RASMUS HAS A BIG NIGHT

 The Cardinals got thumped by the Rockies 8-3.  Looks like the injury bug has hit Duncan and Yadi.  Is this the true Looper?  Was what we saw earlier in the year just a mirage?  I really do believe that could be the case.  Rolen was 3-4 with a long ball.

I haven’t mentioned my thoughts about Reyes being sent down.  He was struggling, so sending him down to get his confidence back is a good move.  I believe Reyes’ biggest problem is that he is a flyball/strikeout pitcher who just can’t seem to adjust to the Cardinal philosophy of pitch to contact, let them hit it, we don’t care if you throw 110 MPH, we still want you to pitch to contact.  Last years’ first rounder, Adam Ottavino, had to make an adjustment due to that philosophy, here’s the article.  I hope that LaRussa/Duncan don’t have alternative motives for the send down.  What I mean, we don’t like all the young players we have for the rotation so we’ll show you. 

Over at Viva El Birdos, there is a great Q and A with Jeff Lunhow, the Cardinals’ Player Development chief and the heir apparent to Walt Jocketty.

 Memphis was shutout by Tucson (Diamondbacks) 3-0.  Skip was 2-4 with a double.  Ankiel was 1-4.  Nick Stavinoha was 0-3 ending his hit streak.  Mike Smith put in 7 solid innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits.  Chris Lambert gave no hits but did give up a run in 2 innings.  He hit a batter, that batter was advanced to third and scored on a wild pitch. 

Springfield got in a shootout with San Antonio (Padres) and came out on top 12-10.  Earlier in the day, Mark Shorey was promoted to the Cardinals from the Quad Cities.  Mitch Boggs got roughed up for 7 runs in 4 innings.  Michael Cooper got the win in relief.  Nick Webber and Jason Motte each got credit for a hold.  Chris Perez nailed down his twelfth save of the year by striking out the side in the ninth.  Colby Rasmus had a career day going 3-5 with a HR and 7 RBIs.  Joe Mather went 2-3 with a solo HR and 3 runs scored.  Casey Rowlett and Bryan Anderson each had 2 hits a piece.  The newly promoted Shorey did not get into the game.

Palm Beach fell to Jupiter (Marlins), 5-3.  James Rapoport was 0-4 with a run scored in his debut at Palm Beach.  He was promoted from the Swing earlier today.  Allen Craig went 1-4 with a run scored.  Mark Hamilton was 1-4 with 2 RBIs.  Isa Garcia was 2-3.  Adam Daniels gave up 3 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings but did not factor in the decision.  Scott Vander Weg gave up 2 runs in the eighth to pick up the loss.

Quad Cities was doubled up by Clinton (Texas), 2-1. No Swing player had multiple hits.  Chris Grossman drove in the only run for the Quad Cities.  Brandon Buckman went 1-4.  Shaun Garceau got the loss going 3.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 5.  Eddie Degerman pitched 3.1 hitless innings and struck out 5.  Earlier in the day, to fill the roster spots vacated by Shorey and Rapoport, Tommy Pham and Wilmer Alvarado were promoted from extended spring training.  I did a profile on Pham a couple of months ago.  The Swing website states that Pham will be moved to the outfield. 

Blake Dewitt update:  Blake was rated number 20 for the week on Baseball America’s Prospect Hotsheet.  On Monday night, he went 2-4 with a 2 run blast, his fourth HR of the season. On Tuesday, Blake was 1-3 with a walk.

The Southern Illinois Miners beat the Evansville Otters in their first ever home opener, 9-6.

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