I feel for Jarrett Hoffpauir. He’s a marginal second baseman in an organization that LOVES to employ marginal second baseman. Yet rather than employ one from the minors the Cardinals converted Skip Schumaker to 2nd. Not to mention that Joe Thurston has shown a surprising amount of pop in his bat to further stand in the way. Still, it sounds like Hoffpauir has the right attitude about it.
Quad Cities has a really awesome ballpark. It’s nice and cozy, easy to get to and generally just a great family feel to it. They’ve also got some awesome promotions coming up. The van down by the river sounds pretty hookey but:
Bobblehead giveaways featuring St. Louis first-round picks Pete Kozma and Brett Wallace
Ummmm, yes please. One of the reason that I love the minors is that I feel like I don’t have to share these players. Even Kozma, whom I’ve had a tumultuous fanship with isn’t someone that I hear people talking about around the water cooler at work. He’s a secret to be treasured among obsessive types like . . . well all of you reading this. See this page for the promotions.
- Should have mentioned this last night but the Oklahoma lineup is stacked: Julio Burbon CF, Joaquin Arias SS, Max Ramirez C and to lesser extents Esteban German and Scott Thorman are all near major league talents. Offensively, these prospects are good hitter but not great but they all play critical positions defensively.
- Shane Robinson was 2-for-4 with a double.
- Joe Mather, playing RF, recorded a double as well. Three other players (Stavinoha, Craig, Hoffpauir) recorded singles.
- PJ Walters was on tonight. He threw 60% of his pitches for strikes. He allowed 3 baserunners over 7 innings and struck out 6. On top of that, he had 12 of 15 outs on the ground. Another game I’d like to watch but the Redbirds aren’t in any rush to post their videos on Easter weekend it seems.
- Jess Todd and Chris Perez finished off the shutout. Perez walked one and struck out 1.
- Daryl Jones was 2-for-3 with a HR and a walk.
- Daniel Descalso was 1-for-3 with a HR and a walk.
- Antonio DeJesus was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.
- Brandon Dickson got the start and went 6 innings. He allowed 3 hits, walked 2 and struck out 8. He had a 7/3 GO/AO ratio for the game.
- Aside from the Daryl Jones line, the other important line from the game is far less encouraging. Francisco Samuel retired just one batter. He walked a batter in the 8th and was left in to start the 9th, which went poorly. BB, HBP, wild pitch, single, passed ball, BB, pulled from game. Samuel is a live arm but control is going to be an ongoing question for him this year.
- Tyler Norrick picked up the save with a K for a perfect inning.
- Pete Kozma was 2-for-4 with a double.
- Shane Peterson was 2-for-4.
- Colt Sedbrook was 1-for-3 with a walk.
- David Kopp took the loss allowing 6 baserunners in 4 innings for 1 ER. He struck out 2 and walked 1. He also had 2 wild pitches.
- Nick Additon got tagged for 3 runs (2 earned) recording just 4 outs. He walked 2.
- Aaron Luna was a ridiculous 0-for-0 with 4 BBs.
- Osvaldo Morales and Charles Cutler both doubled.
- Niko Vasquez was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.
- Chuckie Fick had a messy box score. He lasted 5 innings allowing 3 hits and 3 ER. He walked 2 and struck out 2 and got taken out of the park. I’mguessing he had an efficient outing since he lasted through 5 innings before being relieved by his tandem starter. . .
- Andres Rosales, Deryk Hooker‘s replacement for the next 50 games, who walked 3 over 2.1 innings with 2 hits and 1K.
- Ramon Delgado retired the last two batters of the game for QC.