Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 10

Adron Chambers and Steven Hill were hot for the St. Louis Cardinals' Double-A club this past week.

Current Record:  33-30

Current Standing:  Second, five games behind Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City)


Of Interest:

This week Andrew Brown hit the disabled list and back-up catcher Charles Cutler was sent to Palm Beach.  Tyler Henley was activated from the Memphis disabled list and sent to Springfield to replace Brown while catcher Tony Cruz switched roster slots with Cutler.


Both Henley and Cruz made positive contributions to the team this week, the latter in limited action.  Henley went .375/.375/.542/.917, 9-for-24, with a double, a home run, three runs scored, three runs driven in and four strikeouts.  Cruz hit .375/.375/.750/1.125, 3-for-8, with a home run, a run scored (obviously since he hit a home run), two runs driven in and three strikeouts.


The Springfield News-Leader reports that Eduardo Sanchez is reported to be doing agility drills and threw a bullpen on Monday in which his arm ‘looked great' per his manager, Pop Warner.


Speaking of the Springfield manager, make sure to listen to Brian Walton's one-on-one interview with Pop Warner:  http://stlcardinals.scout.com/2/977397.html


Brown to DL - Henley joins team, Cruz up – Cutler down


Monday's 11-4 loss to Arkansas all but ended Springfield's chances of clinching a first-half playoff berth.  The Cardinals finished the night five and one-half games behind Northwest Arkansas with nine games to play.  Springfield faces Northwest Arkansas on Thursday, June 17th for a four-game series at their park.  But there is little in their inconsistent performance to suggest the Cardinals can take a series against the Naturals, more the less sweep the Naturals as they would need to do to even get close to the top of the division.


Who's Hot: 

Starter Nick Additon pitched his best game of the season-to-date on the 13th although he did not factor in the decision.  His line:  7 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.77 FIP, 0.71 WHIP, .130 BAA, 4:1 K/BB, .176 BABIP


Outfielder Adron Chambers and catcher Steven Hill share Hot honors this week.  Chambers hit .389/.500/.833/1.333, 7-for-18, with two doubles, two home runs, five runs scored, five runs driven in, four walks, three strikeouts and a stolen base.  He had a .231 BABIP.  Hill went .333/.429/.667/1.095, 6-for-18, with three doubles, a home run three runs scored, two runs driven in, three walks and only one strikeout.  He had a .125 BABIP.


Who's Not:  

Starter Gary Daley Jr.'s inconsistency continues.  His two starts this week were a tale of contrasts.  On the 9th Daley was outstanding but followed that up on the 14th with a start so bad that the home crowd applauded when he was removed from the game.  His line for the week:  2 GS, 0-1, 11 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 HR, 1HB, 6 BB, 9 SO, 4.09 ERA, 8.20 FIP, 1.64 WHIP, .286 BAA,  1.5:1 K/BB, .222 BABIP


Third baseman Matt Carpenter went .185/.281/.296/.578, 5-for-27, with one home run, five runs scored, three runs driven in, four walks and seven strikeouts.  He had a .211 BABIP.


Game Summary:

Wednesday, 06/09/10 (H) – versus Tulsa (Colorado)

Wednesday kicked off an eight-game home stand and the stand began with a 2-1 loss.   Gary Daley Jr. tossed his best game of the season, shutting out Tulsa through seven innings on just three hits and two walks.  He also hit a batter and left the game in a scoreless tie.  Casey Mulligan (L, 0-1) gave up two runs, earned, on three hits, in his only inning of work and that was the difference in the game.  Former Springfield Cardinals pitcher Stuart Pomeranz pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the season for the Drillers.


Springfield could only muster one hit batsman, two hits, four walks and one run against Tulsa pitching.  That run came in the eighth when Antonio DeJesus coaxed a two-out walk from the Drillers' starter, Bruce Billings.  Tyler Henley's pinch hit single to left advanced DeJesus to second and a walk to Daryl Jones loaded the bases.  Aaron Luna then pulled a Fernando Vina by getting plunked for a team-leading 13th time to force in the run. Mike Folli's one-out double in the second was Springfield's only other hit.


