Batavia Muckdogs (A-short season): Lost 6-3 to the Oneonta Tigers.
Blake Murphy homered in the losing cause.
Beau Riportella went 2-for-4 with a double and 1 run scored.
Jameson Maj (2-2, 3.19) suffered the loss for the Muckdogs, pitching 5 complete innings, giving up 1 earned run out of two, allowing 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out a couple.
Ramon Delgado had a rough outing in relief, allowing 4 runs (all earned) in just 1.2 innings of work. He gave up 4 hits while issuing 4 free passes, striking out one.
Springfield Cardinals (AA): Won 8-7 with some late-inning scoring over the Arkansas Travelers.
The Travelers outhit the Cards 13-12, but feel short in a ninth inning comeback.
Marco Gonzalez (5-0) kept a perfect pitching record while Fernando Salas added another save to his record (18).
Mark Shorey went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, and 1 run scored.
Cody Haerther hit his 11th homer of the season on a 2-for-3 day which found him crossing the plate twice.
Allen Craig went 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Andrew Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs.
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Got shutout 8-0 by the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Only four Cards got basehits: Matthew Arburr, Brian Cartie, Daniel Descalso, and Tyler Henley.
Quad-Cities River Bandits (Low-A): Won 6-3 to the Fort Wayne Wizards at Modern Woodmen Park.
Jared Bradford notched the win, his record now 1-1 with 3.95 ERA. Pete Parise recorded his 10th save.
Thomas Pham hit his 13th round-tripper on a 3-for-4 day.
Peter Kozma went 2-for-4 with a double.
D’Marcus Ingram went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and 2 runs scored.
TULSA–The Springfield Cardinals were in Tulsa again tonight to take on the Drillers.
Adam Daniels got the start for the Cards while Kip Wells took the mound for the Drillers. For Wells, this was his second rehab appearance. The Colorado Rockies are planning on calling him back to the Bigs to go back into their rotation for the second half of the major league season.
The Cards would draw first blood, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Isa Garcia singled home Mark Shorey, who had doubled to lead off the inning, then advanced to third on a Matt Pagnozzi ground ball to the right side.
Jon Jay singled to start off the third, then stole second, his tenth of the season. Will walked Cody Haerther. Andrew Brown then singled, loading the bases. Mark Shorey hit a sacrifice fly to right field, Jon Jay tagging up and scoring the Cards’ second run, making it 2-0.
The Drillers made up the two runs in the bottom of the third, Troy Tulowitzki leading off with a single up the middle. Daniels asked for trouble then, walking the next hitter. He managed a strikeout, but the Drillers’ Tony Blanco doubled to right field, scoring both base runners to tie the game at 2-2.
The Cards went down in order the the fourth, as did the Drillers.
In the fifth, Springfield’s Haerther reached on an infield single, but the Cards could making nothing out it.
Tulsa attempted to make something out a fielding error by Mark Shorey, Tulowitzki reaching to start the bottom of the fifth. Tulowitzki advanced on a sacrifice bunt, but remained at second while Jon Jay collected a fly ball for the second out in center. Daniels walked Blanco, then chucked a wild pitch that permitted both base runners to scamper up a base each. Daniels then walked another Driller to load the bases, and the Cards worked a force out, second baseman Casey Rowlett to shortstop Tyler Greene at second base to end the threat.
Springfield went down in order in the top of the sixth.
The Drillers failed to take advantage of an Isa Garcia throwing error in the bottom of the sixth. Springfield’s Scott Vander Weg came on in relief to get Tulowitzki to fly out.
The Cardinals wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the eighth, using a pinch-hitter in the process for Vander Weg.
Marco Gonzalez faced the Drillers in relief in the bottom of the eighth, getting promptly greeted by a leadoff double. A sac-bunt moved the base runner to third with one out in a game that had been knotted up at 2-each for several innings. Another textbook baseball play, a sac-fly this time, the base runner at third tagging up and scoring the go-ahead run, making it 3-2. Pagnozzi killed the rally by throwing out a base runner attempting to steal second.
Down a run in the ninth, it was do or die for Springfield. With one out, Greene drew a walk, advancing to second on a Jay line drive single to left. Haerther struck out and the Cards were down to their last out. Andrew Brown was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Shorey, who lined a single to center. Green and Jay scored, putting the Cards up 4-3.
