*** St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
MEMPHIS REDBIRDS - The Redbirds have won six of their last seven matchups, including two games over the weekend, giving them a 10-7 record and the top spot in the East Division of the Pacific Coast League. Outfielder John Gall extended his hitting streak to eight games over the weekend, going 3-for-8 with two RBI, giving him a team-high 16 RBI on the season. Danny Haren continued his brilliance on the mound for the Redbirds, posting his fourth straight victory on Saturday. In that contest, Haren threw six strong innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, while striking out seven batters.
TENNESSEE SMOKIES - The Smokies have dropped two of their last three matchups and are currently fourth in the East Division of the Southern League with an 8-8 record. John Nelson has hit a minor bump in the road at the plate, going just 2-for-12 with four strikeouts over the weekend, after going 9-for-22 with three home runs and seven RBI in his previous five games. Third time was a charm for Jeremy Cummings, who recorded his first victory of the season on April 20th in his third dominant start. In that contest, Cummings allowed just one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.
PALM BEACH COUNTY CARDINALS - The Cardinals took two of three games against the Daytona Cubs over the weekend, bringing their record to 12-6 which places the team second in the East Division of the Florida State League. Matt Lemanczyk came into the weekend with a 10-game hitting streak, but hit a cold spot at the plate in the last three games, going just 1-for-12. Buddy Blair suffered his worst outing of the season on Saturday, allowing five runs on 10 hits and three walks in just 4 1/3 innings of work. The Cardinals will now host Lakewood for a four-game set.
PEORIA CHIEFS - The Chiefs lost both ends of their doubleheader against Quad City yesterday. The two setbacks places the Chief in a three way tie for fourth place in the Western Division of the Midwest League. Outfielder Cory Haerther was swinging the hot bat over the weekend, going 10-for-21 with two runs scored three RBI. Haerther currently leads the Chiefs with 24 hits and a .338 batting average. Mark Michael continues to get stronger on the mound as he produced his best outing of the season on April 23rd, throwing five innings, allowing just two hits and no runs in his second victory of the season. The Chiefs will head to Kane County for a quick two-game set before returning home to face South Bend in a four-game series later in the week.