Rick Ankiel has a huge night!

Rick Ankiel had a huge night as he homered 3 times leading Memphis past Iowa (Cubs), 7-5.  Each HR was a solo shot and he now has 19 on the year.  Nick Stavinoha continues to rake as he went 3-5 with 2 RBIs.  Edgar V Gonzalez was 2-4.  Mike Parisi gave up 5 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings. Mark Worrell gave up only 1 hit in 2 scoreless innings. Even though Ankiel is derserving of a call up, he needs to stay at Memphis so he can play everyday and get as many ABs as possible.  If the Cardinals do call up an arm to help in the pen, I would like to see Worrell get a shot. At each level he has pitched at, he has produced.             

Springfield topped Wichita (Royals), 6-5.  Cory Rauschenberger gave up 4 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings. Zachary Zuercher got the win, pitching 2 scoreless innings.  Chris Perez picked up his 18th save in an eventful ninth.  Perez gave up 1 run on 1 hit and 3 walks to go with 2 Ks.  Joe Mather and Colby Rasmus each had the night off.  Here is a video I found of Mather hitting off a tee.  Over at FutureBirds they are reporting that Rasmus has been under the weather. Bryan Anderson had a big night reaching base 5 times. He was 3-3 with 2 walks.  Mark Shorey had 2 hits and 3 RBIs including a 2-run HR.  Mike Ferris and Casey Rowlett and each had 2 hits.  I think Chris Perez is going to have nights like these.  His fastball has so much movement on it, he is probably going to be prone to the occassional rough outing due to control.  It is good to see that Shorey has made the adjustment to Double A as he made a huge jump from Low Class A.  Bryan Anderson now has his average up to .315 and I am sure he is moving up everyone’s top prospect charts. I am beginning to believe that Zuercher is going to be a serviceable LOOGY.

The Florida State League All-Star game was tonight.  Adam Ottavino gave up 1 run on 2 hits and struckout 1 in an inning of work.  Tyler Norrick pitched a scoreless inning. Luke Gregerson struck out both the batters he faced. Allen Craig had a big game going 2-4 including a 2-run HR and 2 runs scored.  Mark Hamilton walked in his only AB.  Nice to see the Cardinal farmhands with good performances in an event like this.  Mark Hamiton and Allen Craig each had a good showing in the HR Derby with Hamilton finishing second.

Quad Cities fell to Beloit (Twins), 4-3.  Brandon Dickson gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 5 innings.  Dickson had 11 groundball outs compared to only 2 flyball outs.  Kenny Maiques was charged with the loss as he gave up a 2-run HR when he entered in the eighth.  One of the runs was charged to Blake King who gave up 1 run on no hits and 2 walks in 2.2 innings.  The Swing didn’t help themselves as they made 4 errors.  Luke Gorsett was 2-3.  He was the only Swing player with multiple hits.  Brandon Dickson is a player that needs to be looked at in being promoted soon.  He is 7-3 with an ERA of 2.63.

Blake Dewitt has really picked it up so far in June.  For the month he is hitting .365/.450/.550 before Saturday night.  On Saturday night he was 3-5 with a double and a run scored.  Those are numbers deserving of a promotion.

The Cardinals addressed their  rotation  by recalling Anthony Reyes from Triple-A Memphis and optioning reliever Kelvin Jimenez. The club also has disabled shortstop David Eckstein because of persistent back pain and promoted Brendan Ryan.  Bringing Reyes back up was the correct thing to do.  This could be a very good opportunity for Ryan to prove himself capable of maybe taking over for Eck next year.  They are going to need to bring another bullpen arm up because this staff looks tired and we are only half way through June.

From Bernie:  Mychael Urban covers the A’s for MLB.com and wrote a book on the Big 3 of Zito, Hudson and Mulder. Knows these guys pretty well. So I pass along this note from his coverage. Urban wrote: “Mulder, who couldn’t pitch for St. Louis during its World Series run last season because he had labrum and rotator cuff surgery late in the season, was hoping to return to the Cardinals by shortly after the All-Star break, but his recovery isn’t going well and he might miss the entire year.” Haven’t I said all along not to expect him back this year?

MLB attorneys are arguing in a St. Louis court that fantasy sites need to pay MLB for the use of its statistics.  Another example of Bud and the boys just not getting it.  I don’t play fantasy baseball but I do half-heartedly play fantasy football.  When I am playing fantasy football I am watching games that I probably wouldn’t watch.  I think that fantasy baseball players probably do the same.  It seems to me if people are watching and talking about baseball that that is good for the growth of baseball.  Isn’t that what Bud wants?

The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that the Mets’ Omar Minaya has inquired about Mark Buehrle. 

My new favorite player?  Carlos Zambrano.  Seems he has the Chicago media a little rattled as he recently received a gift, a set of red shinguards.  When asked who it was from, Zambrano simply stated, “My next catcher.”  That catcher, Yadier Molina.  Here is the story as it appeared in the Chicago Tribune.  Now this is totally a pipe dream, but can I fantasize about a rotation of Zambrano, Buehrle (who has made it well known he would like to pitch for his hometown Cardinals), Chris Carpenter, and a healthy Mark Mulder.  All it would probably take is around $200 million to sign Zambrano and Buehrle is this market.

There was no update yesterday because I got in really late.  My buddy, Josh, and I went to Off Broadway to see the Drams.  What a show.  There was probably less than 100 people there and they played as if there were 100,000 people.  Completely all out.  It was a great show by a great band that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.  Brent Best is one of the top singer/songwriters out there today.  If you haven’t heard any of there stuff, do yourself a favor and go buy Jubilee Drive.  Here is a video of them at Stubb’s. 

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