This Week in the Minors

A weekly snapshot of the Cardinals minor league system.

This week we saw the two minor league teams that are contending the best, Memphis and Quad Cities, have losing weeks while the team that has spent most of the season in last place, Springfield, really kick it into gear. This week's league standings - Memphis dropped from first to second place one-half game behind the Nashville Sounds. The Springfield Cardinals had a great week, gaining two and one-half games on the division-leading Tulsa Drillers. That is good for a tie for second place in the East division. The Palm Beach club treaded water and remained in fourth place in the East division. They lost another half game the division leaders, the Vero Beach Dodgers. The Swing had a dreadful week and dropped into third place. However, they are only two games out of first place and there is still time to make up the difference.


AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Overall Record – 29 - 28
Weekly Record – 3 - 5
Current Standing – Second, one-half game behind the Nashville Sounds (Brewers)

Current Week Team Batting - .230/.309/.361
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 6.16 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 38 innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.72 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 29 innings pitched

Who's Hot – INF Bo Hart went .348/.375/.609 in 7 games and 23 at bats; RHR Vladimir Nunez, 4 games, 4.2 innings pitched, 2 saves, 1.93 ERA and 1.29 WHIP
Who's Not – 1B Chris Duncan went .150/.261/.300 in 7 games and 20 at bats; The Memphis rotation which was dreadful this week
Transactions – 05/30/05 – RHP Jeremy Cummings activated from restricted list and optioned to Springfield; 6/4/05 – C Javier Cardona traded to Cleveland for future considerations;

Of Note -
Memphis is struggling because their offensive woes continue while their pitching has become shaky. Both Anthony Reyes and Adam Wainwright had bad weeks with Reyes' one-inning outing being of particular concern. So far there is no word of an injury to him. The Memphis middle relief has been very inconsistent, with pitchers alternating a good outing with one that is not so good. That makes it difficult for a manager to set up his bullpen structure. A bright spot in the bullpen has been Vladimir Nunez who has taken over the closing duties which had been alternating in recent weeks. I will be very interested to see if Josh Pearce can stabilize things a bit.
John Gall may be playing through an injury of some sort. During Wednesday's game the Redbirds' trainer was seen working on Gall's wrist in the dugout. After two plus weeks of an over .300 batting average, Gall went just .200 this week.

Summary -
The Memphis Redbirds fell to the Oklahoma RedHawks on Monday, 6-2.
The game was closer than the final score indicated as Tyler Johnson gave up three runs in the 9th inning to put the game out of reach for the offensively-challenged Redbirds. Bill Pulsipher (L, 0-1, 4.23 ERA) took the loss despite giving up just three runs, earned, on eight hits in seven innings pitched. Two of the three runs scored off of Pulsipher came in the first inning. Jimmy Journell pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Pulsipher.
The offense got eight hits but managed only two runs as the clutch hit eluded them. Skip Schumaker went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Hector Luna drove in Schumaker while Brandon Berger's solo home run accounted for the balance of the Redbirds' scoring attack.

Memphis won for only the fourth time in past twelve games as they defeated the Round Rock Express 5-4. This is the Express' ninth loss in a row.
Chris Gissell won both pitching and hitting honors as he shut out the Express for six innings before allowing two base runners in the seventh. Carmen Cali relieved Gissell and allowed both inherited runners to score. Gissell (W, 4-4, 2.51 ERA) ended up with the following line: six innings pitched, four hits, two runs, both earned, two strike outs and two walks. Vladimir Nunez picked up his first save as a Redbird by retiring the last five batters of the game.
Gissell got his first rbi of the game when he was hit by a pitch in the second inning. He later collected his first hit of the season, a two-run blast in the sixth. John Nelson also had a sixth-inning home run, a solo shot. Bo Hart went 2-for-4 and scored a run while Brandon Berger went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a rbi.

The Round Rock Express defeated the Memphis Redbirds 6-5 on Wednesday.
Adam Wainwright had a rare off night as he allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits in six innings. Mark Nussbeck (L, 0-2, 4.00 ERA) took the loss when he gave up the game-winning run on two hits in the seventh inning. Josh Kinney pitched a scoreless eighth.
Wainwright did go 2-for-2 with the bat and score a run. Brad Cresse had a two-run double in his second start since coming off the disabled list. Skip Schumaker went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an rbi.

