A much needed sweep

The Cardinals  beat the Pirates 3-1 to get the sweep.  Yes, I know, it was just the Pirates.  But the way this team has been playing, would anyone really be surprised if they had been swept?  If the Cardinals are going to get back in this race, games against lower division opponents are must wins.  Braden Looper got his sixth win of the year.  Who would have thought, Braden Looper would have 6 wins and we are not even half way through the season.  Izzy picked up his twelfth save.  I was surprised as Izzy pitched 1.2 innings the night before.  Wellemeyer looked sharp in the eighth, throwing 10 of 12 strikes.  Aaron Miles went 3-4 and Albert got another hit.  Yadi “the hitting machine”  Molina added 2 more hits and is sitting above .300.  The Cardinals have more good news;  the Nationals are coming to town.

In sad news, Josh Hancock’s family is suing Shannon’s, its manager, Patricia Shannon, the tow truck service, the tow truck driver, and the driver of the disabled car.  I understand the frustrations of the family, as my brother was killed by a drunk driver.  But this is absurd.  How can you sue the driver of the disabled car?  The guy driving is claimed to be negligent for allowing his car to hit the wall and block the left lane.  I don’t know how you can prove one is negligent just because one has an accident.  As far as the tow truck driver not providing enought warning, it seems to me the other vehicles on that road that night were getting over.  Maybe though, their BAC was not twice the legal limit, speeding,  and on his/her cellphone.  Why not sue the liquor manufacturers?  How about Ford for not making a safer vehicle?  What about the other Cardinal players he was going to meet?  I really feel bad for Josh Hancock’s family.  I really do.  But all it seems to me the family is doing is causing people not to remember Josh in a positive light, but will remember him for this ridiculous lawsuit filed by his family.  Brian Burwell chimes in with his opinion this morning at Stltoday.

Memphis gave up 5 runs in the seventh and fell to Nashville (Brewers) 9-5.  Mike Smith got torched for 7 runs on 8 hits in 6.1 innings.  Chris Lambert gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk and did not record an out.  His ERA is now 9.  Nick Stavinoha continued his hot streak going 3-4.  He has his average up to .265.  Brendan Ryan added 2 hits.  Rick Ankiel was 0-3 but did drive in his 33rd run.

Springfield thumped San Antonio (Padres)  8-1.  ” Mr. Roller Coaster” Mitch Boggs was excellent, giving up 1 run on only 4 hits, walking 3, and striking out 2 in 6.2 innings.  Matt Scherer got the save, going 2.1 scoreless innings.  Colby Rasmus had 2 doubles and 2 RBIs.  Tyler Greene was 4-5 with 4 runs scored.  He is begining to hit a little bit, as his average is up to .253.  After a homerless stretch, Joe Mather hit his twelfth and added 3 more RBIs.  Bryan Anderson had only hit and chipped in 2 RBIs. 

Palm Beach  was doubled up by Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers) 8-4.  Adam Ottavino was roughed up for 5 runs on 5 hits in only 2.2 innings.  More about Ottavino today from Derrick Goold.  A.J. Van Slyke had a nice night going 3-5.  Nathan Southard also had 3 hits and an RBI.  Mark Hamilton and Jose Martinez had 2 hits a piece.  Allen Craig went 0-5.

Quad Cities had more hits, but still fell to South Bend (Diamondbacks) 3-1.  Eddie Degerman gets the loss, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits (2 HRs) and 4 BBs in 4 innings.  Shaun Garceau gives up 1 run on 1 hit and strikes out 5 in 4.1 innings.  Luke Gorsett was the only member of the Swing with multiple hits as he went 2-3.  Jared Schweitzer had a pinch hit single to drive in the only run. 

Inland Empire and manager Dave Collins do it again.  Blake Dewitt has his best game of the year on Wednesday and on Thursday he does not play.  How is he supposed to get anything going?

Southeast got thumped by Jacksonville State 15-2.

 I am on the road to see the Gateway Grizzlies vs. Southern Illinois on Friday, Peoria (Cubs)  vs.   Wisconsin (Mariners), and Quad Cities vs.  Beloit (Twins) on Sunday.  I will be making updates from the road.

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