Ugly Monday

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, and anyone else affected by the horrible tragedy and Virginia Tech.  In times like these it reminds you of what really matters and how important it is to appreciate each day.  I have noticed how a lot of the national media is being critical of how local law officials handled the events of the day. I am no expert, but I do know that it is very easy to point out mistakes made after the fact.  Also, in our age of information now, the authorities are being criticized for not releasing the shooter’s identity or the names of the victims.  I do not fault the authorities at all for making sure they have all their facts straight before releasing any information.  Lord knows if they got any of that wrong they would be criticized for sure.  Now on to less important things:

The Cardinals continued their ways as a team with multiple personalities.  A day after roughing up one of the real studs in the NL, they go out and make Ian Snell look like Cy Young.  Reyes looked bad, going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 BBs.  Maybe it has been the time off between starts, but I am truly disappointed the way he has looked in his first two starts.  I am going to hold  judgement until I see him get to pitch on his regular rest.  Duncan had another hit.  You couldn’t have asked for a better situation in the bottom of the ninth.  Duncan up with the bases loaded with one out and he pops out.  Next up Pujols with the bases loaded and the game on the line, and he pops out. 

Memphis beat Oklahoma 7-6.  Rick Ankiel hit another HR and had 3 RBIs.  Slicky Ricky has 4 HRs and 12 RBIs in his first 11 games.  The bad thing is he is hitting only .190.  Jolbert Cabrera and Ryan Ludwick each had two hits.  Mike Parisi pitched 5 innings and gave up 4 runs.  Dennis Dove pitched 1 inning and gave up 2 runs.

Springfield lost to Frisco (Texas) 7-4.  Frisco did most of its damage in the top of the sixth, plating 4 runs.  Jaime Garcia got the lost for Springfield.  Garcia pitched 5 innings and gave up two runs on 3 hits but gave up 5 BBs.  Chris Perez pitched a scorless ninth.  Jarrett Hoffpair had three hits. 

Palm Beach beat St. Lucie (Mets) 4-0.  LHP Tyler Norrick, a 2006 sixth Round pick out of SIU, has not allowed a run in his first 18 innings.  Allen Craig, an 8th round pick in that draft out of Cal, had two hits and is hitting .316.  Jose Martinez had another hit to keep his BA over .300. 

Quad Cities fell to Peoria 3-1.  Isa Garcia had two hits to raise his BA to .379.  Hot hitting Brandon Buckman also added two hits and is batting .310.  P.J. Walters got the loss giving up two runs in five innings. 

Baseball America posted its first Prospect Hot Sheet of the season and number 1 was Ryan Braun of the Nashville Sounds.  He has a minor league leading 5 HRs and is hitting .343.  Missouri native Scott Elbert (Dodgers) was ranked number 12.  The only Cardinal on the list was an honorable mention (Helium Watch) RHP Elvis Hernandez.  He is 2-0 without being scored upon so far this young season.  He has an 11-2 SO to BB ratio in 8 innings.

BA’s Prospects Blog has insight on Adam Ottavino’s start to the season.  Doesn’t sound too good so far.  It is good to see he is already hitting 96 with his fastball.

Vandy is still number 1 in the BA College Poll.  Wichita St., which swept SIU, over the weekend moved up from 11 to #10.  Mizzou fell out of the Top 25 after losing its first series of the year to Texas A&M.  By the way, A&M stayed at #16. 

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