Ankiel’s debut and the author eats crow

First off, let me eat crow.  I predicted Ankiel would go 0-4 with 3 Ks.  He proved me wrong.  What an exciting moment went he turned on the pitch and went yard.  I don’t if I have seen LaRussa that happy since he has been here.  Let’s hope that Rick keeps making adjustments and continues to have success.  I see a steady diet of offspeed pitches away in his future.  I still don’t think he is ready to be an everyday big league hitter but his power will make pitchers pay when they make a mistake.  LaRussa stated before the game that Ankiel will start on Friday and Saturday.  It was really nice to see so much excitement surrounding the Cardinals.  It seems like the 2006 postseason was a looooooong time ago.

Let’s say Ankiel achieves the best case scenario.  I would say 8 HRs in 30 games.  Maybe a .250 average.  How much does Boras ask for from the Cardinals this offseason?   

Bataviastory on Pete  had 3 players named to the NY-Penn League All-Star Team.  Utility player Andrew Brown, an 18th round selection, 2nd round pick pitcher Jess Todd, and 14th round pitcher Josh Dew. 

Kary Booher spoke to Jeff Lunhow and Colby is not going anywhere.  Lunhow wants to keep him in Springfield to hopefully win the Texas League title. 

Thanks to Mr. Capeats for alerting to a recent article by KMOX’s Kevin Wheeler.  In the article Wheeler pleads his case for the Cardinals signing ARod this offseason.  I know what you are thinking, no way the Cardinals can afford ARod.  He references an article he wrote a couple of months ago about what he believes is the true state of the Cardinals’ finances.  According to Mr. Wheeler’s calculations, the Cardinals made an estimated $250 million.  So the Cardinals could increase payroll to $120 million to bring in Rodriguez and reap even more dividends $$$.  Mr. Wheeler makes some compelling arguments, but I don’t think he puts enough emphasis in pitching.  Also, even if all of Mr. Wheeler’s estimates are true, I don’t see the Cardinals as an organization that would put the years let alone the cash to give ARod what he will bring in the open market.  Maybe a 27 year old ARod, but not a 32 year old Arod. Plus I really see the Cardinals making an effort to get younger. It’s  worth a read and if you are in the area, check out Cape eats, the link is on the right under local.

Here is a Kozma and how advanced he is according to the Cardinals.  Seems his fielding is way ahead of his hitting.  Jack Wilson anyone?

Joel Pineiro was extremely impressive giving the Cardinals 7 shutout innings.  The Cards are now 5.5 games out. 

Kyle Russell was 0-3 with an RBI in his game vs. the Cape Capahas in the NBC World Series. 

Memphis was off.

Springfield 5 San Antonio (Padres) 1

Mitch Boggs gave up 1 run on 3 hits but did walk 4 in 6 innings of work.  On the positive side, Boggs had 7 Ks.  Kyle McClellan continues to impress with 2 shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.71.  Juan Richardson was the hitting star with 3 hits, 2 of them which were solo HRs.  Bryan Anderson was 3-4 with 2 RBIs.  Colby Rasmus had a walk and a run scored. 

Palm Beach 7 Tampa (Yankees) 10

Dan Nelson had 2 hits and 4 RBIs including a 3-run HR.  Brandon Buckman is beginning to show some life with 2 doubles to raise his average to .270.  Brandon Yarbrough hit a solo shot.  Trey Hearne was shelled for 7 runs in 6 innings.

Quad Cities 6 Dayton (Reds) 5

The Swing got 4 in the bottom of the ninth for the win. Jose Martinez layed down a perfect suicide squeeze to score the speedster Daryl Jones for the win.  Clayton Mortenson gave up 1 home run in 1.1 innings before being ejected. After giving the home run to Drew Stubbs, Mortenson threw his next pitch behind batter Jason Louwsma and caught a piece of his jersey.  The home plate umpire decided it was intentional so Mortenson got an early shower.  If the throw was intentional, you have to appreciate his old school approach. Chuckie Fick gave up 3 runs in 3 innings.  Tony Cruz had 2 hits and 3 RBIs.  Steve Hill added another 2 hits.  Nick Derba’s line was 4-5 with an RBI.  Armando Carrasco pitched 2 scoreless innings for the win.

Batavia 5 Hudson Valley (Devil Rays) 7

Marquez had 2 hits and 3 RBIs including a 2 run HR.  Clayton Long gave up 2 runs in 5 innings. 

Johnson City 5 Elizabethton (Twins) 11 Game 1 7 innings

Nick Vera and Jon Edwards were both 2-3 with a 2-run HR.  Pete Kozma was 0-4 with 3 Ks.  Senger Peralta gave up 9 runs in 3.1 innings. 

Johnson City 7 Elizabethton (Twins) 6 Game 2 in extra innings

Mike Folli layed down a sac bunt to allow Pete Kozma to score for the win.  Kozma had come into the game as a pinch runner for Matt Arburr.  Arburr 2 hits including a Grand Slam.  Jose Mateo allowed 6 runs in 5 innings.  Game still in progress, will update in the AM.

GCL Cardinals 16 GCL Nationals 8

Stu Pomerantz got the start and gave up in 1.2 innings including a HR.  Pablo Ortiz gave up 5 runs in 3 innings.  I thought Ronald Russell was signed just a couple days ago, but Milb shows that Russell played on July 27, but today he struckout 2 in an inning of work.  Reid Gorecki was 3-5 with 2 RBIs.  Luis De La Cruz had 3 hits, 2 of them triples, 4 RBIs, and 3 runs scored.  Rico Washington collected 2 hits and 3 RBIs. 

Blake Dewitt was 0-2 with 2 walks.  Of note is Clayton Kershaw, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, made his Double A debut tonight for the Suns. 

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