The Redbirds' squandered a 2-0 lead and lost 4-2 to the Round Rock Express on Thursday.
Kevin Jarvis (L, 3-2, 2.18 ERA) shut down the Express through five innings but allowed three sixth-inning runs to take the loss. Jarvis ended up allowing those three runs, all earned, on three hits and three walks in six innings. Tyler Johnson gave up the final Express run.
Both of the Redbirds' runs came via solo homers by John Nelson and Chris Duncan. Raul Gonzalez went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .355.

In what has to be of great concern, Anthony Reyes lasted only one inning as the Redbirds were shut out by the Round Rock Express 9-0 Friday.
Reyes, who has a history of injury problems, saw 10 Express batters come to the plate in the first inning. He allowed five runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks. Carmen Cali, Jimmy Journell, Josh Kinney, Vladimir Nunez and outfielder Pete Zoccolillo combined for the final seven innings of the game with only Nunez and Zoccolillo going unscored upon.
The Redbirds could only scrap out three hits and three walks against the Express, one of the hits coming from "pitcher" Pete Zoccolillo.

It was a night of firsts for Bill Pulsipher Saturday as the Redbirds defeated the Iowa Cubs 7-6.
Pulsipher hit his first professional home run and drove in another run in a perfect night of hitting for him. Hector Luna's only hit of the night was a two-run home run and Skip Schumaker and Raul Gonzalez both scored two runs.
Pulsipher picked up his first win of the season as well. He allowed two runs in the first inning then settled down until tiring in the sixth. Pulsipher ended up allowing five runs, all earned, on ten hits and one walk in five and two-thirds innings pitched. Josh Kinney held the Cubs scoreless for one and one-third innings and was the bridge to closer Vladimir Nunez. Nunez picked up his second save as a Redbird, sixth overall, by pitching the final two innings and allowing one run on three hits and three walks.

The Cardinals managed to split a Sunday double header with the Cubs, falling 6-2 in the opener but taking the nightcap 2-1.
In the opener Chris Gissell took a 2-2 tie into the seventh inning when the Cubs scored four more runs. Two of those runs were credited to Gissell but all four runs were scored with Carmen Cali on the mound. Gissell (L, 4-5, 2.78 ERA) went six and one-third innings, allowing eight hits and two walks and all four runs were earned. The two runs credited to Cali came on a two-run home run. A key play came when Cali induced what appeared to be a double play ball to Hector Luna but Luna went to 2nd himself then threw the ball away.
Bo Hart went 2-for-3, hitting a two-run home run which scored John Nelson who had walked.
Hart was key in the Cardinals' 2-1 victory as his two-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Pete Zoccolillo from third and broke the tie for the win. The Cardinals tied the game at one all in the sixth on a solo home run by Raul Gonzalez.
This was a bullpen start and they stood tall. Mark Nussbeck gave up the only run allowed in his four innings of work. Nussbeck allowed five hits and did not walk a batter while striking out five Cubbies. Josh Pearce, newly promoted from Double-A, shut down the Cubs for three innings on three hits and no walks. Tyler Johnson (W, 1-1, 5.86 ERA) pitched the final two scoreless innings for the win.

Upcoming Week – vs. Iowa Cubs 6th & 7th, @ Omaha Royals 9th through 12th


AA – Springfield Cardinals
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Overall Record – 29 - 28
Weekly Record – 6 - 1
Current Standing – Tied with the Arkansas Travelers (Angels) for second, six games behind the Tulsa Drillers (Rockies)

Current Week Team Batting - .259/.344/.412
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 2.81 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 41.2 innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.38 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 21.1 innings pitched

Who's Hot – (tie) CF Shaun Boyd went .346/.414/.423 and DH/1B Juan Diaz went .346/.370/.885, both in 7 games and 26 at bats; RHS Jeremy Cummings, 2 game starts, 11 innings pitched, 0.83 ERA and 0.36 WHIP
Who's Not – 3B Travis Hanson went .185/.290/.296 in 7 games and 27 at bats; RHS Stuart Pomeranz, 1 game start, 5.2 innings pitched, 6.35 ERA and 1.76 WHIP
Transactions - 5/30/05 - OF Reid Gorecki and RHP Josh Axelson optioned to Palm Beach; 6/04/05 – RHP Josh Pearce promoted to Memphis, RHP Cal Eldred assigned from St. Louis for rehabilitation;

Of Note -
Aaron Herr had a 15-game hitting streak end on Saturday. Herr is batting .273/.279/.422 in 128 at bats so far but has walked exactly once and struck out thirty-five times. Papo Bolivar had a good week offensively, .304/.385/.478. Bolivar tends to go streaky and right now is in one of his "hot" periods. (Pals had good start on Thursday – check prior start & comment if good) Josh Axelson's transfer to Palm Beach had nothing to do with his performance and everything to do with the club's goals for him. The Cardinals would like Axelson to stretch back out to starting so he was sent to Palm Beach to work on it. Jordan Pals had a sensational outing this week, tossing six shut out innings on only four hits and one walk while striking out six. Now let's see Jordan string a few of these good starts together.

