A beautiful night last night in the Quad Cities as the rains came and cooled off the town for the night game. It’s interesting to write these reports up the day after being at the game — namely because I’m not entirely sure I could tell you the score once I leave the game. I can tell you about individual plays (I have about 9 pages of notes in my little black notebook from the first two games) and I can tell you about players but when I’m there, I don’t follow the narrative of the game. It’s a decidedly different experience from the emotional ups and downs of watching the Cardinals play.
The org goes 3-for-3 as High-A enjoys their All-Star Game and Quad Cities eeks out an extra inning win.
(FWIW, there’s a good chance I’ve seen all the QC baseball I’m going to see this weekend. The forecast for this evening looks decidedly wet.)
- Allen Craig was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk. Whatever the big league club was wanting Craig to recapture in Memphis . . . well, he’s likely done that. It’s time to move him back to the bigs. I’ve some suggestions on who he could replace. Craig is now hitting .326/.383/.486 in Memphis.
- Ruben Gotay went yard.
- Lance Lynn’s command seems to be taking a turn for the better. He went 6 innings allowing 8 hits and 2 runs. He struck out 4 but didn’t walk a batter.
- Pete Kozma was 2-for-4.
- Daryl Jones went 1-for-4. This may be the year that the DJ Tools prospect train derails once and for all. The injuries, the lack of production (.689 OPS) . . . he’s still age appropriate for his level but it’s really hard to get excited about an age appropriate player not performing.
- Steve Hill was 2-for-5 with a double.
- Adron Chambers was 2-for-4 with a double.
- David Kopp went 7 innings allowing 7 hits and 1 ER. He struck out 4.
- Francisco Samuel pitched one inning walking 2, allowing a hit and striking out 1.
- Tony Cruz was 0-for-2.
- Xavier Scruggs was 3-for-4 with a HR and a walk.
- Richard Racobaldo was 1-for-4.
- Mark Diapoules and Matt Frevert both pitched a scoreless inning.
- Michael Swinson was 2-for-5.
- Ryan Jackson was 3-for-5.
- Niko Vasquez was 2-for-4 with a walk.
- Eric Fornataro went 7 innings allowing 6 hits and 2 ER. Both ER came in his last inning of work. He struck out 5.
- Jesse Simpson, whom I had been keeping an eye out for, pitched two innings walking 3 and striking out 2. He allowed 1 hit and a game tying run before the River Bandits won the game in the 10th.