Intersquad scrimmages are the lifeblood of most non-professional baseball teams. Unless you have a team of pot-bellied former all conference honorable mentions hanging around near the ball field looking for a little game action, it's hard for college and high school teams to find anyone to play against other than their own teammates. In pro ball, there's a lot of scrimmages during instructional season in the fall and a few live batting practice sessions in the spring before the spring training games start and that's about it.
The later we progress into spring, the fewer and fewer of these types of contests we see, even on the back fields where the low minors players are working out and jockeying for roster spots every day. Tuesday was an exception, with the rainout against the Mets providing a chance for Cardinal players to go tete-a-tete for possibly the last time before the end of the spring.
Springfield 6 Memphis 4
- Boone Whiting: 3 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 3 K's
- Eric Fornataro: 1 IP
- Lee Stoppelman: 1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB
- Patrick Wisdom: 1-3, 2B, RBI
- Jonathan Rodriguez: 2-3, 2B, R
- Kurt Heyer: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
- Dixon Llorens: 1 IP, 3 BB
- Breyvic Valera (DH): 2-4, R
- Nick Longmire (LF): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI
- Colin Walsh (2B): 1-2, 2B, R, RBI
- Alex Mejia (3B): 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI, BB
Palm Beach 4 Peoria 0
Palm Beach Pitching
- Rob Kaminsky: 3 IP, H, 4 BB, K
- Arturo Reyes: 2 IP, H, 2 K
- Josh Lucas: 1 IP, H, BB
- Brandon Lee: 1 IP, K
- Steven Gallardo: 1 IP, K
- Nick Lomascolo: 1 IP, 2 BB
- Ronald Castillo (LF): 3-4, 2 HR, K
- Nick Martini (RF): 2-4, 3B, BB
- Jimmy Reed: 3 IP, 2 H, ER, K
- Michael Holback: 2 IP, H, BB, 2 L
- Jhonny Polanco: 1 IP, H, 2 K
- Oscar Mercado (SS) - 2-4, 2B
Around the Horn
- Cardinals RHP Andrew Pierce was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance (amphetamine). Pierce was an 8th round pick out of Southern Miss in 2013 and his suspension will start at the beginning of the season for the New York-Penn League.
- Springfield's new Saturday caps are an excellent addition to your collection of Cardinal cranium covers.
- The Peoria Chiefs mascot, Homer, is running a NCAA basketball pool with prizes for the top three finishers.