Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 9

Daryl Jones and Brian Broderick were hot for the St. Louis Cardinals' Double-A club this past week.

Current Record:  29-27

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


Of Interest:

Springfield had a six-game road trip to Texas this week.  They went 2-4.  Except for a June 2nd loss in which they scored 11 runs, the team scored just one run in their three other losses.  They scored 14 runs in their two wins.


There were a few transactions this week:  Pitcher Arquimedes Nieto did his job and went back down to Palm Beach while shortstop Jose Garcia came up to take Aaron Miles' middle infield slot.  Relievers Chuckie Fick and Francisco Samuel were activated from the Disabled List, the former after spending about a month there.   Kyle Mura went back on the Disabled List after only four innings.


Starter Brian Broderick won Texas League Player of the Week based on his June 4th performance.  The Game Summary has the details.


Hope you did not blink recently or you may have missed either Nieto's Double-A stint or Kyle Mura as an active pitcher.


Steven Hill sat out just five games in the team's first forty-four games.  He has not appeared in five of their next twelve games, including three of the six games this week.


This week we will look at some year-to-date pitching stats based on the batting average against and line drive out percentage.


Jason Buursma - .167 BAA, 7.8 LD%, 5.34 FIP, 2.20 ERA, 16.1 IP, 9 H, 3 HR, 2 BB, 0 HB, 5 SO, 57 Batters Faced (BF)
Blake King - .173 BAA, 16.9 LD%, 3.57 FIP, 3.00 ERA, 30 IP, 18 H, 2 HR, 18 BB, 1 HB, 36 SO, 125 BF

Thomas Eager - .214 BAA, 16.2% LD%, 6.51 FIP, 4.18 ERA, 32.1 IP, 25 H, 4 HR, 30 BB, 1 HB, 25 SO,  151 BF

Chuckie Fick - .217 BAA, 14.3 LD%, 1.58 FIP, 2.16 ERA, 16.2 IP, 13 H, 0 HR, 3 BB, 0 HB, 18 SO, 66 BF

Adam Reifer - .218 BAA, 22.2 LD%, 2.17 FIP, 2.42 ERA, 22.1 IP, 19 H, 0 HR, 7 BB, 1 HB, 25 SO, 96 BF

Brian Broderick - .222 BAA, 17.4 LD%, 2.27 FIP, 2.57 ERA, 14 IP, 12 H, 0 HR, 1 BB, 0 HB, 8 SO, 55 BF

Casey Mulligan - .231 BAA, 8.7 LD%, 2.88 FIP, 3.55 ERA, 12.2 IP, 12 H, 0 HR, 9 BB, 0 HB, 17 SO, 61 BF

Francisco Samuel - .231 BAA, 22.2 LD%, 3.87 FIP, 6.00 ERA, 3 IP, 3 H, 0 HR, 3 BB, 1 HB, 5 SO, 17 BF

David Kopp - .256 BAA. 15.9 LD%, 4.22 FIP, 2.76 ERA, 62 IP, 57 H, 4 HR, 27 BB, 2 HB, 41 SO, 259 BF

Matt Meyer - .261 BAA, 15.5 LD%, 7.01 FIP, 5.19 ERA, 17.1 IP, 18 H, 3 HR, 13 BB, 3 HB, 15 SO, 86 BF

Nick Additon - .288 BAA, 19.2 LD%, 5.05 FIP, 5.43 ERA, 66.1 IP, 76 H, 9 HR, 25 BB, 4 HB, 42 SO, 298 BF

Gary Daley Jr. - .309 BAA, 18.5 LD%, 4.64 FIP, 5.80 ERA, 54.1 IP, 69 H, 4 HR, 24 BB, 12 HB, 41 SO, 264 BF



Who's Hot: 

Daryl Jones went .346/.433/.654/1.087, 9-for-26, with a double, two triples and a home run.  He also four walks against three strikeouts, scored four runs and drove in four.  Jones had a big game on June 2nd which really padded his week's numbers but he gets the Hot nod due to both his total number of at bats and the impact of his performance this week.  Check out the game summaries.


