The big news of course is that Chris Carpenter will be starting tomorrow night for Palm Beach.
Roster moves o’ flurry were going on today. 18 year old outfielder and 23rd round pick Joey Hage was promoted to Johnson City from the GCL Cardinals. Hage was hitting .393/.452/.714 in 28 at bats, so he made a great case for himself. Scout.com has a free trial going on during this week, and there I was able to find this interview of Hage. He compares his work ethic and hustle to that of Pete Rose, and his overall game to Alfonso Soriano. Sure, kid…just keep hitting. OF Brian Buck was demoted to take Hage’s place.
Arnoldi “call me Tony” Cruz also was promoted from the GCL team to the JC team. Cruz is a 20 year old 3rd baseman who was taken out of the 26th round from Palm Beach CC. He’s hitting .375/.382/.531 in 32 at bats for the GCL team.
Reliever Pete Parise and Charlie Pelt were promoted from Johnson City to Batavia. Parise was recently signed from the Frontier League Slippery Rock Sliders. He appeared in 4 games for JC and has a 2.08 ERA and a 4:1 GB/AO ratio. Pelt is a 1st baseman out of Georgia State, in 32 at bats he hit .406/.500/.594 for JC.
Aside from roster moves, Kary Booher had a piece on the Bryan Anderson and shares how he’s more then just an offensive force at the plate, but a good handler of the Springfield staff….(now if he could just stop with the passed balls already.) He received a glowing report from ex-catcher and Cardinal Gene Tenace:
“For a young kid, he’s got tremendous feel,” Tenace said. “That was one of the toughest things about catching for me — being able to have an imagination of how to call a game, what you got guys out with early in the game and when they come up late in the game, in a situation, being able to make adjustments.
“This kid is 20 years old and is way advanced.”
Latest on the Kyle Russell front: Per Bernie Miklasz in his latest “Bits” column:
Will the Cardinals sign their fourth-round draft pick, slugging outfielder Kyle Russell? It’ll be close, down to the Aug. 15 deadline. At Texas, they seem to think Russell will return for his junior season
CAN WE STOP THIS STUPID CHARADE! SIGN HIM or ELSE! Serenity now! Ah, I’m better now.
And now, about that action on the field today….
- Joe Mather hit his 20th HR of the season, going 1 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Edgar Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a HR and a stolen base.
- Nick Stavinoha went 2 for 5.
- Colby Rasmus hit his 26th double, but struck out twice. Pop Warner was on Bernie’s radio show this past week, says Colby needs to work on his patience and that he’ll chase pitches out of the zone at times.
- Jaime Garcia keeps giving up the big flies. He gave up 2 tonight, his 12th and 13th for the season in a little over 80 innings. He struck out 7 over 4.2, while giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks.
- Eddie Degerman made his FSL debut and pitched fairly well, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 6.
- Sadly, Michael Cooper struck again, allowing the tying run and blowing the save.
- Luke Gregerson was lit up for 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk.
- Allen Craig went 2 for 4.
- Brandon Buckman went 1 for 4 with a double, but struck out three times.
Quad Cities 2, Wisconsin 5 in 11 innings.
- Slugging catcher Steve Hill went 3 for 5 with a HR. He allowed a stolen base and threw a basestealer out.
- Brad Furnish allowed just 1 run on 2 hits and a walk, striking out 4.
- Armando Carrasco struck out 5 over 2 perfect frames.
- Mike Schellinger lived up to his name, allowing 4 earned runs in the 11th.
- Daryl Jones went 1 for 4 and stole his 15th base.
- Luke Gorsett went 2 for 3.
- Tim Dorn went 2 for 5 with 2 strikeouts.
- Thomas Eager allowed 1 run on 5 hits and a 2 walks, striking out 2 and getting 8 ground ball outs over 4.1 innings.
- Ryan Riddle gave up a grand slam.
- Pete Parise allowed a run on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 2 over 3 innings.
- The aforementioned Arnoldi Cruz went 2 for 4 with a HR and a double.
- Joey Hage on the other hand went 0 for 4.
- Matt Arburr had the ol’ Golden Sombrero.
- Catcher Paul Vasquez went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles.
- Beau Riportella, winner of the “best name” poll we have up on the right hand sidebar, went 2 for 3. Apparently, Beau has quite a Posse.
- Tyler Leach, LaCurtis Mayes, Brian Broderick and Chuckie Fick combined for the shutout. They left 10 runners stranding.
- Edgar Lara went 1 for 4 with a solo HR.
- Frederick Parejo went 2 for 5, raising his BA to .294. Dude doesn’t turn 17 until this Thursday.
- Osvaldo Morales went 2 for 4 with a stolen base.
- Guillermo Toribio went 2 for 3 with a walk and a steal.
- Reynier Gonzalez has not allowed an earned run in 11.2 innings. 2 unearned runs were scored upon him on 5 hits and 2 walks, with 3 k’s.