I know we have beat this one into the ground, but Jim Callis of Baseball America takes on Brett Wallace’s fielding ability and how it drives his position and projection in the majors. His conclusion is that because of Albert Pujols, his lack or range for LF and his impressive bat, Wallace will stay at 3B. He’s not going to wow anyone with his lateral range, but will be able to play a solid 3B. And of course, he has the bat to overcome most any defensive shortcomings. Stop by and read the whole part about Wallace, it is a quality and well reasoned response to a mailbag item.
And now that Carpenter picked up an injury in the big club’s game, we will have to see who will be the first starter up from Memphis. P.J. Walters and Mitch Boggs are obsessively checking their cell phones as we speak.
All four teams were in action tonight and the system went 3-1. All the fun is after the jump.
Memphis 8, New Orleans 3
- Clayton Mortensen started and went 5 innings and gave up 2 runs, 1 earned on 2 hits and 3 walks. He also had 4 strikeouts. Good, solid outing by Mort.
- Matt Scherer followed him with 2 innings of one hit ball with 3 strikeouts.
- Tyler Greene (SS) was 2-4 with 1 RBI.
- Jon Jay (CF) was 2-4 with one walk and 3 runs scored.
- Nick Stavinoha playing 1B went 2-3 with 2 RBIs.
- Allen Craig at 3B went 3-4 with 2 RBIs.
Springfield 8, Midland 7
- Steve Hill, playing catcher, continues his hot start going 3-5 with 1 RBI. But, he was caught stealing and got picked off 1st. Come on Steve. Keep your head in the game!
- Mark Hamilton at 1B went 2-5 with 3 RBIs.
- Donovan Solano at SS went 2-5 as well, but made an error in the field.
- Kyle Mura started the game for Springfield and my mother taught me that if you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Mura – 1.2 IP, 6 hits, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed.
- Trey Hearne came in with the fire trucks and put out the flames over 4.1 innings only allowing 1 run.
- Elvis Hernandez is in the building and got the win with 2 perfect innings.
- Francisco Samuel got the save in the 9th striking out the side, but did allow 2 hits and 1 run in the process.
Palm Beach 6, Sarasota 3
- Palm Beach’s starter was Ryan Kulik who gave up 1 run over 3 innings and struck out 3.
- Blake King followed with 2 no-hit innings.
- Mark Diapoules went for the double (Blown Save, Win).
- Eduardo Sanchez closed out the last two no-hit innings.
- Adron Chambers – LF, was the hero of the day as he went 4-4 with 2 triples. Speed to burn!
- The other Shane, Shane Peterson was in RF and went 2-4 with 1 RBI.
- Jermaine Curtis finds himself in the DFR again playing 3B and going 1-2 with 2 walks and scoring 3 times.
- Nick Derba at catcher was 2-4.
Quad Cities 7, Beloit 10
- George Brown started for Quad Cities and gave up 4 runs (3 earned) over 4 innings, but did have 6 strikeouts.
- Gary Daley – see above – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB.
- Andres Rosales followed Daley with 1.2 IP and gave up 1 walk and struck out 2.
- Osvaldo Morales at 1B went 2-5 with 4 RBIs.
- Charles Cutler was at catcher and went 2-5 with 1 RBI.
- Jon Edwards (RF) was 2-4.
- Aaron Luna was at 2B and went 1-4 with a HBP and 2 runs scored.