The Cardinals brought Fernando Salas on in relief of Gonzalez, the Drillers challenging him as they had the other relievers, singling with the leadoff batter. After a fly out, Salas played with fire by walking a man, putting base runners on first and second with one out. Salas made up for the walk with a strikeout, then threw a fly out to finish off the Drillers for the save, his 16th, the Cards nipping the Tulsa team 4-3.
Gonzalez (4-0) got the win.
Shorey went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Jay went 3-for-5, scoring two runs.
TULSA, OK–The Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies pounded the Springfield Cardinals 14-2 in Texas League action yesterday, scoring in six of the eight innings in which they batted.
Suffering the loss was Kyle Sadlowski (2-1, 5.05), giving up 10 runs, all of them earned, on 11 hits in only 4.2 innings. Sadlowski walked five while striking out one.
Also hit up for two runs apiece in the shellacking were Jonathan Mikrut and Luke Gregerson.
Not much offense to speak of this time, Mark Shorey going 2-for-4 and accounting for two RBIs, one each on his single and double. Cody Haerther also doubled, his only hit in four at-bats.
These two Double-A squads will face each other twice more, the next game tonight at 7:05 CDT.
The probables are, for Springfield, Adam Daniels (1-3, 6.41), and for Tulsa, former ML-level Card’s pitcher Kip Wells (0-0, -.–). Wells is just coming off the 60-day Dl. This start will be his second, and most likely, final rehab appearance before rejoining the parent club Rockies for the second half of the major league season.
Having Wells pitch against the AA-Cardinals is an excellent opportunity for the minor league hitters to “get a taste” of a pitcher who has had a lot of major league level experience.
TULSA, OK–Travelling is a bit easier to cope with when you win. It’s a lot easier when you win two!
And it gets real interesting when both teams run out of pitchers. That’s what happened due to an extra-inning game in the nightcap. Both the Drillers and the Cardinals were forced to put their catchers on the mound to finish the second game. Matt Pagnozzi worked the hill for Springfield, earning his first win, now 1-0 as a hurler.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate Springfield Cardinals took both sides of doubleheader from the Tulsa Drillers on Sunday, winning 4-2 in the early game and 7-3 in extra innings in the nightcap.
In the first game, Kyle Mura improved to 2-1, just one out shy of a complete seven-game win. Luke Gregerson needed only one pitch in relief to earn a save, his ninth this season.
Allen Craig hit a home run.
In the nightcap, Brandon Yarbrough went 3-for-5 with a triple.
Cody Haerther went 3-for-4 with two doubles.
Also hitting doubles were: Matt Pagnozzi, Tyler Greene, Isa Garcia, Mark Shorey, Andrew Brown, and John Jay.
Starter Justin Fiske got no decision, but threw three complete innings, allowing no runs on two hits. Fiske walked two and struck out five.
Reliever Joshua Dew struck out four.
Next game: @ Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, tonight, 6:05 p.m. CDT.
Probables: STL-Mark Mulder (0-0, 13.50) vs. PHL-J.A. Happ (0-0, 3.86).
NLC: The Chicago Cubs remain in first place. St. Louis has edged into second place by percentage points, 3.5 games back, as is Milwaukee, slipping ever so slightly into third.
C.C. Sabathia, a new force to reckon with in the NLC, won in his first appearance for the Brewers last night, 7-3, defeating the Colorado Rockies in Milwaukee.
Rich Harden hasn’t pitched for the Chicago Cubs yet, but he strengthens an already strong rotation. The Cubs handled the San Francisco Giants last night, 7-3, behind the pitching of Ryan Dempster.
Randy Flores pitched in one inning for Triple-A Memphis, just coming off the DL for an inflamed left ankle.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA): Mitchell Boggs (6-1) picked up another victory versus the New Orleans Zephyrs in Louisiana last night. The Redbirds won 3-1, all of their offense coming off the longball, three solos shots. Cody Haerther counted for one of the homers, his second. Nick Stavinoha hit two, bringing his season total to 12.
Clayton Mortensen RHP (4-1, 2.70) pitches tonight.
Justin Fiske is a minor-league pitcher to watch. The Springfield News Leader did a feature on the lefthanded pitcher who, undrafted, made it into the Cardinals system and has worked his way up to the Double-A level with the Springfield Cardinals. His strikes to walks ratio in junior college was an impressive 4-to-1. In Low-A ball at Quad-Cities, it was an insane 10-to-1, approximately. Now, in Springfield, the ratio is about 6-to-1.
It is thought that Fiske keeps getting overlooked because of his small stature when compared to the common MLB pitcher. He is 5-11, 185-pounds.