10/16 Baseball Practice Notes

Fall ball is in full swing, and JJ was there on Tuesday at Sunken Diamond to take in an early intra-squad game. Check out game notes as well as full stats from the hitters and pitchers. A great look at an exciting team.

Week two of fall practice is underway as the team played a six-inning, nine players against nine players intra-squad game today.  Team B scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the game, 4-3.

Player Stats :
Team A hitters -
1. Danny Putnam (CF), 1-for-3 (double, walk, stolen base)
2. Chris Carter (1B), 0-for-4
3. Brian Hall (3B/SS), 1-for-4 (triple)
4. Jonny Ash (2B), 1-for-2 (single, walk)
5. Donny Lucy (C), 1-for-2 (single, walk)
6. Arik VanZandt (LF), 0-for-2 (walk)
7. Steve Gantenbein (SS/3B), 0-for-2 (walk)
8. Scott Dragicevich (no pos.), 1-for-3 (double)
(Note : the 9th player in the field was a pitcher that filled a spot in the outfield)

Team A pitchers -
1. Mark Jecmen, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K
2. Jonny Dyer, 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB

Team B hitters -
1. Sam Fuld (CF), 1-for-3 (single, walk)
2. Chris O'Riordan (2B), 2-for-3 (double, walk)
3. Ryan Garko (C/1B), 1-for-3 (single, walk)
4. Carlos Quentin (RF), 1-for-2 (single, walk, HBP)
5. Andy Topham (SS), 2-for-3 (2 singles, walk)
6. Billy Paganetti (1B/P), 2-for-4 (2 singles)
7. Tobin Swope (3B), 1-for-3 (single)
8. Andrew Cleary (C), 0-for-3

Team B pitchers -
1. Drew Ehrlich, 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K
2. Billy Paganetti, 2 IP, 3 BB

Some Observations ...

  • The freshman hitters continue to impress.  Billy Paganetti, fresh off his four-hit performance in the alumni game, stroked two more hits today and hit another ball very hard.  This guy can hit to all fields and even pitched fairly well today.  Chris Carter went hitless today, but did hit two deep fly balls to center field.  Carter looks to have a lot of power and will hit his fair share of homers in a Cardinal uniform in the next few years.  Danny Putnam had another solid game.  If you recall, Putnam roped a triple off the wall in center off current major leaguer Jeff Austin on Sunday, and just missed a homer again today as he laced one off the wall in left for a double.  He also has shown good speed on the base paths and in the field.
  • Scott Dragicevich did not play in the field at all, but hit in the batting order.  He smoked a double down the left-field line in his second at-bat, but limped around the bases.  Swing looks pretty good, but still not nearly at 100%.
  • Top hits of the afternoon : Putnam's double off the wall in left, Hall's triple to deep right-center, and O'Riordan's double to the right-center gap.
  • Team B needed a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the game and it certainly contained some dramatics.  With one out, O'Riordan laced a double to right to bring the tying run to the plate.  Garko then came up a lofted a deep fly ball to left that was caught at the warning track (based on Garko's reaction after he hit it, he thought he had hit it out, after the catch was made in left he got some grief from his fellow teammates for watching his fly ball).  Quentin was the next hitter and was plunked to bring the winning run to the plate.  Back-to-back singles by Topham and Paganetti tied the game at 3-3 and brought Swope to the plate with an opportunity to win the game.  Swope though would not get a chance to hit as pitcher Jonny Dyer balked home the winning run.

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