Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In Summer Collegiate Leagues 7-22-14: Joe Gillette Hitless In Four At-Bats & Commits Three Errors

West Coast League:

Joe Gillette (former 2014 draft selection-Wenatchee) started at shortstop and batted third.  0-for-4, assisted in one double play, and committed three errors.

Former Cardinals Playing MLB Action 7-22-14: Donovan Solano Collects Four Singles & One Walk; David Peralta Doubles Twice, Walks, & Scores Three Runs; David Carpenter Strikes Out Two Over Two Scoreless Inninngs

Jamey Wright (former St. Louis-Los Angeles) entered in the sixth and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, two earned runs, one walk, hit two batters, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out.  (p-s:31-1)(g/f:4-1)(ir-s:2-2)
Chris Perez (former St. Louis-Los Angeles) entered in the eighth and pitched to five batters.  He allowed no hits, four earned runs, and four walks.  (p-s:25-8)

Pittsburgh beat Los Angeles 12-7


Carlos Beltran (former St. Louis-New York-A) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  2-for-6 with two strikeouts and grounded into one double play.

New York-A beat Texas 2-1 in 14 innings


Colby Rasmus (former St. Louis-Toronto) started as designated hitter and batted fifth.  0-for-3 with one run, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Toronto beat Boston 7-3


Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Miami) started at second base and batted second.  4-for-4 with one double, one run, one walk, and assisted in one double play.

David Carpenter (former Palm Beach-Atlanta) entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck two out. (p-s:32-24)(g/f:2-1)

Miami beat Atlanta 6-5


Blaine Boyer (former St. Louis-San Diego) entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed four hits, three earned runs, two home runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:29-21)(g/f:2-0)

Chicago-N beat San Diego 6-0


Skip Schumaker (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) started at second base and batted second.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts and assisted in one double play.
Ryan Ludwick (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) started in left field and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one run and one strikeout.

Milwaukee beat Cincinnati 4-3


Marc Rzepczynski (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the eighth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (p-s:2-1)

Cleveland beat Minnesota 8-2


David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs, one walk, and one strikeout.

Arizona beat Detroit 5-4


Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted third.  0-for-4 at the plate.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted seventh.  0-for-2 with two walks.
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis-Anaheim) entered in the seventh and pitched 1.2 innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and struck two out.  (p-s:26-17)(g/f:1-1)

Baltimore beat Anaheim 4-2


Coco Crisp (former New Haven-Oakland) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  0-for-6 with two strikeouts.
Nick Punto (former St. Louis-Oakland) started at second base and batted ninth.  1-for-5 and assisted in one double play.
Luke Gregerson (former Springfield-Oakland) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (p-s:20-12)(g/f:2-1)

Houston beat Oakland 3-2 in 12 innings

Trade Rumors Follow David Price

David Price was barely five steps into the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse Tuesday when someone asked him to peer into the future. He’s taken the request daily for more than a month, almost an entire season.

Post-Dispatch

Joe Maddon On Live At Shannon's 7-22-14

KMOX

Kevin Siegrist Is Ready To Go; Oscar Taveras Will Stay Here; Shelby Miller Still In Bullpen; Eureka!; Extra Bases

Lefthander Kevin Siegrist, having completed his rehabilitation option at Class AA Springfield, was in the Cardinals’ clubhouse Tuesday night. He wasn’t active, but he could be either tonight or almost certainly this weekend in Chicago.

Post-Dispatch

Adam Wainwright Undone By Ugly Fifth, Says Delivery Was 'Out Of Whack'

After six days off, Adam Wainwright returned to the mound Tuesday and left it far earlier than he hoped.

KMOV

Tony LaRussa Still 'Haunted' By Athletics Tenure

Before he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend, before he is cast in bronze alongside the greatest of all-time, Tony La Russa wants Oakland to know just how rotten he feels for lousing things up.

Times Herald Online

Audio: Adam Wainwright & Joe Maddon On Their Game Exchange

“That one inning was a trainwreck,” began Adam Wainwright at his locker after his second shortest outing of the season–just 4.1 innings as the St. Louis Cardinals lost to Tampa 7-2 on Tuesday night.

STL Baseball Weekly

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Springfield Hopes Charlie Tilson Sparks Sputtering Offense

It's so easy to dream on him. After all, the Cardinals once orchestrated one of the greatest heists in Chicago, the Ernie Broglio-for-Lou Brock trade.

