With a little over two weeks to go in the minor league seasons, here’s the playoff chase update for your Cardinal affiliates.
The Memphis Redbirds are 68-60 and 2.5 games up on Nashville in the PCL American North Division with a magic number of 14.
The Springfield Cardinals won the first half for the Texas League North Division with a 38-32 record, which grants them a playoff berth. They sit in 3rd place in the North Division in the 2nd half with a 25-29 record. They are 4.5 games back with an elimination number of 12.
The Palm Beach Cardinals were 29-14 29-41 in the first half, good for second to last in the Florida State League South Division. They are currently 25-30 in the second half and are 7 games out of first with an elimination number of 6.
The Quad Cities River Bandits were 30-40 in the first half, good for 6th place in the Midwest League Western Division. The River Bandits currently are in 7th place, 11 games out of first, with an elimination number of 8.
The Batavia Muckdogs are 31-31 and 9 games out of first in the NY-Penn League Pickney Division. The Muckdogs will have to work some magic to overcome an elimination number of 6 to repeat as league champions.
The Johnson City Cardinals are 31-27 and sit 8.5 games out of first in the Appalachian League West Division. Their postseason hopes are quickly diminishing as their elimination number is 2.
Long live the DFR after the jump.
- Jaime Garcia had an up and down start for Memphis. He allowed 6 runs although only 1 of those was earned. However, he gave up a grand slam after his own throwing error.
- Tyler Norrick and Fernando Salas combined for an inning.
- Josh Kinney struck out 3 in 1.2 innings, but also allowed 3 hits.
- Royce Ring finished off the game.
- Mark Hamilton was 3-4 with a HR.
- Nick Stavinoha was 3-6 with a HR.
- Rehabbin’ Troy Glaus went 1-4 with a HR and 2 walks.
- Allen Craig hit his 23rd HR of the year.
- Daniel Descalso was playing 2B and was 2-5 with a HR.
- Trey Hearne started and pitched 4 innings and littered the scoreline with 3s. He allowed 3 hits, 3 runs while walking 3 and striking out 3.
- Pardon me for just a second while I pause and don’t understand Gary Daley. He couldn’t get a single guy out in Quad Cities and then he gets jumped up 2 levels to Springfield and he hasn’t allowed a run. He pitched 2 more scoreless innings tonight. I hope that he has figured something out because the time was running out on him. I think we can leave him exposed for the Rule 5 draft this year as no one will take a pitcher on their 25 man roster that had a 7 ERA in single A ball the year before.
- Marco Gonzalez pitched 2 scoreless.
- Ed Sanchez pitched 2 scoreless.
- Chuckie Fick struck out 1 in his 1 inning to get the win.
- Andrew Brown had a walk off 2 run HR in the 11th.
- James Rapoport was 3-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
- Mike Folli had a pinch hit solo HR.
Palm Beach was off.
- Scott Schneider thou hast slept long enough. Awake sleeper! He struck out 8 and walked 0 in 7 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits and taking the loss. This 20th round draftee in 2009 has 3 starts in QC so far this year for 19 innings and has struck out 19 and walked just 2!
- Ramon Delgado also gave up 1 run in 1 inning.
- Freddy Parejo was 2-4 with a double.
- D’Marcus Ingram was 1-4 with a double.
- Justin Smith pitched the first 4 innings, striking out 4 and giving up 3 runs on 5 hits.
- Christopher Corrigan gave up 2 in 3 innings.
- Ryan Jackson was 2-3 with a double.
- Travis Mitchell was 1-1 with 2 walks.
- Luis De La Cruz is in the DFR for all the wrong reasons with a passed ball and an error.
- Jesse Simpson is the next pitching sleeper as he pitched another strong 4 innings. He struck out 8(!) and walked 2 allowing 2 hits and 1 run.
- Justin Edwards vultured the win.
- Santo Maertz struck out the side in his 1 inning.
- Matt Adams was 2-3 with 2 doubles and an RBI.
- Niko Vasquez was 1-3 with a double.
- Devin Goodwin also had a double and 2 RBIs.
- Angel De Jesus struck out 4 in 5 innings allowing only 1 run while walking none.
- Cale Johnson gave up 2 runs (1 earned).
- Jose Rada pitched the last 1.2 innings.
- Jrod Part Deux was 1-3 with a double and a walk. But he also had an error.
- Live long and Prosper Teran was 1-4 with a double.