It's a good thing Double-A baseball is about "player development" and not about winning or losing. If it were, there would not have been almost 8,000 fans at Thursday night's game.
It is hard to hold onto a belief in miracles (can you say 1964 St. Louis Cardinals?) when the team you are rooting for opens the first game of a seven-game series with an error on the first pitch of the game.
There are glimpses of silver in the gray clouds over Hammons Field though. One of those is relief pitcher Mark Worrell. Worrell received the St. Louis' Minor League Pitcher of the Month award for July. Worrell gained six saves and a 0.51 ERA in 17.2 innings pitched during 13 appearances. Worrell leads the Texas League in saves with 26 and is the second Springfield pitcher this season to win the honor after starter Stuart Pomeranz won the honor in May.
And speaking of pitching in the minor leagues, St. Louis starter Mark Mulder will most likely make his next rehab start tonight (Friday) with the Memphis Redbirds. Mulder pitched last Sunday for the Single-A Quad Cities Swing. It was Mulder's very first game ever played below the Triple-A level. He pitched five innings and at one point set-down 10 batters in a row. He didn't figure into the decision. The Swing won, 6-2.
I wish I had better news from the heartland, but it is what it is. I still believe in miracles (keep thinking 1964). I also believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, arbitration and the umpire always has the best view.
Post Season?--not looking good from the press box at Hammons Field. Next Season?--looks great from any seat in the house. It is Cardinal Country after all.
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