Ricky hits Number 25

 The Cardinals got a good win and a much needed series win against a good young team, the Diamondbacks.  Wainwright was impressive, it is just Tony almost left him too long.  JuanEnc. had a HR and was responsible for all the Cards’ RBIs.  The best news is that the Cards are only 4 games below .500.

Earlier in the day it was announced that Ryan Franklin had signed a 2-year extension.  This is surprising.  I guess the Cards feel they will be buyers because Franklin was probably the most attractive piece the Cards had if they were sellers.  A reliever on a one year deal. 

Memphis  8 Albuquerque (Marlins) 1

Randy Keisler gave up 1 run on 9 hits in 7 IP.  Rick Ankiel (25) and Joe Mather (4) both homered in the first to get things going.  Jarrett Hoffpauir got his first Triple A start, going 3-4 with 2 RBIs.  Another Travis Hanson spotting, as the former Cardinal Minor League Player of the Year was 2-4 to raise his average to .222. 

I know Rick hit his 25th time.  But no he is not ready for Major League action.  First off, he is out of options.  What if he gets up to St. Louis and struggles.  He is stuck.  So he sits the bench and doesn’t get the experience he needs.  With each hit he gets in Triple A, his confidence has to be growing.  This is not the kid you want to get down on himself.  With each passing day, it looks more and more like LaRussa most likely won’t be back.  Why put him up with the coaching staff that put him in that Game 1 vs. the Braves when the meltdown began.  An obvious stat that shows he is not ready is an OBP of barely over .300 with only 16 walks compared to 68 Ks on the year. 

More on Jarret Hoffpauir’s impressive debut for the Memphis Redbirds

Springfield 4 Midland (A’s) 1

Colby is struggling once again. He was 0-2 with an RBI.  He is 3 for his last 20.  Adam Daniels put together another impressive performance.  The former Oklahoma St. Cowboy gave up 1 run on 6 hits in 7 innings.  Nick Webber pitched a scoreless inning to drop his ERA to 1.80.  Chris Perez picked up his 22nd save with 2 Ks in a perfect ninth.

Here is an article about Mark Shorey who took Hoffpauir’s place in the 2 hole in the batting order.  Seems Shorey’s first HR Wednesday night went 446 feet.

The Palm Beach and Vero Beach (Devil Rays) doubleheader was rained out.

Quad Cities 3 Clinton (Rangers) 2

The Swing got 3 in the ninth for the win what was a really good pitchers’ duel.  Tyler Herron gave up 1 run on 4 hits with 5 Ks in 7 IP.  Armando Carrasco got the win and Kenny Maiques picked up his 19th save.  Recently promoted Steven Hill hit a 2-run shot to tie it.  Luke Gorsett tripled to drive in Chris Grossman for the win.  Gorsett had 3 hits in the game. 

Omar Pavedo started for Clinton, pitching 7 shutout innings while allowing only 2 hits and striking out 7. I got a chance to see Pavedo over Memorial Day weekend and he is very impressive.  He has a smooth fluid delivery and a very confident demeanor.  He seems to have a plan while on the mound and I would not be surprised to see him pitching in Arlington one day.  On the year Pavedo is 8-3 with a 2.50 ERA. 

Jeff Lunhow gives his thoughts on the tandem pitching approach and other things in the QC Times

Batavia 1 Auburn (Blue Jays) 2

Tommy Pham hit a solo shot.  5th Round Pick Thomas Eager pitched 3 shutout innings, striking out 4 while allowing 2 hits and 2 walks.

Johnson City 1 Princeton (Devil Rays) 2

21st Round Pick Brian Broderick pitched 5 shutout innings. 

GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Nationals were rained out.

A lot of buzz around Southeast Missouri about a new Minor League ballpark in Cape Girardeau. The SEMissourian quoted the mayor Jay Knudtson, “The Cardinals are very much aware of where Cape Girardeau is and we have had discussions with the Cardinal organization in some respects about the possibility of some kind of affiliated relationship,” Knudtson said. “The Cardinals are very big on building a foundation for some of their foreign players and acclimating them to the American way and language. There’s some talk about a possible relationship that might exist there.”  This sounds like the Gulf Coast League to me and the last time I checked, Cape Girardeau wasn’t near Florida. 

The thing about bringing in a Minor League team is Cape is really not close to any of the other minor league teams.  A city the size of Cape would be in the running for a Class A team. The closest league would be the Midwest League. The closest away game would be in Peoria, just over 4 hours. A trip to Appleton, Wisconsin, to play the Timber Rattlers would cover the most distance as it would be a 8 and a half hour trip.

There is Double A Springfield but I am sure Cape could not support a double A team. Jackson, Tenn is the home of the Double A affaliate of the Mariners. Jackson is about twice the size of Cape and has trouble supporting a Double A franchise. By the way, it is worth the drive to go down and see the Diamondjaxx. Pringles Park is a nice place to watch a game and attendence is slim so you can always get a good seat.

Do to geography, I believe Cape’s best bet is to go after a Frontier League team. The team at Marion is going over like gangbusters. When I went over to Rent One Park I could only think of how well independent league baseball would go over at Cape. A new stadium that could be shared with the university would be a win win situation.

 Trust me, no one would like to see an affiliated team more than me.  But I think we all really need to realize that due to geography, it really doesn’t make sense. 

From Ballpark Digest, the great source for news on ballparks and it also, has great photos of various parks across the country: Cape…is turning inot othe newest hot city for a baseball team, as two groups have approached city officials about funding for a new ballpark.  Cape Girardeau isn’t that large–the city has over 35,000 residents and the county has over 68,000–but it does have the advantage of geography and little relative isoloation. Though the mayor is openly lusting after a Cardinals affiliate, we’re guessing that won’t happen:  if Marion was too afield for the Low Class A Midwest League, there’s no way George Spelius and crew would allow a Cape Girardeau team.  Similiarly, the Missouri city is probably too far afield for the Low Class A Sally League. We’re guessing the future of baseball in Cape Girardeau is with indy ball, we’re guessing the American Association has already approached city officials, though a Northern League or Frontier League team would make geographic sense as well.           

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