Surprise: 9-10, 2nd-tied
- Daniel Descalso was 0-for-4 with a walk.
- Daryl Jones was 1-for-5 with 3 strikeouts.
- Gary Daley picked a good day to step it up. With Luhnow in attendance, he retired 5 batters (2 by strikeout) allowing just 1 hit.
Derrick Goold has the low down on some let-gos. These are all good signs for the team. Matt Scherer’s addition to the 40-man roster was a mistake from the start leaving Luis Perdomo exposed. We saw plenty of Joe Thurston last year and, apparently, the team did too. The Cardinals have better upside plays (particularly in the pen) rather than stick with high floor low ceiling guys like this pair. The release of Brad Thompson strikes me as the most surprising but again, a good sign that the team realizes his function as “long reliever” wasn’t worth more than league minimum. I can’t see a lot to dislike in these moves.