Jeremy Cummings' first start for the Springfield Cardinals was a good one as the Cardinals defeated the Midland RockHounds 4-3.
While he did not figure in the decision, Cummings pitched well enough to win, going four innings and giving up only one run, earned, on one hit and two walks while striking out six. Anthony Rawson (W, 2-2, 4.03 ERA) picked up the win by pitching the final one and one-third innings of the game perfectly.
The go-ahead run came on Papo Bolivar's eighth-inning single that plated Travis Hanson. The other three runs scored via the long ball. Juan Diaz hit a two-run shot in the fifth and Aaron Herr tied the game with a solo home run in the seventh. Herr, Bolivar and Robinson Cancel all went 2-for-3.

The Cardinals muscled a late-inning, come-from-behind rally for the second consecutive night and defeated the Midland RockHounds 3-2.
Trailing 2-1 going into the eighth inning, the Cardinals plated a single run in the eighth and ninth innings. The eighth-inning run scored when Papo Bolivar had a one-out single, stole second and scored on Aaron Herr's single to right. The game-winning run came when Robinson Cancel singled up the middle to score Kevin Estrada from second base. The Cardinals' other run scored in the first on back-to-back-to-back singles that plated Cancel.

Chris Lambert's Double-A debut was less than auspicious as he and the Cardinals lost to the Midland RockHounds 5-2.
Lambert (L, 0-1, 7.20 ERA) allowed four runs, all earned, on six hits and two walks in five innings. Two of the six hits allowed were home runs. Josh Pearce pitched the final four innings of the game, allowing one run, earned, that came on a home run.
Shaun Boyd went 2-for-4, including a triple, with a run scored and Aaron Herr and Papo Bolivar each drove in a run.

The Cardinals defeated the Midland RockHounds 5-3 on Thursday.
The final score was deceptive as starter Jordan Pals and relievers Anthony Ferrari and Cory Doyne dominated the RockHounds through eight innings. Anthony Rawson gave up a three-run home run in the ninth and brought closer Evan Rust into the game. Rust picked up his second save of the season by allowing a single then getting the final RockHound to line out. Pals (W, 3-4, 4.14 ERA) allowed only four hits in six innings while striking out six.
Cody Haerther got his first multi-hit game in Double-A, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Shaun Boyd and Juan Diaz also went 2-for-4. Boyd scored a run and Diaz drove in two runs.

Randy Leek faced the Frisco RoughRiders for the second time in six days and came away with another victory as the Cardinals won 4-3 Friday.
Leek (W, 6-2, 2.91 ERA) worked ahead in the count more than half the time, allowing three runs, earned, on seven hits and one walk in seven and two-thirds innings. Two of the three runs allowed came on a two-run home run in the eighth inning. Evan Rust picked up his third save by pitching the final one and one-third innings.
Designated hitter Juan Diaz hit a two-run homer and a double, scored twice and had two rbi's. Tyler Minges went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and Shaun Boyd went 3-for -4 with an rbi.

The Springfield Cardinals downed the Frisco RoughRiders 8-7 behind reliever Cal Eldred Saturday.
After squandering a 5-2 lead to go down 7-6 going into the eighth inning, manager Chris Maloney put in Eldred who was already scheduled to pitch some rehabilitation work during the game. Eldred pitched two perfect innings and gave the Cardinals the chance to come back for the win which they did by scoring two runs in the eighth. It was Eldred's first Texas League win in 15 years.
The big blow from Cardinal bats was Juan Diaz' fifth-inning grand slam that temporarily put the Cardinals up 5-2. Diaz went 2-for-4 for the day. The Cardinals also capitalized on two fielding errors by the RoughRiders to score the needed eighth-inning runs. Andy Schutzenhofer went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored that came in the key eighth inning. Dan Moylan, who went 1-for-3 with a walk, scored the other eighth-inning run.

