Wednesday’s opponents for the St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers were the Florida Marlins teams, with the games
having been played on their side of the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter,
Florida. The Cardinals charges went 2-2 on the day.
Springfield venture up to Vero to play the
Dodgers, while the single-A clubs stay home to entertain LA’s
Scout.com Cardinals Pitcher of the
Day – Wednesday
Beach’s Tyler Herron worked four scoreless
innings, allowing just three baserunners on a pair of hits and one walk. Herron,
prospect in the Cardinals’ system fanned three hitters. After dominating the
Midwest League at the age of 20, the
right-handed starter looks ready to take on the Florida State
Scout.com Cardinals Hitter of the
Day – Wednesday
Springfield, third baseman Allen Craig has almost impossible to
get out. Our 11th-ranked
prospect went 4-for-5, including a double and a home run. Craig collected
two RBIs. Craig tore up the
pitching-oriented Florida State League before getting the call to Double-A late
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In his second outing on the
spring, major league veteran Dewon Brazelton is making up for lost time. He pitching two innings while were
perfect with the exception of one walk. Brazelton fanned five and took the win.
Lefty Joe Rogers must have had the
knuckleball working again as he allowed a lone walk in four impressive hitless
innings. He fanned two. Lefty Ron Flores was charged with a run in his inning on the mound. Fireballer Jason Motte finished up, allowing one
hit and striking out two.
In his first at-bat in minor
league camp, Joe Mather announced
his arrival a three-run home run. Chris Duncan, who came down to simply get at-bats, hit a solo shot and a double
while leading off every inning, going 3-for-9 overall. Veteran catchers Mark Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double
and Gabe Johnson hit a two-run home
Springfield lost to
Adam Ottavino pitched 3.2 innings, allowing two
earned runs on five hits. Our number five prospect in
the Cardinals system walked no one and fanned four. Obviously not completely
back from shoulder surgery, Stuart Pomeranz took the loss, allowing six runs in one inning on four hits and
three walks. Bob Zimmerman had a
nice day, tossing 2.1 innings of one-hit shutout ball and fanning three in the
Josh Dew pitched a perfect inning with a
pair of strikeouts. Dew, the Cards’ 14th-round pick out of
Troy University, was our Reliever of the Year at
Batavia, ranking second in the New
York-Penn League with 15 saves. Still, jumping two levels seems
Offensively, A.J. Van Slyke continues his strong
spring with a home run.
Beach lost to Jupiter,
Blake King allowed three runs in two innings
on four hits and two walks. King fanned two. He could end up back in Quad
Cities. Former Independent Leaguer Justin Fiske allowed the other two runs
on four hits in 1.1 innings.
Outfielder Jim Rapoport had a double among his
two hits. First baseman Brandon Buckman had a pair of hits for the third consecutive day. Oliver Marmol made the most of his one
at-bat, singling and scoring.
Quad Cities defeated
Nick Additon yielded two runs on three hits
over three-plus innings. Former Illinois high schooler and 12th
round pick last June, Brett Zawacki
earned the win despite being charged with two runs on four hits over three
innings. Matt Spade picked up the
save with a perfect ninth inning.
First baseman Carlos Pupo hit a two-run home run. Justin Roberson and 2007 first-rounder
Pete Kozma were each on base three
times with a single, walk and a hit-by-pitch. Adron Chambers had three hits and
scored twice. Joey Hage had a pair
of hits before plating the game-winner on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly. Brian Cartie was also on base three
times with a single and a pair of walk.
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