Current Record: 16-16
Current Standing: Second, five and one-half games behind
Northwest Arkansas (
On the roster shuffling side of
things, this week saw
Speaking of Brown, after appearing
Back to the roster moves.
Francisco Samuel went back on the DL on the 8th with a right forearm
strain. Reliever Casey Mulligan, he
of the excellent performance and great dance moves, was called up from
This week we will look at the
Batting Average for Balls In Play (BABIP) for the
Charlie Cutler - .225 BABIP, .176/.295/.235/.530, 51 at bats
Antonio DeJesus - .100 BABIP, .081/.227/.108/.335, 37 at bats
Colt Sedbrook - .217 BABIP, .165/.303/.220/.523, 91 at bats
A Little Unlucky
Andrew Brown - .256 BABIP, .257/.339/.504/.843, 119 at bats
Adron Chambers - .304 BABIP, .250/.342/.370/.712, 100 at bats
Steven Hill - .282 BABIP, .257/.331/.450/.781, 109 at bats
Daryl Jones - .286 BABIP, .235/.339/.294/.633, 102 at bats
Aaron Luna - .279 BABIP, .259/.412/.457/.856, 81 at bats
Jim Rapoport - .357 BABIP, .321/.389/.464/.853, 84 at bats
Curt Smith - .337 BABIP, .287/.313/.426/.739, 108 at bats
Kary Booher has an informative
Curt Smith hit .357/.379/.536/.915, 10-for-28, with two doubles, one home run, two runs scored, four runs batted in and a stolen base for the week. On the down side, he struck out seven times or once every four at bats.
David Kopp had the best outing this week when he took the mound on the 9th: 7 IP, 3H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, .143 BAA, 3.20 FIP
Shortstop Pete Kozma went .194/.194/.355/.548, 6-for-31, with six strikeouts. Kozma did show good power with half of his hits being for extra bases: two doubles and a home run. But the current Texas League Player of the Week went from ‘Hot' last week to ‘Not' this week.
Shaun Garceau's uneven ride continues. On May 5th he walked nine batters in five innings but allowed just two runs on two hits. Then on May 10th he was truly dreadful. (The details are in the game summary.) The combined stats: 2 GS, 6 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 9 BB, 4 SO, 12.00 ERA, 3.33 WHIP, .393 BAA, 6.37 FIP.
Wednesday, 05/05/10 (A)
Shaun Garceau (L, 0-5) has serious
control issues, walking nine in five innings. He managed to escape serious damage,
however, and allowed just two runs, both earned, on two hits over five
innings. This was the Double-A
debut for the Naturals' lefty starter, Michael Montgomery, a 2008 first-round
draft pick, 36th overall.
The Cardinals' offense mustered only three hits and their sole run came in the third inning when Daryl Jones drew a one-out walk. Jones advanced to second and came home on Andrew Brown's two-out single to left.
Nick Additon (W, 2-2) was the beneficiary of the bountiful offense although he was not particularly sharp on the mound. Additon went six innings, allowing four runs, all earned, on nine hits and one walk. Francisco Samuel accounted for the other four runs allowed. He gave up four runs, two earned, on three hits and one walk in his one full inning of work. Closer Eduardo Sanchez pitched a perfect ninth, just to get some work in.
The fourth and final game of the series saw the Cardinals fall to the Naturals 4-2. Springfield could not put together a coordinated hitting attack although they out-hit Northwest Arkansas seven-to-six and drew the same number of walks, three. Gary Daley Jr. (L, 2-3) gave up all four runs allowed, all earned, on five hits and three walks in six innings. He also threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.
Aaron Luna was the only Cardinals player to have more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. The were no RBIs credited for the game as both of Springfield's runs scored due to a two-out fielding error by the Naturals' shortstop. Daryl Jones scored the other Cardinals run.
The Cardinals' only run came in the eighth inning off reliever Amalio Diaz. Third baseman Mike Folli doubled to right to lead off the inning. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch and subsequently scored on another wild pitch.
Two of the three runs that Anton allowed were scored in the first inning when Anton Chambers and Pete Kozma led off the game with back-to-back doubles that scored Chambers. Steven Hill's single to left scored Kozma and two runs were plated before an out was recorded. But that was the last of the scoring by the Cardinals until Steven Hill lead off the sixth inning with a shot over the right field wall.
The Cardinals managed seven hits
but scratched out only two runs.
The first run came in the first inning. With two outs and the bases empty,
Steven Hill and Curt Smith singled back-to-back. That brought newly promoted third
baseman Matt Carpenter to the plate and Carpenter's only hit of the game was a
single to center that scored the catcher Hill from second. Adron Chambers led off the fifth inning
with a solo home run to right to account for
The Cardinals scored a single run in the first, second, third and fifth innings. Curt Smith's two-out single scored Adron Chambers who led off the first inning with his own single. Mike Folli's second home run of the year came in the second. Matt Carpenter hit a one-out double in the third inning and subsequently scored on Daryl Jones' two-out single to right. Springfield's last run came when Matt Carpenter drew a one-out walk then advanced to third on Curt Smith's single to left. Consecutive hit batsmen, Aaron Luna and Daryl Jones, forced in the run.
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