The Cardinals won their first extra inning game of the season last night 3-2. It was good to see the Redbirds come back in the late innings to get the victory. Scott Spiezio had a two run single in the top off the ninth off of Pirate closer Solomon Torres. Gary Bennett scored the winning run in the 12th on a sacrafice fly by Skip Schumaker. The throw had Bennett beat, but Ronny Paulino dropped the ball. Randy Kiesler gave up 2 runs in 6 innings and the bullpen pitched 6 shutout innings. Izzy got his third save of the season. Brad Thompson picked up the win, pitching two innings and striking out two. Aaron Miles went 4-5. It was a good night for the Cardinal organization as all teams in the organization won.
Memphis blew out New Orleans (Mets) last night 14-3. Rick Ankiel had 3 hits with one being a HR and 4 RBIs. Ryan Ludwick had 3 RBIs. Mike Parisi gave up one unearned run in 5 innings for the Redbirds.
Springfield came back after being down 7-0 after the second inning to beat Frisco (Texas) 11-9. Bryan Anderson had 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Colby Rasmus and Jon Jay each had a hit and an RBI. Joe Mather had 3 hits and 2 RBIs and is hit .421 in his first 5 games. Chris Perez pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his first Double A save. Perez gave up one hit and struck out 2.
Palm Beach blew out St. Lucie (Mets) 14-1. Sean Danielson had four hits in the leadoff spot for the Cardinals. Allen Craig had 3 hits and drove in four runs. He is hitting .409 in his first 5 games. Former second round pick, Mike Ferris, had 2 hits and 5 RBIs, including a 3 run HR. Jose Martinez and Dan Nelson each had two hits a piece. Gary Daley went 4.2 innings, allowing no runs on 2 hits with 2 Ks and 1 BB. Nick Weber pitched 1.1 innings allowing only one baserunner via a walk. Luke Gregerson pitched 2 innings and struckout 4 and gave up no runs.
The Swing of the Quad Cities defeated Cedar Rapids (LAA) 6-0. Brandon Buckman hit 2 HRs and drove in 3. Christian Lopez also had 2 hits for the Swing. Blake King and Brandon Dickson pitched the combined shutout. King went five and gave up four hits, struckout 3, and walked one. Dickson went four innings, gave up 2 hits and walked one.
Blake Dewitt had 2 hits and an RBI for the Inland Empire. His first hit was a double off of former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon, on rehab assignment for the LA Angels. Present teammate and Dodger shortstop Rafeal Furcal went 0-4 in his first rehab game. Dewitt is now hitting .250/.300/.536 with 2 doubles and 2 HRs.
Tuesday Happenings in the Majors:
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-5 with 2 HRs for the Padres.
Matt Morris improved to 2-0.
Josh Hamilton got his first major league hit, a two run homer. He also walked twice.
On his way back from chemotherapy treatment for cancer, Jon Lester pitched four scoreless innings and struckout five in Single A. He has now pitched eight scoreless innings in his comeback.
A-Rod homered in his fourth straight game.
Alex Gordon hit his first major league HR.
SIU made the trip over to Cape and beat Southeast on Tuesday.
Tyler Hansborough announced he will be coming back to North Carolina. He has decided that he is not ready for the NBA and another year of college will do him good. Hansbrough was the ACC’s fourth-leading scorer, its second-best rebounder and a consensus all-conference selection – one of only four players in school history to be unanimously named all-ACC. Kevin Durant, college basketball’s first freshman to win Player of the Year, has decided to leave Texas for the NBA.
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