The Cardinals shut out the Frisco RoughRiders 2-0 behind Jeremy Cummings' dominant pitching and two solo home runs.
Cummings (W, 1-0, 0.86 ERA) continued his impressive work by mastering the RoughRiders on only one hit and no walks in seven innings. Cummings struck out five. Cory Doyne pitched a scoreless eighth and Evan Rust got his fourth save with a scoreless ninth. Doyne and Rust each walked a batter.
The Cardinals' offense was supplied by Papo Bolivar and Juan Diaz who each hit solo shots in the sixth and eighth innings, respectively. Andy Schutzenhofer and Shaun Boyd were both 1-for-3 and Boyd walked one as well.

Upcoming Week – vs. Wichita Wranglers (Royals) 7th through 10th, at Arkansas Travelers (Angels) 11th & 12th


High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Overall Record – 26 - 29
Weekly Record – 3 - 3
Current Standing – Fourth, six games behind the Vero Beach Dodgers

Current Week Team Batting - 218/.308/.333
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 1.69 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 32 innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 4.37 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 22.2 innings pitched

Who's Hot – OF Ty Parker went .350/.381/.450 in 5 games and 20 at bats; LHS Eric Haberer, 2 game starts, 14 innings pitched, 0.64 ERA and 0.79 WHIP
Who's Not – Oh, most of the rest of the team, just check out the team's weekly batting average; RHS Tyler Adamczyk 1 game start, 4.1 innings pitched, 6.22 ERA and 2.76 WHIP
Transactions - 5/30/05-OF Cody Haerther and RHP Chris Lambert promoted to Springfield;

Of Note -
Josh Axelson had a nice beginning to his rotation work on Thursday. He allowed one run in his four innings of work. While working on the May pitching awards I noted Rich Scalamandre's excellent work. He did not allow an earned run the entire month. His May line – 18 games, 11.2 innings pitched, five hits, six walks and twelve strike outs. I also noted that his Springfield work, speaking strictly from a stats point-of-view, did not warrant a demotion back to Palm Beach. However, room had to be made for Evan Rust when he was optioned from Memphis and since there was no pitcher who's performance warranted a demotion, Scalamandre may have gone down because he was the most recent arrival. And boy does the Palm Beach offense miss Cody Haerther. A cumulative .218 batting average for the week? It's a miracle they won three games this week.

The Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Tampa Yankees Monday, 4-1, and won the series by taking three of four games.
Eric Haberer picked up the win in his first start since his promotion to Palm Beach. Haberer (W, 5-2, 2.05 ERA) gave up only one run, earned, in six innings on three hits. He did walk four Yankees, however. Mark Worrell Jr. (S, 11, 2.25 ERA) pitched a perfect ninth.
John Santor was the hitting star, going 3-for-4 and driving in all four runs, none of them via the long ball. Matt Demarco scored two runs on two walks while Matt Dryer and Ty Parker each scored a run. Cal Hayes went 2-for-4 out of the lead-off slot.

Tuesday was a scheduled day off.

The Jupiter Hammerheads beat the Palm Beach Cardinals 4-3 on Wednesday.
The Cardinals were down 4-0 going into the ninth inning and rallied for three runs but fell short. Terry Evans and Ty Parker each went 2-for-4 with Evans driving in and Parker scoring one of the ninth-inning runs. John Santor drew three walks and scored a run. Matt Demarco scored the other run for the Cardinals.
Tyler Adamczyk (L, 2-6, 5.98 ERA) continues to pitch as if he misses Low-A ball in taking the loss. Adamczyk gave up three runs, all earned, on a whopping nine hits and three walks in only four and one-third innings.

Jonny Kaplan's three-run fifth-inning home run was the difference in the game as the Cardinals defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads 5-3.
Josh Axelson, demoted to Palm Beach to be stretched into a starter again, made his first start of the season. He got a no decision, giving up three runs, only one earned, on five hits and two walks in four innings. Reliever Wayne Lundgren, (W, 3-2, 4.08 ERA) pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth inning in getting the win. Mark Worrell Jr. picked up his twelfth save of the season.
In addition to Kaplan's blast, the Cardinals plated single runs in both the second and third innings. Matt Dryer hit a solo homer in the second inning. Ty Parker went 2-for-4 and scored the third inning run on an rbi double by Rayner Laya.

