Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 12

Catcher Tony Cruz and first baseman Curt Smith were hot for the St. Louis Cardinals' Double-A club this past week as the second half got underway.

Current Record (second half): 1 -4

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

 

Of Interest:

 

Last week's report advised that Springfield lost two of its better starters when David Kopp and Chuckie Fick were promoted to Memphis.  Well, this week Springfield lost their closer, and one of the best in the league, when Eduardo Sanchez was moved up to the Redbirds as well.  Southpaw Tyler Norrick came up from Palm Beach to take that roster slot.

 

Speaking of Kopp, Memphis did a paper shuffle with him this week.  They technically re-assigned him to Springfield last Friday so they could activate outfielder Mark Shorey from the disabled list.  Memphis called him back up on Saturday when they released pitcher Rich Hill and Kopp never actually left the team.

 

Pitcher Mark Diapoules did leave the Cardinals as he was re-assigned to Palm Beach on Monday.  Springfield has some time to decide on their corresponding move because of the Texas League All-Star break.  Their next game is Thursday at Frisco.

 

Springfield's All-Star selections are a bit complex due to promotions and injuries.  Their latest press release sorts it all out - http://springfield.cardinals.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100624&content_id=11533246&vkey=pr_t440&fext=.jsp&sid=t440

 

A rotation slot has opened back up with Diapoules' transfer to Palm Beach.  The most likely starter candidate is Brian Broderick who has been relieving recently.  The Springfield News-Leader reports that Broderick was shelved briefly due to concern over pain in his pitching shoulder.

 

Finally, here are some year-to-date stats for those on Springfield's roster, plus the recently promoted David Kopp, Chuckie Fick and Eduardo Sanchez.

 

The pitching stats chart below is sorted by FIP –

 

Player  ERA  FIP IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO 
Chuckie Fick 2.00 1.50 27.0 19 8 6 6 32
Adam Reifer 3.10 2.92 29.0 28 10 10 9 30
Eduardo Sanchez 3.12 3.28 26.0 22 13 9 8 27
Scott Gorgen 1.17 3.33 46.0 33 10 6 17 42
Brian Broderick 2.63 3.35 27.1 23 12 8 3 17
Casey Mulligan 6.00 3.37 18.0 22 15 12 11 23
Scott McGregor 2.63 3.57 13.2 12 6 4 1 7
Blake King 3.86 4.13 39.2 27 18 17 26 46
Ryan Kulik 2.90 4.21 49.2 45 20 16 15 33
David Kopp 3.08 4.23 73.0 71 28 25 30 46
Tyler Norrick 0.00 4.70 2.0 0 0 0 3 3
Jason Buursma 2.93 4.77 30.2 19 10 10 3 13
Nick Additon 4.80 5.01 86.1 94 47 46 33 60
Gary Daley 5.61 5.32 77.0 95 61 48 39 56
Thomas Eager 3.73 5.74 41.0 32 17 17 32 31
Francisco Samuel 4.26 5.88 12.2 11 9 6 12 17
Kyle Mura 13.50 12.45 4.0 5 6 6 5 2
 

And this chart is sorted by strikeouts per nine innings pitched –

 

Player  WHIP  BAA BABIP BB/9 SO/9 K/BB LD %
Tyler Norrick 1.50 0.000 0.000 13.50 13.50 1.00 0.0%
Francisco Samuel 1.82 0.224 0.205 8.52 12.08 1.42 17.6%
Casey Mulligan 1.83 0.286 0.328 5.50 11.50 2.09 17.9%
Chuckie Fick 0.93 0.202 0.264 2.00 10.67 5.33 11.0%
Blake King 1.34 0.193 0.200 5.90 10.44 1.77 14.0%
Eduardo Sanchez 1.15 0.232 0.263 2.77 9.35 3.38 17.1%
Adam Reifer 1.28 0.243 0.278 2.79 9.31 3.33 20.9%
Scott Gorgen 1.09 0.195 0.213 3.33 8.22 2.47 11.4%
Thomas Eager 1.56 0.215 0.187 7.02 6.80 0.97 15.3%
Gary Daley 1.74 0.305 0.285 4.56 6.55 1.44 16.7%
Nick Additon 1.47 0.280 0.267 3.44 6.26 1.82 17.1%
Ryan Kulik 1.21 0.243 0.238 2.72 5.98 2.20 15.2%
David Kopp 1.38 0.264 0.260 3.70 5.67 1.53 18.9%
Brian Broderick 0.95 0.219 0.233 0.99 5.60 5.67 13.3%
Scott McGregor 0.95 0.235 0.244 0.66 4.61 7.00 20.0%
Kyle Mura 2.50 0.333 0.176 11.25 4.50 0.40 0.0%
Jason Buursma 0.72 0.183 0.152 0.88 3.81 4.33 7.3%
 

 

The first hitting chart is sorted by at bats –

 

