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Several close games today as the farm system goes 2-for-2. Chris Edmondson has a distinguishing night and Kyle Hald comes back strong from a disastrous previous start.
- Adron Chambers was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. Chambers is not making a very compelling statistical case that he’s a major league caliber bat. With a sub-.700 OPS, there’s little pressure for Eric Komatsu to worry about his job due to Chambers. I still think that Chambers combination of speed and centerfield defense offers a exploitable skillset in late and close games. It’s hard to argue to keep a guy on the major league roster just because he’s fast though. Chambers needs to do more with the bat.
- Allen Craig, DH, was 1-for-4.
- Matt Adams was 1-for-4 with a HR.
- Jermaine Curtis was 1-for-1 with a pair of walks.
- The Cardinals faced off against former MLB pitcher Vin Mazzaro who is currently with the Kansas City Royals organization. Mazzaro was, at one time, a highly touted prospect in the Oakland Athletics system.
- Brandon Dickson went 6 innings allowing 8 hits and 3 runs (2 earned). He struck out 2 and has shown exceptional control on the season walking just 7 batters in 27 innings.
- Maikel Cleto a scoreless frame striking out 1.
- Eduardo Sanchez continues to have less than desirable results. Sanchez allowed 3 hits and 1 run in the process of picking up his 4th save. He struck out 1.
- Kolten Wong was 2-for-4.
- Audry Perez was 2-for-4 with a double.
- A weak night for Springfield at the plate where the amassed just 7 hits and only Perez’s double for extra bases. The opposing pitchers got the better of them striking out 9 and walking just 1.
- Scott Gorgen was lit up for 9 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) in 5.2 innings. Gorgen struck out 2 and walked 1.
- Eric Fornataro continues to remake himself as a reliever. He pitched 2 perfect frames striking out 2 and continuing his groundball strength. If you want a quick and dirty comparison to Fornataro to another Cardinal relief prospect, Chuckie Fick fits the bill. While Fornataro may have a bit more velocity on his fastball, Fick is a reasonable blueprint for how Fornataro can succeed.
- Chris Edmondson was 2-for-2 with a HR and a pair of walks.
- Chris Corrigan had his longest outing of the season with 4 innings allowing 4 walks and 6 strikeouts. Palm Beach has been forced to use Corrigan in a starting role given the continued problems with Seth Blair. They essentially have a planned bullpen start in their rotation.
- Iden Nazario struck out 2 in 2 innings while walking 1.
- Colin Walsh was 2-for-4 with a double. Walsh currently has a .976 OPS.
- Kyle Hald showed his impressive control in a reversal from his last start. He struck out 6 in 6 innings allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk. It was easily Hald’s best outing of the young season.