I blame danup for the cult of Trey Hearne. I’m pretty sure it originated on Get Up, Baby during Hearne’s ridiculously good 2006 season. According to the Springfield News-Leader, Hearne is returning to form after last year’s stint in Mexico. Hearne’s return to the United States is linked to the increased drug-cartel violence as his henchmen try to extend their influence into Cardinal fan territory.
”It didn’t go very well out there for me,” Ottavino said. ”It was just a bump in the road, but we still won the game, which is the most important thing. I didn’t feel like I really had it out there. I tried to get through it the best I could. I wanted to get through at least five innings. Obviously, I didn’t reach that so I’m disappointed. But it’ll be all right. I still feel like I hung in there despite not having what I consider my best stuff. Hopefully, that’ll be my worst start for awhile.”
You’ve got to hope this is a bump in the road after how well he pitched in the WBC. I don’t know what he’s referring to when he says his “best stuff” but I’m going to argue that command has been a more devious undoing than “pure stuff”.
The teams bookend wins on Friday as we head into one more day of decent weather in St. Louis this weekend. (I’m a little bitter about our topsy-turvy weather.)
- Shane Robinson was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. He’s hitting .406 on the season and I honestly have no idea how he fits into the future of the Cardinals. He keeps hitting but there’s a part of me that remains very skeptical of his game translating to the minors and there not being better alternatives in the system. But he just keeps hitting. . .
- Tyler Greene was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks.
- The Redbirds’ offense consisted of just 7 hits but they were aided by 6 walks and 3 errors from OC.
- Brad Thompson got the start for the Cardinals going 5 strong innings. He allowed one solo HR walking none and striking out 3. He also recorded a 8:4 GO:AO split on balls in play. Apparently the sinker was sinking.
- Ian Oustland and Charlie Manning each pitched a pair of innings striking out 2 apiece and walking 1. Oustland also allowed 2 hits.
- Brett Wallace was 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Tony Cruz was 2-for-3 with a walk.
- Tyler Henley was 2-for-3. He hasn’t shown any sign of power yet this season but I’m keeping my eye on him.
- Brandon Dickson allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in a messy box score. He got tagged for 6 hits and walked 5.
- Elvis Hernandez was tagged for the loss allowing an addition 2 runs while retiring just 2 batters.
- Kenny Maiques has caught the command-bug that so many Cardinal pitching prospects seem to have. He walked 2 batters in his inning of work striking out 2 and allowing a hit. When I saw him in QC 2 years ago, his command was impeccable. Still not sure what has happened since then.
- Adron Chambers was 2-for-5.
- Paul Vazquez was 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk. I always chuckle when catchers hit triples — the ball was either laced down a corner or fielded by Chris Duncan.
- Jose Garcia was 2-for-3 with a triple.
- Random position note: Curt Smith, LF.
- Richard Castillo was ok during his 4 innings of work. He allowed 4 hits and walked 2 batters but struck out just 1.
- Eduardo Sanchez pitched a perfect frame striking out 2.
- Shaun Garceau had a rough night. He allowed 2 hits, 2 walks and 1 HBP but ALL 5 batters came around to score.
- Sam Freeman did him no favors allowing 2 inherited runners to cross the plate. He picked up a blown save as a result despite allowing just 1 hit.
- Paul Cruz was 2-for-4 with a HR playing LF.
- Charles Swuager was 2-for-3 with a walk and a double.
- Chuckie Fick got touched up for 5 hits in 4 innings but limited the damage (1 ER) by limiting his walks: 0. He walked 15 batters in 93 innings last season. He struck out 3 batters and recorded a 6:2 GO:AO.
- Andres Rosales was also good striking out 5 over 4 innings. He walked a batter allowing 3 hits and 1 ER. Like Fick, he posted a good GO:AO ratio of 5:1.
- Casey Mulligan picked up the save with a 2 walk 2 K 9th. He may say he wants to be like Motte but this was more of a Chris Perez style outing tonight.