The Cardinals’ First Round pick, Peter Kozma, made his debut at Johnson City while one of the Cardinals’ top pitching prospecets is demolished. Colby Rasmus and Springfield had another huge night. Also, there was a Mystery Man spotted in the Ozarks.
What else can you say about that lousy performance? Maybe its time that there is talk of taking Looper out of the rotation. And Maroth, is he hurt and not telling anyone?
In his blog, Bernie thinks that TLR will back next year. He believes the Cardinals going after Matt Morris is at the trade deadline is a huge clue. I think Bernie is reaching a little bit. Another clue? TLR talking about using Looper as a reliever in 08. Let’s hope Looper clears waivers and is pitching elsewhere next year.
Memphis 16 Tacoma (Mariners) 13
The Redbirds got 6 in the seventh to come back from being down 8 runs after the second. Blake Hawksworth was thumped for 8 runs in 1.1 innings. Mark Worrell gave up 1 run in 2 innings for the win. Chris Perez notched his first Triple A save in a shaky ninth, he walked 2 while striking out 1 but allowed no runs to cross the plate. Tagg Bozied was 4-6 with 2 HRs and 8 RBIs, including a Grand Slam in the seventh. Bozied is 14-for-26 with six homers and 13 RBIs during a six-game hitting streak. Rick Ankiel had 3 hits and 4 RBIs. Brendan Ryan had 2 hits and 4 runs scored.
Springfield 12 Arkansas (Angels) 8
Tyler Johnson pitched the first and start of the second. Johnson gave up a run on 2 walks and 2 hits. Cory Rauschenberger followed, allowing 4 runs in 6 innings. Everyone’s favorite mystery man, Amaury Marti, returned to the U.S. in high fashion. In his first at bat, Marti hit a 3-run HR. A slumping Colby Rasmus was even more impressive with 2 HRs, giving him 18 for the year. Quite impressive for a 20 year old at Double A. Colby finished the game 3-3 along with 2 BBs along with 3 RBIs. Cody Haerther was 3-5 with 4 RBIs including a 3-run HR. Former Memphis Redbird, Toma Ohka gave up 8 runs in 5.1 innings for the Rainiers.
Palm Beach 7 Daytona (Cubs) 2 Game 1
Luke Gorsett hit his second Palm Beach in as many days, but this time it was with the bases loaded. He ended the game going 2-3 with 5 RBIs. Allen Craig had 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. Isa Garcia and Brandon Yarbrough, also, added 2 hits a piece. Brad Furnish was really good, pitching 5 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 6.
Palm Beach 2 Daytona (Cubs) 0 Game 2
Tyler Norrick pitched a 7 inning shutout, allowing 3 hits and striking out 7. Brandon Buckman drove in both runs on a 2-run blast. Picking up the loss for the Cubs was former Notre Dame standout wide reciever, Jeff Samardzija.
Quad Cities 0 South Bend (Diamondbacks) 6
Brandon Dickson had a really bad sixth, allowing 5 runs. He ended with a line of 6 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits including 2 HRs in 5.2 innings. Kyle Sadlowski pitched 2.1 innings of shutout baseball. Antone DeJesus and Christian Reyes each had 2 hits.
Batavia 8 Williamsport (Phillies) 6
Justin Roberson was 3-4 with 2 RBIs. Tommy Pham had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBIs. Josh Dew picked up save number 9.
Johnson City 2 Danville (Braves) 4
In his Johnson City debut, Peter Kozma was 2-4 with a run scored. Adron Chamber continues his hot streak with 2 more hits pushing his average to .309. Jon Edward had a hit and 2 RBIs but struckout 3 times.
Baseball Prospectus rated Blake Dewitt as the eighth best third base prospect in the minors. Just a bit of what was said: At this point, maybe I should have a bumper sticker in my car that reads “I still believe in Blake DeWitt.” DeWitt has always put up good-not-great numbers, but after crashing out at Double-A last year (.183/.241/.221 in 26 games), he was forced to repeat High-A…he’s exploded since moving up to Double-A Jacksonville. Like Hodges, DeWitt will surely hit for average, and is maybe even a surer bet than Wes Hodges (rated number 7) on that front, as scouts are universally enamored with his bat speed and smooth, fluid swing mechanics.
Blake Dewitt’s hit streak is now at 14 games after a 1-5 performance.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Minnesota.