It is that time of year. The exciting time. All of the teams in the major leagues have begun and the minor league affiliates are now in action. In St. Louis, it is the home opener and that always is a great watch. With the Hall of Famers in red jackets and the Clydesdale leading the way for an in-field parade topped off with the players riding in red vehicles to be introuduced causes it to be a top notch day.
Cardinals Home Opener
I have some thoughts on Adam Wainwright from the loss yesterday in the home opener. I heard this morning he stated his body of out of whack. That mayber. But let’s quit finding external excuses aftr he pitches and call it for what it is. He no longer has the stuff that he had several seasons ago to maintain being in the rotation. Sure, he will have an occasional wow start but this is no different than last season. Maybe he doesn’t want to talk about it but you can bet it is being discussed in the front office.
Let’s consider the fact he just came off the DL. He hadn’t pitched in 10 days and the management appeared to rush Adam back to the mound since it was the home opener and possibly Wainwright’s last. It was stated on the tv telecast that Matheny said this wasn’t a sentimental decision and Adam earned it.
I take that meaning several things. First, for the telecast to even bring it up to the audience means it was a dicey proposition to start with. There was no reason to bring it up otherwise. Secondly, it was definately a sentimental start. He hadn’t pitched for awhile and had Michael Wacha on the bump and Wainwright pushed for the chance. It wasn’t a baseball decision that he was on the hill.
The Cardinals will be better off with Jack Flaherty back in the rotation even if he turns in the same performance asWainwright. He needs the experience in the major leagues.
Minor League Action
Memphis Redbirds– The Redbirds won 8-4 over Round Rock as Rangel Ravelo led the offense with 3 hits. Carson Kelly and Patrick Wisdom each had two hits. Home runs for Memphis came from Adolis Garcia and Max Schrock (who had 3 runs batted in).
John Gant was the starter that went 6 innings and allowed 6 hits, one earned run while walking two and fanning five batters. Daniel Poncedeleon got one inning of work and gave up a hit and he was follwed by Derian Gonzalez who allowd four hits and 3 runs without getting anyone out. Preston Guilmet finished the game with two innings and two strikeouts.
There was 11,037 in attendance at Round Rock with the same teams facing off tonight at 6:05 CT. Daniel Hudson will be the Redbirds starter.
Springfield Cardinals lost 6-5 to Midland. Tommy Edman banged out three hits as and John Nogowski who included a home run. Lane Thomas had two hits whil Granden Goetzman smacked a triple in the game.
Jake Woodford started the game and went 4 innings and allowed six hits with 2 runs, one walk and five strikeouts. Chris Ellis followed him to the mound and gave up to runs. Jacob Evans took the loss in one-third of an inning by giving up three hits and one run. Landon Beck finished the game with one strikeout.
There was 5,373 in attendance at Midland with both teams facing off tonight at 7pm. Ryan Helsley will get the start for Springfield.
Palm Beach Cardinals lost 3-2 to the Jupiter Hammerheads. John Miese had two hits including a double and Shane Billings along with Evan Mendoza each had a hit in the game. Left-fielder JB Woodman fanned three times for Palm Beach.
Anthony Shew got the start and worked five innings and allowed no runs on five hits. He also fanned fanned and walked two batters. Cardinals closer Greg Holland worked one inning and allowed no hits and fanned one. Yeison Medina took the loss.
The attendance in Palm Beach was 1149 for the game. Both teams play Friday as neither team has named their starter for the 6:30 ET start.
Peoria Chiefs pitchers combined to allow only one hits as they won the game 4-2 in Burlington. Jake Walsh pitched five innings and gave up no hits while walking four and fanning five Burlington Bees batters. The offense was lead by Elehuris Montero with two hits and oe run batted in and Juan Yepez driving in two runs on two hits. Nick Plummer hammered out two doubles in the game.
There was only 505 people in the stands for this contest. Johan Oviedo will take to the hill tonight for the Chiefs in a 6:30 CT start.
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