The Jupiter Hammerheads rallied to defeat the Palm Beach Cardinals 4-3 in ten innings.
Closer Mark Worrell Jr. suffered his third blown save when he gave up a solo homo run with two out in the ninth inning to tie the game at three all. Worrell (L, 1-2, 2.70 ERA) was the eventually loser when a sacrifice fly brought home the Hammerhead runner from third base in the tenth inning. Starter Jose Garcia went five and two-thirds innings, allowing only a solo home run and five hits total. He also walked one batter and struck out three.
Cal Hayes went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, a RBI and a walk. Mike McCoy scored the Cardinals' other run and Jason Motte went 3-for-4.

The Cardinals shut out the Hammerheads on Saturday, 7-0 behind Eric Haberer's excellent effort.
Haberer (W, 2-0, 1.82) had his second consecutive strong outing since being promoted, shutting out the Hammerheads with eight innings of four-hit ball. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. That is good to see as Haberer needs to improve his control. Chris Russ pitched a perfect ninth.
The Cardinals' big inning came in the second inning when they scored four runs. Three consecutive singles by the Matts, Dryer and Demarco, and John Santor plated Dryer with the first run. Tony McQuade's two-RBI triple scored both DeMarco and Santor and McQuade scored on a ground out. It was a balanced hitting attack as six different Cardinals scored the seven runs. Rayner Laya, Reid Gorecki, Matt Dryer and John Santor each scored a run and drove in another run. McQuade scored two runs in addition to the aforementioned two-RBI triple.

The St. Lucie Mets downed the Palm Beach Cardinals on Sunday 7-2.
Palm Beach nursed a 1-0 lead through five innings before the Mets plated three runs in the sixth to lead 3-1. They increased their lead with three more in the seventh inning and capped things off with a single run in the eighth inning.
This was a bullpen start as Tyler Adamczyk did not take his usual turn in the rotation. It is not known why this might be. Roberto Batista started the game and held the Mets scoreless through his four-inning stint. Scott Schweitzer (L, 0-2, 3.80 ERA) took the loss by allowing three runs in one and one-third innings pitched on two hits and a walk. Two of the runs counted against Schweitzer actually scored on a double given up by Rich Scalamandre when he relieved Schweitzer with one out and two on in the sixth. Scalamandre was scored upon for the first time in over a month when he gave up three runs in the seventh. Andy Cavazos allowed the Mets' eighth-inning run. Wayne Lundgren pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Cardinals got on the board with Reid Gorecki's first home run in a Palm Beach uniform this season, a solo shot in the fourth inning. Gorecki went 2-for-3 with a walk and drove in both Cardinals runs. The final Cardinals run scored in the sixth when Gorecki's ground out scored Rayner Laya from third. Left fielder Tony McQuade went 2-for-4 for the Cardinals.

Upcoming Week – vs. St. Lucie Mets 6th & 7th, vs. Vero Beach Dodgers 8th through 10th, at 11th & 12th (DH)


Low-A – Quad Cities Swing
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Overall Record – 30 - 26
Weekly Record – 2 - 5
Current Standing – Third, two games behind the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Mariners)

Current Week Team Batting - .262/.311/.378
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 1.80 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 40 innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 4.79 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 20.2 innings pitched

Who's Hot – 1B Mike Ferris went .423/.483/.615 in 7 games and 26 at bats; RHS Dennis Dove, 2 game starts, 12 innings pitched, 1.50 ERA and 0.92 WHIP
Who's Not – OF Simon Williams went .214/.267/.321 in 7 games and 28 at bats; The Swing bullpen except for Kevin Ool and Mike Sillman
Transactions – 6/01/05 – RHP Jeremy Zick optioned to extended spring training, RHP Phillip Andersen called up from extended spring training; 6/5/05 – OF Derry Hammond given his unconditional release, OF/1B Eric Verbryke signed

Of Note -
I must start out by apologizing for omitting outfielder Simon Williams' name from last week's report. Simon had a simply terrific week, going .385/.429/.846 in 7 games and 26 at bats plus his cumulative numbers merit notice. While he does not quite have the 3.1 plate appearances a game qualification, he is getting very close and Simon Williams watchers will see his name in future reports.
I want to point out Mike Ferris' great week, already mentioned in the "Who's Hot" section. Perhaps Mr. Ferris is getting untracked which would be great. Jake Mullinax had a 17-game hitting streak snapped in Saturday's game. Mike Parisi has now strung together three straight quality outings through Thursday. In those three starts, Parisi has pitched 21.1 innings with a 2.11 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and struck out fourteen while walking only five. Keep it up. Catcher Brandon Yarbrough got the slight majority of the catching duties this week and came through to the tune of .316/.350/.632 week Yarbrough went 6-for-19 with two home runs in four game, This I the most playing time he has seen since late April.

