Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 6

St. Louis' Double-A club picked up three games in the standings this past week. Matt Carpenter and Adron Chambers are among the hot hitters.

Current Record:  21-17

Current Standing:  Second, two and one-half games behind Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City)


Of Interest:

Well, last Wednesday's off day provided the perfect opportunity for shaking things up in Springfield's clubhouse and things were shaken up.  Starter Shaun Garceau was placed on the Temporary Inactive List which is primarily used for off-the-field matters and reliever Ryan Kulik moved into the rotation.  Jason Buursma was brought up from Palm Beach to take Kulik's spot in the bullpen.  Offensively, Aaron Miles was activated which sent Colt Sedbrook to Palm Beach.  Miles ended up going .350/.500/.450/.950, 7-for-20 with two doubles, five walks, six runs scored and four driven in.  He struck out only twice.


Andrew Brown, who was reported missing-in-action in last week's report, is out with an oblique strain although he has not been placed on the disabled list.  Brown last played on May 8th.


Who's Hot: 

This week has a co-hot –


- Third baseman Matt Carpenter went a scalding .407/.484/.519/1.002, 11-for-27, with three doubles, four walks, five runs scored and another five driven in.  It is worth noting, however, that only three of Carpenter's 11 hits were for extra bases.


- Lead-off hitter Adron Chambers went .360/.467/.560/1.027, 9-for-25 with two doubles, a home run, four walks, seven runs scored and four driven in.


David Kopp's start this week ended up with a win and the following stats:  5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 ERA, 2.00 FIP, .167 BAA


Who's Not:  

Catcher Steven Hill is really struggling at the plate.  He went .154/.267/.308/.574, 4-for-26 with a double and a home run.  Hill struck out a team-leading 11 times in the past six games, a period that saw him dropped to sixth in the batting order yesterday after spending the entire season in either the three or four slot.


Gary Daley Jr.'s two starts this week were uneven but resulted in the following totals:  1-1, 9 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 8 SO, 2.00 ERA, 5.87 FIP, .289 BAA


Game Summary:

Wednesday, 05/12/10 - off


Thursday, 05/13/10 (H) – vs. Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City)

Aaron Miles announced his return to the Cardinals' organization in a big way, pacing Springfield to a 10-4 win over Northwest Arkansas.  Miles went 3-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and three runs driven in, hitting out of the two hole.  Adron Chambers, hitting lead-off, was one beneficiary of Miles' offensive output, scoring three times on 2-for-4 hitting with a double of his own.  Both third baseman Matt Carpenter and first baseman Curt Smith doubled, drove in two and scored one.


Gary Daley Jr. (W, 3-3) gave up five hits and a walk in six innings while not allowing an earned run.  All of the three unearned runs that occurred during Daley's stint came in the sixth inning and were unearned due to Pete Kozma's 14th fielding error of the season.  Daley did not help his own cause that inning, however, by hitting two Naturals.  Casey Mulligan pitched two innings, allowing only an unearned run on no hits or walks but saw consecutive errors by Curt Smith and right fielder Antonio DeJesus.  Adam Reifer pitched a perfect ninth.


Friday, 05/04/10 (H) – vs. Northwest Arkansas
Springfield pulled out a 13-inning victory on Friday, defeating the Naturals 3-2.  Aaron Miles was a factor in his second straight game when he drew a one-out walk and eventually scored the winning run.  The 13th began with Antonio DeJesus reaching first on a fielding error by third baseman Mike Moustakas.  DeJesus was eliminated on a fielder's choice by Adron Chambers which brought Miles to the plate.  Matt Carpenter's sharp single to left led to a play at the plate that eliminated Chambers and left Miles at third.  Steven Hill walked to load the bases.  With Curt Smith at the plate and a 2-2 count against him, Naturals' reliever Brandon Sisk's next pitch went left of the Naturals' catcher and Miles dashed home to score the winning run. 


Miles had a quiet night otherwise, going 1-for-5 with the aforementioned walk and run scored.  In fact, Springfield managed just five hits the entire game and no Cardinals' player had more than one hit.  However, timing is everything and three of the five hits came in the fifth inning with the decisive blow being Adron Chambers's two-out single to center that scored Curt Smith and Aaron Luna.

Eduardo Sanchez' second blown save of the season denied Scott Gorgen his sixth win in 2010.  Gorgen outdueled the Naturals' Edgar Osuna, allowing just one unearned run on five hits in seven innings.  Gorgen did walk four.  Blake King (W, 1-0) picked up the win in relief, tossing two perfect innings and striking out three.


