Down on the Farm: August 14, 2013

As you can tell, my stuff has apparently lived to see another blog. You guys hopefully know me and follow me (@JimTheVoice), so we’ll get to what you came here to read.

Per multiple reports (and this blog) baseball and St. Louis’ No. 1 prospect, Oscar Taveras, is out for the year. He’s going under the knife and hopefully he can return better than ever next season. Get well soon, Oscar!

Game reports:

Memphis Redbirds (AAA): Postponed due to rain

Memphis dropped the second game of last night’s doubleheader 2-0 to Colorado Springs. Tonight they got postponed due to rain. As Crash Davis said it best, “Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes it rains.

Springfield Cardinals (AA): Loss 6-1 to Frisco

Springfield got down early, but unlike last nights’ incredible comeback, they could not muster much offense at all hitting 0-14 with RISP. Xavier Scruggs led the offense with a couple hits and James Ramsey knocked a double. Mateo plated the one RBI for the Cards. Richard Castillo pitched five innings, giving up four runs and taking the loss.

State College Spikes (A): Win 2-1 over Mahoning Valley

The Spikes pulled off a nail-biting win a day after the NY-Penn All-Star Game. State College racked up 12 hits, but only two runs were needed to take the game. David Washington drove in a run in the first and David Wiley came off the bench to go 2-2, driving in the walk-off winner in the ninth. Starter Juan Bautista only allowed one run over seven innings but ended up with a no-decision. Victor De Leon threw two scoreless innings and earned the win.

Peoria Chiefs (A): Win 3-1 over Wisconsin (11 innings)

Peoria visited beautiful Appleton, Wisconsin, (only a few miles from my birthplace in Oshkosh) and were deadlocked at 1 run, 9 hits apiece to give the fans some free baseball. Then in the top of the 11th Charlie Tilson singled and Bruce Caldwell hit a two-run homer to take a 3-1 lead. Chris Perry gave up one run in 6.2 innings and Dixon Lloriens closed out the final two to snake the win away from the Timber Rattlers.

Johnson City Cardinals (A): Win 9-4 over Greeneville

But he’s-a headin’ west from the Cumberland Gap, to Johnson City, Tennnneeeesssseeeeeee!” Enjoy the clip, folks. The Cardinals won 9-4 after scoring all nine runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. Will Anderson pitched well, only allowing 2 runs in 5.3 innings. Rowan Wick ate his Wheaties and had himself a day, going 3-4, blasting two homers and six RBI. Greeneville scored two garbage runs in the 9th but it didn’t matter as the Cardinals took two of three from the Astros to win the series.

Palm Beach Cardinals (A): Loss 3-1 to Bradenton

Palm Beach starter Kurt Heyer pitched well, spreading out seven hits and three runs along 6.2 IP, but took the loss. The offense just couldn’t get anything going, with only five hits and DH Danny Stienstra plating the lone RBI. Going 1-6 with RISP just doesn’t cut it. But check this out, Ryan Sherriff and Jonathon Rodriguez were named the FSL pitcher and player of the week. Sweet.

GCL Cardinals (Rookie): Loss 9-8 to GCL Mets

The Cardinals got the offense going tonight, but once again lost by one run. Seven extra-base hits scored eight runs by the sixth inning, but the bullpen got rocked for seven runs late in the game to steal away a 9-8 win. Leobaldo Pina had two triples and Carlos Torres knocked a solo shot, but Hector Salazar took the loss against the GCL Mets.

DSL Cardinals (Rookie): Loss 4-3 to DSL Pirates

Even in the Dominican Republic the Pirates have the Cardinals’ number. This game was tied going into the bottom of the 8th (the final inning of the game) and Ramy Perez plated the walk-off RBI. For your Cards, Frendy Gavin took the loss and Jeffrey Cerdas drove in two RBI.

That’s all from the farm today. As always, PREACH ON, my friends.

 

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