Happy Draftimus Eve everyone!
We’ll have wall to wall to wall to wall coverage of the draft tomorrow, so stop by all day for previews and stay online at 6pm Eastern / 5pm Central for the draft. We’ll have it all for you.
Plenty of draft coverage all over the site and plenty to read, so I won’t attempt distraction with any draft notes here.
However, there is one note out of Latin America. Last year the Cards spent $570,000 bonus on pitcher Santo Franco. However, Franco had some background check issues and his bonus and contract were both voided by MLB. Franco will be able to sign with any team next July 2nd, by that time however, he will be close to 21 years old.
Lastly, if you aren’t following Brian Walton’s organizational matrix over at Cardinal Nation, you are missing out. He puts a lot of research into every player and roster and it is updated with each and every move. It is a must-have reference.
- PJ Walters started and pitched 5 sharp innings, but fell apart in the 6th. He didn’t record an out in the first 5 batters. Whatever happened, the wheels came off in that 1 inning.
- However, Matt Scherer brought his fireman’s gear as he got out of a bases loaded no-out jam to keep the game close. He pitched two shutout innings in total.
- Josh Kinney pitched a shutout inning.
- Jess Todd struck out 2 and walked 1 and allowed 1 hit in the 9th.
- Jarrett Hoffpauir, 2B of all people hit his 4th HR of the year, this one a solo shot. He also walked once on the way to going 1-3.
- Rehabbin’ Khalil Greene, SS went 1-4 with a K and a GIDP.
- Matt Pagnozzi, C went 2-2
- David Kopp pitched 6 solid allowed 3 runs (1 earned). He allowed 8 hits and 3 walks and struck out 2.
- Ed Sanchez pitched two shutout innings with 4 strikeouts. Here’s what Matt Baker, the Springfield Cardinals beat-writer has to say about him on twitter (of course): “Mark it down: Ed Sanchez is the new Francisco Samuel. 98 mph FB, SICK cutter.” And he’s only 20 years old.
- Tyler Norrick got credited with 3 runs allowed in 1/3 of an inning.
- But 2 of the 3 runs scored while Marco Gonzalzes was on the mound for the other 2/3.
- Steve Hill was in LF and continues to hit as he went 2-3 with a walk and run scored.
- Anthony DeJesus, CF hit his first HR of the year, a solo shot.
- Not to be outdone, Mike Folli, SS hit his first of the season as well.
- Peter Kozma, SS, just had one of those days. He got an RBI with a sac fly, however, he had an error in the field and got picked off first base and was switched out in a double-switch.
- Brian Broderick started the game for the Cardinals and went 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 0. That’s a decent outing, too bad his offense and bullpen decided not to show up.
- Kristhiam Linares allowed 1 hit in the 7th inning and then the 8th inning happened…Linares allowed 4 runs.
- Elvis Hernandez didn’t get an out and let 1 of Linares runners to score and 2 of his own (1 earned). He left the bases loaded for…
- Casey Mulligan who let all three runners score on a single and then a error by Domnit “is not a pitcher’s best friend” Bolivar.
- As for the offense the highlight was just Adron Chambers, CF who was 2-4 and had a stolen base.
- Aaron Looney Lovegood (DH), Shane Peterson (RF) and Jose Garcia (SS) all had a single a piece for the rest of the offense.
- Clinton looked quite a bit like their mascot this evening and brought the heavy lumber. There is not a lot to like with this game, so you can click through if you like more of the carnage. It was an ugly game all around with 7 total errors and Alex Castellanos and two of the Quad Cities coaches ejected in the game. They were all ejected by the 1st base umpire. Anyone at the game who knows what happened in the 5th?
- Kevin Thomas was 4 innings of bad, plus some bonus in the 5th.
- Scott McGregor wasn’t good.
- Ramon Delgado let one of McGregor’s inherited runners to score, but kept his own from scoring.
- Young Joel Pichardo gave up his first earned run since being activated from EST.
- Frederick Parejo, RF was the lone bright spot for Quad Cities as he hit a solo HR in the 9th inning.