1 Game Over, 1 Game Back

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Matt Morris (35) throws as St. Louis Cardinals' Rick Ankiel, right, gets a lead off third base during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, in St. Louis. Ankiel scored later in the inning.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  

 The Cardinals roll, sort of.  Springfield and the Quad Cities prepare for the playoffs.  Mitch Boggs honored.  Colby honored, again.  Batavia wins in extra frames and Matty Mo looks odd in a Pirates uniform.   

The Cardinals are now 68-67 and with a Cubs loss, they are only 1 game out.

Baseball America put together its last Prospect Hotsheet of the Minor League season.  Instead of ranking the hottest prospects of the week, BA ranked the top minor league seasons.  Springfield’s Colby Rasmus was considered to have the eighth best season in the Minors this year. 

From BA:  Like Bruce and Upton, Rasmus is a high school first-rounder from the 2005 draft class. And while he spent all year at the same level, it as probably the best thing for him developmentally speaking. Rasmus quietly put up solid numbers all year in Springfield, and then August happened. Last month, Rasmus turned 21, and put together his best run of the 2007 season, hitting .365/.455/.779 with 12 of his Texas League high 29 home runs.  

boggs.jpg Mitch Boggs was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week.  From Milb.com:

Texas League
Mitchell Boggs, Springfield
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
As the season was winding down and the Cardinals were trying to hold on to their Texas League North Division lead, they needed someone to step up. On Thursday, Mitchell Boggs delivered his best performance of the season. The Georgia native threw eight innings of scoreless baseball, giving up just two hits and three walks. Boggs struck out five to earn the win and help the Cardinals secure their first second-half North Division title.
 

Boggs will get the start in the Texas League playoffs on Wednesday.  Boggs photo from the Springfield News Leader.

Springfield’s Colby Rasmus was the organization’s Player of the Month and newly arrived Luke Gregerson of Springfield was the Pitcher of the Month. 

Milb.com has a preview of the Springfield playoff series and the Swing playoff series. 

Mulder gets the start on Wednesday night.  I have to admit that I am rally looking forward to seeing him pitch.  I can’t see him going more than 5 innings but let’s hope he is efficient.  

Rumblings out of St. Louis suggest that there is a strong possibility that Kip Wells will not make his next scheduled start.  I have my fingers crossed. 

descalso.jpg The Swing made a roster move on Tuesday.  2007 3rd round pick, Daniel Descalso, was promoted after a nice run for Batavia.  For the Muckdogs, Descalso, a third baseman,  hit .268 with 31 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  On the upside, he hit in 30 of 33 for a .346 average between July 24 and August 31. 

In other Swing news, the finalist for the Name the Team contest were announced;  Channel Cat, Current, River Bandits (this was the previous name), River Eagles, Swing, and the Talons.  I hope it stays the Swing. 

russell.jpg  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Cardinals 6 Pirates 2

First off, I hate that Cairo got the start over Ryan.  Why take playing time away from a guy that could factor into the future to play a guy at the end of the line in his career?   Joel Pineiro gave up only 2 runs but was far from efficient.  He scattered 8 hits in 5.2 innings.  To give up only 2 runs on 8 hits, those hits really would have to be scattered.  Russell Branyan hit his first Cardinal HR.  What was better was  to see him go the opposite way even though he was robbed by Jose Bautista.  Chris Duncan had  a huge bases clearing double to break the game open.

Pujols is stuck on 84 RBIs.  I am beginning to wonder if he will reach 100 for the season.  I can’t see this team reaching the playoffs if Pujols doesn’t reach triple digits.

 jess.jpg Jess Todd from Tipsterhog/flickr

Batavia 3 Jamestown 2 in 11 innings 

Brian Broderick gave up 1 run in 5 innings while striking out 6.  The lone run came on a solo HR.  Jess Todd gave up 1 run on 2 hits in 4 innings while striking out 4.  Justin Fiske pitched 2 shutout innings to get the win.  Charlie Pelt doubled in Mike Folli in the bottom of the 11th for the win.  Tommy Pham went 2-4 with 2 Ks.  Pete Kozma went 0-4 and also committed his 5th error.    

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