Springfield News-Leader

Mike Matheny & Adam Wainwright Postgame Press Conference 7-22-14

St. Louis Cardinals lose to Tampa Bay 7-2 Final from Busch Stadium: Rays 7, STLCards 2. W-Odorizzi (6-8) L-Wainwright (12-5) HR-Carpenter (5), Holliday (8), Longoria (12).

STL Sports Page

Rob Kaminsky Turns In His Pinstripes For Cardinals Red

Rob Kaminsky was born and raised a New York Yankees fan, but he had no problem changing his stripes when the St. Louis Cardinals took him in the first round of the 2013 Major League Draft last summer.

Peoria Journal Star

Rays Beat Cardinals 7-2: Matt Carpenter Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Matt Holliday Doubles & Knocks In One Run; Nick Greenwood Strikes Out Two over Two Hitless/Scoreless Inning

Individual Highlights:
Matt Carpenter 2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run, and one walk.
Matt Holliday 1-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Matt Adams 2-for-4 with one strikeout.
Oscar Taveras 1-for-1 at the plate.
Mark Ellis one hit by pitch.
Seth Maness entered in the fifth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:4-3)(g/f:0-1)(ir-s:2-0)
Nick Greenwood entered in the sixth and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:23-14)(g/f:1-2)

Rough Outing:
Kolten Wong 0-for-4 with one walk, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.
Allen Craig 0-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.
Peter Bourjos 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
Tony Cruz 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and allowed two stolen bases.
Adam Wainwright started and pitched 4.2 innings.  He allowed six hits, six runs (four earned), four walks, committed one fielding error, and struck four out for the losing decision (12-5).  0-for-1 with one strikeout.  (p-s:87-49)(g/f:9-2)
Jason Motte entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, one home run, one walk, and struck one out.  (p-s:24-16)(g/f:2-2)

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St. Louis Official Site Post Game
Cardinal Beat Post Game
Post-Dispatch Post Game
KSDK Post Game
KMOV Post Game
STL Sports Page Post Game

Springfield Beat Tulsa 9-8: Matt Williams Collects Three Singles & Two RBIs; Rafael Ortega Singles, Walks, & Drives In Two Runs; Breyvic Valera Collects Three Singles, One Walk, & One RBI

Individual Highlights:
Charlie Tilson 1-for-5 with one RBI, one stolen base, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.
Cody Stanley 0-for-3 with one run, two walks, and one stolen base.
Curt Smith 2-for-5 with one double, one two-out RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Breyvic Valera 3-for-4 with one two-out RBI, three runs, one walk, two stolen bases, and one strikeout.
Rafael Ortega 1-for-2 with two RBIs (one w/two-outs), two runs, one walk, one sacrifice, one sac fly, and one outfield assist.
Matt Williams 3-for-4 with two two-out RBIs, two runs, and two fielding errors.
Alex Mejia 2-for-4 and one throwing error.
Jonathan Rodriguez one RBI and one walk.
Seth Blair entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:10-6)(g/f:2-0)

Rough Outing:
James Ramsey 1-for-5 with four strikeouts and one caught stealing.
Kyle Hald started and pitched 5.1 innings.  He allowed three hits, five runs (three earned), two home runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck five out.  0-for-2 at the plate.  (p-s:74-53)(g/f:6-7)
Christopher Thomas entered in the sixth and pitched to three batters.  He allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), and one walk for the blown save (2).  (p-s:11-6)(ir-s:2-2)
Ryan Sherriff entered in the sixth and pitched to three batters.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:9-6)(g/f:2-1)(ir-s:2-1)
Mitch Harris entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, one home run, and struck one out for the blown save (2) and winning decision (2-0).  (p-s:25-18)(g/f:2-0)

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Tony LaRussa Had Guts To Chase Hall Of Fame Glory

If Tony La Russa ever had a motto, it's "no guts, no glory," which describes his managing career in a nutshell.

