Tuesday night, I made my second trip down to Pringles Park in Jackson, TN. Unlike my first visit back in April, the stadium was packed to the max. When there is a couple hundred people in the park, like my first visit, the stadium seems much roomier. The concourse was very tight and it seems the powers that be let the smokers smoke anywhere on the concourse. I am not trying to slam the stadium, because I would recommend going if you have not been here. It has an impressive youth league complex on the same area as the ballpark. We saw the West Tennesse Diamondjaxx (Mariners) lose to the Huntsville Stars (Brewers) 9-6. Back in the Spring, Matt Tuiasosopo seemed like he had turned the corner and was going to be a player after struggling in his first pro seasons. Well it seems that he has regressed and I bet the Mariners regret the big bonus he was given when they drafted him. Huntsville did have a couple impressive players. Michael Brantley is off to a slow start since being promoted but he had a nice night with four hits. He has a nice smooth lefty stroke and nice speed. What is probably most impressive is he just turned 20 in May. John Sickels highlighted him on his site a few days ago. Brendan Kaitin hit his 15th HR in the DH spot. I am not sure what kind of defense he plays, but I know that he has great power from the right side. Lindsay Gulin got the start for the Stars. He is a lefty with a very deceptive delivery as he releases the ball from his ear like a catcher throwing to second. Just seeing him once, he could possibly be a guy that could help out of the bullpen.
Memphis 7 Albuquerque (Marlins) 12
Memphis’ bats were alive as the Redbirds hit 5 HRs. First off, Rick Ankiel hit number 24. Yes, he has the power stroke going. What concerns me is that he has 56 Ks to only 14 BBs. Jarrett Hoffpauir made his Triple A debut in a pinch hitting role and picked up where he left off in Springfield. Hoffpauir pinch hit in the 8th and hit a 2 run blast. Hoffpauir was hitting .345/.420/.527 with 7 HRs and 33 RBIs in 61 games. JRod, Tagg Bozied, and Brian Esposito, also, homered. Blake Hawksworth was shelled for 5 runs on 6 hits in 4 innings. Chris Lambert was worse, giving up 5 runs in 1.2 IP. Chris Russ is back from the Mexican League and gave up 2 runs in 2.1 IP.
Springfield 10 Midland (A’s) 2
Mark Shorey had 2 three run HRs to bring his total at Double A to 6. Shorey is hitting .295 since being promoted from the Swing. Juan Richardson hit number 12. Colby went 0-5. Bryan Anderson was 0-3 with 3 Ks. Eric Haberer gave up 2 runs in 5.2 IP. Zachary Zuercher struckout all 4 batters he faced. I really believe that he could endup being a very effective LOOGY.
Palm Beach was rained out.
Quad Cities 0 Clinton (Rangers) 4
The Swing had only 4 hits. Elvis Hernandez gave up 4 runs in 4 IP.
Here is an article from the QC Times about former Southern Illinois Miner and current Swing first baseman Tim Dorn.
Batavia 2 Auburn (Blue Jays) 3
Supplemental First Round pick Clayton Mortenson pitched 3 scoreless innings, striking out 5 but he did walk 3. His ERA is now 0.69.
Johnson City 5 Elizabethton (Twins) 6
Beau Riportella (10th round pick) was 1-5 and is hitting .326. Joey Hage (23rd round) is beginning to hit since being promoted from the Gulf Coast League, collecting 2 hits.
The Cardinals came back to win their eighth straight victory on the 4th of July. The Cards are now 8.5 games back, but more importantly 5 games under .500. Instead of chasing the Brewers, I think it is more important to worry about getting above .500 and go from their. Let’s be honest, it won’t take many wins to take this division.
Kelly Stinnett refused an assignment to Memphis and the Cardinals released Toma Ohka.
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