Tonight, I’m going to do something a little different. I won’t be doing the DFR on Friday and tomorrow, all 4 affiliates will be in action so I can’t do it then. What I’m going to do is, in honor of my Penguins being in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals, I will award Three Stars to the players from each of the affiliates for tonight’s game.
Don’t worry, this is a one time thing. With all the draft information pouring in and with Memphis having the night off, I wanted to do something fun.
So, away we go….
- Star 1 – Pete Kozma. In a game the Springfield team trailed 3-2, Pete Kozma launched his 2nd HR of AA. It wasn’t just any homerun, though. Two years after being drafted over future HOF’er Rick Porcello, Kozma hit a bases-clearing, rally killing Grand Slam as part of a 6 run inning. But that’s not all! Also in the game, Kozma hit a double and triple, leaving himself like Rick Ankiel…a single short of the cycle. Nice job, Pete.
- Star 2 – Tony Cruz. While only going 1-for-4, Cruz kept the offense going with a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning. The Cardinals had runners at 2nd and 3rd, with a real chance of not getting either run in. With 1 out, Cruz got the flyball and cut the deficit to 1. Later, in the 5th inning, Cruz hit an RBI single which not only drove in the run but put himself in position to watch Pete’s Grand Slam while standing on a base.
- Star 3 – Pete Parise. After watching Brad Furnish walk 4 in 4 innings (giving up 4 ERs) and Eddie Degerman walk 2 in 2 innings (giving up 1 ER), Parise gets the 3rd Star because despite giving up an earned run of his own, he did not walk anyone in his 2 innings of work. He would get the hold, while Francisco Samuel would come on for his 14th save.
- Star 1 – Adron Chambers. As leadoff hitter, Chambers went 3-for-6, hitting 1 of Palm Beach’s 2 doubles (Blake Murphy). Chambers had an RBI.
- Star 2 – Jose Garcia. In a tied game in the Top of the 9th, Garcia hit an RBI single, driving in Domnit Bolivar. Garcia was 2-for-5 on the day, with a stolen base. For Garcia’s heroics, he earns the 2nd star.
- Star 3 – Samuel Freeman. After Casey Mulligan blew a 3-1 lead in the 7th inning, Freeman came on to pitch 2 scoreless innings for the win. Freeman struck out 3 and only walked 1, a better ratio than the starter Richard Castillo had in his 5.2 innings of 1 run ball. Castillo walked 4 and struckout 4.
- Star 1 – Jared Bogany. On a night of offensive ineptitude, Bogany was the lone bright spot. Going 3-for-4, Bogany drove in 1 of Quad Cities 2 runs.
- Star 2 – Jason Buursma. Buursma pitched a perfect innings, striking out 1. He came into a game that featured Arquimedes Nieto giving up 7 runs (6 ER) in only 4 innings.
- Star 3 – Andres Rosales. Rosales wasn’t perfect, giving up a hit and a run in his 3 innings but he did tally the high number in strikeouts with 4. That 1 run and 1 hit came in a packaged deal as he was tagged for a HR in the 5th inning.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed this twist on the DFR. Tomorrow, we will return to your normally scheduled bullet point wrap-ups. A little less Don Cherry and a little more Don Tony!