If you are a pitcher, starting your first big league game, or looking for your first big league win, is there a better team to pitch against than the Cardinals? Andrew Miller went out in his first career start and shutout the Cardinals for 6 innings while giving up only 4 hits. It also helped that his offense put 14 on the board. 14! Braden Looper gave up 7 runs in 4 innings. Kelvin Jimenez gave up 7 runs and only got 1 out. Have a nice trip back to Memphis. The Cardinals offense did have 11 hits but the game had long been decided before the Cardinals got 4 runs. On the positive, Pujols was 4-4 with an opposite field bomb. It is also positive that someone not named Chris Duncan hit a HR. And think about this, if only the runs scored in final 3 games counted, the Cardinals would have won 4-0. Wait, I am talking like Al Hrabosky.
So Jason Giambi thinks all of baseball should apologize for steroids. People really have given Giambi a hard time for apologizing, but be vague in what he is apologizing for. At least he has the guts to apologize. He is not like Bonds and throwing his teammate under the bus. He is not like Sheffield stating, under oath, that he used something but he doesn’t know what it is. He sure is not Palmeiro in front of Congress stating he did not do steroids. He made a mistake. He apologized. Forgive him. You may not like what he did, but he is man enough to admit a mistake. Even if it is a vague one.
I am sure it is on the internet somewhere, but if you have not heard Ozzie Guillen’s curse word filled call in to a Chicago sports show, you have to find it. Here is a link on the story.
Memphis got torched 7-1 against Round Rock (Astros). Troy Cate gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, including 2 HRs, in 4 innings. Hugo Castellanos gave up 3 runs in 1.1 innings. Edgar V. Gonzalez had 2 doubles. Travis Hanson went 3-4. In his first action of the year, old friend Eli Marrero went 2-4 and had the only Redbird RBI.
Springfield got the win vs. Tulsa (Rockies) 5-1. Mitch Boggs not only got the win but also hit a HR. Boggs went 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits with 4 Ks but did walk 5. His HR was a 2-run shot which, also, happens to be his first hit in pro ball. Boggs also had another hit and RBI. Tyler Greene was 1-5 in the leadoff spot. Cody Haerther continues to hit going 2-4 with 2 RBIs and is hitting .429 since coming off the DL. Nick Webber pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2.
Palm Beach beat Vero Beach (Devil Rays) 9-5. Allen Craig had a great game going 2-3, with a HR (his tenth, a 3-run blast), and 4 RBIs. Mark Hamilton was 1-3 with 2 RBIs. Dan Nelson was 2-3 with 2 runs scored. Adam Daniels got the win, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, in 5 innings. Luke Gregerson picked up his seventh save.
Quad Cities fell to West Michigan (Tigers) 4-3. Elvis Hernandez got the loss giving up 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 in 3 innings. P.J. Walters pitched 5 scoreless innings, giving up only 1 hit and striking out 6. Brandon Buckman was 2-4 with 2 RBIs. Mark Shorey was 3-4. Willian Sandoval was 2-4 with 2 runs scored in the leadoff spot.
Roger Clemens gave up 1 run, a solo HR, on 3 hits in 4 innings in his debut at Low A Tampa.
Mizzou went on the road and beat Oklahoma State 9-6. Jacob Priday had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.
In racing news, at the Alma Schrader Play Day races, my daughter, Anna, got second in the fifty yard dash and won the highly competitive hat race.
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