On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals' five minor league teams remained home to face their co-habitants of the Roger Dean Stadium complex, the Florida Marlins, who took the short walk over from their side.
With the MLB club taking a scheduled day off on Monday, the focus will be on the Cardinals minor leaguers. The single-A players remain home, facing their New York Mets counterparts, while the Double-A and Triple-A clubs take the bus to the spring home of the Mets, Port St. Lucie.
Scout.com Cardinals Pitcher of the Day – Sunday
Adam Daniels was the winner for
Scout.com Cardinals Hitters of the Day - Sunday
Our first co-winners are a pair of outfielders who led Quad Cities #1. D'Marcus Ingram singled, doubled and tripled, with the latter being the most exciting play in baseball. Adron Chambers singled, doubled and homered, collecting one more total base. Both contributions are very much worth recognition here.
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It is great to see the name "Dewon Brazelton" in the line. He may still be able to contribute later on after starting with a two inning outing during which he allowed two hits and a single run. Lefty Ron Flores isn't letting his recent demotion bother him, spinning two scoreless frames and Mark Worrell closed it out with a spotless ninth.
Outfielder Cody Haerther is spinning a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Mike Ferris had two hits for the second consecutive day, including a double and an RBI. Maybe he can keep it up and realize some of his promise. Utilityman Mike McCoy never seems to have a sure job, but always claims one. Sunday, he went a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and topped it off with three nice defensive plays, too.
Stuart Pomeranz, still coming back from surgery, pitched 1.2 scoreless innings on just two hits. A player I have on my watch list after coming back from two leg surgeries in 2006, Shaun Garceau, had a rough day. The 20-year-old righty took the loss after allowing six earned runs on five hits over 2.1 innings.
One of my candidates for comeback player of the year, outfielder Jon Jay, collected two RBIs as part of a 2-for-5 day. Catcher Chris Grossman, not known for his offence, contributed two hits including a double. A.J, Van Slyke doubled, walked and had 2 RBIs while Casey Rowlett went deep, walked twice and scored twice.
Korean spring invite Jai Chul
Chung earned the win with three scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits and
two walks, along with three strikeouts. Coming off a strong 2007 debut with
Catcher Christian Reyes and Tyler Henley each slammed a three-run home runs while infielder Isa Garcia contributed
a pair of doubles.
Quad Cities #1 defeated
J.D. Stambaugh and Dylan Gonzalez each went three innings. J.D. had the stronger outing, with three hits and two walks allowed, but only one earned run. Gonzalez was touched for four runs, three earned, runs on four hits and a walk. Former Indy baller Justin Fiske picked up the win with two one-hit scoreless innings. He fanned two. Matt Spade cleaned up with the one-inning save.
2008 first-rounder shortstop Pete Kozma was on base three times with two hits and a walk and also contributed a pair of nice plays in the field. All eyes will continue to be on Pete.
Quad Cities #2 outscored* the Marlins 5th team, 5-3
* the clubs batted for six innings, but had only three innings worth of pitching, so it isn't really considered a win
QC #2 was led offensively this weekend by the Charlies. Charlie Pelt and Charlie Kingrey each had two hits Sunday after collecting five hits between them on Saturday. Pelt scored twice while Kingrey doubled and tripled. Matt Arburr chipped in with a single and two sacrifice flies.
Basic player stats provided through the courtesy of Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch.
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