The Cardinals won 8-4.  Wellemeyer won his MLB starting debut.  Pujols, Edmonds, and Rolen combined for 7 hits, 6 RBIs, and 2 HRs.  But I still can’t get excited.  They dropped 2 of 3 to the Nationals and now have dropped 2 of 3 to the Rockies.  Yadi is hurt.  Duncan is supposed to stay off his sore knee.  This team has 1 starter with starting experience and 4 starters with relief experience.  Brian Esposito, the player called up to replace Yadi, was batting .171 at Triple A Memphis.  Now they Cardinals are eyeing 37 year old Troy Percival who hasn’t pitched since July of 2005.  Why waste the money?  This team needs much more than a 37 year old reliever that hasn’t pitched in 2 years.

Bernie really calls out the Cardinal front office, including ownership, in today’s Post.  I can’t reallly argue with anything he says.  Jeff Gordon is calling for the Cardinals to call it a year and blow up this team.  I am to the point that I agree.  Even if the Cards get back in the race, does this team really have any chance in the postseason?  Not with this pitching staff.  At least last year’s team had some starters with experience.  This team has only Kip.  I say, get rid of some payroll.  Chip in some cash to get rid of some of these underachievers if you have to.  Let’s start building a foundation for 08.

 Memphis gave up a run in the ninth to fall to Tucson (Diamondbacks) 3-2.  Brian Falkenborg gets the loss.  Randy Keisler gave up 2 runs on 8 hits in 7.2 innings.  Slicky Ricky went 2-4.  Skip hit his third HR to account for both runs.  Rico Washington picked up 2 hits. 

 Springfield gave up 4 in the seventh and 2 in the ninth to fall San Antonio (Padres) 6-3.  Cory Rauschenberger picked up the loss.  He gave up 4 runs on 9 hits in 6.2 innings.  Kevin Ool gave up the 2 runs in the ninth.  Mark Shorey went 0-3 but had an RBI in his Double A debut after being promoted from the Quad Cities.  Joe Mather went 1-3.  Tyler Greene was 1-4 and scored 2 runs.  Colby Rasmus had the night off.  According to Jeff Lunhow, the Cardinals’ farm director, Rasmus will stay at Double A.  The club looks to be patient with him, but by the sound of Lunhow’s comments, I am not completely sold.

Palm Beach doubled up Jupiter (Marlins) 8-4.  Ian Church and Isa Garcia each had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.  Newly promoted Jim Rapoport was 1-2 with a run scored, a run driven in, and 2 BBs.  Mark Hamilton had another hit and another RBI.  Allen Craig went 0-4 and is hitting .118 (4-34) in his last 9 games.  Adam Ottavino had a rough outing, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits in only 4.1 innings.  Fernando Salas picked up his second win in relief.

Quad Cities beat Clinton (Rangers) 6-4.  Newly promoted Wilmer Alvarado went 2-4 and Tommy Pham went 1-4 in their Swing debut.  Chris Grossman had a big night with 3 hits including a 2 run homer.  Brandon Buckman was 1-5 with an RBI.  Brandon Dickson gave up 2 runs on 5 hits for the win.  Blake King gave up 2 runs on only 1 hit but 3 walks in 2 innings.  Kenny Maiques notched his eleventh save. 

Blake Dewitt went 0-4. 

Southern Illinois topped Evansville 1-0.

The Gateway Grizzlies topped the River City Rascals 4-3.  The Grizzlies are now 7-1 and have the best record in the Frontier League.

FYI, all the Mizzou games will be broadcast live on the Tigers’ website during this weekend’s Columbia Regional. 



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