Even the Rain couldn’t stop Izzy and the Cards

Cards put 3 on the board in the fifth, and then a run in the sixth, seventh, and eighth to top the Reds 7-5.  The Cardinals win the series 2 games to 1, and now stand 10-11 on the year.  Skip Schumaker had the best day of his big league career, collecting his first 3 hit game and he collected 2 RBIs.  Albert had 2 hits to raise his average to .247.  Randy Keisler was very mediocre, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits in 3.1 innings.  The bullpen was stellar pitching 5.1 innings and allowing 1 run on 1 hit.  Izzy got his sixth save after a 49 minute rain delay with 1 out in the ninth..  The Cards welcome the Cubs to town on Friday night with Anthony Reyes vs.  Jason Marquis.

Baseball America has an article about Cardinals’ Top Prospect, Colby Rasmus,  and one the organization’s best athletes, Daryl Jones.

Memphis fell to Iowa (Cubs), 7-4.  The Redbirds had to dig themselves out a hole as Iowas scored 5 runs in the first 2 innings.  Blake Hawksworth fell to 0-4, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings.  Dennis Dove threw 2 innings, striking out 2.  Ryan Ludwick went 2-4 and scored 2 runs.  Ludwick is hitting .351.  Rick Ankiel had 3 hits to push his average to .264. 

Springfield beat Wichita (Kansas City), 6-2.  Joe Mather hit HRs number 8 and 9 and also added another hit and scored 3 runs.  Mather is hitting .361.  Bryan Anderson had 2 hits including his second HR of the season.  Mitch Boggs had another strong outing, pitching 6 shutout innings.  Boggs gave up 5 hits, 3 BBs, and 4 Ks and did not factor in the decision.  Kevin Ool pitched 2.1 perfect innings for the victory.

Palm Beach held off Vero Beach (Tampa Bay), 9-5.  Palm Beach led 8-0 after 2 innings, but were able to hold off the Devil Rays for the win.  Gary Dailey was impressive, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 9 in 6 innings of work.  His ERA stands at 1.53.  Scott Vander Weg gave up 2 runs in his only inning of work but did strikeout 2.  Luke Gregerson continues to impress striking out 4 in 2 shutout innings.  Allen Craig continues to scorch the ball, going 3-5 with 4 RBIs and 2 HRs.  A.J. Van Slyke, Andy’s son, had a 2 run homer.  Casey Rowlett and Brandon Yarbrough added 3 hits each and Jose Martinez added 2 hits.

Quad Cities fell to Burlington (Kansas City), 7-3.  Brandon Buckman continued his hot hitting going 3-4 with an RBI.  Buckman was the only member of the Swing with multiple hits.  Tyler Herron fell to 0-3 after giving up 3 runs on 5 hits in 3.2 innings.  His ERA is now 5.94.  Brad Furnish was also shaky giving up 4 runs in 2 innings. 

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