No photo quiz today. Rick Porcello day went about as well as could be expected. If you consider losing ‘expected’. Porcello wasn’t Fernando Valenzuela but he did continue is his awesome run in the wins and ERA department.
I’m not one of those people that seriously begrudges DeWitt for telling Lunhow he couldn’t draft him but I will always keep an eye on the kids career because of how easily he could have been starting for the Birds on the Bats tonight.
It’s an interesting conversation to have as to whether he would have found himself with the same fate as Anthony Reyes and PJ Walters, two former Cardinals Pitchers of the Year who were told to ditch their great changeups when they reached the MLB level. Would Porcello have been told to do the same?
On to the farm!
- Jarrett Hoffpauir, in probably his final season as a Cardinal property, went deep.
- Allen Craig was 2-for-4 with a longball.
- I..I..I…Coo Ca Choo, the Walrus is back. Brett Wallace went went Big Fly.
- Shane Robinson was 2-for-3 with a double.
- Clayton Mortensen. Shakes head. 3.1 innings, giving up 9 runs (8 ER) on 8 hits and 4 walks.
- Kat Maekawa limited Iowa to 2 hits in 2.2 innings.
- Charlie Manning pitched a perfect innings and Jess Todd gave up a hit and struck out a batter in his inning.
- Daryl Jones seems to be bouncing back from that knee injury. 3-for-5.
- The Kozmanian Devil went 2-for-5 without any XBH. Yeah, cut him. Oh, he had an error? Ask him to pay back his bonus money, too.
- Mark Hamilton was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
- Mike Folli drove in 3 runs with a homerun.
- Lance Lynn was serviceable, giving up 4 ER in 6 innings. He walked 3 and struckout 2.
- Marco Gonzalez was perfect in the 7th with 2 strikeouts.
- Tyler Norrick put up all zeros in his inning.
- For the second day in a row, Springfield lost in the 9th. Fransisco Samuel gave up 3 hits and 2 ERs, not only giving away the lead but putting the team in a hole.
- Adron Chambers (double) and Colt Sedbrook were 2-for-4.
- Aaron Luna was 1-for-3 with a double.
- Charlie Swauger (1 RBI) and Jermaine Curtis (2 RBI) both went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
- George Brown pitched 4 solid innings, giving up 3 hits, striking out 2 and being tagged for run.
- Blake King gave up a hit and struck out a guy in his 2 inning win.
- Adam Reifer blazed through his 1 inning with one big, long, deep hit. He was able to exhale when that runner didn’t score.
- Whenever I type ‘Tampa 2’, Tony Dungy gets royalties.
- Adron Chambers was 2-for-3 with a triple.
- Curt Smith and me got this thing goin’ on. He took Olbrychowski deep, going 2-for-3.
- Thems be the hits.
- Jorge Rondon only pitched 1 inning. 2 ER, 3 Hits and 1 BB.
- Nick Additon added 2 baserunners with hits and subtracted 2 hitters with strikeouts, leaving a sum of zero runs.
- Thomas Eager struck out 5 in 3 innings.
- Casey Mulligan walked 1 and struck out 1 in an inning.
- Osvaldo was an agent of Khrushchev Morales and Roberto Espinoza went 1-for-4.
- Guillermo Toribio was 1-for-2 with a triple.
- Brett Lilley was 3-for-3. Have yourself a day, kid.
- Kevin Thomas took the no-decision 5.2 innings of 5 hit, 2 run ball. He walked 1 and struck out 6.
- Scott McGregor wore the loss giving up the winning run in his 2.1 innings.
Allen Craig had been in a bit of a funk but hopefully this gets him back on track. It must be tough for the kid, realizing he has no real future in the organization other than a possible super-utility player. He and Bryan Anderson have to be sad that Walt Jocketty isn’t around to send them to some team for the likes of Brian Giles.