When you win your league's Player of the week, you are Hot and Brian Broderick's June 4th start was indeed sizzling.  He tossed a complete game, two-hit shut out.  Broderick did not walk a batter and struck out five.  He had a 0.22 WHIP, .069 BAA, .083 BABIP and a 2.09 FIP.



Who's Not:  

Shortstop Pete Kozma is Not Hot this week:  .160/.276/.160/.436, 4-for-26, with four walks and two errors to bring his season-to-date error total to 18.  Kozma had a .182 BABIP. 


Gary Daley Jr.'s June 3rd start was Not Hot.  Daley had an 8.53 ERA, 2.21 WHIP, .393 BAA but his BABIP was .393 and he had a 3.52 FIP for a FIP difference of (5.01).  See the June 3rd game summary for more details.



Game Summary:

Wednesday, 06/02/10 (A) – at Corpus Christi (Houston)  Lost 12-11

Corpus Christi was the last man standing in a slugfest with Springfield as the Cardinals fell 12-11.  Starter Nick Additon went three innings, allowing five runs, earned, on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts.  Additon did not get saddled with the loss because Springfield scored six runs in the top of the fourth to get him off the hook.   Reliever Matt Meyer (L, 0-2) then went out and gave up five runs on three hits and three walks in his one plus innings.  When Meyer began the fifth by loading the bases on two walks and a single and then forced in another run on a walk, Thomas Eager replaced him and let all his runners score plus two of his own.  He did get one out before Jason Buursma came in and stranded Eager's runners.  Buursma and Casey Mulligan did not give up a run in their collective three and two-thirds innings, proving that it was possible to keep Corpus Christi from scoring. 


Daryl Jones led off and went 4-for-6 with two triples and a home run.  Steven Hill and Matt Carpenter each had three hits, including a home run.  Pete Kozma went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two walks.  Second baseman Jose Garcia went 1-for-5 with two runs scored for his first Double-A hit.



Thursday, 06/03/10 (A) – at Corpus Christi   Lost 8-1

Springfield lost their second straight game of their six-game road trip, falling to Corpus Christi 8-1.  Gary Daley Jr. (L, 3-6) needed 102 pitches, 70 for strikes, to complete six and one-third innings.  He allowed seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits and three walks while striking out five.  The Hooks were up 4-0 going into the seventh when Daley exited the game with two aboard and a run already home.  Those two runners scored off Adam Reifer who finished the seventh.  Thomas Eager pitched the eighth, giving up the final run of the game on consecutive one-out walks that were followed by a passed ball and a wild pitch. 


Springfield's sole run came in the eighth when Aaron Luna led off the inning with a triple to center.  He came home on Adron Chambers' 4-3 groundout.  Third baseman Matt Carpenter had the Cardinals' only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4, both hits being singles.


Friday, 06/04/10 (A) – at Corpus Christi   Won 9-0

Springfield put their hitting shoes on Friday and they clobbered Corpus Christi 9-0.  Brian Broderick's second Double-A start of the season was a beauty as he shut down the Hooks on just two hits while tossing a complete game shut out.  Broderick struck out five and threw 97 total pitches, 70 for strikes.  The Hooks' first hit of the game did not come until the seventh inning when second baseman German Duran lined a single to left with one out.  Their other hit led off the ninth, a single to right by pinch hitter James Van Ostrand.