St. Louis Official Site

Memphis Beat Omaha 6-3: Shane Robinson Collects Two Singles, One Home Run, & Two RBIs; Stephen Piscotty Collects Three Singles & Two RBIs; Marco Gonzales Strikes Out Seven & Allows Two Runs Over Seven Innings For The Win

Individual Highlights:
Shane Robinson 3-for-5 with one home run, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), and two runs.
Scott Moore 0-for-3 with two walks.
Stephen Piscotty 3-for-4 with two two-out RBIs, one run, one hit by pitch, and one stolen base.
Xavier Scruggs 1-for-3 with one double, one run, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.
Greg Garcia 1-for-2 with one double, one RBI, one walk, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Tommy Pham 2-for-4 with one two-out RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Marco Gonzales started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed five hits, two earned runs, two home runs, hit one batter, and struck seven out for the winning decision (1-1).  (p-s:98-65)(g/f:6-4)

Rough Outing:
Angel Castro entered in the eighth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed two hits and one earned run.  (p-s:5-4)
Eric Fornataro entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck three out for the save (8).  (p-s:33-19)(g/f:3-0)(ir-s:2-1)

Former Cardinals:
Clayton Mortensen started and pitched 4.2 innings.  He allowed nine hit, four earned runs, one home run, one walk, hit one batter, and struck three out for the losing decision (4-2).  (p-s:92-58)(g/f:1-3)

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Memphis Official Site Post Game
Memphis Commercial Appeal Post Game

Cardinals Lose Challenge, But Benefit After All

A challenge not won by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny worked in the Cards' favor on Tuesday night, when Matt Holliday followed a contested foul ball in the sixth inning with a 424-foot solo homer to pull the Cardinals to within four runs of the Rays.

St. Louis Official Site

Giants Scout Jake Peavy In Tuesday Start

Nick Cafardo Twitter

Nick Greenwood Candidate To Be Optioned For Kevin Siegrist

Derrick Goold Twitter

More Rest For Shelby Miller

With Kevin Siegrist back in St. Louis and ready to be active from the disabled list on Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals have a couple of different options on how they could find space on the 25-man roster for the left-handed reliever.

STL Baseball Weekly

Reds & Phillies Continue Talks On Marlon Byrd

Jim Bowden Twitter

Palm Beach Beat Daytona 9-3: Bruce Caldwell Singles & Hits A Two-Run Homer; David Popkins Singles, Doubles, & Drives In Two Runs; Jimmy Reed Strikes Out Two & Allows two Runs over Seven Innings For The Win

Individual Highlights:
Nick Martini 2-for-5 with two runs and one strikeout.
Ildemaro Vargas 1-for-3 with one RBI, one run, one sacrifice, and one sac fly.
Bruce Caldwell 2-for-5 with one home run, two RBIs, one run, and two strikeouts.
Luke Voit 2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one walk, and assisted in one double play.
Anthony Garcia 1-for-5 with one double and two runs.
David Popkins 2-for-5 with one double, two RBIs (one two-outs), and one run.
Mason Katz 2-for-4 with one RBI, two runs, one walk, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Cesar Valera 2-for-4 and assisted in one double play.
Gerwuins Velazco 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI, one walk, and threw out one of two base runners.
Jimmy Reed started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed seven hits, two earned runs, and struck two out for the winning decision (4-0).  (g/f:6-11)
Chris Perry entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck two out.  (g/f:0-1)

Rough Outing:
Iden Nazario entered eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, one home run, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-0)

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Palm Beach Official Site Post Game

Matt Carpenter's Cardinals' Heart & Hustle Recipient; Michael Wacha Targets September Return After MRI; Kevin Siegrist Back From Rehab, On Verge Of Activation; Worth Noting

For the second straight season, Matt Carpenter has been named the Cardinals' winner of the Heart and Hustle Award, presented annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to honor players "who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game."

St. Louis Official Site

Mahoning Valley Beat State College 3-1: Jake Stone Singles & Drives In One Run; Tyler Bray Strikes Out Three Over Two Scoreless Innings; Kyle Grana Strikes Out Two Over Two Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Darren Seferina 1-for-3 with one run, two walks, one stolen base, one strikeout, and assisted in two double plays.
Danny Diekroeger 1-for-4 with one walk and assisted in one double play.
Alex DeLeon 2-for-4 with one triple, one walk, and one strikeout.
Jake Stone 1-for-4 with one two-out RBI and assisted in two double plays.
Nick Thompson 0-for-2 with two walks.
Chase Raffield 1-for-4 with one double.
Jhohan Acevedo 1-for-4 with one double.
Tyler Bray entered in the fifth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck three out.  (g/f:3-0)
Kyle Grana entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck two out.  (g/f:2-1)

Rough Outing:
Robelys Reyes 0-for-4 with one sacrifice, two missed catch errors, and assisted in one double play.
Brian O'Keefe 0-for-4 with one strikeout and threw out one of four base runners.
Trey Nielson started and pitched four innings.  He allowed five hits, two earned runs, one walk, threw two wild pitches, and struck four out for the losing decision (3-1).  (g/f:2-3)
Jacob Booden entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, ad one walk.  (g/f:1-1)

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State College Official Site Post Game
Centre Daily Times Post Game

Is A David Price Deal In The Cards For St. Louis?

