schedule for the St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers was an abbreviated one, with
the Springfield club
heading home to entertain the major league club in a pair of games over the
weekend. The Triple-A club remained in Jupiter to play the Dodgers and the
headed to Vero
play their Double-A affiliate for what was the official last Cardinals trip to
Dodgertown. The two Quad Cities clubs faced off at home.
Friday is another camp day at the
Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Florida.
Scout.com Cardinals Pitchers of
the Day – Thursday
Beach’s Jess Todd and
Quad Cities #1’s J.D. Stambaugh each posted three
shutout innings on two hits. J.D. also fanned two. Quad Cities #2’s Deryk Hooker had a three-inning shutout
outing, too. He yielded three hits but logged four
Scout.com Cardinals Hitter of the
Day – Thursday
It is another Arburr day here in
March. Quad Cities #2’s Matt Arburr
is just tearing the cover off the ball this spring. This day, he singled,
doubled, homered and delivered four RBIs in four at-bats.
Earlier in the week, he was
hitting .407. On Wednesday, he went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs. I
have him currently unofficially hitting .471 (16-for-34) this
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Mitchell Boggs had a couple of rough plays that
skewed his bottom line of three earned runs in five innings. All the runs scored
in the first on a three-run home run after a bad-hop single on a potential
inning-ending double play ball extended the frame. Boggs allowed five hits and
two walks, striking out three.
Cliff Politte hasn’t shaken off all the
post-surgery rust yet. In his two innings, he yielded two runs, one earned, on
three hits and a walk. He fanned one. Mark Worrell (one K) and Jason Motte each added a scoreless
inning. Both allowed one hit.
Several younger hitters were given
the chance to “play up” on Thursday and that they did. Pete Kozma tripled and scored in two
at-bats. Jim Rapoport (double), Gabe Johnson (home run) and Joe Mather (double, two runs, two RBI)
each had two hits. Josh Phelps went
3-for-5 including a double and a home run.
Jacksonville (Dodgers AA) 12,
Gary Daley, Jr. took the loss, allowing nine runs
in two-plus innings. Brad Furnish
followed and was charged with two runs (one earned) in three innings. He yielded
two hits. Josh Dew was touched for a
run in his one inning on a pair of hits. He also fanned two.
In five at-bats each, Steve Hill had three hits while Brandon Buckman, Nick Derba, Donovan Solano
and Tony Cruz each had two. Tyler Henley hit a three-run home run.
Daryl Jones singled, walked and had
an RBI in four at-bats. Tommy Pham
doubled and walked.
Quad Cities #2 10, Quad Cities #1
For Quad Cities #1, it was a rough
day on the mound. Andres Rosales
allowed eight runs in 2.1 innings and Eddie Degerman yielded two runs in 1.2 innings.
Quad Cities #2 pitching fared much
better. Mark Diapoules gave up one
run in 2.1 innings on two hits and two walks. He fanned two. Eduardo Sanchez and Matt Spade both threw a perfect
inning, striking out two each.
Catcher Luis DeLaCruz led the limited offense
for Quad Cities #1, going 2-for-2. In addition to Arburr’s feats noted above, Ross Oeder paced QC #2 with two singles
and two doubles in four at-bats. Ryde Rodriguez came to life with a single and a home run in three at-bats and Paul Vasquez also went
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