The bullpen blows another one as the Cards fall to 3rd place, and yet that is not the night’s worst news. Colby Rasmus hurt his MCL on a check swing in his first at bat tonight and had to leave the game. This comes per Colby’s dad. He could be lost for the season, and that is definitely a huge downer with just a little over week before the Olympics start. Hopefully it’s not as bad as initially feared, we’ll just have to wait and see.
The P-D reports that the Cardinals have “expressed interest” in Orioles’ closer George Sherrill. Goold also says Eddie Guardado of the Rangers could be a possibility, and notes that the Rangers really like Jess Todd. Trading Todd for any 38 year-old middle reliever is just borderline insanity. Just put Todd in the major league bullpen right now and he’s more likely to help the team win more games than Eddie Guardado. The possibility of Sherrill for the right cost is more plausible; he absolutely is murder on lefties, but because he’s tied for 2nd in the majors in saves so his value is likely to be pretty inflated. Sherrill has a story similar to Josh Kinney‘s, as both were discovered in the independent Frontier League.
Clayton Mortensen‘s K/BB ratio of 27/23 over 47 innings certainly is less than inspiring. I still think he would’ve been better served spending his season in AA. I still like him as a prospect quite a bit, and I still like the fact the Cardinals are aggressive in promotions, but he’s certainly not wowing anyone right now. Freese is slugging .621 in his last 10 games.
Cody Haerther 2-for-3, HR, BB.
Mark Shorey 2-for-4, 2 2B.
Allen Craig 3-for-4.
Andrew Brown 2-for-4.
Tyler Herron 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
Scott Vanderweg 1.1 IP, 3 ER.
Fernando Salas 1 IP, 2 IP, 1 ER, 1 K.
The S-Cards scored 2 runs in the 7th and the 8th to give us a little something good in a bummer of a baseball day. Allen Craig is batting .404 with a 1.189 OPS in the month of July. Since the AS break, Salas has been a little shaky. I think saves are a pretty meaningless stat, but for what it is worth Salas has 18 this season to lead the Texas League. Speaking of players that have been victim to overly aggressive promotions, it’s nice to see Herron miss some bats tonight.
Tyler Henley, Matt Arburr, Daniel Descalso and Brian Cartie each hit singles for PB’s only hits.
Brad Furnish 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 WP.
Elvis Hernandez 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
Casey Mulligan 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K.
The only positive I can take from this game is that the Casey Mulligan project continues to go well. The hit he allowed was his first in A ball, and he has 9 strikeouts out of 20 batters he faced. There’s a new Jason Motte in town.
Quad Cities was off.
Blake Murphy 1-for-4, HR.
Beau Riportella 2-for-3, 2B.
Jameson Maj 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, HBP.
Ramon Delgado 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K.
Rigoberto Lugo 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K.
Lacurtis Mayes 1 perfect inning, 1 K.
After hitting .315 in the Appy League, Riportella looked like could be an interesting sleeper. He has a cool name, a posse, and blazing speed. But then he hit for a .319 OPS in the QC and was demoted, only to hit for a .432 OPS in Batavia going into tonight’s game. Seeing him in person I thought his swing was little league at best. Liam‘s favorite pet prospect Maj lowered his ERA to 2.90. He has 27 K’s to just 3 walks in 31 IP. Not shabby for a 45th round pick.
Johnson City versus Elizabethton was suspended.