Zack Cox continues to be en fuego since returning from the DL. Two JC Cardinals, Ronard Castillo and C.J. McElroy, do some damage at the plate and help JC pull their record to even at 4-4. Overall the farm system went 2-3 on the night. On to the good stuff….
There were five games on the docket tonight but only Johnson City could muster a win. Carson Kelly and Steve Bean, among others, made their pro debuts and a couple of River Bandits put in appearances during the Midwest League All-Star game.
The Batavia Muckdogs started their season off with a loss to the Auburn Doubledays. A few notable ’12 draftees made their pro debuts in the game including Patrick Wisdom and Anthony Melchionda. Oscar Taveras hit a home run in Springfield’s loss but Starlin Rodriguez and the newly promoted Tyler Rahmatulla helped power Palm Beach to the system’s one win on the night.
The system reversed itself from the preceding night and went 3-1. Nick Additon decided to pitch like a top prospect against Wily Peralta and the Nashville Sounds and Seth Maness did his best to match him in Springfield. For Palm Beach, Starlin Rodriguez continues his hot streak with a slash line in his last ten games of .306/.419/.946.
Quad Cities recorded the only victory for the farm system. The Bandits scored 18 runs in the victory and basically every player got in on the action. Shelby Miller continues to struggle in AAA despite a healthy strikeout rate and both Palm Beach and Springfield struggled to overcome lackluster pitching performances.
There were only three games on the docket last night and out of the three,
The Quad Cities team let the bats out of the bag in a big way on Memorial Day. Richard Castillo was very good for Springfield and a Memphis team that started only one real prospect (Ryan Jackson for those who wondered) lost to the AAA version of the North Siders. Happy Memorial Day DFR to all of you, especially those of you that have served and still are serving in our armed forces. Baseball is a privilege that we would not so easily enjoy without the freedoms that are protected by our service men and women and for that, we Thank You.
The best thing that happened in Cardinal Land tonight was Adam Wainwright’s complete game shutout. That being said, Anthony Ferrara did his best to match him by pitching seven innings of shutout ball. Unfortunately, Ferrara’s teammates let him down and Palm Beach joined Memphis in the loser’s bracket.
The major storyline of the night in the minors was precipitated by Lance Berkman’s injury in Los Angeles. After the injury, Matt Adams was immediately pulled from Memphis’ game, which would indicate an impending promotion to the big club. Other than that, John Gast pitched decently well in his AAA debut and Michael Blazek was superb in relief as he picked up the win for Springfield.