Player  AB  R  H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB  CS 
Pete Kozma 275 40 66 14 1 8 39 30 52 10 2
Curt Smith 267 34 78 17 2 8 41 9 49 2 1
Daryl Jones 255 33 66 10 3 3 29 28 53 7 6
Adron Chambers 230 48 65 9 5 4 26 29 46 6 3
Steven Hill 229 41 64 19 1 10 46 29 48 0 0
Aaron Luna 211 39 56 7 2 11 40 38 40 3 0
Matt Carpenter 173 29 53 13 0 3 23 23 34 4 1
Andrew Brown 151 25 39 6 0 9 28 19 35 0 2
Mike Folli 126 10 27 5 2 3 9 15 23 0 0
Antonio DeJesus 102 17 17 3 2 2 12 14 20 6 0
Jose Garcia 70 9 20 1 1 0 8 2 14 4 1
Tyler Henley 60 11 22 5 0 3 12 3 9 0 1
Tony Cruz 53 13 21 7 0 2 7 6 6 0 0
 

And the final hitting chart is sorted by OPS –

 

Player  AVG  OBP  SLG  OPS  E  BABIP LD %
Tony Cruz 0.396 0.458 0.642 1.099 3 0.422 19.1%
Tyler Henley 0.367 0.397 0.600 0.997 1 0.396 23.5%
Aaron Luna 0.265 0.416 0.474 0.890 2 0.281 20.8%
Steven Hill 0.279 0.365 0.502 0.867 5 0.316 18.0%
Andrew Brown 0.258 0.349 0.477 0.826 4 0.280 19.0%
Matt Carpenter 0.306 0.390 0.434 0.824 6 0.368 22.5%
Adron Chambers 0.283 0.377 0.417 0.795 4 0.339 19.4%
Curt Smith 0.292 0.317 0.461 0.777 8 0.333 22.6%
Daryl Jones 0.259 0.343 0.357 0.699 3 0.317 22.2%
Pete Kozma 0.240 0.313 0.385 0.698 22 0.270 17.0%
Mike Folli 0.214 0.298 0.357 0.655 4 0.240 23.1%
Jose Garcia 0.286 0.315 0.329 0.644 4 0.357 19.3%
Antonio DeJesus 0.167 0.309 0.294 0.603 2 0.188 12.2%
 

 

Who's Hot:  Tony Cruz and Curt Smith

 

Both Cruz and Smith posted an OPS above 1.000 and no one else on the team with at least 10 at bats posted an OPS above .700.  Ouch.  Their lines for the week: 

 

Cruz - .368/.4400/.684/1.084, 7-for-19, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3R, 2RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .118 BABIP, .316 ISO, 2 E

 

Smith - .375/.375/.708/1.083, 9-for-24, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 R, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 5 SO, .111 BABIP, .292 ISO, 1 E

 

No HOT is being awarded this week on the pitching side.   

 

 

Who's Not:  shortstop Pete Kozma/pitcher Mark Diapoules

 

Kozma went .111/.190/.111/.302, 2-for-18, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 6 SO, .167 BABIP, 0 E

 

Former Springfield Cardinals Diapoules' start was bad – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 2 HB, 3 BB, 0 SO, 15.15 WHIP, 109.09 ERA, 48.65 FIP, .250 BABIP, .667 BAA

 

 

Game Summaries:

Wednesday, 06/23/10 (A) – versus Arkansas (LAA)

Springfield fell to Arkansas 3-2 in 12 innings.  Nick Additon bounced back from his most recent start on the 18th, which was mediocre at best, to hold Arkansas to two runs, earned, on seven hits and three walks through six innings.   He struck out four.  Jason Buursma and Francisco Samuel combined for five scoreless frames.  Blake King (L, 2-2) began the 12th inning by giving up a soft liner to center.  He recorded an out on a sac bunt and intentionally walked the next batter to set up the force play.  Unfortunately, King then uncorked a wild pitch which, combined with a throwing error by catcher Tony Cruz, allowed the winning run to score.

 

Trailing 2-0 going into the seventh, Tyler Henley doubled to left to open the frame.  Henley subsequently advanced to third on a throwing error by Arkansas' catcher and scored on a wild pitch to close the gap to 2-1.  Tony Cruz lined a two-out single to right in the eighth inning, then advanced to second on a walk and scored on Curt Smith's liner to center which tied the game at 2-2.  Although Springfield had seven hits in total, Cruz was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.

 

Thursday, 06/24/10 (A) – versus Arkansas

Sometimes it just does not pay to be Gary Daley Jr.  He already alternates good and lousy starts and sometimes he skips the good starts.  But even when he minimizes the damage, he has not been winning.  Daley, who has not picked up a victory since May 13th, went out on Thursday to face the team that pounded him into the sand ten days ago: 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 HR, 4 BB, 5 SO.   This time he holds Arkansas to one earned run in six and one-third innings and still loses 2-0.  Daley (L, 3-9) scattered five hits and four walks to give up two runs and the second run scored with Thomas Eager on the mound and catcher Tony Cruz notching his second error in as many games.  Eager came into the game with the bases loaded and one out.  He got the batter to ground into a force at the plate but then Cruz tried to get the batter at first and threw it into right field instead.  Sigh.  Eager retired all five batters he faced.

