Duncan out

Duncan was sent back to St. Louis for more tests.  Now, FSN is reporting that he is in the hospital, getting IV antibiotics I would assume.  If it is MRSA, I see at least the 15 day DL in his future.  It just keeps getting better.   

 The Cards win 7-3.  Juan Enc had 3 RBIs.  Gary Bennett had 3 hits and 2 RBIs.  Scotty got 2 hits and has his average up to .259.  Brad Thompson put in a good performance, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits in 7 innings. 

Everyone is saying, well the Cardinals are only 6.5 games out.  Let’s say this team does make the playoffs.  Who pitches? 

Jayson Stark has this to say about the Cardinals’ chances, “Of the 96 playoff teams in the wild-card era, only one — the 2005 Astros (19-32) — headed into June as many games under .500 as the Cardinals are now.

Of the 103 teams that went on to win a World Series, just three — the 1914 “Miracle” Braves (20-30), the 2003 Marlins (21-29) and 1924 Senators (24-26) — were even one game below .500 after 50 games.

And no team ever has been outscored by more than 60 runs through its first 51 games — the Cardinals were at minus-62 through Wednesday — and gone on to play a postseason game. So this team is clearly in biiiiiggg trouble. ” Thursday’s game was number 51 and the Cardinals are now at -58.

Yahoo has its all overpaid and underpaid team.  On the overpaid team?  The Cardinal’s Scott Rolen.

Memphis  beat Tuscon (Diamondbacks) 6-5 on a Rick Ankiel walkoff HR, #12 on the year .  Mike Parisi gave up 3 runs in 6 innings. Brian Falkenborg got the win with 1.2 shutout innings.  Edgar V. Gonzalez had 2 hits including a HR.  Mike Parisi had a HR to help his cause. 

Springfield had the night off. 

Palm Beach fell to Jupiter (Marlins) in a shootout 10-9.  The 2 teams combined for 33 hits and 8 errors.  Newly promoted Jim Rapoport had 2 hits and an RBI.  Allen Craig got back on track with 3 doubles and an RBI.  Dan Nelson was 3-5 with 2 RBIs.  Jose Martinez was 3-5 with 4 RBIs.  Trey Hearne was roughed up for 5 runs in 5.2 innings.  Scott Vander Weg gave up 4 runs and only got 1 out in the eighth.  Luke Gregerson was charged with his first blown save but did strikeout the side in his only inning of work.  Former Missouri State pitcher Brett Sinkbeil started for Jupiter.  Sinkbeil struggled, giving up 6 runs in 5 innings.

In a game that was billed as a pitcher’s duel, turned into a slugfest as the Quad Cities outsluggged Clinton (Rangers) 9-6.  P. J. Walters took his 28 innings scoreless streak and was only able to extend it one more inning before giving up 3 in the second.  His final line was a dismal 4 runs on 5 hits in 2.2 innings.  Elvis Hernandez got the win, he pitched 3.2 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits and 3 BBs, and struck out 4.  Kenny Maiques picked up twelfth save with a scoreless night.  Christian Reyes had a big night going 3-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs.  Brandon Buckman hit number 11, a solo shot.  Tommy Pham was 0-2 with 2 Ks and was replaced by Daryl Jones who came in and hit a 3-run shot and 4 RBIs on the night.  Donovan Solano had 3 hits on the night.  Christian Lopez went 0-1 with 4 BBs. 

Kasey Kiker, the Rangers’ number 1 pick in 06, had been unscored upon in his first 2 outings for Clinton.  His final line tonight was 4 runs on 4 hits including 2 HRs but did strikeout 5 in only 3 innings. 

The Gateway Grizzlies topped the Southern Illinois Miners 5-4.


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