Cards win…big

The Cardinals’ bats woke up Wednesday afternoon as they dropped the Rockies 9-2.  Albert Pujols was 2-4 with an RBI. Scott Spiezio was 2-4 with 2 RBIs.  Chris Duncan went hitless, but walked twice and scored twice.  Ryan Ludwick went 2-5 with an RBI.  Aaron Miles was 3-4.  Adam Wainwright got back on track going six innings and giving 2 runs.  Wainwright did give up 9 hits and luckily the Rockies could not capitalize. 

The Cardinals are now 14-18, 9 games behind the Brewers.  The red hot Brewers won again and have the best record in the big leagues at 24-10.

Memphis topped Salt Lake (Angels) in a slugfest, 9-8 in 11 innings.  JRod continued his hot streak going 3-5 with a HR and 3 RBIs.  Tagg Bozied, also, had 3 hits with a HR and 3 RBIs.  Rick Ankiel was 3-6 with a triple and an RBI and is hitting .274.  Chris Narveson left the game with 2 outs in the first with an injury.  Chris Lambert came in and went 4.1 innings, gave up 1 run on 7 hits and struckout 4.  Hugo Castellanos was charged with a blown save giving up 3 runs in 1.2 innings.  Dennis Dove got the win while Matt Ginter got the save.

Springfield fell to Wichita (Kansas City) 5-3.  Jaime Garcia was shaky giving up 5 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in 5.1 innings.  Jarrett Hoffpauir hit his second HR in 3 games, a 2-run blast.  Colby Rasmus was 1-4 and is hitting .277.  Sean Danielson was 2-4 and is hitting .414 in 10 games since being called up.  Tyler Greene was 2-3. 

Palm Beach beat Dunedin (Toronto) 9-6.  Trey Hearne got the victory but was shaky giving up 5 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings.  Luke Gregerson picked up his fourth save, pitching only a third of an inning.  Mark Hamilton was the offensive star of the night going 2 HRs and driving in 5.  Hamilton really struggled in April but has got his average up to .275.  Allen Craig was 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored.  Check out his player bio below.  Shane Robinson was moved out of the leadoff spot and responded with 2 hits.  Nathan Southard and A.J. Van Slyke had 2 hits each.

The Swing topped Lansing (Toronto) 6-2.  Tyler Herron picked up his first victory of the season.  Herron pitched in relief, going 3.2 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and striking out 5.  Brad Furnish started and went four innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and struck out 4.  Mark Shorey was 3-3 with 2 runs scored.  Brandon Buckman went 1-3, walked twice and scored twice.  Chris Grossman and Christian Reyes each had 2 hits.  Reyes is batting .444 in 18 ABs. 

Draft News:  Baseball America has 2 St. Louis Natives ranked in their Top 25 Draft Prospects.  Ross Detwiler (#7) and Nick Schmidt (#23) both look to be picked early in the draft.  If Detwiler goes in the first round, that will be two years in a row that Missouri State has had a pitcher chosen in the first round (Brett Sinkbeil went 19th overall to the Marlins in 2006).  Speaking of Missouri draftees, Max Scherzer signed with the Fort Worth Cats and went 3.1 innings this past weekend.  His fastball sat 93-94 and touched 98. 

Blake Dewitt was 0-3 but got to be part of history as his teammate Marlon Arias pitched a no hitter.

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