The Matt Clement era has come to an end as the Cardinals released him today. I thought it was a decent signing at the time, but he wasn’t even close to being ready for opening day as management originally suggested. Hopefully he can catch on somewhere, but its not looking like he has much of a major league future.
Chris Duncan also got some bad news as he is out for the year, and his future is in doubt. When you hear the words “experimental surgery” you know it can’t be good. This should give Joe Mather an extended look and a chance to earn a roster spot for next year. He has had a great week, but we will see how he responds after he has gone around the league.
- Tyler Greene 1-6, 2B, R
- David Freese 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB
- D’Angelo Jimenez 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB
- Cody Haerther 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI
- Brian Barton 1-1, HR, R, 2 RBI
- Blake Hawksworth 3 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- Randy Flores 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
- Jason Motte 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
The offense was clicking tonight, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a dreadful outing from Hawksworth. He has done a great job of getting strikeouts, but the results have been awful. It may be time to move on. David Freese has been an offensive force now for over a month. I think he has earned a September call-up, but will there be enough spots open on the 40-man? Jason Motte is also a serious call-up candidate. He is just destroying opposing batters right now.
- Mark Shorey 3-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI
- Daryl Jones 1-2, 2 BB, SB
- Jose Martinez 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
- Jess Todd 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Todd picks up his first win in 3 starts, but he also allowed 3 home runs. The homer bug seems to have bit him lately, after allowing zero in 27.1 innings in Palm Beach he has now allowed 12 in 96 AA innings. Mark Shorey just continues to add to what is a very impressive season, and Daryl Jones is showing what makes him such a great lead-off prospect with the on base percentage and the steal.
- Tyler Henley 2-3, BB, RBI
- Charlie Kingrey 3-4, HR, 2 R, RBI
- Tyler Herron 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
- Francisco Samuel 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Tyler Herron responds to his demotion from Springfield with a dynamite game. He may have been rushed a little, but it is important to remember that if he went to college he would have just been drafted this year. He still has plenty of time to figure it out. Samuel only has 1 walk in his last 6 appearances.
- Pete Kozma 1-3, BB, R
- Brett Wallace 2-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
- Roberto Espinoza 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
- Nick Additon 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Can anyone stop Brett Wallace? I didn’t think so. Pete Kozma continued his hot hitting. Is anyone else excited about that left side of the infield in the Quad Cities? Nick Additon was also impressive again. He has clearly established himself as the 2nd best lefty in the system this year. He may not have the over powering fastball, but the kid just knows how to pitch.
- Colt Sedbrook 1-3, 2 BB, 2 R, SB
- Shane Peterson 2-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
- Domnit Bolivar 3-4
- Ramon Delgado 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
- Adam Reifer 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Peterson just continued to do what he does, get a couple hits with one of them being a double. He hasn’t hit one over the fence yet, but he sure can fill those gaps. Reifer has had an interesting year. He has pretty much been dominant, but he has two appearances where he just got lit up. It will be interesting to see what he is able to do next year.
- Matt Rigoli 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
- Rickey Noland 3-4, R
- Brett Lilley 1-4, 2B, R, RBI
Not a great night for Johnson City, the pitchers got blown up, and the top position prospects couldn’t get much going with the bats.