I’m subbing for Jeff tonight who failed to bring back a series win from San Francisco. Unacceptable. Big game for Memphis but the other clubs fizzle badly.
- Tyler Greene goes 2-for-5 with a HR. I’m at a loss. I don’t know how else to reiterate how surprised and pleased I am with Greene’s play this year. Could we be seeing a toolsy player finally putting it together. He’s now got a .299/.395/.467 line in Memphis with a homerun in the last two games. Birdland scribe Derrick Goold talked with him last August (h/t Liam) and it’s worth another read.
- Jon Jay goes 2-for-4. Jay is slowly righting the ship after an abysmal slump to start the season. He’s got his average up to .272 with a .342 OBP. After hitting .213/.286/.240 in April, he hit .303/.368/.413 in May.
- Brett Wallace went 3-for-4 with a HR. With a .722 OPS in Memphis, the Cardinals have started playing Wallace at other positions; today he started at first. Let’s call it the Allen Craig treatment. Here’s the thing — it’s a bad idea. He’s not going to uproot Pujols and he’s not going to stick in LF (where they’ll undoubtedly try him at some point. So he’s either a 3B for STL or plays for another organization. Let him play 3B for the entire season and see if he can stick; if not, he’s Matt LaPorta and you trade him.
- Mark Shorey and Casey Rowlett both went 2-for-4.
- Mitchell Boggs went 6 innings allowing 9 hits. The strikeouts have disappeared since returning to the minors. He K’d a mere 2 and walked 2 while allowing 1 ER today.
- Jess Todd picked up a 2 out save with 1 K. (Royce Ring had put the go ahead run on the bases to make it a save situation.
- Donovan Solano played with an aluminum bat tonight going 3-for-5 with his first HR of the season.
- Daniel Descalso was 0-for-3 with a pair of walks. Quick, was Descalso better in April or May? Answer below. He’s hitting .337/.405/.529 on the season.
- Pete Kozma was 0-for-5.
- Jim Rapoport and Tony Cruz both collected 2 walks as well.
- Lance Lynn was lit up for 7 runs in 4 innings. He allowed 8 hits including a 3-run shot. He walked 3 and struck out 3.
- Marco Gonzalez gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 2 IP.
- Pete Parise pitched 2 scoreless frames striking out 1.
- Paul Vazquez went deep for the only PB run.
- Scott Gorgen actually had a very nice outing despite being victimized by poor run support. He threw 7.2 innings striking out 9. 2′s were wild though as he walked 2, allowed 2 runs and 2 hits.
- Adam Reifer is (partially) to blame for those two runs. He was called upon to finish the 8th but allowed 2 hits and both inherited runners to score.
- Sam Freeman went out for the 9th allowing 2 hits, 2 runs and striking out 2. Someone should have told the offense about 2′s being wild maybe they would have scored 22 or something. Or just 2, which wouldn’t have really helped.
Quad Cities 0, Burlington 4 (6 innings)
- Brett Lilley was 0-for-2 with a walk.
- Roberto Espinoza was 1-for-2 with a double.
- A nice, if abbreviated, outing for Brett Zawacki who went 4 innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned). He struck out 2 and walked 1. The stat to watch with Zawacki is his groundout ratio. Tonight it was 7:3. He features a heavy sinker as his primary weapon so when it’s working he’ll have a lot of groundballs in his stat line.
April: OPS > 1.000
May: OPS > .800