Wainwright dominates

Adam Wainwright was tremendous tonight.  His curveball looked better than it has all year, reminded me of last year’s playoffs.  And once again, Franklin and Izzy were lights out.  Seeing games like tonight causes me to get excited, but then I think about how Thursday’s game and come back to reality.   

Memphis 3 Omaha (Royals) 1

After getting only 1 hit on Thursday, Memphis had a whopping 3 tonight.  Brian Esposito was the only Redbird with 2 hits.  Jarrett Hoffpauir had the other hit and now is hitting .333.

Springfield 5 Wichita (Royals) 1

Mark Shorey and Jose Martinez had 2 hits and scored 2 runs each.  Martinez also added 2 RBIs.  Eric Haberer had his fifth straight solid start.  Tonight, he gave up 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 5 in 7 IP.  In his last five starts, Haberer is 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA. 

Colby Rasmus was 0-3 with 2 Ks tonight.  That makes him 0 for his last 17 with 11 Ks.  After hitting .340 in May, Rasmus hit .194 in June and .200 so far in July. Some has to be wrong here.  It seems he could be hurt and not letting anyone know. 

Palm Beach 3 Jupiter (Marlins) 11

Tyler Norrick gave up 4 runs in 5 innings.  Trey Hearne was smoked for 5 in 1.2 innings.  Isa Garcia had 2 hits and 3 RBIs. 

Quad Cities 6 Great Lakes (Dodgers) 2

In honor of Dan Patrick leaving ESPN, Tony Cruz is simply, infuego.  Tonight he was 3-4 with 3 RBIs to raise his average to .464. 

Check Future Redbirds for the Short Season update.

A lot of talk over at Future Redbirds this afternoon about the Cardinals and their low-balling some of their more prestigous draft picks.  To be fair, I went through and checked how many of the Top 5 Rounds, how many players have signed.  Exactly half, 15 of 30 picks, from the first round have signed.  Of the 34 picks of the Supplemental First Round, 28 of 34 have signed.  Round 2 and 3, 25 of 30 from both rounds have been signed.  Round 4 and 5, 22 of the 30 from each round have signed.  Big names like Jake Arrieta, Matt Harvey, and Hunter Morris are still unsigned from the 2-5 Rounds.  So the Cardinals are not the only teams that are playing hardball with their draftees. 

A recent article by Jim Dresbach in the (La Salle) NewsTribune says recent draftee Brett Zawacki does not have an offer on the table yet from the St. Louis Cardinals, who selected him in the 12th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.  Zawacki, an Arizona State recruit, went 11-0 on the mound this spring with a 0.50 ERA.

Blake Dewitt was 2-4 with a double tonight and is now hitting .360.  We will be traveling down to see him in person on Saturday so no update. 



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