Thursday, 06/10/10 (H) – versus Tulsa

Springfield fell to Tulsa 7-3.  Brian Broderick (L, 2-1) was a victim of a shoddy Springfield defense, allowing four runs, one earned, on six hits and no walks in six innings.  All three unearned runs scored in the second and came about due to fielding errors by Pete Kozma (his 19th) and Curt Smith (his sixth) to go along with a passed ball by Steven Hill.  Three of the six hits given up by Broderick also came in that inning.  The only earned run by Broderick was a one-out home run to Tulsa center fielder Charles Blackmon, his first of the season.  Thomas Eager pitched around a one-out walk, a two-out single and a hit batsman for a scoreless seventh.  Francisco Samuel began the eighth with a walk and a home run but then settled down to notch to swinging strikeouts and a ground out.  Matt Meyer gave up a run in the ninth on a one-out walk that was followed by a two-out double to right.


Springfield's first run came in the bottom of the third on Tyler Henley's lead off home run over the center field wall.  The remaining two runs came in the fifth when Jose Garcia hit a grounder up the middle for a single.  Brian Broderick successfully sacrified Garcia to second and Daryl Jones's single plated him.  Jones advanced to second on a walk to Pete Kozma and scored on a throwing error by Tulsa's second baseman, Jason Van Kooten.  Tyler Henley was 2-for-4 and Pete Kozma went 1-for-3 with three walks, hitting in the two hole.  Curt Smith went 2-for-4 with a double.


Friday, 06/11/10 (H) – versus Tulsa    

Springfield snapped their three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Drillers.  Chuckie Fick (W, 1-0), allowed just one run, earned, on three hits and no walks in five innings.  That run scored in the first inning when Fick allowed a single and a triple.  He struck out seven Tulsa batters as well.  Blake King tossed a perfect two innings, striking out three.  Casey Mulligan was ineffective, allowing a lead-off double and walking two.  He left after two-thirds of an inning to be replaced by Adam Reifer.  Reifer (S,3) allowed two of the three inherited runners to score when he gave up a line drive single to right but pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save of the season.


Trailing 1-0 the Cardinals scored two runs in the second to take a lead that they never relinquished.  Back-to-back singles by Tyler Henley and Curt Smith put runners aboard for Pete Kozma.  Kozma forced Henley at third and Jose Garcia popped out in foul ground.  But Chuckie Fick helped his own cause with a ground-rule double to left-center that scored Smith.  A pitching change ensues but Daryl Jones greeted the new pitcher with a single to left that scored Kozma.


Springfield added another run in the third when Matt Carpenter led off with a walk, advanced to second on Steven Hill's fly out to right and scored on Tyler Henley's single up the middle.  In the sixth inning Hill, Henley and Kozma combined for another two runs.  Hill doubled to right to lead off the frame and Tyler Henley brought him home with a single up the middle.  Pete Kozma's single to left scored Henley.  Hill homered to center in the eighth for the game's final run. 


Tyler Henley was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two runs driven in.  Steven Hill went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run and two runs scored.  They were Springfield's only players with more than one hit.


Saturday, 06/12/10 (H) – versus Tulsa  

Springfield won the final game of their four-game series against Tulsa 8-1 to split the series at two games apiece.  David Kopp (W, 8-1) gave up just one run on seven hits in seven innings.  A lead-off double in the seventh was the only extra base hit allowed by Kopp and it resulted in the only run scored against him.  Kopp struck out four and did not walk a batter.  Francisco Samuel escaped two walks and a single in the eighth to get out of the inning unscathed.  Jason Buursma pitched a perfect ninth, including two strikeouts.


The Cardinals got on the board early, scoring three in the first when Matt Carpenter drove home Daryl Jones who was hit by a pitch to open the inning.  Steven Hill's infield single loaded the bases with Pete Kozma at third (walk), Carpenter on second and Hill on first.  Curt Smith singled to left to score Kozma and Carpenter scored when he was forced in by Aaron Luna's hit-by-pitch. All three runs scored with no outs. 


They added two more in the fifth when Curt Smith opened the frame by reaching base on a fielding error.  He advanced to second on a walk to Aaron Luna.  Smith and Luna each advanced a base on a wild pitch and both came home on Adron Chambers' line drive single to center.  Another run scored in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Luna and Chambers with two outs.  Springfield's final two runs came in the eighth when Matt Carpenter sacrified home Tyler Henley who singled to left to lead off the inning.  Steven Hill's two-out double to left scored Kozma who previously got on board with a single up the middle.  Kozma, Carpenter, Hill and Chambers each had two hits for Springfield.


