Jim Edmonds called his team out after their lackluster performance on Sunday. Well, for one game at least it worked. The Cardinals jumped on the Dodgers early and came out with an 8-4 victory. The homerless drought ended as the man who hit the last HR, Chris Duncan, hit a 2 run bomb. Every Cardinals position player except first baseman Albert Pujols hit safely in the first three inning. Pujols stands nine for 42 without a home run and with four RBIs this month. He has played 13 games since his last home run and has one extra-base hit, a double, in May. Brad Thompson, who received five-inning no-decision May 8 in his first start , pitched aggressively with a lead. He needed only 80 pitches to last 6 2/3 innings after using 79 in his five-inning first start.
Memphis topped Colorado Springs (Rockies) 12-5. Nick Stavinoha was 2-4 with a HR, 4 RBIs, and 2 runs scored. Skip Schumaker led off and went 2-5. Rico Washington went 4-4 with a HR and 3 RBIs. Edgar V Gonzalez was dropped to the fifth spot and responded with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Randy Keisler got his first win but was less than impressive. He went 5.2 innings and gave up 5 runs on 9 hits. Mark Worrell and Andy Cavazos combined for 3.1 innings and allowed no runs and 3 hits, no walks, and 5 Ks.
Springfield fell to Arkansas (Angels) 4-3. Jaime Garcia lost his third straight decision. He gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 BBs in 5 innings. Nick Webber had a nice outing with 2 scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run since he was roughed up in his first Double A outing. Matt Scherer contributed a scoreless inning. Colby Rasmus hit his sixth HR of the season, a solo shot in the ninth. Juan Richardson was 2-4. Joe Mather added another hit and Bryan Anderson had a double and an RBI.
Palm Beach got rained out.
Quad Cities blew a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth to Burlington (Royals) and lost 4-3 in 11 innings. Brandon Buckman had a double and an RBI. Mark Shorey also added a hit. No one on the Swing had multiple hits. Kyle Sadlowski got the loss, giving up 1 run on 1 hit and a BB. Eddie Degerman had another solid start, going 5 innings, giving up 1 run on on 3 hits, walking none, and striking out 7.
Blake Dewitt was 2-5 with a run scored.
Missouri was ranked #19 this week in the Baseball American Top 25.