The Cardinals dropped the Marlins 5-3. Adam Kennedy seems to waking up, falling a triple short of the cycle. Duncan hit number 18 and had 3 RBIs. Braden Looper had a good outing, giving up 2 runs in 6.1 innings. Izzy got his 18th save. The Cardinals are 5 games below .500 and 8 1/2 games out in the NL Central. The red hot Cubs are now only 3 1/2 games out.
Mark Hamilton was named the Texas League hitter of the week. From Milb.com:
Mark Hamilton, Springfield
.458 (11-24), 5 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, .708 SLG
Hamilton has had a smooth transition from the Florida State League to the Texas League. In 23 games played with the Cardinals, the Baltimore native has looked right at home. This week he helped his team go 4-2 by going 11-for-24 with five runs scored, three doubles, a home run, seven RBIs and an impressive .708 slugging percentage. The 22-year-old posted back-to-back 3-for-5 games in wins against Wichita, driving in five runs to help lead his team.
Eddie Degerman was rated number 19 on the BA Prospect Hot Sheet. From BA:
The former Rice standout found mixed results in low Class A Quad Cities’ tag-team pitching rotation–Degerman went 1-1, 1.93 in six starts (28 innings) compared to 0-0, 3.20 in six relief appearances (19.2 innings). The trend continued after a July promotion to the Florida State League: Degerman has 13 strikeouts and two earned runs in 11 innings as a starter compared to three earned runs and no strikeouts over three innings in a relief appearance.
A player that I was fortunate to get to see earlier in the year, Omar Poveda, was rated number 16. The kid is going to be a star.
Memphis 6 Oklahoma (Rangers) 3
For the first time in what seems forever, Blake Hawksworth has a good game. He gave up 1 run on 2 hits and 4 walks in 6 innings. Jarret Hoffpauir just keeps raking. The ball must look like a beachball right now. Hoffpauir had 3 more hits including a 2 run blast and fell a triple short of the cycle. Joe Mather added a 2 run shot. Ankiel had 2 hits and an RBI.
Springfield 4 Tulsa (Rockies) 5
The game included an hour and 18 minute rain delay. Adam Daniels was roughed up for 5 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits in 6 innings. Colby Rasmus was not in the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game in the top of the first. Rasmus was hit in the head and left the game as a precautionary measure. Maybe it’s something more. Kyle McClellan pitched another scoreless inning and his streak now stands at 11.1 scoreless innings since being promoted to the Texas League. Sean Danielson had 3 hits. He is a really good, underrated player. Juan Richardson and Jose Martinez each had 2 hits.
Palm Beach 2 Lakeland (Tigers) 3
A rehabbing Chris Narveson gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings. Dan Nelson and Craig Yarbrough had 2 hits a piece.
Quad Cities had the night off.
Batavia 3 Oneonta (Tigers) 4
The good news is that Batavia got a baserunner tonight. The bad news is they still lost. Jose Garcia had 3 hits. Brandon Garner pitched 3 shutout innings.
Johnson City 8 Burlington(Royals) 12
Omar Javier gave up 7 runs in 2 innings. Mike Folli had 4 hits. Beau Riportelli had 3 more hits to raise his average to .373. Promote him already. The guy with the best name in the system, Dognnt Bolivar added 3 hits. Travis Mitchell had 2 hits as his average approaches .300.
GCL Cardinals and GCL Marlins was suspended. How many times has that happened so far?
An update on the Cardinals’ fourth round pick, Kyle Russell. This summer Russell is playing in the California Collegiate League. I believe (hope) that the Cardinals are waiting to see how Russell does with a wooden bat. According to the SB Foresters Website, Russell is hitting .321/.525/.571 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in 28 ABs. Russell has 11 BBs compared to 13 Ks.
The Cubs are showing they are serious about winning. They went out and got Jason Kendall from the A’s.
The Brewers put Ben Sheets on the DL.
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