The Cardinals capitalized on a game-opening fielding error by first baseman Koby Clemens that landed Daryl Jones on third.  Pete Kozma's subsequent ground out to first scored Jones and Curt Smith's two-out homer to left made it 2-0.  Smith scored again in the third inning when he reached base due to a fielding error by third baseman Jhon Florentino with Kozma already aboard on a lead-off walk.  Aaron Luna then doubled Kozma and Smith home to expand the lead to 4-0.  Smith's second solo shot of the night in the fifth made the score 5-0 and he added another hit in the seventh when he hit a one-out double to right, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on Aaron Luna's single to left.  The final three runs of the game came in the ninth when Matt Carpenter doubled to left to open the frame.  He scored on Aaron Luna's single to left.  A hit-by-pitch to Charles Cutler and an intentional walk to Mike Folli loaded the bases for Antonio DeJesus.  His single to second scored Luna and Charles Cutler scored the final run on a ground out by the pitcher. 


Saturday, 06/05/10 (A) – at San Antonio (San Diego)    Lost 4-0

Springfield lost the opener of a three-game series against San Antonio 4-0.  Recently activated pitcher Chuckie Fick started his first game of the season and held the Missions scoreless in his three innings on two hits, no walks and two strikeouts.  Both of the hits against Fick came in the third inning when he allowed a lead-off double followed by single that put runners on the corners with no outs.  A fly out, pop out and force out got him out of the jam.  Kyle Mura (L, 0-2) entered the game in the fourth and retired the first three batters he faced.  Mura, however, was not so fortunate in the fifth when his three walks and a single resulted in two runs scored with only one batter retired.  Blake King entered the game with a runner on second and promptly gave up a double to center.  A relay of center fielder Daryl Jones to shortstop Pete Kozma to catcher Steven Hill gunned down the runner at home.  King then got a fly out to end the frame.  Casey Mulligan gave up two hits and two walks in the eighth that resulted in two more runs for the Missions. 


Springfield actually out hit San Antonio eight to seven but were until to come up with that clutch hit.  Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 for the Cardinals' only multi-hit game.  Daryl Jones walked twice to go along with a single. 


Sunday, 06/06/10 (A) – at San Antonio   Won 5-0

David Kopp and four of the Springfield bullpen combined on six-hit shutout as Springfield defeated San Antonio 5-0.  Kopp (W, 7-1) picked up his seventh win of the season to lead the league in winning percentage with six or more decisions.  He went just five innings, though, for the second consecutive contest.  Kopp scattered four hits and three walks while striking out two.  Thomas Eager followed Kopp and gave up two hits and two walks in his one and a third inning of work.  He was helped out by Matt Meyer who stranded Eager's two runners in the seventh by striking out the Missions' three and four hitters swinging.  Francisco Samuel's first action in a month came in the eighth that saw him sandwich a walk between swinging strike outs followed by a force out.  Adam Reifer pitched a scoreless ninth.


The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Charles Cutler singled to left with one out.  Aaron Luna then reached on a force attempt, fielding error by the Missions' third baseman.  Adron Chambers' one-out single to right scored Cutler for a 1-0 lead.  The Cardinals added another run in the sixth when Pete Kozma's force out scored Cutler who had opened the frame with a liner to left.  Springfield added two more in the eighth when Jose Garcia collected his first Double-A RBI's with a pinch hit single to right that scored Chambers and Kozma.  The final run scored on back-to-back-to-back two-out singles by Cutler, Aaron Luna and Chambers scored Cutler. 


Monday, 06/07/10 (A) – at San Antonio     Lost 3-0

Springfield finished their road trip on a down noting, falling to San Antonio 3-0.  Nick Additon's uneven season continues as he rebounded from a short, dreadful start on June 2nd.  Additon (L, 3-5) has not put together consecutive good starts since his first two starts of the season.  He threw a quality start this time by giving up three runs, earned, on four hits and two walks in six innings.  Jason Burrsma retired all six batters he faced, striking out one.


Springfield's only hit of the game came in the first inning when center fielder Daryl Jones' grounder up the middle was deflected by San Antonio's second baseman for a single.  Charles Cutler and Adron Chambers each walked twice.


Tuesday, 06/08/10 – off


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