Kip battles and the Cards win big

The Cardinals’ big week started off with the Brewers honoring their 1982 World Series team and this game ended just like that WS, with a Cards’ win.   And it was a big win with lots of Cardinals’ offense.The Brewers jumped on Kip early with 3 in the first.  But unlike earlier in the season, Kip buckled down and did not allow another run.  At the beginning of the year when he would have a rough inning, he would circle the wagons and things would get even worse.  Now, he keeps going at the hitters and has had much more success.  Rick Ankiel had 3 Ks.  Seems the Brewers took my advice as he got a steady diet of off speed pitches away.  The Cards are now 4.5 games out.

Their was an MV3 sighting as Pujols, Edmonds, and Rolen went a combined 9-15 with 7 RBIs.   

The Memphis Mafia (Ludwick, Ryan, and Ankiel) give this team a swagger I haven’t seen from this bunch in a long time. 

Anyone else beginning to tire of Eck’s pop gun arm?

Juan will probably not play in the series vs. Brewers or Cubs.  So why not put him on the DL?  Why play 2 such pivotal series shorthanded? 

Mark Mulder will probably pitch for Palm Beach on Thursday.  Do not expect too much out of him this season. 

Springfield will start selling Texas League Playoff Tickets on Wednesday.

We are around 24 hours from the Draft Deadline and here is the latest on  Kyle Russell from Derrick Goold: .

Update: The Cardinals and Russell’s advisers — the Hendricks brothers — have spoken about the framework of a deal (read: worth of the a signing bonus) and remain apart on their views. Will go to tomorrow’s wire, as the Cardinals front office expected.  Agreed that plate appearances have to be factured in when calculating the cut of a player’s strikeouts. There have been some comparisons between Russell and Adam Dunn as a three-true-outcome hitter with a better feel for the outfield. There’s also been comparisons between Russell and Drew Stubbs. The Cardinals are trying to tailor an offer to what they believe he’ll be — and that will tell us a lot about their opinion of his potential. Keep it in mind.  Joe Strauss is reporting th Cardinals are preparing an offer of $800,000 to $1 million.  How is it that today is the day of the deadline and an offer has not been made?

The guy I really hope they pony up the $$ for is Mike Stutes.  He reminds me a lot of Todd Stottlemyre.  He may not have tremendous stuff, but in a big game he will give you his all and keep after each hitter with a bulldog mentality.

Memphis Oklahoma (Texas)

Mike Parisi pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball.  Chris Perez picked up his fourth Triple A save and 31st overall save for the year.  New Redbird Brian Braden had a hit and drove in the only run.  Check out the profile I did on him earlier.  Just scroll down.  Skip and Jarrett Hoffpauir each had a hit.

Springfield had the day off.  To help elevate its logjam of outfielders, Mark Shorey was optioned to Palm Beach.  He should get many more ABs and has nothing to hang his head about.  He performed very well jumping to Springfield from the Quad Cities.   It will be good to see him get to play everyday.  To replace Shorey, the Cardinals are sending Rico Washington from the GCL where he had been rehabbing.  He will help steady the corner infield spots.

Palm Beach and Vero Beach (Devil Rays) were rained out.

Quad Cities 7 Fort Wayne (Padres) 6

Tyler Herron was roughed up for 4 runs in 4.2 innings while striking out 5.  Steve Hill had 2 more hits and 3 more RBIs including the game winner in the bottom of the ninth.  Daryl Jones had 2 more hits and 2 more RBIs.  Christian Reyes hit a 2-run HR, his eleventh.  He is quietly putting together a solid season. 

Batavia is off due to the NY-Penn League All-Star game.  Batavia’s Andrew Brown doubled in his first at bat.  Josh Dew and Jess Todd did not play.

Johnson City 1 Greeneville (Astros) 6

Jose Arredondo was roughed up for 4 runs in 5 innings. Jon Edwards had a hit and drove in the only run.  Matt Arburr singled and scored the only run.  Peter Kozma doubled.  Nick Addition gave up 2 runs in 4 innings. 

GCL Cardinals 0 GCL Nationals 4

The Cardinals had only 2 hits.  A single  each by Guillermo Toribio andFrederick Parejo while both had 2 Ks.  Stu Pomerantz pitched 2 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits.  Mike Blazek got the loss, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 2 in 3 innings.  Blazek is now 3-3, but the 18 year old has an ERA of 3.03 and 33 Ks in 29.2 innings.   

Blake Dewitt was 2-5 with an RBI.

Congrats to former Cardinal Placido Polanco, as set a major league record for second baseman by playing his 144th straight game without an error. 

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