Cardinals Move Within 2 Games

                                                                                   St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Isringhausen pumps his fist in celebration of the last out in the Cardinals 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves during a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, in St. Louis.    (AP Photo/Kyle Ericson)

 The Cardinals pull within 2 games.  Colby sets the tone for Springfield.  Mark Mulder’s return seems to be getting closer.  Tyler Herron establishes himself.

llws.jpg First, how exciting was that Little League World Series?  Do you think that  Dalton Carriker will ever stop smiling? Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.

 It seems the Cardinals have a Presidential hopeful in their organization.

Cardinals 4 Braves 1

Adam Wainwright was very good.  He gave up 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 5 in 7 innings.  It was his fourth straight quality start and second dominant start.  Franklin and Izzy were stellar as usual with Izzy picking up his 27th save of the season and number 200 as a Cardinal.  Izzy’s ERA is 1 at home this year with a .137 batting average against.  What a difference a year and a good hip make.   Juan Enc. had 2 hits including a solo HR.  Ryan Ludwick added 2 hits, also. 

The Cardinals play Tuesday at Houston with old friend Woody Williams expected to start for Houston.  Braden Looper should get the call for the Cardinals.  

Mike Maroth will start a rehab assignment on Monday night at Memphis. 

 hoffpauir.jpg Memphis  7 Albuquerque (Marlins) 10

There was a a rain delay in the top of the eighth of 35 minutes.  Rain delay in the desert?   The pic is off Jarrett Hoffpauir doing his best Superman impersonation.  It would have taken a super hero comeback after Randy Keisler was tagged for 9 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings including 4 HRs.  Ouch! Matt Pagnozzi 3 hits with a run scored and a run driven in.  Skip had 2 doubles, 2 BBs, 2 RBIs, and a run scored.  Miguel Cairo also had 2 hits.  Jarrett Hoffpauir had a hit and 3 Ks.  Joe Mather had a hit, an RBI, and a run scored.  Hoffpauir photo from Jess Heugel/Springfield News Leader.

walters.jpg  Springfield 16 Arkansas (Angels) 0

Colby led off the game with a HR and went 3-6 on the night.  Rasmus is hitting .490 during an 11 game hit streak.  For the season he has 26 HRs and 37 doubles.  P.J. Walters was as impressive going 7 shutout innings while allowing 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.   He had a 11/6 groundball/flyball ratio.  Walters has given up only 1 run in his last 19 innings.  Rico Washington has been a really good spark since his return, tonight going 4-5 with 3 runs scored.  Mark Hamilton went deep with a runner on and finished with 2 hits and 5 RBIs.  Bryan Anderson, who has cooled off of late, had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.  Jose Martinez had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.  The DH was Juan Lucena who had 2 hits and batted ninth.  I think that is a good indicator of Lucena’s power.  Walters photo courtesy of Jess Heugel/Springfield News Leader.

 mulder1.jpg Palm Beach 0 St. Lucie (Mets) 3

 Mark Mulder gave up a leadoff single and then a double to account for the first inning run.  Mulder’s line 4 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BBs but remember it is hard to really judge a rehab start.  He could have been trying to spot his fastball and that is all he threw.  Or it could have been the first time he threw his offspeed pitches.  The true test will come when we see him back in St. Louis, but it is encouraging to see Mulder get closer and closer.  Brad Furnish walked 4 in 2.2 innings and gave up a run on 2 hits.  A.J. Van Slyke had 2 hits.  Mulder photo courtesy Gmac 1018/flickr.

Mark Mulder is scheduled to make his next rehab start Friday for Memphis.

herronweb_270_01.jpg  Quad Cities 1 Cedar Rapids (Angels) 0 in 11 innings

Swing pitchers gave up only 3 hits in 11 innings.  Tyler Herron was outstanding, pitching 7 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 7.  After 2 rough outings, Herron really picked it up today.  Kyle Mura had 3 Ks in 2 innings.  His ERA is now 1.48.  Kenny Maiques pitched a perfect inning to lower his ERA to 1.61.  Kyle Sadlowski picked up the win with a scoreless 11th.  Daryl Jones walked and then used his electric speed to score on a throwing error in the bottom of the 11th. Herron pic courtesy of the Swing website.

Tyler Herron has really established himself as one of the top pitchers in the Cardinals’ system.  The 21 year old (he turned 21 on August 5th) is 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA including 3 rough outings in his last 7 starts (Aug. 21, Aug. 14, and July 18) before going out and notching one his best performances of the year.  Hitters are batting .234 against him.  He has 129 Ks vs. 25 BBs in 134 innings.  Look for him to start out 08 in Palm Beach but hopefully will be moved quickly if he achieves early success.  The last 2 months have been tough on his ERA, posting a 4.71 and 4.10 ERA in July and August, respectively.  This is probably due to fatigue as the 134 innings are a career high after pitching 75.2 in 2006.

 descalso.jpg  Batavia 3 Auburn (Blue Jays) 6

Daniel Descalso had 2 singles, a walk, and a run scored.  The third round pick out of UC Davis has hit in 7 straight with a .400 average during that time.  Jon Edwards and Travis Mitchell were promoted over the weekend.  Mitchell had 2 hits and Edwards had a hit and 2 RBIs.  Brandon Garner got the loss allowing 3 runs in 4 innings.  Garner is 2-5 with a 5.36 ERA.  Daniel Descalso pic by mark6mauno/flickr.

beau1.jpg  Johnson City 1 Danville (Braves) 6

The Cardinals had only 2 hits and Beau Riportella had 2 of them plus he scored the only run.  Nick Vera drove in the run on a sac fly.  Adron Chambers went 0-4 but threw a runner out at second.  Omar Javier gave up 4 runs on 4 hits including a HR to pick up the loss.  He is now 0-8 with a very scary 6.66 ERA.

GCL Cardinals 0 GCL Mets 4 Suspended

This game was suspended due to rain after 4 innings.  Good thing for the Cardinals. 

bagwell.jpg  Congratulations to Jeff Bagwell on having his number retired by the Houston Astros.  He was always a tough competitor and seemed like a class act.  But dude, what’s up with the shirt?  Pic taken by Mayra Beltran of the Houston Chronicle.

Blake Dewitt hit a solo HR on Sunday.

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