Ugh! That’s all you can say about Reyes’ return to the rotation. Ryan Ludwick had a big day and it was really good to see the Cards beat 2 lefties in a row.
The Quad Cities topped Beloit (Twins), 6-2. P.J. Walters got the win while giving up 2 runs on 3 hits with 6 Ks in 5 innings. Elvis Hernandez was credited with the save. He was even better than Walters, pitching 4 scoreless innings, giving up only 1 hit and striking out 4. Walters is now 6-1 with a 2.62 ERA. Hernandez is 4-4 with a 2.89 ERA. Daryl Jones had a hit and 2 RBIs. Christian Lopez had a hit and an RBI. I believe that Walters has proved all he has to at the Quad Cities. He is 22 years old and it is time to see how he will do against more experienced competition at Palm Beach.
Palm Beach is enjoying the All-Star break.
Springfield fell to Arkansas (Angels), 6-1. Jaime Garcia gave up 3 runs on 7 hits with 6 Ks in 5.2 innings. Nick Webber threw 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Michael Cooper gave up a 3-run shot in his only inning of work. His ERA is now 7.33. Colby was 0-3 but did throw a runner out at the plate. His average now stands at .258. Mike Ferris was 2-3 with a solo HR. Ferris has been on fire as of late. Juan Lucena had 2 hits. When Rasmus, Danielson, and Mather go a combined 0-10, Springfield is not going to win many games. It is good to see Ferris beginning to hit as he has been a disappoint since being drafted in the second round in 04. It might be time to let Cooper go. I am beginning to get a little worried about Colby.
Memphis beat Iowa (Cubs), 5-4, thanks to 4 HRs. Edgar V. Gonzalez, Skip, and Tagg Bozied each had the day off, while Ryan Christianson hit a 2-run blast. Skip was the only Redbird with multiple hits. Mike Smith got the win, pitching 6 innings and giving up 2 runs on 7 hits. Chris Lambert pitched an inning and allowed a run. Troy Percival was better, pitching a scoreless inning. Brian Falkenborg allowed a run, but did notch his 16th save. Rick Ankiel had the day off.
Bernie is reporting that the Cardinal clubhouse is a miserable place to be. He includes LaRussa and Jocketty in the misery. No surprise, how could anyone be happy with what has been going on.
Nice fathers day article on the Van Slykes over at MiLB.Com.
Rice went into the College World Series with concerns over its offense. I think they have laid those concerns to rest. They are by far the most impressive team so far. The Cardinals’ 8th round pick, Tyler Henley, has had a very good series so far. His stance reminds me of a left handed Ricky Henderson.
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