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Daily Farm Report: Germano cools off Memphis, Springfield hitters stay hot, and Joe Cuda's snowman

Affiliates go 1-2 on the day with Peoria getting rained out at home against the Cedar Rapids Kernals. The game will be made up as a doubleheader in Cedar Rapids later in the season.

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Round Rock 6 Memphis 2

Notables:

  • Greg Garcia (2B): 2-4, R, K
  • Joey Butler (DH): 2-4, RBI
  • Oscar Taveras (LF): 1-4
  • Stephen Piscotty (RF): 0-4, K
  • Xavier Scruggs (1B): 1-4, K
  • Pete Kozma (SS): 1-4, 2B, K
  • Tommy Pham (CF): 1-3, R, K
  • Boone Whiting (SP): 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 K,
  • Jose Almarante (RP): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K
  • Sam Freeman (RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Notes:

  • Oscar Taveras was back in the lineup after missing a game due to a turned left ankle.
  • Justin Germano scattered 6 hits over 7 innings for Round Rock while striking out five.  The sole run was unearned due to an Alex Buchholz error.
  • Whiting had his first poor outing of the season, giving up 4 extra base hits in his 4 innings of work.

Springfield 8 NW Arkansas 2


Notables
  • Mike O'Neill (LF): 1-4, 2 RBI
  • Rafael Ortega (CF): 1-5, R, 2 K
  • Aledmys Diaz (DH): 2-5, R, 2 K, SB
  • Jonathan Rodriguez (1B): 3-5, R, 2B, 2 K
  • David Popkins (RF): 1-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 K
  • Patrick Wisdom (3B): 1-3, R, RBI, BB, 2 K, E (7)
  • Joey Donofrio (RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Notes:
  • Diaz got a night off in the field and continued to rake at the plate. Two singles and his fourth stolen base on the season.
  • Wisdom committed his 7th error in the first month of the season. For a guy who came into the season with a ton of praise for his defense, he's certainly not looked it thus far in the year -- and he's not hitting either.
  • The Overlord's sleeper pick of the year, David Popkins, is currently hitting .147 in April.

St. Lucie 15 Palm Beach 5

Notables:

  • Matt Williams (SS): 3-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, E (1)
  • Starlin Rodriguez (RF): 2-5, R, RBI, 2 K
  • Breyvic Valera (2B): 0-4, K
  • Jacob Wilson (3B): 1-5, RBI, 2 K
  • Anthony Garcia (LF): 0-4, BB
  • Alex Mejia (DH): 2-5, 3 K
  • Joe Cuda (SP): 1.1 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Robert Stock (RP): 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Notes:

  • Matt Williams continues to play himself into the lineup with his bat -- between he and Valera, they'd make one heck of a set of utility players
  • Valera was hitless for just the second time all season.
  • Anthony Garcia, my pick to break out this year, is currently hitting .171
  • Robert Stock was excellent in relief of Cuda and the only guy who did a decent job of holding off the St. Lucie bats. He now has 16 innings in 7 appearances, with 15 walks to just 10 strikeouts -- not exactly what you're looking for in a relief pitching prospect.

Today's Probables (Cardinal affiliates in bold):

  • Memphis (Castro) @ Round Rock (Feierabend)
  • Springfield (Heyer) @ Arkansas (Sappington)
  • Palm Beach (Lee) @ Fort Myers (Berrios)
  • Quad Cities (Emanuel) @ Peoria (Reed)