And the first pitcher called up to Springfield is. . . a starter? Ryan Kulik is set to join the Springfield Cardinals in the next few days to replace Justin Fiske who was lost to a stress reaction for the next 3-6 weeks. Technically, Eddie Degerman was activated to replace Kenny Maiques (extended spring training) but I believe this is the first Palm Beach callup of the year.
Steve Hill keeps hitting and Trey Hearne tosses a gem as Springfield prevents a goose egg from the farm system.
- What’s that? Tyler Greene walked again? He now has 10 walks in 17 games compared to 33 walks in 127 games last year. He was 1-for-3 in his other action at the plate.
- The Redbirds offense was silenced by Round Rock pitching for 5 hits and 1 measly walk.
- Adam Ottavino took the mound with mixed results. The good was that he showed improved command striking out 7 and walking just 1. The bad was that he was exceedingly hittable for 8 hits in 5 innings including 5 doubles. He shouldn’t be getting hit that hard with his stuff.
- Matthew Scherer did nothing to help Ottavino on his way to 5 ER. Scherer allowed all 3 of his inherited runners to score. In a continuation of why some scoring rules are dumb, Scherer technically tossed 2 scoreless frames allowing 3 hits.
- Jim Rapoport was 2-for-5 with a double.
- Steve Hill was 2-for-4 with a long ball.
- Antonio DeJesus was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.
- Springfield had 10 hits and 1 walk but managed to score 9 runs. Clutch baby birds.
- Kyle Mura started and went 3 innings with iffy command. He walked 2 and allowed 4 hits for 2 ER.
- Trey Hearned got the call from the bullpen as the long man. He threw 6 innings allowing 4 hits (including a solo shot) striking out 6. Hearne’s stuff has never been rumored as good but in 18.2 innings so far he’s struck out 16. He’s probably too much of a flyball pitcher to survive at upper levels but so far so good.
- Adron Chambers was 2-for-5.
- Pete Kozma, whom you’re not allowed to be happy for only bitter about*, went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk. Thankfully he avoided my circuit overload, however, by committing error number 8.** He was involved in 3 double plays, initiating one.
- Curt Smith was 2-for-4.
- Richard Castillo took the loss but you can probably pin this one on the 4 errors turned in by the defense. He allowed 6 hits and 4 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings walking 1.
- Shaun Garceau struck out 3 in 2.2 IP. He walked 2 and allowed a hit leaving with the bases loaded.
- Sam Freeman bailed him out getting a groundout to end the 8th.
The Quad Cities game was postponed.
**Seriously though, what’s up with the shoddy defense Petey? Put on a big boy glove or something. I’m sure Niko will let you borrow one of his.