Sunday, 06/13/10 (H) – versus Arkansas (LAA)  

Springfield took the first game of the series 5-4.  Nick Additon pitched an excellent game, stifling the Travelers on just three hits and two walks against eight strikeouts on seven innings.  He left with a 3-0 lead but two hits and two errors in the eighth, including a throwing error by reliever Casey Mulligan, brought Arkansas to within one run.  The Cardinals scored another run in the eighth to increase their lead to 4-2 but sorely missed disabled closer Eduardo Sanchez in the ninth when Adam Reifer loaded the bases on two singles and a walk with none out.  Another single scored two runs and cost Additon the win.  Reifer (BS, 1)(W, 2-0) got the vulture win when Springfield scored a walk-off in the bottom of that inning.


Springfield scored single runs in the third, fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth innings.  Adron Chambers led off the third with a home run to right while Pete Kozma led off the fourth with a double to left, advanced to third on Matt Carpenter's fly out to right and scored on Curt Smith's sacrifice fly to center.  Adron Chambers scored again in the first when he hit a one-out single to right, advanced to third on Mike Folli's single up the middle and came home on Antonio DeJesus' ground out.  DeJesus joined the hit parade in the eighth with his second home run of the year.  Matt Carpenter scored the winning run when he got a lead-off walk, advanced to second on Curt Smith's line drive single to left and came home on Tyler Henley's ground out.


Monday, 06/14/10 (H) – versus Arkansas     

The home crowd applauded Gary Daley Jr. Monday but unfortunately they applauded  when he was removed from the game.  Daley (L, 3-7) allowed four home runs in his four plus innings of work, including back-to-back-to-back bombs to start the fifth inning.  That brought about his removal which prompted the applause.  Ouch!  Overall, Daley gave up seven runs, five earned, on nine hits and four walks in 102 pitches, 57 of them for strikes.  Thomas Eager replaced Daley and was not scored upon in his two iinings while Matt Meyer allowed four runs, earned, on six hits in his two innings.  Francisco Samuel worked out around lead-off walk and a two-out single for a scoreless ninth.  The game had four errors, including Pete Kozma's 20th, 21st and 22nd of the season.  Kozma had 25 errors total in 2009.


Springfield took an early, temporary 1-0 lead in the first when Adron Chambers led off the game with a walk.  Chambers went to third when Pete Kozma reached on a fielding error by Arkansas' first baseman, Efren Navarro.  He then stole home with Pete Kozma stealing second.  In the bottom of the fourth Antonio DeJesus' two-out triple scored Aaron Luna  and Jose Garcia's single to left scored DeJesus to temporarily close the gap to 4-3.  Springfield's final run of the game came in the ninth when Aaron Luna doubled home Steven Hill with two outs.  Luna, 2-for-5, and Garcia, 3-for-4, were the only Cardinals with multi-hit games.


Tuesday, 06/15/10 (H) – versus Arkansas

The Cardinals offense showed up in the bottom of the 1st inning when Curt Smith hit an RBI double off the center field wall to score Matt Carpenter and change the score to a quick 1-0 lead. The bottom of the 2nd inning provided more offense from the Cardinals when Aaron Luna hit a solo home run blast over the center field fence to bring the score to 2-0. Daryl Jones would add a run to the Cardinals lead when Travelers' catcher Alberto Rosario threw an arrant pick off attempt past 3rd base and into the outfield scoring Jones.  Pitcher Taylor Wilding would allow the Cardinals offense one more run in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Adron Chambers hit the 2nd solo home run of the inning to make the score 4-0. 


The Travelers found an answer against Cardinals starter Brian Broderick in the top of the 4th inning when Brian Walker hit a three run home run to cut the Cardinal lead to 4-3.  In his 2nd game with the Cardinals, Tony Cruz hit a bloop RBI single in the bottom of the 4th inning to score Adron Chambers from 2nd base and make Cardinals the lead 5-3. Broderick would pitch into the 5th, but after striking out Andrew Romine to start the inning, Broderick was forced out of the game is pain in his pitching shoulder.  Jason Buursma would take over on the mound and retire all eight batters he faced in order.


Tony Cruz took part in the array of Cardinals home runs as he blasted a solo shot in the bottom of the 6th inning off of reliever Ismael Carmona to extend the Cardinal lead to 6-3. The Travelers would find their bats again in the top of the 8th inning after Ryan Mount hit an RBI single off of Blake King making the score 6-4.  King had not allowed a run since the 16th of May.    The Cardinals added their 4th home run of the day in the bottom of the 8th inning when Matt Carpenter hit his 3rd homer of the season to bring the score to 7-4.


Adam Reifer was awarded the save in the top of the 9th inning after retiring the only three batters of the inning.  The Cardinals would finish the day with 13 hits, four of which were home runs off of the Arkansas Travelers pitching staff.    



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