It’s getting to be about that time as the short season teams are getting up and running.
Brian Walton published the starting Batavia roster (defending champs!) and should be a very interesting team to follow.
It will be interesting to see how the infield shakes out with Nico Vasquez, Ryan Jackson and Jason Stidham all vying for spots in the middle infield.
The outfield will look familiar for FR heads with Ryde Rodriquez, Beau Riportella (B-Ripper) and D’Marcus Ingram.
And of course at catcher is the indomitable Luis De La Cruz.
We got three close games and one not so close as the clubs went 2-2.
- Adam Ottavino started for the Redbirds and did very well. He only allowed 1 run on 3 this and a walk and struck out 7. He even got more groundouts than flyouts. That’s more like what I like to see from Ottavino.
- Matt Scherer took the loss by giving up 1 run in his 2/3 of an inning.
- Charlie Manning limited the damage by stranding Scherer’s two runners.
- Josh Kinney walked 1 in his 1 inning of work.
- Bryan Anderson, C (remember him?) was the hitter hero of the day. He went 2-3 with a double and a RBI.
- Brett Wallace, 3B and Mark Shorey, RF, both had 1 hit each.
- Trey Hearne pitched 7 solid innings, giving up only 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. He only struck out 2, however. He got the win to move to 6-1 on the year and has a 3.00 ERA exactly. He’s quietly doing well this year.
- Sam Freeman pitched a scoreless 8th with a walk and a K.
- Francisco Samuel used the whole 2 run cushion he was provided giving up a solo home run and then closing out the game. I’m sure he just wanted it to be a little closer to help him concentrate. He also allowed a hit and plunked a guy.
- Mark Hamilton, DH went 2-3 with 2 doubles and a walk. Hopefully he’s back on track for the good season he was having before getting hurt.
- Daniel Descalso, 2B went 2-4 with a double, a walk and a RBI.
- Steve Hill, LF and Tyler Henley, RF both had doubles.
- Scott Gorgen started the game for PB and went 5 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. But amazingly enough 8 of his 15 outs were via the strikeout. He also had 5 ground outs to 2 flyouts. He allowed a lot of hits, but that start had some good peripherals.
- Yonathan Gonzalez gave up 4 runs (1 earned) as his defense let him down big time.
- Jason Buuuuuuuuursma stranded Gonzalez’s 1 runner and pitched another 2 innings of shutout ball for 2.1 innings total.
- Adam Reifer had an adventuresome 9th, but got the save by striking out the side.
- Aaron Luna, 2B went 2-4 with a HR and a triple and 3 RBIs. He also was hit by a pitch. With the emergence of Daniel Descalso and Aaron Luna tearing the cover off the ball, 2B for the Cards in the minors is going to get mighty interesting in the next few years.
- Shane Peterson, RF went 3-5 with an RBI.
- Blake Murphy, C went 2-5 with 2 doubles.
- Colt Sedbrook, SS went 2-4 with a double.
- Adron Chambers, CF finds his way into the DFR yet again by going 2-5 with an RBI.
Quad Cities 0, Peoria 10
Sorry to anyone who drove over to Peoria for this game, it looks like it was a stinker. Hopefully advancing 2009 draft picks can spruce up the QC roster a little bit over the next month or so.
- Gary Daley gave up 7 runs in 5 innings, enough said.
- Miguel Tapia Pudding wasn’t much better as he gave up 3 runs in 2 innings.
- Matthew Frevert Frogurt was the lone highlight on the mound in his first outing since being called up from EST. He went 1 inning, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1. No runs allowed!!
- Jared Mitchell, RF and Charles Cutler, C had the only two hits for QC.