The Springfield Cardinals Report - June 6

Beat Reporter John Brayfield brings you the latest news from the Cardinals Double-A affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals. This report is dominated by Rico Washington, the Texas League Player of the Week, Player of the Month and a member of the League All-Star squad.

I may never go on vacation again.  I leave town feeling like the

glass is three-quarters full and everything in the world is right. 
The Springfield Cardinals had a four game lead over the Tulsa Drillers
and a solo claim to first place.  I come home and the
Springfield team

is in second place, down two games behind Tulsa, and have just had an
embarrassing road trip winning only two of the seven road games played

Tuesday they open a four game series with Wichita, a team that has
won eight of its last 10 games while
Springfield has won only four. 
Wichita will be going for a fourth straight win while Springfield will
be trying for one in a row.

Not all is gloom and doom, however, in the House that Hammons built.
When the Springfield Cardinals return home on June 10, the fans will
have something to cheer about no matter where the team is in the Texas League North standings.  Third baseman Rico
Washington was named Player of the Month on Monday and Player of the Week for the entire Texas League.

Washington, who is batting a remarkable .423, in last 26 at bats,
has six home runs, two triples, seven doubles and 24 RBI, is receiving
the honor of Player of the Week for second time this season.

Washington, who has played extremely well all season and has become a
strong fan favorite, played especially well last week going 11-26 with
eight extra-base hits and seven RBI. On May 30,
Washington went 2-4 with two home runs and four RBI.  He hit two doubles in both the May 31 and June 1 games.

Washington, a Georgia native, was originally drafted by the Pirates in 1997 and has spent his entire career in the minors.  Last season, in Montgomery of the Double-A Southern League, he set a career high with 77 RBI and 19 home runs.

Washington had a gigantic month of May as he not only proved that he
had hitting power but was adept at reaching base, as he had 15
extra-base hits, including six home runs and two triples.  He also
drew 20 walks.

According to Texas League officials, Washington's 24 RBI were one of
the best for all Texas League players in May. The league says that "he
has been a huge part of his team's success in the first half. 

"Springfield is batting against a red-hot Tulsa for the top spot in the
Texas League North Division, and the race looks as if it will come
down to the wire, and Washington is sure to have a big effect on the


One other good piece of news for Springfield fans is the fact that
the Cardinals won't be playing the Corpus Christi Hooks when Roger
Clemens makes his 2006 Double-A pitching debut in Wichita on June
11--they will be at home playing last place Arkansas, who are, as
Springfield Cardinal's media director and broadcaster Mike Lindskog
put it, "terrible," with a 19-37 record while they are 15 and-a-half
games back of first place.

More good news:  The Texas League announced its 2006 All-Star
Team on Monday afternoon, as four Springfield Cardinals will participate
in the June 20th event, to be held at Ray Winder Field in
Little Rock,


Outfielder Reid Gorecki, third baseman Rico Washington and pitchers
Stuart Pomeranz and Mark Worrell are the four Cardinals selected to the
North Division squad.

Gorecki, who is the only Cardinal to make the starting lineup, is
batting .263 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 52 games.


Washington, a reserve, is third in the Texas League in both batting average (.326) and home runs (12). The first-year member of the Cardinals' organization leads the Texas League in RBIs with 50.

Pomeranz leads the Cardinals and is tied for the most wins in the
Texas League with six. The right-hander is 6-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 11

Worrell, the Cards' closer, is second in the league in saves with 14.

Another bit of good news--there are now 12 balls on top of the
indoor training facility roof.  There is also one broken window in the
press box from a Juan Richardson foul ball.  Everyone will be happy to
know that Brittney, assistant media director, is okay.

One other piece of good news is that former Springfield third
baseman Travis Hanson has hit .355 in his last 10 games with the
Memphis Redbirds.

You can write John Brayfield at

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