Games Played Monday, June 22nd
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - NO GAMES SCHEDULED
RECORD: 32-28, 3rd Place, 8.5 GB - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Shutout by Arkansas 2-0
The Arkansas Travelers downed the Redbirds by a score of 2-0 on Monday night at Hammons Field but thanks to Northwest Arkansas' win over Tulsa on Monday night, the Cards and Tulsa Drillers remain tied atop the North Division with just one game to go in the first half.
Cardinals' starter Ryan Kulik saw his Double-A record fall to 1-5 on the season after getting tagged with the loss Monday night. Kulik pitched five complete innings, giving up two runs, while scattering eight hits including a home run while striking out four in the 2-0 loss to Arkansas.
The Cardinals were given six free passes to first base via the walk, but could only muster up four hits as they left six runners stranded, hitting into four double-play and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
SHOULD THEY TIE: The first-half tie-breaker rule was changed this past off-season, as it will no longer be decided by head-to-head and then by divisional record. Should the Cards and Drillers finish the first half tied atop the North Division, then the winner of their first matchup of the second half (Friday, June 26th at Tulsa) will be crowned first-half champ. If three teams tie atop the Division, then the formula is essentially the same, with the winner of the first head-to-head match-up getting the title.
CARDS WITH NINE ALL-STARS: The Springfield Cardinals will be sending nine players to the Texas League All-Star Game, to be held at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, on Wednesday, July 1st. Outfielder Tyler Henley, first baseman Mark Hamilton and second baseman Daniel Descalso will all start for the North Division. The three offensive reserves are outfielder Daryl Jones, infielder Pete Kozma and catcher Steven Hill. The Cards will also send three pitchers to the mid-summer classic, with Trey Hearne, Lance Lynn and Francisco Samuel all getting the nod. Springfield tied for the most in the league with Midland, who also had nine selected. The rest of the North Division roster will be made up of six Arkansas Travelers, six Tulsa Drillers and three Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Check out both rosters at springfieldcardinals.com.
RECORD: 37-22, Tied for 1st Place - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Sarasota 5-0
Starter Richard Castillo pitched a great game and deserved a better fate but the lack of run support caused Castillo to suffer his seventh loss, as his record for Palm Beach falls to 1-7 on the season.
The Cards were 0-9 with runners in scoring position with Adron Chambers, the FSL Player of the Week, continuing to stroke the ball well, going 2-3 with a stolen base. Fellow All-Star, Shane Peterson went 2-4 on the night, but Palm Beach couldn't put any runs on the board.
Castillo went seven innings and allowed one run off six hits. The score remained 1-0 until reliever Blake King allowed four runs in the top of the ninth to extend the Reds lead. Sarasota held on to win the first of three, 5-0.
RECORD: 28-40, Last Place, 13.5 GB - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - All-Star Break
The Bandits have Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday off as the Midwest League breaks for the All-Star Game.
Injury Report: LHP Jonny Bravo was placed on the DL on 5/21, retroactive to 5/19, after experiencing left shoulder soreness while warming up in the bullpen on 5/20. He is currently rehabbing at the Cardinals complex in Florida. IF Alex Castellanos has not started a game since being hit on the back of his left hand by a pitched ball on 6/12. He did enter a game as a pinch-runner on 6/15.
Close ‘Em Out: Going into their last game of the first half of the season Sunday, When taking a lead into the ninth inning, Quad Cities had a flawless 15-0 record. That is due in large part to a good run of closers, starting with RHP Casey Mulligan (9/9 Sv, 36K, 20IP) and continuing with RHP Dave Carpenter (4/5 Sv, 37K, 34.1IP).
RECORD: 30-40, 6th Place, 11.0 GB - MID Western Division
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Winners 6-5 over Williamsport
The Muckdogs improved to 3-0 on the season with a 6-5 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Jario Martinez led the Dogs offense Monday night going 3-for-3, with a double, an RBI and a run scored, also reaching base a fourth time on a base on balls.
Reliever Santo Maertz earned the win with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
RECORD: 3-0, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB - New York Penn League Pinckney Division
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 - Richard Castillo
Castillo pitched a gem Monday night but was dealt with another loss, despite giving up only one run through seven complete innings on the mound.
Minor League Player of the Day - Jario Martinez
Reached base safely four times last night, including going 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
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