The News-Leader has an interesting article about the Cardinals involvement with Buddy Biancalana’s “Motion Science” system to help ballplayers improve. Now, I still harbor a grudge against Mr. “Can’t hit is way out of a paper sack” for his .435 OBP performance against the Cardinals in the 1985 World Series, but if his system is helping guys like Adam Ottavino and Daryl Jones be all they can be, then I’m all for it.
There was limited action in the system today, with only three teams playing. All the details are after the jump.
- Brian Barden was one of the heroes of the game, benefitting from the absurd extra innings rule that put two men on base to start the eleventh. Barden ripped a single on the first pitch he saw and drove in the first run of the game for Team USA. He also came around and scored the third run of the inning.
- Nick Stavinoha was 2-5 with a home run.
- Josh Phelps continued his amazing second half by going 1-3 with a home run.
- Jarrett Hoffpauir (aka: the forgotten man) was 2-4 with a double.
- PJ Walters got the start tonight and lasted five innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks.
- The defense haunted the team all night, with D’Angelo Jimenez, Bryan Anderson and David Freese all committing an error.
- The combined relief efforts of the Flores brothers, Matthew Scherer and a third of an inning of Jason Motte allowed two runs, only one of which was earned (by Scherer).
- Daryl Jones hit a bomb and Jose Martinez hit three doubles to lead the offense.
- Donovan Solano was 2-3 with a double and a walk.
- Andrew Brown was 2-5 and newly promoted Brett Wallace was 1-4 with a double, hitting out of the #5 slot.
- Adam Ottavino was cruising along until the fourth inning, then he was tagged for two runs in the fourth and one run in each of the fifth and sixth innings. He finished with five innings pitched, nine hits allowed, two walks and two strikeouts.
- Jon Mikrut escaped further damage in the sixth, Ottavino left with two runners on and no outs, and also pitched a scoreless seventh.
- Luis Perdomo gave up two homers in the eighth inning, which turned out to be the difference in the game.
Palm Beach’s doubleheader was postponed
- Second baseman Luis Mateo had a big night, going 3-6 with a homerun.
- Jack Cawley was 2-5 with a walk and a stolen base and Edgar Lara was 2-4 with a walk.
- Jonny Bravo had a bit of a rough outing, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four over three innings.
- None of the pitchers were left unscathed tonight, as Santo Maertz gave up a run in his one inning, Michael Blazek gave up a pair of runs over four innings, and Joel Pichardo gave up a run in his inning.