Kip Wells goes out and struggles once again. He loses his his seventh straight decision since his lone victory. His team gets him a 3-1 lead and he gives it back. On the broadcast Dan mentions how he seems emotionless and he needs to show his teammates something. He needs to show some fire. Super homer/apologist Al even agrees and yet we get a guy who throws 125 pitches in 5 innings and picks up loss number 8. Maybe it is a losing attitude from being on so many bad teams. I don’t know, but I know Kip is not the answer. The bullpen was good, giving up only 1 hit in 4 scoreless innings. Juan E. had a great game going 3-5. Yadi and Eck continue to hit a little as each had a pair of hits. Ryan Ludwick was bad, 0-3 with 3 Ks.
Memphis had the day off. Rick Ankiel was placed on the DL with an achilles injury.
Springfield topped Arkansas (Angels) 7-4 . Kevin Ool gave up 4 runs on on 9 hits in 6 innings. Michael Cooper pitched a scoreless inning and struckout 2 of the 3 batters he faced. Chris Perez picked up his ninth save, pitching 2 innings, allowing no hits, striking out 3, but walking 2. Jon Jay made his second start since coming back from an injury and it looked like his start on Monday. Jay was 1-3 with 3 runs scored, but this time his only hit was a 2-run HR. The hot hitting Sean Danielson was 1-4 with 2 runs scored. Colby Rasmus went 1-4 with a run scored. Both Cody Haerther and Juan Richardson were 2-5 with 2 RBIs. Bryan Anderson is struggling at the plate as he went 0-4 and has seen his average drop to .271. Jarrett Hoffpauir and Tyler Greene each added 2 singles.
Palm Beach fell to St. Lucie (Mets) 5-2. After hitting only .175 in his last 10 games, Allen Craig got back on track going 3-4 . Gary Daley had his third rough outing in his last four games giving up 5 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks in 4.2 innings. Mark Hamilton and Nate Southard each had an RBI. Ian Church went 2-4. Donnie Smith threw 2.1 scoreless inning. Matt Trent threw one scoreless inning.
Quad Cities had the day off.
Something I skipped yesterday. Springfield’s Sean Danielson was player of the week in the Southern League. For the week Danielson hit .423, scored 4 runs, had 5 doubles, a HR, and 8 RBIs. Palm Beach’s Mark Hamilton was player of the week for the Florida State League. For the week Hamilton batted .400, had 2 double, 3 HRs, and 7 RBIs, and slugged .950. That to go along with P.J. Walters gave the Cardinals’ system 3 players of the week and six for the year. Other winners were Quad Cities’ Elvis Hernandez and Springfield’s Joe Mather for the week ending April 15 and Palm Beach’s Allen Craig for the week ending April 29.
Sikeston’s J.R. Bizzell was named to the 2007 SCAC All-Tounament baseball team. Bizzell, just finishing his sophomore season at Rhodes College, led the tournament with a .643 average, with a triple, 4 RBIs, and a stolen base.
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