Once again, you’ve probably all heard by now, but I will post the link to Team USA’s 7-0 victory over Netherlands. They play Cuba tonight.
Derrick Goold has some notes about Colby Rasmus‘ rehab and Josh Kinney‘s intention to return to the team this season. Goold also posted this article about Rasmus and a whole lot of other minor league related notes.
Kevin Goldstein answered three Cardinals questions in his chat the other day. Since it isn’t a subscription piece, I don’t feel bad giving them to you here in their entirety (although you really should subscribe to BP and visit every day):
Kevin Goldstein: I’m a big Daryl Jones supporter and he’s got a lot of tools, but Top 100 is pushing it.
MikeJordan23 (Brooklyn): I’ll keep asking until you answer: With Brett Wallace hitting abilities but lack of position should the Cardinals trade him to the AL when he’s eligible or find him a new position? And thoughts on Niko Vasquez?
Kevin Goldstein: Stop asking! You don’t really worry about any sort of logjam until you are forced to. The Cardinals right now have a valuable commodity in their minor league system, but there is no reason to start making any decisions on it. Thoughts on Vasquez? I’m a big, big fan.
Jason Motte (Memphis): Would my one-pitch repetoire hold up in the Majors right now?
Kevin Goldstein: Seriously, what’s up with all the Jason Motte questions? Is there a fan club or something? I love the guy, gotta give it up for any converted catcher who has 97 whiffs in 58.2 innings at Triple-A. That said, I think he’d get righties out right now, but his arm angle and lack of secondary stuff would give him trouble against lefties.
Action all over the system (and the globe) – all the details are after the jump.
- Brian Barden was moved up in the lineup to the #2 spot and promptly went 0-5.
- Jon Jay was 1-1 and was pulled in the third inning. I have been unable to find out why at this point. does anyone have any inside information?
- Josh Phelps continues his hot streak, going 2-3 with two doubles. Unfortunately, Jays hit and Phelps’ doubles were the only hits the Redbirds got.
- PJ Walters gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out nine (!).
- The Flores brothers each threw a scoreless inning, as did Matthew Scherer.
- Luis Perdomo and Fernando Salas almost conspired to blow a five run lead in the ninth inning, but Salas was able to close the game out. Perdomo pitched 1.2 innings and gave up three runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Salas got the final out of the game, but gave up a homerun (which scored two of Perdomo’s earned runs).
- Brad Furnish pitched five innings and only gave up one run despite walking six men. He struck out three.
- Luke Gregerson pitched two scoreless innings.
- Andrew Brown was 1-3 with a home run and a walk.
- Donovan Solano was 3-5 with a double.
- Brandon Buckman was 1-2 with three walks and a stolen base. He has turned into an absolute beast since his promotion.
- Jose Martinez was 3-4 with a double and Daryl Jones was 2-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Brevard County 6, Palm Beach 4 (In 12 innings)
- Tyler Henley was 4-7 with two doubles.
- Pete Kozma continues to struggle to adjust to his new level – he went 0-5 with a walk.
- Daniel Descalso was 2-5 with a double and a walk.
- Matthrew Arburr was 2-6 with a double and a stolen base.
- Antonio DeJesus was 1-3 with three walks.
- Nick Additon had a nice outing: five innings, one run allowed on five hits and three walks, and three strikeouts.
- The bullpen was a bit erratic: Eddie Degerman gave up a run in one inning, the Casey Mulligan Experience gave up two runs over two innings, Davis Billardello pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings, Wayne Daman pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and Francisco Samuel gave up two runs in his inning of work.
- Domnit Bolivar was the offensive star of the night, going 3-4 with a double (defensively, not so much, as he committed an error).
- Otherwise, the team only got three hits: Adron Chambers, Brett Wallace and Francisco Rivera each went 1-4.
- Chuckie Fick faltered today after a nice run of recent starts. He only lasted four innings and gave up six runs, although only four were earned (he committed two errors himself). He allowed nine hits and a walk and struck out five.
- JD Stambaugh pitched three scoreless innings and Matt Spade pitched a scoreless frame.
- Only five hits for Batavia today: Colt Cedbrook was 2-4 and Jose Garcia, Christian Rosa and Xavier Scruggs each had a hit.
- George Brown got the start and took the loss, but he didn’t really pitch that poorly. He gave up two runs on five hits in five innings and struck out four.
- Thomas Eager followed up with three hitless innings.
- Alex Castellanos was 1-3 with a walk and his twentieth steal of the season.
- Paul Cruz was 2-4 with a double.
- Nico Vasquez was 1-4.
- There was a little trouble in the field, as the team committed three errors (Castellanos, Carpenter, Smith) and Jack Cawley had two passed balls.
- Michael Blazek pitched four innings and the errors hurt him, as he allowed four runs, but only three were earned. He gave up six hits and struck out seven.
- Jonny Bravo pitched four scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk and striking out five.
- David Carpenter was also betrayed a bit by the defense, as only one of his two runs allowed were earned. He gave up two hits and struck out one in his inning of work.