Pitcher’s duel

Even though the final score doesn’t reflect it, Adam Wainwright and Roy Oswalt hooked in quite a pitcher’s duel on Friday night.  Both pitcher gave up only 1 run in 7 innings.  Wainwright had 6 Ks to Oswalt’s 4.  I think the most impressive sequences of the night was the Carlos Lee at bat.  Wainwright battled tough, but finally lost the war giving up the RBI double after 14 pitches to Lee.  But instead of getting down on himself, he kept his head high and got the next 2 batters to keep the game tied.  Eckstein and Rolen both left the game with injuries.  Cardinals’ hitters put 7 runs on Astros’ relievers in the ninth.  Juan Enc., his first HR, and Gary Bennett went back to back.  Bennett put up 2 more hits and 3 RBIs.

This was as impressive of a game that I have seen the Cardinals play all year.  They fought hard all night long.  I so want to get excited, but it seems each time I have got excited so far this year, the Cards let me down quickly.

According to Jocketty, the Cardinals hope to have Duncan back on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Memphis was thumped tonight by Tucson (Diamondbacks), 7-1.  Anthony Reyes was solid in his debut at Triple A, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and struck out 4 in 7 innings.  The bullpen gave up 6 in the ninth as Dennis Dove gave up 2 runs and Ryan Meaux gave up 4.  Memphis only had 5 hits on the night with the highlight being JRod hitting a solo shot.

Springfield was rained out.

Palm Beach was rained out.

Quad Cities doubled up Clinton (Rangers), 10-5.  Christian Reyes had his second consecutive big night with 2 hits and 3 RBIs including a 2 run shot.  Brandon Buckman reached base 4 times with 2 hits and 2 walks.  Wilmer Alvarado had 2 hits and is hitting .400 in his first 3 games since being promoted.  Tommy Pham had a hit.  Tyler Herron was outstanding.  He gave up 1 run on 2 hits and struckout 8 in 5 innings.  Brad Furnish had a rough outing giving up 4 runs on 6 hits in 2.2 innings.  Kyle Sadlowski picked up his second save with 1.1 shutout innings.  The Swing got 6 runs in 4 innings off of Clinton pitcher,  Omar Poveda.   I saw him pitch this past Sunday and he is very impressive.

Mizzou won big over Kent State 10-2 in its first ever win in the opening round of the regional and it was also it first home regional game. 

Future Redbirds and Get Up Baby have both posted their updated Top 10 Cardinals’ prospects.  Here is mine:

1. Colby Rasmus
2. Jaime Garcia
3. Chris Perez
4. Bryan Anderson
5. Blake Hawksworth
6. Adam Ottavino
7. Elvis Hernandez
8. Tyler Herron
9. Tyler Greene
10. Kenny Maiques

Here is my top 10 prospects that are on teams I have seen so far this season.

 1.  Yovani Gallardo (Nashville Sounds)

 2.  Ryan Braun (Sounds)

 3.  Scott Elbert (Jacksonville Suns)

 4.  Carlos Gomez (New Orleans Zephyrs)

 5.  Marcus Lemon (Clinton Lumberkings)

 6.  Chris Parmelee (Beloit Snappers)

 7.  Elvis Hernandez (Swing of the Quad Cities)

 8.  Omar Pavedo (Clinton Lumberkings)

 9.  Jeff Manship (Beloit Snappers)

10.  Kenny Maiques  (Swing of the Quad Cities)

If you haven’t seen the Zambrano/Barrett altercation, find it and watch it.  I predicted this would happen with Zambrano due to his contract situation.  It reminds me of Bull Durham, a million dollar arm and a 2 cent head. 

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