 

Springfield's offense was held to two hits, both by Tony Cruz. 

 

Friday, 06/25/10 (H) – versus Tulsa (Colorado) 

The Cardinals broke out of their hitting slump in a big way but still lost, 6-5.  Springfield had 12 hits but stranded 10 runners and the pitching went south.  They never put up a crooked number in any one inning, scoring a single run in the second, third, fifth, seventh and eighth innings.  Clean-up hitter Curt Smith went 3-for-5 with a double but was able to drive in only one run.  The other multi-hit players were the sixth guy, catcher Steven Hill (haven't seen his name in here recently, have you?), who went 2-for-5 with a solo shot and two RBIs and the seven hitter, Adron Chambers, who went 2-for-4.  Chambers scored a run when second baseman Jose Garcia tripled him in.  Daryl Jones' solo shot to lead off the seventh accounted for Springfield's other run.

 

Actually, Springfield's pitching did not go south.  Specifically, Ryan Kulik's pitching went south.  His second start since returning from Memphis was not pretty.  Kulik (L, 5-2) gave up all six runs, four earned, on a whopping 12 hits and a walk.  Thank goodness the Drillers stranded 9 runners themselves or the final score would have been ugly.  Brian Broderick, Blake King and Thomas Eager shut out the Drillers on just one hit in the final four innings of the game.

 

Saturday, 06/26/10 (H) – versus Tulsa

Springfield came out on top of Saturday's bash-fest, winning 12-9 in a game that had the identical number of hits:  Springfield with 12 and Tulsa with nine.  Mark Diapoules only retired one of the eight batters he faced and exited after an official one-third of an inning after allowing four runs, earned, on two hits, three walks and two plunked Drillers.  Jason Buursma stranded all three of the runners he inherited or Diapoules' final line would have been much worse.  Buursma then allowed solo shots in two of the next three innings he pitched.  Tyler Norrick made his first appearance at Double-A this year and accomplished something no other Springfield pitcher managed to do that game:  he shut the opposition down.  Norrick gave up three walks in his two innings of work but did not allow a hit.  He also did not hit anyone although he did throw a wild pitch.  Francisco Samuel (W, 1-0) happened to be the pitcher of record when Springfield scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead.  Samuel gave up two runs, earned, on two hits and a walk in one and two-thirds innings.  The second run charged to him came about when Adam Reifer relieved Samuel and promptly gave up a home run.  He gave up just one more hit, and no more runs, in his one and one-third innings.

 

Springfield trailed 4-0 before ever batting but ended the first with a 4-4 tie.  Adron Chambers opened the inning with a grounder up the middle and third baseman Tony Cruz walked.  Steven Hill doubled in Chambers and Curt Smith's triple to right scored both Cruz and Hill before an out was recorded.  Pete Kozma's sacrifice fly to center scored Smith for the inning's final run.  Springfield entered their half of the third with Tulsa again up 6-4.  Curt Smith's one-out home run to left reduced the gap to 6-5.  Back-to-back-to-back singles by Aaron Luna, Pete Kozma and Daryl Jones to open the sixth loaded the bases for Jose Garcia.  Garcia hit into a double play that scored Luna which tied the game a six all.  Tulsa took their last lead of the game in the seventh, 7-6, but Springfield came back with their big inning of the game. 

 

Adron Chambers tied the game after he led off the inning with a walk, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a double by Steven Hill.  Curt Smith then doubled in Hill to put Springfield up 8-7.  A bases-loaded situation ensued when Aaron Luna was hit by a pitch and Pete Kozma walked.  Daryl Jones was unable to capitalize as he struck out swinging for the inning's second out.  But Curt Smith scored and the runners advanced on a wild pitch.  Jose Garcia's single to left scored Luna and Kozma for an inning-ending score of 11-7.  Tony Cruz' solo shot in the eighth was Springfield's final run of the game.   

 

Sunday, 06/27/10 (H) – versus Tulsa

Postponed due to rain

 

Monday, 06/28/10 (H) – versus Tulsa   

Springfield lost their final game before the All-Star Break 4-1 in a game that included a bit of controversy.  Kary Booher of the News-Leader outlined the issue best:

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20100629/SPORTS02/6290328/Controversial-call-costs-Cards-in-loss

 

Scott McGregor (L, 1-1) took the loss for the Cardinals, giving up four runs, earned, on eight hits including a two-run home run in the second inning, over six innings.  He struck out two and did not walk a batter.  Brian Broderick and Nick Additon combined to shut down the Drillers for the remaining three innings on two hits and two walks, the latter issued by Additon, while striking out three.  This was Additon's regular day on the mound but his start was pushed back due to yesterday's rain-out. 

 

The Cardinals had six hits but stranded seven runners.  Their sole run came in the first when Adron Chambers was plunked to start the inning.  Tony Cruz lined a double to right which scored Chambers and that was all she wrote.  Curt Smith had Springfield's only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double. 

 

Tuesday, 06/23/10 – All-Star break

 

 

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