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Scout.com Cardinals Pitchers of the Day – Thursday
Scout.com Cardinals Hitter of the Day – Thursday
It is another Arburr day here in March. Quad Cities #2's Matt Arburr is just tearing the cover off the ball this spring. This day, he singled, doubled, homered and delivered four RBIs in four at-bats.
Earlier in the week, he was hitting .407. On Wednesday, he went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs. I have him currently unofficially hitting .471 (16-for-34) this month!
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Mitchell Boggs had a couple of rough plays that skewed his bottom line of three earned runs in five innings. All the runs scored in the first on a three-run home run after a bad-hop single on a potential inning-ending double play ball extended the frame. Boggs allowed five hits and two walks, striking out three.
Cliff Politte hasn't shaken off all the post-surgery rust yet. In his two innings, he yielded two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk. He fanned one. Mark Worrell (one K) and Jason Motte each added a scoreless inning. Both allowed one hit.
Several younger hitters were given the chance to "play up" on Thursday and that they did. Pete Kozma tripled and scored in two at-bats. Jim Rapoport (double), Gabe Johnson (home run) and Joe Mather (double, two runs, two RBI) each had two hits. Josh Phelps went 3-for-5 including a double and a home run.
Gary Daley, Jr. took the loss, allowing nine runs in two-plus innings. Brad Furnish followed and was charged with two runs (one earned) in three innings. He yielded two hits. Josh Dew was touched for a run in his one inning on a pair of hits. He also fanned two.
In five at-bats each, Steve Hill had three hits while Brandon Buckman, Nick Derba, Donovan Solano and Tony Cruz each had two. Tyler Henley hit a three-run home run. Daryl Jones singled, walked and had an RBI in four at-bats. Tommy Pham doubled and walked.
Quad Cities #2 10, Quad Cities #1 1
Quad Cities #2 pitching fared much better. Mark Diapoules gave up one run in 2.1 innings on two hits and two walks. He fanned two. Eduardo Sanchez and Matt Spade both threw a perfect inning, striking out two each.
Catcher Luis DeLaCruz led the limited offense for Quad Cities #1, going 2-for-2. In addition to Arburr's feats noted above, Ross Oeder paced QC #2 with two singles and two doubles in four at-bats. Ryde Rodriguez came to life with a single and a home run in three at-bats and Paul Vasquez also went deep.
Basic player stats provided through the courtesy of Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch.
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