The Swing were hammered by the Wisconsin TimberRattlers 11-4 on Monday.
The Swing defense let down starter Matt Scherer (L, 2-3, 3.89 ERA) as he gave up eight runs, only two runs, in three innings pitched.
Rick Ankiel went 2-for-3, including a two-run home run, and two walks. Matt Lemanczyk went 1-for-3 with two walks and scored the other two runs for the Swing. Back-up catcher Brandon Yarbrough went 2-for-4.

The Swing were shut out by the Fort Wayne Wizards 2-0 on Tuesday.
Dennis Dove (L, 4-4, 4.55 ERA) took the loss, going five innings and allowing both runs that were scored by the Wizards. Dove allowed four hits, three walks and struck out four.
Joe Mather went 2-for-4 and both Jake Mullinax and Brady Toops went 1-for-3 for the Swing.

The Swing lost to the Fort Wayne Wizards again on Wednesday, 4-1.
Phillip Andersen (L, 0-1, 3.38 ERA) had an acceptable Low-A debut, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks in five and one-third innings pitched. Andersen is the Cardinals' twenty-third -round selection in the 2004 draft.
The sole Swing run came in the seventh inning when Joe Mather's sacrifice fly to left scored Rick Ankiel who had tripled to start the inning. Mather's fly ball just missed being a home run. Jake Mullinax continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-4.

The Swing zapped the Fort Wayne Wizards 11-2 behind Juan Lucena's grand slam Thursday.
The Swing blasted out fourteen hits, including eight for extra bases, as they broke out of their recent hitting slump. Lucena, Jake Mullinax, Mike Ferris and Rick Ankiel all had multi-hit games for the Swing. The big rbi producers were Lucena with five and Mullinax with four on 3-for-5 hitting.
Mike Parisi benefited from the offensive onslaught, picking up the win with strong performance. Parisi (W, 3-4, 4.09 ERA) went six and two-thirds innings, allowing one run, earned, on four hits and four walks. He also struck out two.

On Friday the Swing blew a 3-0 lead through six, falling to the Fort Wayne Wizards 4-3 in ten innings.
Closer Mike Sillman blew his second consecutive save opportunity by allowing a solo home run in the ninth inning. Kevin Ool (L, 9-1, 2.20 ERA) took the loss in the tenth inning when an unearned run, due to an error by Jake Mullinax, crossed the plate. Starter Donnie Smith followed up a rough Low-A debut with a solid outing. Smith tossed six shut out innings of three-hit, three walk ball.
Mike Ferris went 4-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI to lead the Swing hitting attack. Wes Swackhamer went 2-for-3 and both Brandon Yarbrough and Jake Mullinax went 2-for-5.

The Swing were on the wrong side of a pitching duel Saturday, falling to the West Michigan WhiteCaps 2-0.
Starter Matt Scherer (L, 2-4, 3.51 ERA) was very good during his seven-inning outing but the solo home run he allowed with two out in the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the game. Scherer scattered a total of six hits and walked only one. Quinton Robertson gave up the other run allowed in the eighth inning.
Joe Mather went 2-for-3, including a double, and Mike Ferris went 2-for-4 for the game. Simon Williams collected the only other Swing hit in four at bats.

The Swing ended the week with a win, downing the West Michigan WhiteCaps 8-5.
Dennis Dove (W, 5-4, 4.09 ERA) tossed seven strong innings, allowing only one unearned run on three hits and one walk and only 71 total pitches. He struck out five. Trouble came in the ninth inning when Justin Knoff could not retire any of the five batter he faced. Four runs had scored and a runner was on second when closer Mike Sillman entered the game. Sillman did his best Jason Isringhausen impression by walking the first batter he faced then got down to the serious work of a closer. He struck out the next two batters, gave up a single that moved the runner to third and proceeded to strike out the final WhiteCap to quell the threat.
Joe Mather went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two more runs driven in. Brandon Yarbrough hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Simon Williams went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and another one driven in. Mike Ferris was 1-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and another one driven in.

Upcoming Week – at West Michigan WhiteCaps (Tigers) 6th & 7th, vs. Peoria Chiefs (Cubs) 8th, vs, South Bend Silver Hawks (Diamondbacks) 9th through 12th


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