I talked Cardinal baseball on the Phil Naessens Show on Wednesday.
- Kolten Wong (2B): 1-4, R, SB (3)
- Shane Robinson (CF): 0-3, R, BB, K
- Joey Butler (DH): 0-4
- Stephen Piscotty (RF): 2-3, RBI
- Oscar Taveras (CF): 1-3, R, 3B, RBI, BB
- Pete Kozma (SS): 1-3, BB, K
- Scott McGregor (SP): 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, K
- Jose Almarante (RP): 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, HR
- Most of the damage in this game came from a guy who should probably be in The Show right now: Jonathan Singleton. He rapped out 3 hits, including his 11th homer on the season (off Almarante), and drove in 3 of the 8 runs scored by the Redhawks.
- Wong Watch: 3 steals since being sent down 10 days ago; Current slash: .326/.356/.442 As Dan Szymborski pointed out on Twitter the other day:
Kolten Wong's hit 333/366/462 at AAA. That's why you don't demote player for a slump - you just miss out on the good part.— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) May 8, 2014
- Taveras made another start in CF. Pop Warner was able to read into Mozeliak's fuming that he wasn't playing there enough this season, apparently.
- Mike O'Neill (LF): 1-4, RBI, BB, K
- James Ramsey (CF): 0-5, K
- Rafael Ortega (RF): 1-4, R, 2 BB
- Matt Williams (SS): 2-5, RBI
- Cody Stanley (DH): 3-4, 3 R, BB, SB (5)
- Jacob Wilson (2B): 3-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
- Seth Blair (SP): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
- Seth Blair's control was the best it's been all season last night, striking out 6 while allowing just one free pass. The problem? He still only through 57 out of 96 pitches for strikes. Given that, it's kind of amazing he didn't walk 3 or 4 batsmen like he's done all year.
- James Ramsey has cooled off a bit as of late, Just 4 hits in his last 26 PA with 2 walks and 2 homers. On the bright side, he's putting the ball in play a lot, with just 7 K's over that 6 game span.
- Wisdom's third homer in his last 7 games pushed his slugging up over .400 for the first time all season (.421). For a guy who possesses as much raw power as he does, he certainly struggles to consistently find the usable variety.
- Jacob Wilson had a nice night in just his second game after being promoted from Palm Beach earlier in the week.
- Charlie Tilson (CF): 1-4, R,
- David Washington (1B): 0-4, K
- Breyvic Valera (3B): 1-4, K
- Anthony Garcia (LF): 1-4, K
- Joe Cuda (SP): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 6 K
- Sam Tuivailala (RP): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K
- The stylish thing to do in St. Lucie is apparently to have a hit and a strikeout in four AB's.
- Cuda had his first good start in a month's time -- not totally sure he's a starting pitcher, but he intrigues me a bit as a possible relief candidate down the road.
- Mr. Consistent with another hit, pushing his hitting streak into double digits at 10 games.
- Sam Tuivailala has 10 appearances on the year, with 7 scoreless outings and 3 meltdowns. In the scoreless outings, he's walked just 3, and given up 4 hits. In the meltdowns? 5 walks and 7 hits in just 3.1 innings pitched. The lesson: Don't give away first base.
- Mason Katz (2B): 1-3,
- Juan Herrera (SS): 2-4, K, SB (11)
- Kenny Peoples-Walls (LF): 0-2
- C.J. McElroy (CF): 0-4, K
- Carson Kelly (C): 0-4, K, E
- Another day, another game in which the Peoria Chiefs can't muster a run. That's the fourth time they've been shut out in the month of May alone, setting a franchise record last week after going 38.2 innings without scoring a single run. If there's a team that's struggled more than the big league Cardinals at plating runs this season, it's probably this Chiefs squad.
- Carson Kelly is scuffling at the plate lately, even though his defense has actually been markedly better over the last couple of weeks. He's got to hit though, and we haven't seen much of that so far this season and relatively none at all the last 10 days.
Probably Starters for Monday:
Memphis (Whiting) @ Oklahoma City (Doran)
Springfield (Gaviglio) @ NW Arkansas (Selman)
St. Lucie (Cessa) @ Palm Beach (Helisek)
Peoria (McKnight) @ Clinton (E. Diaz)