If you’re looking at the username Pierce in the top left-handed corner of today’s DFR, you’re probably wondering who in the world that is. I often wonder the same thing myself.
First of all, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Pierce, and I’ll be helping out with the DFR’s this year. I’m currently working in minor league baseball with the Tulsa Drillers, so I hope to provide a unique perspective throughout the season. When Springfield is in town, I also hope to be sneaking out more often than usual during those games to give a more detailed account of some of the players. The extra innings I use to sneak out in the ballpark during those games may put my current job at risk, but anything to help out the Future Redbirds community, right?? Joking!
I’ll stop boring you with the details and get on to what you’re all really here for….the Daily Farm Report!!
- Pete Kozma, Matt Carpenter, and Nick Stavinoha went a combined 0-11 at the top of the order.
- Bryan Anderson went 2-4 with a SB
- Mark Hamilton and Adron Chambers each had a single
- The rest of the team went hitless. Daryl Jones had a hat trick with 3 K’s
- It looked to be a sloppy game defensively, as Solano, Kozma, and Fick each had an error.
- Adam Ottavino made his first start since last July off of a torn right labrum. He went 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 earned), 4 BB, and 5 K
- Eduardo Sanchez pitched a perfect 9th with 1 K. I like the back end of the bullpen in Memphis more than I do in St. Louis.
- Tommy Pham led off and went 2-5 with 2 RBI. He hit his first HR of the year and will be one of the more interesting prospects to watch this year after his breakout season in 2010. Not that I need to say much to add to the Pham bandwagon.
- Speaking of bandwagons, Niko Vasquez also went 2-5 with a double and RBI. He struck out twice
- 2-5 was the theme tonight, as Matt Adams added 2 1B and 2 RBI
- Aaron Luna was 3-4 with 2 2B and 1 BB
- Tyler Henley added a solo HR
- Ryan Jackson and Steven Hill both went hitless. One interesting development will be how well Jackson improves upon his slash line of .278/.359/.362 between QC and PB last year. Upon being drafted, his defense was noted as being MLB ready with an Adam Everett bat. He increased his LD% by nearly 5 percent last year and could be looked upon as the next starting SS for the Cards.
- In his Texas League debut, Michael Blazek went 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, and 2 K. 13 of his 17 outs that reached the field came via the groundball.
- Casey Mulligan recorded his 2nd save of the year with a perfect 9th
- Audry Perez and Adam Melker each had 2 hits apiece. Perez added a grand slam in the 9th with no outs as the only extra-base hit for PB
- Zack Cox went 0-2 w/ 2 BB and 1 RBI
- Ronald Ramirez went 3-4
- Edgar Lara and Philip Cerreto added the only other 2 hits
- Base running wasn’t a strong point today, as Cox and Luis Mateo were both caught stealing
- Eric Fornataro took the loss w/ 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, and 3 K
- Cody Stanley went 2-4 with 1 2B, 2 RBI, and 1 BB. I think Stanley has the chance to vault up prospect rankings this year. Already known for his good defense, there’s no reason he can’t rise quickly through the system.
- Jonathan Rodriguez hit cleanup and went 2-5 with a double and RBI
- Greg Garcia added a triple with 2 RBI’s. He went 2-4 in the game
- Nick Longmire was the River Bandits’ only hitless batter. He had a BB and K
- Kevin Siegrist had a solid outing. He gave up 2 runs (1 earned) through 6 IP w/ 1 BB and 2 K. 9 outs were on the ground compared to 3 in the air.