Randy and Ron, pitching on the same team for the first time in their professional careers. Kudos to them for having made it as far as they have and I’d love to see them succeed at the major league level — but they’re fringe arms at best.
Cody Hearther is back in Springfield. I still think he has the chance to hit his way into the majors as a Geoff Jenkins-lite but it almost certainly won’t be with the Cardinals.
Short DFR tonight as Batavia is postponed and JC’s game was suspended. Movie notes at the end of the post, if you are interested.
- Bryan Anderson drew a walk in his only plate appearance.
- Jess Todd threw a scoreless frame walking 1 and erased the base runner as part of a strike-’em-out-throw-em-out with Taylor Teagarden.
- Ferndando Salas threw a scoreless frame striking out Matt LaPorta.
- Brian Barden was 2-for-6 with a double.
- Josh Phelps was 3-for-6 with a HR.
- David Freese was 1-for-4 with a HR and a walk.
- Shane Robinson was 3-for-5.
- Mitchell Boggs had an excellent outing. He went 7 innings allowing 4 hits and 2 runs while walking 2 and striking out 5. The kudos come for the 13 groundball outs against 3 flyball outs. Boggs has reached a point where he’s probably good enough to get AAA guys out on a regular basis. He needs to sharpen his curveball and develop some kind of offspeed pitch if possible. The secondary offerings have to improve if he’s going to succeed at the next level.
- Matt Clement recorded 3 outs on 6 pitches (5 strikes).
- Jason Motte struggled again. He threw 2 innings allowing 2 hits, including a HR. He struck out 3.
- Mark Worrell picked up the win despite one of his worst outings of the year. He allowed 2 runs in th 12th on 4 hits. He was rescued by Phelps walk off 3 run jack giving Memphis the victory.
- Allen Craig was 2-for-5 with a double.
- Andrew Brown was 2-for-4 with a double.
- After a superb outing last time in which he went 6 scoreless innings and struck out 8, Adam Ottavino struggled tonight. He allowed 5 hits and, perhaps more worrisome, walked 4 batters. Over the 6 innings he allowed 6 ER. Not a good night. . .
- Josh Dew pitched 2 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit, 1 BB and striking out 1.
- Rough night at the plate for Tyler Henley who went 0-for-5 in the leadoff spot.
- Charles Kingrey went 3-for-5 with a double and a HR. Kingrey is quitely having a good all around game in pitcher’s parks. He’s posting a .290/.352/.455 line between QC and PB showing the ability to hit for average, take a walk and hit for some power. While he’s not necessarily in the upper echelon of Cardinal outfield prospects, he’s still a name you should know.
- Daryl Jones was 1-for-4 with a triple.
- Brian Cartie was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.
- If you want a positive to take away from this game, the Cardinals tagged Rick Porcello for 5 runs in 4 innings.
- Mark Diapoules went 7 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks and struck out 6. He also had 10 of 14 outs on the ground.
- Francisco Samuel‘s command bit him again. While recording 4 outs, he walked 4 batters, allowed a hit and 2 ER to garner his 5th blown save. I know there’s been some buzz about him as a prospect this season but I’m no where near that bandwagon yet.
- Once upon a time, I wanted the Cardinals to skip Kenny Maiques to Springfield. Then 2008 happened. Maiques took the extra inning loss allowing a run in the 10th on 3 hits. He struck out 2.
- Pete Kozma was 2-for-5.
- Brett Wallace was 2-for-4 with a walk.
- Carlos Pupo was 1-for-5 with a HR.
- D’Marcus Ingram and Ismael Cardona each collected 2 hits. Ingram drew a base on balls as well.
- Ryan Kulik got hammered. The defense didn’t help but it’s an ugly box line — 3 IP, 8 R, 5 ER.
- Dylan Gonzalez (because we don’t have enough Gonzalez in the system yet) went 3 innings allowing 1 hit while striking out 3.
I made my weekly trip to the movie theater to see some eye candy in Hellboy II. I thought Hellboy was a thoroughly underrated action flick and was eager to see what director Guillermo del Toro would concoct this time. Unfortunately the whole movie was completely flat. The script was worse than it usually is in action movies and served only as a paltry cover to move from one weak fight scene to the next. Add in some lines and parts of the plot that flat out didn’t make sense and the movie was a bust. I’d suggest renting Pan’s Labyrinth, also directed by del Toro, rather than spending the money on Hellboy — better script, same visually provocative monsters and an actually compelling plot.