Saturday, 05/15/10 (H) – vs. Northwest Arkansas

Ryan Kulik's first start of the season was a good one and Springfield pounded out 13 hits and five runs on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Naturals.  Kulik (W, 2-1) allowed only one unearned run on four hits and no walks in five innings.  Jason Buursma cleaned up Matt Meyer's sixth-inning mini-jam when he entered the game with a run already home and two aboard with one out.  Buursma then got a strike out and a fly out to end the threat.  He pitched a scoreless seventh and watched Casey Mulligan strike out the side in the eighth.  Eduardo Sanchez (S, 8) pitched a perfect ninth.  Aaron Crow (L, 1-3) took the loss.  He is the Royals' second-ranked pitching prospect.


Offensively, the Cardinals' top of the order went a combined 8-for-13.  Adron Chambers went 4-for-5 with a run scored and a run driven in as the lead-off hitting while Matt Carpenter was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and a run driven in from the three hole.  Aaron Miles' only hit of the contest was a double that drove in a run.  A little further down the batting order, Pete Kozma went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored and Antonio DeJesus scored two runs on 1-for-3 hitting that included a double and a walk.


Sunday, 05/16/10 (H) – vs. Northwest Arkansas

A day after defeating the Royals' second-ranked pitching prospect, the Cardinals took down the Royals' number one overall prospect, lefty Mike Montgomery, in a 10-9 victory that provided a four-game sweep of the first-place team.  Montgomery (L, 3-1) went just three innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on three hits and three walks.  Reliever Rowdy Hardy gave up another six runs in his three innings of work to see the Cardinals' lead expand to 8-0 through six.  David Kopp (W, 4-0) shut out the Naturals through five on three hits and one walk while striking out six.  Kopp's performance was particularly noteworthy since it included a 35-minute rain delay after the third inning.  But the combination of Blake King and Matt Meyer gave up six runs in the seventh, including a grand slam served up by Meyer, to make a game of it.  After Springfield scored two more in the bottom of the eighth to make it 10-6, a combination of Thomas Eager and Eduardo Sanchez gave up three runs on a three-run gopher ball served up by Sanchez that made the game more than a bit uncomfortable for the home team.  Sanchez (S, 9) struck out the final batter to preserve the win.


The Cardinals' big bats belonged to the two-through-six hitters who went a combined 9-for-19 with eight runs scored and nine runs driven in.  Those hitters were (in line-up order):  Pete Kozma (1-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI), Matt Carpenter (3-for-5 with two runs scored), Steven Hill (2-for-4 with a double and a walk, two runs scored and two driven in), Curt Smith whose one hit was a three-run sixth-inning home run and Aaron Luna who went 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs driven in. 


Monday, 05/7/10 (H) – vs. Arkansas (LAA)

Springfield could not overcome a big fifth inning by Arkansas as they fell 6-5 on Monday.  Nick Additon (L, 3-3) pitched well in six of seven innings but a big four-run fifth inning was his downfall.  Five of the eight hits allowed by Additon came in the fifth, including two doubles.  He gave up six runs in total, all earned, with the other two runs coming on solo shots in the second and sixth, respectively.  Additon did not walk a batter.


Adron Chambers had the only multi-hit game for Springfield.  He went 2-for-3 a double, a home run and two walks.  Aaron Luna's eighth-inning home run with one aboard brought the game to within one run but that was as close as Springfield got for the game. 


Tuesday, 05/18/10 (H) – vs. Arkansas

Springfield's four-run ninth-inning rally was enough to nip Arkansas 7-6.  Down 6-3 going into the ninth, Adron Chambers led off with a walk then advanced to second with Aaron Miles was hit by a pitch.  Matt Carpenter then came to the plate and singled to center, scoring Chambers.  That brought Curt Smith up and he had the big blow, a game-tying triple to center.  Both Aaron Luna and Steven Hill struck out and it looked like the winning run might be stranded at third.  However, Daryl Jones sent a single to shallow right that scored Smith for the game winner.


Gary Daley Jr. was not particularly effective in his start.  Daley lasted just three plus innings, allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits and five walks.  He also threw a wild pitch and his missed catch in the third inning resulted in two unearned runs, including the run that scored after three consecutive walks forced in a run.  The Springfield bullpen held the game in check, allowing just one run on two hits and no walks in six innings.  Blake King (W, 2-0) pitched a perfect ninth.   



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