July 12, 2008

MiLB Cardinals 7/12/08 Gorsett slams, Arburr and Craig hit walk-off homers

Memphis Redbirds (AAA): D'Angelo Jimenez went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to the Redbirds to a 3-1 victory over the Omaha Royals at Autozone Park last night.

Starting pitcher P.J. Walters threw deep into the game, eight full innings, allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out eight. Walters was nicked for one earned run, a homer in the fifth inning that had put the Royals up 1-0.

The Redbirds would tie the game in the sixth when Nick Stavinoha scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by Rico Washington.

The go-ahead runs were tallied in the eighth when D. Jimenez singled home both Jarrett Hoffpauir and Josh Phelps.

Kelvin Jimenez came on in relief for the ninth, allowing one Royals' base runner on a walk. His defense picked up the tab, however, eliminating the base runner and wrapping up the game on an inning-ending double play.

Springfield Cardinals (AA): Every run in the 4-2 game was a result of a round-tripper, but the Cards' homers yielded more runs than the one Northwest Arkansas Naturals' home run.

The Naturals scored two in the top of the first on one dinger. It wasn't until the second inning that the Cards' Matt Pagnozzi (3-for-4) hit a solo shot to cut the Naturals' lead in half. Another solo blast by Tyler Greene in the fifth tied it up a 2-all.

In the bottom of the ninth, Allen Craig hit a two-run, walkoff homer to double the Cards' score and snag the 4-2 victory.

Luke Gregerson picked up the win (5-5), having worked one inning, pitching in the ninth while the scored was yet tied.

Quad-Cities River Bandits (A): The River Bandits tallied a dozen hits in a 4-2 over the South Bend Silver Hawks in Indiana last night.

Chuckie Fick (2-2, 2.74) earned a victory, working five full innings. Fick struck out five, walked only one, and gave up six hits. He gave up two runs, both earned.

Wayne Daman and Matt Spade got credit for a hold. Pete Parise got the save, his eighth.

Ross Oeder went 3-for-4, scoring a run. Teammate D'Marcus Ingram hit a solo home run.

Palm Beach Cardinals (A): Luke Gorsett hit a grand slam in a five-run first inning, but the Lakeland Flying Tigers tied it up by the eighth. Still tied at 5-apiece after nine, Matthew Arburr hit a walkoff two-run homer to give the Cards a 7-5 victory.

Batavia Muckdogs (A): Domnit Bolivar went 2-for-4 with a home run, leading the Muckdogs to a 5-2 win over the Lowell Threshers yesterday. Scott Gorgen (1-0, 1.50) earned his first victory with three innings of work. Jason Buursma recorded his first save.

Johnson City Cardinals (R): The Cardinals came out on top, 4-3, edging the Elizabethton Twins in an extra inning game at Howard Johnson Field last night. A combined 11 pitchers took the hill, six of them from the JC squad.

In order of appearance for the hometown Cards and (IP): Reynier Gonzalez (5.0); Kevin Thomas (2.0); Jose Mateo (1.0); Jorge Rondon (2.0); Joel Pichardo (3.0); Santo Maertz (2.0).

Maertz (2-0) picked up the win.

Of the JC Cards' eight hits, none were for extra bases.