Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 1

Leonda Markee's weekly report on the St. Louis Cardinals' Double-A Texas League affiliate. Steven Hill, Daryl Jones and Scott Gorgen are among the early season leaders.

Current Record:  3-3

Current Standing:  Tied with Arkansas (LAA) for second; one game behind NW Arkansas (KC)


Who's Hot:  Catcher Steven Hill is en fuego at week's end, going .318/.444/.636/1.080 in 22 at bats.  Hill led the club in hits (seven), doubles (four) and walks (five) while tying Daryl Jones for the team lead in RBIs with five.  Scott Gorgen had the best start of the week, scattering five hits over five innings while exhibiting impeccable control.  He is averaging over seven strikeouts every nine innings.


Who's Not:  Unfortunately, there was a lot of competition in this category as only one of six players with at least 20 at bats hit north of .240.  (Look at the ‘Hot' to see who that might be.)  Based on sheer lack of productivity, I have to go with first baseman Curt Smith.  While Smith's .238/.273/.238/.238/.511 was the highest batting average and on-base percentage of the six, he was not productive.  Smith scored only one run, did not drive in a run, had no extra base power, drew only one walk and struck out six times.  David Kopp's lousy first inning of his start earns him the ‘Not' award for the week.  That first inning looked like this:  walk-walk-coaching visit-single-walk (score)-force out (score)-walk-single (score, score, error)-sac fly-ground out. 



Game Summary:

Thursday, 04/08/10 (A)Springfield opened their season on the road, like their parent club and all of their minor league siblings.  The Frisco RoughRiders, the Texas Rangers' Double-A club, was the host.  Their starter, Blake Beavan, was their first pick in the 2007 draft and he came out the winner in this contest as Frisco topped Springfield 2-1.  Our 2007 first round pick, Pete Kozma, was not as impressive.  His fourth-inning throwing error was the difference in the game.   Neither of the runs Shaun Garceau (0-1) allowed in his Double-A debut was earned, although the first unearned run was due to his own throwing error.  Catcher Steven Hill accounted for Springfield's sole run when he tied the game in the fourth inning with a shot over the left field wall.


Friday, 04/09/10 (A) – The Cardinals dropped to 0-2 for the young season when they fell to Frisco 4-2.  In a battle of lefty starters, neither Springfield's Nick Additon (47th round, 2006 draft) nor Frisco's Richard Bleier (5th round – 2008 draft) figured in the decision.    Additon, who escaped trouble in the bottom of the first inning after walking the bases full, was not so fortunate in the bottom of the second.  He was his own worst enemy when he hit the lead-off batter and subsequently wild pitched that runner in from third base for the first of the two runs he allowed both for the inning and night.   It took longer for the Cardinals to get to Bleier, but they tied the game up in the sixth.  Andrew Brown followed Steven Hill's two-out double with a long blast over the left field wall.  But that was all of Springfield's scoring for the night.  Ryan Kulik (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs, both earned, on a solo shot, triple/sacrifice fly combo. 


Saturday, 4/10/10 (A) - Frisco – Saturday evening was a winner as Springfield pounded Frisco 8-1 to salvage the final game of the series.  Gary Daley Jr. (1-0) picked up the win in his first Double-A start.  He scattered four hits and two walks over five innings while allowing one run.  Daley also hit two RoughRiders.  With eight runs scored, there were plenty of big hits by Springfield.  Daryl Jones went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs batted in while Steven Hill and Mike Folli both got two hits and scored two runs.  Right fielder Jim Rapoport scored two runs with a single and a walk. 


Sunday, 04/11/10 (A)MidlandSpringfield continued their Texas tour at Midland where they won the opening game 3-1.  2008 draftee and fourth-rounder Scott Gorgen (1-0) tossed five strong innings, giving up just one run, earned, on five hits while walking no one.  Relievers Blake King, Matt Meyer and Adam Reifer allowed just one base runner while bridging the gap to closer Eduardo Sanchez.  Sanchez, whose middle name is Nazareth, picked up his first save of the year.  Steven Hill and Andrew Brown both made their fourth-inning walks count when Daryl Jones doubled in Hill and catcher Charles Cutler sacrificed in Brown.  Right fielder Aaron Luna drove in Curt Smith in the sixth inning for Springfield's final run.  Former Cardinal Shane Peterson drove in Midland's sole run.


Monday, 04/12/10 (A)MidlandSpringfield rallied from an early deficit to clinch the series against Midland Monday evening with an 11-6 victory.  Starter David Kopp had a shaky first inning, allowing all five runs, four earned, on two hits and four walks in that inning.  Kopp settled down to allow only two hits in his final three innings pitched and did not figure in the decision.  Lefty Ryan Kulik (1-1), who took the loss on Friday, evened his won-loss record by allowing only one run in three innings of work on three hits and no walks.  Kulik also struck out three.  Springfield chipped away at Midland's lead by scoring one in the second and another two in the fourth inning.  The Cardinals took the lead with a big six-run fifth inning.  All of those six runs came with two outs.  Pete Kozma tripled in Andrew Brown for the first run of the inning.  Kozma scored when Charles Cutler reached first on a throwing error by first baseman Steve Kleen.  Adron Chambers singled in Cutler after a Colt Sedbrook walk.  Aaron Luna walked to load the bases which Steven Hill promptly cleared with a double to left.  All six of the aforementioned Cardinals players had multi-hit games.     


Tuesday, 04/13/10 (A) MidlandSpringfield lost the series' finale 4-2.  Shaun Garceau (0-2) gave up three runs on seven hits in five and two-thirds innings.  Four of the seven hits given up by Garceau were doubles.  He struck out four.  Third baseman Mike Folli went 2-for-2 with a run scored and the RBIs went to Pete Kozma and Colt Sedbrook who each had doubles.



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