That was hard to watch.  This team came out with no fire and just went through the motions.  I know they are professionals, but it looked like to me the manager didn’t have them ready to play.  He must be too worried about picking fights with the media.

If the Cardinals were unsure if they were going to be buyers or sellers, I believe it is very obvious now.  The Brewers gave up their second best pitching prospect, Will Inman, and 2 other pitching prospects for a marginal reliever, Scott Linebrink, who the Padres had stopped using in the eighth.  And to make Linebrink even less attractive, he is a free agent at the end of the year.  What could a lights out closer like Izzy bring?

It seems most teams in the race are looking for bullpen help and the Cardinals should sell from their most attractive position.  Russ Springer, Izzy, and possibly Troy Percival could all bring in some decent young players.  JuanEnc. could be dealt for a team looking for a little more offense.  He would seem to fit with the Angels as a possible platoon with an oft injured Garrett Anderson.  Ryan Ludwick could possibly be dealt to a team looking for a little right handed pop off the bench.  He has been a fine pinch hitter this season.  Even though Looper has struggled of late, he could be dealt for some young prospects.  Even 7 run Kip, losing record and all, would be of some interest for a contender needing a back of the rotation starter. 

There has been a lot of controversy over a piece Bernie wrote on Sunday.  Here is his follow up from today.  The most interesting clip: “DeWitt explained that some players have actually requested surgery as a first option, but the team convinced them that a methodical rehab was the better alternative. And, DeWitt said, those players eventually healed without requiring surgery.”  So it seems the Cardinals are even conservative in their injurie issues. 

Memphis 4 Sacremento (A’s) 2

Rick Ankiel was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs including his 29th HR, a 2 run blast.  Mike Smith had a good outing, giving up 2 runs in 7 innings.  Joe Mather contributed 2 hits. 

 Springfield 6 Arkansas (Angels) 13

Cory Rauschenberger was roughed up for 7 runs in 4.1 innings. Kyle McClellan was roughed up for 3 runs in one inning.  Sean Danielson had a nice game with 3 hits and 3 RBIs including a 2 run HR.  Juan Lucena singled 3 times and scored 2 runs.  Colby was singled and struckout twice.  Juan Richardson had 2 hits and 2 RBIs including a solo shot.  Bryan Anderson got 2 hits and 2 walks and 2 RBIs.  Jose Martinez added 2 more hits and is now hitting .483 in his last 10 games.  Double A has been very good to Jose. 

Great article by Kary Booher about Chris Perez and his opportunity for advancement. 

 Palm Beach 2 Daytona (Cubs)  5 Game 1

Brad Furnish gave up 5 runs in 5 innings. A.J. Van Slyke and Dan Nelson each had 2 hits. 

Palm Beach 3 Daytona (Cubs) 6 Game 2

Jon Jay had a hit and an RBI.  A.J. Van Slyke and Chris Grossman each had 2 hits.  Trey Hearne gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in 4 innings of work. 

Quad Cities had the night off.

Batavia 5 Brooklyn (Mets) 3

Jess Todd struck out 7 in 3 scoreless innings.  Josh Dew got save number 6 with 5 Ks in 2 innings.  Blake King walked 4 in 2.2 innings. 

 GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 3

D’Marcus Ingram had a double and 2 RBIs.  Cody Haerther tripled in his rehab outing.  The Cardinals used 8 pitchers and that is including Deryk Hooker who pitched 4 scoreless innings.  He allowed only 1 hit while striking out 5.  Mike Sillman pitched a scoreless inning while striking out 2 in his rehab assignment.  

Johnson City 5 and Greeneville (Astros) 6 in 14

The baby birds got 2 in the ninth to force extra frames.  The game is still in progress and I will update in the AM.  Mike Folli had 3 hits.  Beau Riportella had 2 doubles and an RBI.  Dognnt Bolivar had 3 hits and a run scored. 

Blake Dewitt was 1-3 with a walk.  He is now batting .366 and has a hit in 10 of the 11 games since his promotion.  Blake’s first Double A HR was the lead update on Baseball America’s Prospect Report on Wednesday.  I posted a link over on the right under Minor League interests for that will have all of the Suns’ game recaps.  One more thing, in case you are interested, Jacksonville plays in a really nice ballpark.  Click here to look at some really great photos of the park.


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