Games Played Thursday, June 25th
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Lost to Omaha 7-0
Memphis starter P.J. Walters took the loss allowing six runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts over 4.2 innings. The Redbirds were shutout for the eighth time this season and third time in five games. Relievers Ian Ostlund and Matt Scherer combined to go 4.1 innings from the bullpen and allow one run on four hits.
The ‘Birds wrap up their four-game series with Omaha tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Evan MacLane will be on the bump for the Redbirds and face former Cardinals pitcher Sidney Ponson, who gets the nod for the Royals.
BRETT WALLACE WATCH: Brett extended his hit streak to a season-best 10 games going 1-for-3.
RECORD: 34-39, 3rd Place, 7.5 GB - PCL American North Division
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Defeated Arkansas 7-5
Starter Brandon Dickson had a solid outing, until running into trouble in the seventh inning, when Dickson pitched to four batters without recording an out. The Travs scored four times in the inning, but only two were earned, due to a Springfield error. Dickson finished the night pitching six-plus innings, giving up five runs, three of them earned on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven to pick up his fifth win.
Second baseman Daniel Descalso led the Redbirds' offense, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a three run blast, three RBIs and a run scored. Shortstop Pete Kozma also drove in two runs, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
POWER OUTAGE: The Cards have a couple of "power" guys going through home run slumps right now. Steven Hill, who leads Springfield with ten long balls, hasn't homered since May 23rd (vs Tulsa). Mark Hamilton hasn't homered since coming off the Disabled List. Although he missed two weeks with a strained groin, he has not gone deep since May 21 (vs Arkansas).
FORECASTING FRIDAY's CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Scheduled to pitch on Friday are a pair of All-Stars for the North Division, as Trey Hearne (7-1, 2.96 ERA) will throw for the Cardinals, while Jhoulys Chacin (6-5, 2.92 ERA) will go for Tulsa at 7:05pm. These two pitchers have already matched up head-to-head in three different starts this year with each earning a win and a loss head-to-head. Overall, Hearne is 2-1 vs Tulsa this year, with an ERA of just 2.01 in five games (three starts). Chacin is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in four starts vs Springfield this year.
FUTURES GAME: Rosters for the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game were announced Thursday, to be played at Busch Stadium on Sunday, July 12th. Springfield Cardinal Daryl Jones and current Memphis Redbird Brett Wallace, have been named to the US roster. Jones was recently named a Texas League All-Star and entered Thursday's action with a .296 average, two home runs and 27 RBIs in 65 games. Wallace, who opened the year in Springfield, is currently hitting .266 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 39 games for Memphis.
RECORD: 1-1, Tied for 2nd Place, 1.0 GB - Texas League North Division
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Winners 7-5 over Brevard County
After spending most of the first half of the season at the bottom of the standings, the Cardinals kick off part two with a win and find themselves at the top of the mountain to begin the second half of the 09 campaign.
RECORD: 1-0, Tied for 1st Place - FSL South Division
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Lost to Kane County 12-3
The River Bandits were battered in the season's second half opener Thursday night, as Quad Cities suffered a 12-3 loss to the Kane County Cougars at Modern Woodmen Park.
Starter Gary Daley, one of eight different pitchers used last night, lasted just two innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits to take the loss.
The offense was non-existent until the ninth inning when center fielder Frederick Parejo hit a three-run homer to put the Bandits on board.
RECORD: 0-1, Tied for 2nd Place, 1.0 GB - MID Western Division
Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - Suspended Rain
The Bandits were up 5-1 over Jamestown in the third before the game was suspended because of rain. The game is to be completed on 7/2/09 at 5:00 PM ET.
RECORD: 4-1, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB – NYP Pinckney Division
Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Defeated Kingsport 12-11
If you like offense, Thursday's game between the Johnson City Cardinals and Kingsport Mets had to be your cup of tea. Despite making two errors and being outhit by the Mets 16-8, the Cardinals battled from an early 9-0 deficit after the Mets had scored two runs in the second and added seven more in the third to eventually pull out a 12-11 win.
The big offensive star of the day was designated hitter Romulo Ruiz, who hit two home runs, driving in three to spark the big comeback win.
Starter Chris Notti was hit hard as he failed to make it out of the second inning, giving up nine runs, eight of them earned, on 10 hits and a walk while striking out two. Jose Rada would eventually pick up the win after getting tagged with a blown save and Jason Novak picked up his first save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
RECORD: 2-1, Tied for 2nd Place, 1.0 GB – APP West Division
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Lost to the Mets 9-0
The GCL Cardinals didn't fare as well against a Mets team as the JC Cardinals did, as the GCL Redbirds couldn't overcome a 9-0 deficit Thursday.
The Cardinals made four errors and could only muster up two hits as they were outplayed in almost every aspect of the game. Leadoff man Gerardo Mambell had the only hits of the night.
Starter Angel Cruz suffered the loss after giving up three runs, two of them earned, on three hits and a walk, while striking out three.
RECORD: 1-2, 4th Place, 1.5 GB – GCL East Division
Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Samuel Freeman
Freeman recorded his first Double-A save Thursday night with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to close out the game.
Minor League Player of the Day - Romulo Ruiz
The Johnson City Cardinals' designated hitter Romulo Ruiz, hit two home runs, driving in three to spark the big comeback win from a 9-0 deficit.
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