Cards’ Pick Gets Victory in College WS Clincher

 The Cardinals dropped the rubber game after an hour and a half rain delay, 5-1.  Kip was respectable, giving up 1 run on 3 hits in 5 IP.  Troy Cate pitched a scoreless inning while racking up 2 Ks.  He threw an awesome Uncle Charlie that made Gregg Dobbs knees buckle.  His curveball and Tyler Johnson’s wicked slider would make for quite a tandem from the left side.  Kip was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Word out of Chicago is that Mark Beurhle is quite available.  I listened to an interview with Kenny Williams and he never named a name, but he described a player that he was very close with.  He has been in social situations with this player’s family, knows his wife, and just got to see a pic of the ultrasound of this player’s baby.  He said this was definitely a baseball decision to deal this player, not a personal one.  Mrs. Beurhle is pregnant. 

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that “the Brewers are kicking the tires and approximately 10 teams are on Buehrle, including the Mets, Braves, Mariners and Buehrle’s expected long-term choice, the Cardinals.”

From the Chicago Sun-Times: According to the source, the Red Sox not only want to keep Buehrle away from the New York Yankees and are willing to offer him a contract extension in the five-year range he is seeking, but they have a farm system loaded with players in whom the White Sox are interested. Allard Baird, the Red Sox’ assistant to the general manager, was in town Friday to watch the White Sox’ loss to the Cubs — in which Buehrle started — and reportedly was to be sent out on assignment only when things were about to get serious.

Slicky Ricky had another big day for Memphis, as he was 3-4 with a solo HR (20).  And no, don’t promote him!  Joe Mather hit his first Triple A HR, a solo shot in the ninth.  Blake Hawksworth was rocked for 6 runs on 10 hits including 3 HRs in 6.1 innings.  One of the HRs was by Mr. 2 Grandslams in 1 inning, Fernando Tatis.

Colby Rasmus hit another HR in the first as he did the night before.  He also drew 2 walks and made 2 spectacular catches.  Jarrett Hoffpauir and Casey Rowlett had 3 hits apiece.  If the Cardinals’ don’t have any plans for Memphis’ Edgar Gonzalez, maybe it’s time to give Hoffpauir a ticket to Memphis.  Lord knows the Cards need help at 2B.  Adam Daniels got his first Double A win, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and striking out 7 in 5 IP.  Chris Perez struck out 2 in a scoreless ninth.

Another great article from Kary Booher at the Springfield News-Leader.  This one is about tonight’s winning pitcher, Adam Daniels,  and his recent promotion from Palm Beach.  Daniels also talks about pitching to contact and how it agrees with his skill set.  As far as minor league beat writers go, Booher has to be one of the best.

Ian Church hit a 2 run shot for Palm Beach in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra frames.  Brandon Buckman hit a sac fly to drive in the winning run in the 10th.  Buckman also had 2 hit on the night.  Jon Jay had 2 hits as he tries to work his way back from injury.  Tyler Norrick gave up a run and had 6 Ks in 6 innings of work.

Elvis Hernandez got roughed up for 4 runs on 5 hits in 3.2 innings for the Swing.  Daryl Jones had 2 hits as he tries to raise his average above .200.

Former second round pick, Josh Wilson, picked up the win for Batavia.  Coming off an arm injury, Wilson has a 1.42 ERA in 2 appearances.  Former Troy closer, Josh Dew, got the save.

For Johnson City, 10th round pick, Beau Riportella, is off to a hot start.  Beau has 7 hits in his first 14 ABs.  Not bad. 

Blake Dewitt was 1-4 on Sunday night after going 4-4 on Saturday.  Promote him!

Here is some video of the Cards’ fourth round selection Kyle Russell:  his walk off HR at Minute Maid Park and his record breaking HR.  He does have awesome power, but I wonder if it is aluminum bat power.  Anyone remember Pete Incaviglia?

Congrats to the Oregon State Beavers on winning back to back College World Series.  Darwin Barney, the Beavers’ SS, is sure fun to watch.  He is a heck of a fielder who seems to be able to will his team to win.  The bad news for Cardinals’ fans is that he was the Cubs’ fourth round pick in this year’s draft.  I am sure the Cards could have taken Barney in the third round and the pick they took, Daniel Descalso would have been there, most likely in the fifth round, still allowing the Cards to pick Russell in the fourth.  Well, it doesn’t matter now.  Cardinals’ ninth round pick, Mike Stutes picked up the win, holding UNC to 3 runs on7 hits while striking out 5 over 5.1 IP.  Even though he struggled, I was really impressed with how he battled to get the victory.



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