David Price arrived into town Sunday night, walked across the street, caught the St. Louis Cardinals' game, drank a couple of beers, and had a nice, leisurely lunch the next day.

USA Today

Sunday Funday: David Price Watches Busch Game As Fan

David Price hadn't watched a game from the stands since he was a teenager until he and some of his teammates walked into Busch Stadium on Sunday night in St. Louis.

Tampa Bay Official Site

Princeton Beat Johnson City 4-1: Jesus Ustariz Singles & Drives In One Run; Ian McKinney Strikes Out Seven, Picks One Runner Off, & Allows One Run over Six Innings; Kender Villegas Strikes Out Two & Holds One Runner On Over One & A Third Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Blake Drake 0-for-3 with one hit by pitch, one stolen base, one strikeout, and one outfield assist.
Casey Grayson 1-for-4 with one run and two strikeouts.
Cole Lankford 1-for-4 at the plate.
Jose Godoy 2-for-3 with one strikeout and threw out one of two base runners.
Jesus Ustariz 1-for-3 with one two-out RBI and assisted in one double play.
Ian McKinney started and pitched six innings.  He allowed eight hits, one earned run, one walk, struck seven out, and picked one runner off.  (g/f:4-4)
Kender Villegas entered in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, one balk, and struck two out.  (g/f:0-1)(ir-s:1-0)

Rough Outing:
Rest Of The Team

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Johnson City Press Post Game

Josh Willingham Not Interested In Trade Rumors

Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has started to show signs that he's starting to come around offensively, and he said he's doing his best not to think about the trade rumors involving him leading up to the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.

Minnesota Official Site

Cardinals Monitoring Rotation Options As Deadline Nears

With the non-waiver Trade Deadline nine days away, the Cardinals continue to zero in on starting pitchers who could potentially help fortify the rotation for a postseason push.

St. Louis Official Site

Mets Starting To Get Calls On Bartolo Colon

Marc Craig Twitter

Evan Longoria On The Jim Edmonds & Tim McKernan Show 7-22-14

Inside STL

John Danks Lists Athletics, Orioles, Nationals, & Blue Jays In No-Trade Clause

Scott Merkin Twitter

Audio: Right Direction For Michael Wacha

The wait continues, but St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha was in good spirits after his evaluation yesterday puts him about two weeks out from beginning to throw again.

STL Baseball Weekly

Oscar Taveras Fights For Playing Time As Sporadic Production Continues

Even with a right-hander on the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays, starting opportunities remain scarce for Oscar Taveras.

KMOV

Lines For Busch Stadium Spill Onto Interstate Ramp

Cardinals fans waited outside of Busch Stadium in a line that spilled into Highway 40, concerning some viewers.

KMOV

Troy Tulowitzki May Not Be Ready To Return By End Of DL Stay

Patrick Saunders Twitter

Red Sox Want Prospect In Return For Jake Peavy

Buster Olney Twiter

State College Starting Lineup 7-22-14

State College Official Twitter

Cardinals Sign Ignacio Chevalier & Send To Rookie-Level Dominican Summer League; Double-A Springfield Placed Starlin Rodriguez On The Disabled List; Short-Season Single-A State College Placed Andrew Sohn On The DL

Jrocke217 Twitter

Jrocke217 Twiter

Jrocke217 Twitter (right elbow injury)

Mike Shannon Gives Joe Madden Stan Musial Bat

Mike "The Voice of the Cardinals" Shannon celebrated his 75th birthday last week, but it was him giving out the gifts with the Tampa Bay Rays in town.

