Games Played Wednesday, June 24th
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners 7-6 over Omaha
Redbirds starter Clayton Mortensen picked up his seventh win on the season, pitching seven complete innings Wednesday night, giving up four runs on seven hits, without giving up any walks while striking out seven.
Outfielder Nick Stavinoha led the Memphis offense, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, and three runs scored. Stavinoha was called up to St. Louis on May 13 and returned to Memphis on June 18. Since his return, he is hitting .420 (8-for-19) with seven RBI and three home runs, two of which came in Wednesday's contest.
RECORD: 34-38, 3rd Place, 7.5 GB - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Lost to Arkansas 4-1
It wasn't baseball like it ought to be in Springfield Wednesday night as the Cardinals opened the second half of the season committing four errors and racking up only five hits to lose to the Arkansas Travelers 4-1, in front of the hometown crowd at Hammons Field.
Starter Brian Broderick worked six innings for the third straight start since joining Springfield, scattering 10 hits and allowing three runs, albeit only one of them earned. Broderick falls to 0-3 for the Double-A Cardinals.
As for the Cardinals offense, "forget about it".
GAME NOTES: With Springfield's victory over Arkansas Tuesday night, the Cards and Tulsa Drillers finish the first half with identical records, tied atop the North Division. The tie will be broken on Friday night, in the first second-half meeting between the two clubs, taking place at Drillers Stadium at 7:05pm.
RECORD: 0-1, Last Place, 1.0 GB - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Lost to Sarasota 4-3
Starter Scott Gorgen is like a lot of Cardinals pitchers recently that deserved a better fate than getting tagged with another loss. Gorgen pitched seven complete innings, giving up just one earned run (two runs total), on only five hits and a walk while striking out four.
RECORD: 29-41, Last Place, 14.5 GB - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - All-Star Break
RECORD: 30-40, 6th Place, 11.0 GB - MID Western Division
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Lost to Williamsport 1-0
The Muckdogs suffered their first loss of the season Wednesday night losing to Williamsport 5-1.
First baseman Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4, accounting for half of the team's offense Wednesday and is hitting .500 after the Batavia's first five games.
Starter Tyler Leach pitched four complete innings, giving up the only run, on three hits, while striking out one. Christopher Corrigan and Joshua Squatrito combined for five shutout innings out of the bullpen.
RECORD: 4-1, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB – NYP Pinckney Division
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Defeated Kingsport 13-6
It was a very big night at the plate for left-fielder Michael Swinson, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored while reaching base last night two more times via the walk and he stole a base. Third baseman Richard Racobaldo drove in three runs while going 2-for-4 and also getting on base with a free pass.
Reliever Aaron Terry picked up the win despite being somewhat ineffective out of the bullpen, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two.
RECORD: 1-1, Tied for 2nd Place, 1.0 GB – APP West Division
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Nationals 6-4
The Cardinals had 14 hits on the night, but left nine runners stranded on the bases and committing four errors, allowing four unearned runs that sealed the Cards fate.
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Scott Gorgen
Gorgen suffered a loss Wednesday, despite the fact that he pitched seven complete innings, and gave up just one earned run on just five hits and a walk while striking out four.
Minor League Player of the Day - Nick Stavinoha
Nick Stavinoha led the Memphis offense Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, and three runs scored.
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