Cardinals return with heavy hearts


Cards fall to the Brewers 7-1 on a sad night for Cardinal Nation.  The Cards never seemed to be in it, and at times, Kip Wells seemed to be in a daze.  On a positive note, Dennis Dove made his Major League debut.  He pitched a scoreless inning while get his first Major League K, striking out Prince Fielder.  He was touching 95-96 on the radar gun.  He provides the power arm the Cards have been looking for.  Some more good news it that Carpenter has been pain free after his last throwing session and is set to pitch a simulated game on Tuesday.  Braden Looper vs.  Ben Sheets on Tuesday night.  Looper is the only Cardinals’ starter with a victory since April 8.

With Dennis Dove being called up, the Cardinals have four starters on the 25-man roster.  Franklin and Thompson were up for a starter’s role in Spring Training but both have played roles in the bullpen.  Does this mean that the Cards are expecting Carpenter to come of the DL soon to step back in as the ace of the staff?

It is being reported by the Post that Josh Hancock was seen drinking as late as 10:30 the night he died.

Memphis thumped Omaha (Kansas City), 9-3.  Edgar Gonzalez had 2 hits including his first HR of the year.  Tagg Bozied continued his hot streak with 2 hits and 3 RBIs.  Ryan Ludwick was 1-4 with 2 RBIs.  Rick Ankiel was 0-4 but had an RBI.  Mike Parisi got the win, giving up 3 runs in 5 innings.  Matt Ginter got the save, pitching 4 scoreless innings, allowing only 1 hit and striking out 2.

Springfield fell to Tulsa (Colorado), 8-2.  Joe Mather hit his league leading tenth HR to go along with 2 RBIs.  Colby Rasmus and Jarrett Hoffpaur both went 2-4.  JuanEnc.  went 0-5 and is now hitting .077.  He is what the Cardinals’ offense is missing?  Eric Haberer got beat up, giving up 6 runs on 11 hits in 5 innings. 

Palm Beach was on the losing end to Daytona (Cubs), 5-4.  Adam Daniels gave up 4 runs in the first and 5 in the game for 6 innings.  Nick Webber pitched 2 scoreless innings and struckout 3.  Allen Craig put up 2 more hits to raise his average to .365.  He also added 2 more RBIs.  Mark Hamilton and Brandon Yarbrough each had an RBI.

The Swing came out on the losing end of a pitchers duel to Great Lakes (Dodgers), 1-0.  Brad Furnish got the loss going 4 innings and giving up 1 run.  Tyler Herron also had a good outing pitching 4 scoreless innings.  Super Prospect Clayton Kershaw got the win, going 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and striking out 7.  Christian Lopez had 2 more hits raising his average to .370. 

The pictures below are from a trip we took to Nashville over Easter weekend.


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