Cards fall and P.J. Walters Promoted

 Kip after the sixth inning.   

Well Kip came out and pitched well and Tony left him out there too long.  The way he labored through the sixth, he should have not been out there to start the seventh.  I know the runner that scored should have been the third out, but the runner scored regardless. He then wastes a good effort from Springer by leaving him in too long. 

Yadi had the good throw to second,  but besides that, he didn’t seem to have his head in the game.  During his first at bat, he dogged down to first.  Then he was up 3-0 in the seventh and struck out without swinging the bat.  The home plate umpire was right in not calling time.

What is up with the umpire following Dave Duncan out to the mound in the sixth?  That is totally uncalled for.  That is looking for a fight and their should be reprecussions from the commissioner’s office. 

Chris Carpenter had successful Tommy John surgery.

According to Baseball America, Pete Kozma got a 1,395,000 signing bonus.   

From Baseball America:  “Every club is trying to wait right now,” an American League scouting director said, “but things are going to get blown out of the water. It’s just that no one wants to be the first team to do so. I think everyone is trying to appease the commissioner by waiting so the deals can’t be used as leverage by agents.”  So those of us hoping the Cardinals get Kyle Russell signed, there may still be some hope. 

Memphis 2 Sacremento (A’s) 8

Mike Parisi was smoked for 6 runs, including 3 HRs in 3.1 innings. Redbird pitching gave up 15 hits.  Rick Ankiel hit number 28.  No Redbird hitter had more than 1 hit and the team had only 5 hits total. 

Springfield 2 Arkansas (Angels) 4

Jaime Garcia was placed on the disbaled list.  P.J. Walters was promoted from Palm Beach and made his not so successful Double A debut.  Walters gave up 4 runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings. Colby went 0-3.  Juan Richardson went 1-3 with an RBI. 

Palm Beach  and Daytona (Cubs) were rained out.

I wonder who will be promoted from the Swing to fill Walters’ void.  Tyler Herron deserves it.  Also, I feel Ottavino should have been promoted over Walters. 

Quad Cities 11 Lansing (Blue Jays) 4

Jared Schweitzer continues his hot hitting with 3 hits, 2 of them doubles, and 3 RBIs.  The Cardinals are beginning to collect some interesting second base prospects.  None of them are toolsy, but in Schweitzer, Garcia at Palm Beach, and Hoffpauir at Memphis, the Cardinals have 3 of the hottest hitters in the system.  Jaime Landin had 3 hits and 3 RBIs.  Steve Hill added 3 hits and 2 RBIs.  Tony Cruz collected another 2 hits.  After collecting 4 walks last night, Antonio DeJesus added 2 RBIs.  Clayton Mortenson had another rough outing, giving up 3 runs and 7 hits in 4 innings. 

Batavia 3 Brooklyn (Mets) 9

Clayton Long gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks in 3.2 innings.  Logan Collier gave up 3 runs without recording an out.  Andrew Brown had 3 hits for the Muckdogs.

Johnson City 1 Elizabeth (Twins) 0

This game was suspended in the fifth due to rain.

Blake Dewitt had another good night.  Dewitt was 2-4 including his first Double A homerun, a 2 run shot in the sixth.  Blake is now hitting .368 since being promoted.  The bad news is the player in front of him at Triple A Las Vegas, Andy LaRoche is hitting .417 with 7 HRs and 19 RBIs in his last ten games going into the night. 

One of the real class acts of baseball, Craig Biggio, announced his retirement on Tuesday.  He states that he would like to get to catch in his last game, to end it where he started, behind the plate.  He then went out and hit a grand slam.  When the Astros come to Busch at the end of September, I really hope Cardinal fans give him the standing ovation he deserves.  Like him or not, you have to respect his years of hard nose play.

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