Jason Marquis. I can’t recall a player I was looking forward to leaving St. Louis via free agency more than Jason Marquis. Jason Marquis. The guy that was left off the playoff roster during the final two rounds last year. Jason Marquis who was quite critical of Cards’ management for leaving him off the playoff roster. Jason Marquis. The definition of headcase. Now he plays for the Cubs. THE CUBS!!! And he throws seven shutout innings, allowing 7 hits and striking out 5. The Cardinals did not have an extra basehit off of him or reliever Will Ohman. Chris Duncan was the only Cardinal with more than one hit and he struckout three times. Anthony Reyes came out again like he was not prepared to pitch. Reyes gave up three runs in the first on a three run bomb by Michael Barrett and then another run in the second. He then settled in and allowed no runs on two hits in the next four innings. But it was too late if your offense is sputtering like the Cardinals’. In Reyes defense, the Cardinals have scored only 3 runs in Reyes 3 starts.
Joe Strauss wrote an article on how the Cardinals are viewing the return of JuanE. and the possibility of him helping put life back into this offense. That he is the missing ingredient. What? Did I miss something? This is the same Juan who did not play in the final 3 games of the WS, skipped the victory parade, and most Cards’ fans thought was a goner? Right? I guess the Cards’ ownership has mixed up a new vat of Kool-Aid.
The Memphis Redbirds beat Omaha (Kansas City) 4-2 on Stubby Clapp Night. Memphis retired the popular Clapp’s number 10. Ryan Ludwick continues to rake going 2-4 and scoring 2 runs. He is now hitting .333. Rick Ankiel had a double and is hitting .211. Tagg Bozied and Rico Washington both homered for Memphis. J-Rod was 0-4 with 2 Ks and is hitting .200. This from a guy I really thought should be on the Opening Day roster. Memphis used 5 pitchers in the victory. Of note, Troy Cate pitched 2 shutout innings and his ERA is now 0.73. Spring Training star Kelvin Jimenez pitched a scoreless inning striking out two. His ERA is 1.74. Brian Falkenborg picked up his fifth save. Big Leaguer Scott Elarton, on a rehab assignment, started for Omaha and was saddled with the loss. Super Prospect Billy Butler had a hit and 2 RBIs for Omaha. Memphis is now 7-10.
Springfield fell to Tulsa (Colorado) 7-4. Jon Jay went 1-5 to keep his average at .200 and left 5 on base. Joe Mather and Jarrett Hoffpauir each continued their hot streaks contributin 2 hits. The duo are hitting .370 and .343, respectively. Bryan Anderson was 1-4 and his average dropped to .316. Cory Rauschenberger was smoked for five runs on eight hits in 5 innings. His ERA now stands at 16.76 which is lower than it was at the beginning of the night. In his last two outings in which he gave up 6 runs in 0.2 innings and then 4 runs in 0.2 innings. Matt Scherer was the only Springfield pitcher not to allow a run, pitching 2 innings and striking out 1. His ERA is an impressive 0.93. I must have missed it but Mike Ferris has been promoted to Double A even though he struggled at Palm Beach. He was unsuccessful as a pinch hitter tonight but is hitting .429 in 7 ABs after hitting .226 in 31 ABs in Class A Advanced. Sunday features a terrific pitching matchup as top Cardinal pitching prospect Jaime Garcia takes on Greg Reynolds, the second overall selection in the 2006 draft. Springfield is 4-8.
Palm Beach beat Brevard County (Milwaukee) 3-2, in 12 innings. Ian Church scored on an error in the bottom of the twelfth. Church was the Independent League player of the year in 2oo6. Shane Robinson and Nathan Southard each had 2 hits. Southard added 2 RBIs. Tyler Norrick got the start and went 6 innings, 1 run on 2 hits and striking out 4. It was the first earned run he has given up this year. His ERA stands at 0.38. Jason Motte was charged with the blown save, his first, after giving up one run in the top of the ninth. Scott Vander Weg got the win, pitching 2 scoreless innings and striking out 3. Palm Beach’s record is now 9-6.
The Swing fell to Fort Wayne (San Diego) 7-4. Brandon Buckman continued his hot streak, collecting another 3 hits. Omar Falcon had 2 hits including a HR. Luke Gorsett and Donovan Solano each had 2 hits. Brad Furnish was roughed up for 4 runs in 3.2 innings. Tyler Herron was smoked for 3 runs in 3 innings. Of note, former Missouri pitcher and Edwardsville, IL alum, Nathan Culp, is a member of Fort Wayne. Culp was a fourth round pick of the Padres in the 2006 Draft. The Swing is 7-9 on the year.
Blake Dewitt went 1 for 3 and is only hitting .224. I know that he is going to pick it up and start hitting.
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Southeast was swept in a doubleheader for the first time this year. The Redhawks fell 4-2 and 4-0 to Austin Peay. The losses were also Southeast’s first in OVC play.
Mizzou outlasted Baylor 14-11. Jacob Priday had 3 hits, including 2 in a 9 run fourth. Priday has his BA up to .272 after being in the low .200’s.
Vanderbilt continues to roll beating Tennessee 4-3 and locking up another weekend series victory.
I don’t know anything about comics, but if you are a fan go to the Cape Girardeau Comic Convention today. Here is a link.
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