First and foremost Alex Eisenberg, FR contributor and man about town on Cardinal blogs has a guest post over at Pitchers Hit Eighth in which he takes a deep look at Jess Todd’s mechanics. He comes to the defensible conclusion that the Cardinals made the right move by switching him to the bullpen. There has been a lot of discussion for both sides of this argument, but this is a must read article, no matter how you feel now. I’m not saying how you should feel on this topic – just read it, ok!
And now we are going to jump into the DFRs this evening as there has been plenty of discussion about Luis Perdomo, Matt Scherer and everyone in between, so let’s see how they did in the games that counted.
Quad Cities was rained out again, so we’ve got three games to track and the clubs went 2-1.
Memphis 5, New Orleans 2
- Blake Incarcerated (I bet that is the first time you have seen a Amy Winehouse reference on Future Redbirds…as long as Blake Hawksworth continues to pitch in the minors and I continue to do DFRs, you will see it again and again.) started the game for the Redbirds and went 5 innings giving up 7 hits and 2 walks, but he also hit a batter. But on the good side, he only gave up 2 earned runs and struck out 6. He was taken out after 5 after approaching 100 pitches. He’ll hope to go deeper in his next starts.
- After Hawksworth, came Kat Maekawa, Charlie Manning and Jess Todd (official destroyer of the Memphis 8th inning). Todd made it interesting with a walk, hit and wild pitch, but kept the Zephyrs off the board with 2 strikeouts.
- Jon Jay playing LF went 2-4 and Allen Craig playing 3B went 2-3 with a walk.
- Matt Pagnozzi started again at Catcher and went 0-2 with 2 walks and 2 Ks.
- Chris Perez closed out the game with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. He also had a wild pitch.
Springfield 3, Midland 7
- Tyler Herron started and did not have a good night. He gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in 5.1 innings. Not a lot of good to talk about there.
- Pete Parise stopped the bleeding with 1.2 innings of no-hit ball, but he did give up 4 walks.
- Kenny Maiques didn’t retire the 3 batters he faced in the 8th. Ug-ly.
- Steve Hill was playing LF and went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI.
- Brett Wallace was playing 3B and didn’t have his best game ever. I think it’s sadly time to bring back the ol’ golden sombrero. He was 0-4 (edited to add: with 4 strikeouts), but at least he dressed up the sombrero with a walk. Maybe it was a golden urban sombrero.
- Mike Folli playing 3B went 2-3 with a walk.
Palm Beach 4, Jupiter 3
- Shaun Garceau got the start and went 5 innings giving up 0 runs on 1 hit and 1 walk. Garceau got 3 strikeouts as well. Nice job Shaun.
- Young Richard Castillo pitched two innings after that, continuing the shutout.
- Jermaine Curtis, playing 3B went 3-4 with an RBI and a walk. But he had an error in the field.
- Tommy Pham, playing CF went 2-5 with a double and an RBI.
- Paul Vasquez was playing catcher and went 2-4.
- Sam Freeman got the win with 1.1 IP of shutout innings.
- Adam Reifer got the save even though he gave up a run.