Tommy Pham has been missing time due to a bum shoulder.
He’s small and doesn’t have a ton of velocity, but his slider is truly nasty, sitting in the low 80s with nice speed separation from his fastball. Scouts aren’t convinced he’s a star, but he’s definitely a big-leaguer.
I’m amazed how high expectations has soared for Jess Todd this season. Clayton Mortensen saw a similar rise in stock among Cardinal fans last year but now seems more of an after thought. When you ask who people want the Cardinals to hold on to it’s often Rasmus and then Garcia/Todd in some order. That’s pretty amazing in terms of how he’s rocketed through the system and I think there’s a lot more hype than substance at this point. Todd’s been spectacular but it’s too early to label him a dominant starting pitcher.
That said, he’s only sitting 88-91 mph with his fastball, but the curveball is very real and very good. He also shows he can reach back for more when he strikes out Matt LaPorta with high heat at 93 mph, then shows off a surprisingly solid changeup to get ahead of the count against Dexter Fowler.
Hadn’t heard of Salas throwing a change before. I’ve more faith in him than I do Francisco Samuel, but after watching Maiques, Gregerson, Motte and Dew all struggle this season, I’m becoming more conservative on these relievers.
Goldstein also makes a quip about walking Anderson, which is fine, because he doesn’t draw many walks. It’s not his skill set. No big deal. All in all, this is one of Goldstein’s better articles over the last few months.
- Jose Martinez was 2-for-3.
- Allen Craig was 2-for-4 with a HR.
- Kyla Mura had a solid outing. He allowed 6 hits over 6.2 innings walking 2 and striking out 2.
- Luke Gregerson bailed him out in the seventh by inducing a groundball to strand 2 runners and end the game.
Game 2 is tied and it’s past my bedtime. Updates in the morning.
Springfield 7, Tulsa 3 (13 innings
- Erik, here. AZ asked me to fill in for him since he was a little pressed for time. This was a wild one, to say the least. The game was meant to go 7, so it’s like they had a tripleheader yesterday. The game finally ended about a quarter after one.
- Former Memphis Catcher Brian Esposito and current Driller threw scoreless frames before allowing three runs in the 13th inning. To top it off, Springfield C Matt Pagnozzi 2.1 scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher.
- Cody Haerther went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 walks.
- Tyler Greene went 2-for-8 with a 2B.
- Jon Jay went 3-for-8.
- Brandon Yarbrough went 3-for-5 with a triple and 3 walks.
- Mark Shorey went 2-for-5 with 2 walks and a double.
- Justin Fiske threw 3 innings, allowed 2 hits 2 walks and had 5 K’s.
- Jon Mikrut allowed 5 runs and got only one out.
- Futures Gamer Fernando Salas pitched 2 innings, allowed 1 hit and had 2 K.
- Josh Dew 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K.
- Springfield had their chances, with bases-loaded opportunities in the 7th, 9th and 11th innings.
- That has got to be the minor league game of the year.
- Tyler Henley was 2-for-4 with a double.
- Daniel Descalso was 2-for-2.
- Pitching was the story of the night. Shaun Garceau hurled 7 innings of 1-hit ball walking 2 and striking out 5.
- Elvis Hernandez (I wonder if he’s permanently shifted to the pen) pitched a scoreless frame striking out 1.
- Francisco Samuel picked up the save striking out 2 and walking 1.3
- Pete Kozma was 1-for-5 with a double.
- Carlos Pupo was 3-for-5 with a double.
- Where, O where has our Brett Wallace gone? Where, O where can he be? With his advanced approach at the plate and questionable third base defense — O where O where can he be. (If that doesn’t fit the tune, slur your words more. You just aren’t trying hard enough.)
- Richard Castillo picked up the win with a decent outing. The 5.2 innings were marred by a pair of solo jacks. He allowed 5 hits, walked 2 and struck out 6.
- Wayne Daman stranded Castillo’s runner in the 6th and struck out 2 of the 4 batters he retired.
- Colt Sedbrook was 2-for-3.
- Joshua Hester allowed 3 runs over 3 innings. 6 hits, including a 2-run HR, and 2 strikeouts.
- Lance Lynn had a fine outing finishing out the game. He pitched 4 innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 5. He had a 2-5 GO:AO ratio, which I find curious because I thought he was touted as more of groundball type pitcher. Am I misremembering?
- Colt Sedbrook was 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk.
- Shane Peterson, Christian Rosa and Charles Cutler each collected 2 hits,
- Batavia’s bullpen looked a lot like STL’s in this game. After Arquimedes Nieto held the opposition to 1 run in 4 innings, the bullpen imploded as Zachary Pitts and Jason Buursma allowed 6 runs in the 6th. Rigoberto Lugo eventually finished off the inning and Hector Cardenas picked up the win with a scoreless 7th.
- The 7 inning win came in a walkoff double from Xavier Scruggs. Walk, walk, groundout, strikeout, single and bases clearing double for the win.
- Nico Vasquez was 2-for-5 with a double and a walk.
- Edgar Lara was 2-for-5.
- Travis Mitchell was 2-for-3 with a triple.
- Alex Castellanos was 3-for-5 with a pair of long balls and 4 RBI.
- Carlos Gonzalez was responsible for 6 runs and now has an ERA over 12.
- Andres Rosales sighting. He went 2 innings allowing a hit, a walk and 2 Ks.
- Samuel Freeman struck out 3 in 3 innings allowing a hit.
- A walk, a single, a couple of outs and a ball deflected off the pitcher’s foot spelled the end of JC’s night.