Kip impresses while several pitchers implode

Kip was really good again while there were some really poor pitching performances down on the farm.   

First, my last thoughts on Bonds.  If Bonds is innocent, why is Greg Anderson in jail?  If Victor Conte never gave Bonds any performance enhancing drugs, only a program made up of proper nutrition and weight training, why is he not one of the richest men in the world?  There would be athletes from all levels lining up everywhere to get on board.  Come’on. 

Derrick Goold has more on the possibility of signing Kyle Russell.  Get it down Walt! 

Speaking of Kyle Russell, his team the Santa Barbara Foresters are playing in the NBC World Series in Wichita.  He has been red hot and continued his hot streak with a Grand Slam on Wednesday.  On Thursday night, Russell’s team will play our hometown Cape Girardeau Capahas. 

More on Russell from Baseball Analysts:  St. Louis Cardinals: The Cards have signed their first five selections. The one remaining pick, who may or may not sign by the deadline, is draft-eligible college sophomore Kyle Russell. The slugger is seen by many to be the next Russell Branyan.   The little I have seen him, he seems more athletic than Branyan even though Branyan has played some third base. For argument’s sake, lets say the projection is correct would you pay $1 million for Russell Branyan?

Kip had another strong outing, allowing only an unearned run in 7 innings.  Franklin and Izzy shut the door in the eighth and ninth, respectively.  Eck had 2 hits and a run scored.  Juan Enc. doubled and scored a run while driving in  a run.  Pujols singled and had an RBI.  Really nice to see the Cards win a low scoring game. 

Memphis 4 Portland (Padres) 11

Mike Parisi was bad but Troy Cate was a whole lot worse.  Parisi gave up 5 runs on 6 hits including 4 HRs in 6 innings.  Cate allowed 6 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks including a Grand Slam in only 1 inning.  The double play combo of Brendan Ryan and Jarrett Hoffpauir contributed 2 hits each.  Nick Stavinoha and Tagg Bozied each had a hit and an RBI.

Check out Erik’s column on Rick’s pitch selection over at Future Redbirds.

Springfield 8 San Antonio (Padres) 12

Adam Daniels was roughed up for 7 runs on 7 hits including 2 HRs in 2.1 innings.  Nick Webber wasn’t much better, giving up 5 in 1.2 innings. Cody Haerther hammered out 3 doubles and 2 RBIs.  Juan Lucena chipped in 3 hits including a solo HR.  Jose Martinez had 2 hits in the leadoff spot including a solo HR.  Colby Rasmus had a single and walk while scoring 2 runs. 

Palm Beach 3 Dunedin (Blue Jays) 13

Adam Ottavino was roughed up for 4 runs including 2 HRswhile striking out 5 in 6.1 innings.  Robert Ranson gave up 5 in a third of an innings.  Allen Craig was 3-4 with a solo HR, his 18th.  I would really like to see him promoted before Friday’s game.  We are going over to see Springfield on Friday and Saturday.  Luke Gorsett was 2-4 and has hit in 5 in a row. 

Quad Cities 5 Dayton (Reds) 2

Tyler Herron was impressive, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits in 5 innings.  Herron is now 10-5 with a 3.52 ERA.  Remember, he just turned 21 this past Sunday.  Kenny Maiques collected his 25th save while his ERA now stands at 1.84.  Hasn’t Kenny proved all he can in the Midwest League?  Steve Hill continues to put up beastly numbers going 3-3 with an RBI.  The average is now at .369.  Nick Derba added 2 hits and his average is at .341.  Jaime Landin and Daryl Jones added 2 hits, also.

 Batavia 4 Hudson Valley (Devil Rays) 8

Pete Parise gave up 4 in 2.2 innings.  Justin Fiske gave up a run in 2 innings and his ERA is not 0.77.  Daniel Descalso was 2-4 and has hit in 10 of his last 11 games after a really slow start.  Brandon Brown had 2 hits including a 2 run HR.  Tyler Henley had another hit.

Johnson City 1 Elizabethton (Twins) 7

This game was a carry over from July 24 with the Cardinals winning 1-0 in the fifth.  The Twins came out and put 7 on the board in the top of the seventh. 

Johnson City Elizabethton (Twins)

Tyler Leach gave up 3 runs in 5 innings of work. 

Blake Dewitt moved back to the 2 hole and went 2-4 with a run scored. 

Hey Tony, this is how your pitchers should protect their hitters

We went to Six Flags on Wednesday and it was so miserably hot.  What we do for our kids.  I don’t think I had been in over a decade and it looked as if some of the rides had not been painted since I was a kid.  The kids had fun and I guess that is all that matters.

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