the seventh to close out the game.
First baseman Curt Smith was the offensive star in game two, going 2-for-3 with a home run, his sixth, two RBIs and a run scored.
RECORD: 28-39, 5th Place, 13.5 GB - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Beloit 3-2
The Quad Cities River Bandits scored two runs in the seventh to tie the game only to watch the game-winning run cross the plate in the bottom of the eighth during a 3-2 loss to the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field. It was the Bandits 23rd loss in their last 30 games.
Reliever Scott McGregor took the loss after he retired the first six men he faced and tossed 2.1 frames out of the bullpen, but all three hits he allowed came during the decisive rally that ended up with the game-winning run crossing the plate.
The Bandits could only muster up six hits last night with third baseman Brett Lilley going 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead Quad Cities' weak offense.
RECORD: 28-39, 7th Place, 11.0 GB - MID Western Division
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - The Muckdogs will begin the defense of their NYPL Championship Title tonight 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 King
King improved to 5-0 on the season picking up his fifth win last night with two scoreless frames out of the bullpen for Palm Beach.
Minor League Player of the Day - Brett Lilley
Lilley went 3-for-3 with an RBI but it wasn't enough to lead the Bandits to a win.
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