Inside STL

Joe Strauss On The Home Stretch 7-22-14

Inside STL

Palm Beach Starting Lineup 7-22-14

Palm Beach Official Twitter

Charlie Tilson Promoted From A-Advanced Palm Beach To Double-A Springfield

Palm Beach Official Site

Audio: Kevin Siegrist Back, But Not Active

With his rehab stint in Springfield complete, St. Louis Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist is back at Busch Stadium, but will wait at least another day before he rejoins his teammates on the active roster.
STL Baseball Weekly

Reliever Kevin Siegrist's rehab assignment is complete and the lefty is back in St. Louis to be evaluated before he is activated from the disabled list.
Cardinal Beat

After missing 52 games on the disabled list, Kevin Siegrist may be sitting his final one out Tuesday night.
KMOV

Cardinals Starting Lineup 7-22-14

St. Louis Official Twitter

Manager Mike Matheny is hoping Allen Craig's double off Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw on Sunday has revived the right fielder's swing. For the first time since July 5-6, Craig is in the Cardinals lineup on consecutive days.
Cardinal Beat

Memphis Starting Lineup 7-22-14

Memphis Official Twitter

Giants Could Pursue Jake Peavy With Matt Cain Injured

The Giants pursued Peavy last year but were never close. He’s a personal favorite of Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who managed him during his peak seasons with the San Diego Padres. It also would be poetic of sorts if Peavy were to replace Cain in the rotation, since Cain admired him as a young pitcher and taught him how to be a tough competitor.

CSN Bat Area

Mets Trying Hard To Trade Bartolo Colon

Danny Knobler Twitter

Springfield Starting Lineup 7-22-14

Kary Booher Twitter

Single-A Peoria Placed Juan Herrera On The Disabled List

Dave Eminian Twitter

Mike Matheny Discusses All-Star Game, Shelby Miller, & Oscar Taveras On Inside Pitch 7-22-14

MLB Network Radio Twitter

MLB Network Radio Twitter

MLB Network Radio Twitter

Triple-A Lehigh Valley Placed Jason Marquis On The Disabled List With Strained Right Oblique

Matt Gelb Twitter

Why Pitchf/x Is Important

Most of the time here at Beyond the Box Score we utilize tools and stats like those from PITCHf/x to provide insights on the players we watch every night in Major League Baseball. This isn't one of those times though. This is a philosophical look at why PITCHf/x is important.

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DSL: Giants Beat Cardinals 11-7: Dennis Ortega Singles, Walks, & Drives In One Run; Allen Cordoba, Jonathan Rivera, & Carlos Rodriguez Each Single & Knock In One Run

Individual Highlights:
Allen Cordoba 1-for-5 with one RBI, one run, one missed catcher error, and one fielding error.
Dennis Ortega 1-for-4 with one two-out RBI, one run, one walk, one strikeout, and two passed balls.
Jonathan Rivera 1-for-4 with one RBI and two strikeouts.
Carlos Rodriguez 1-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and three strikeouts.
Wadye Ynfante 0-for-1 with one run, three walks, and one strikeouts.
Kerrion Bennett entered in the sixth and pitched three innings.  He allowed three hits, one unearned run, one walk, and struck two out.  (g/f:5-2)

Rough Outing:
David Oca started and pitched one inning.  He allowed five hits, six runs (four earned), threw one wild pitch, and struck one out for the losing decision (2-3).  (g/f:3-0)
Juan Alvarez entered in the second and pitched four innings.  He allowed four hits, four earned runs, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out.  (g/f:5-2)(ir-s:1-0)

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DSL: Giants Beat Cardinals 11-7: Dennis Ortega Singles, Walks, & Drives In One Run; Allen Cordoba, Jonathan Rivera, & Carlos Rodriguez Each Single & Knock In One Run

Individual Highlights:
Allen Cordoba 1-for-5 with one RBI, one run, one missed catcher error, and one fielding error.
Dennis Ortega 1-for-4 with one two-out RBI, one run, one walk, one strikeout, and two passed balls.
Jonathan Rivera 1-for-4 with one RBI and two strikeouts.
Carlos Rodriguez 1-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and three strikeouts.
Wadye Ynfante 0-for-1 with one run, three walks, and one strikeouts.
Kerrion Bennett entered in the sixth and pitched three innings.  He allowed three hits, one unearned run, one walk, and struck two out.  (g/f:5-2)

Rough Outing:
David Oca started and pitched one inning.  He allowed five hits, six runs (four earned), threw one wild pitch, and struck one out for the losing decision (2-3).  (g/f:3-0)
Juan Alvarez entered in the second and pitched four innings.  He allowed four hits, four earned runs, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out.  (g/f:5-2)(ir-s:1-0)

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Matthew Leach & Rick Hummel On The Press Box 7-22-14

Inside STL

Padres Send Chase Headley To Yankees

Jon Heyman Twitter

Peter Bourjos Is A Flash -- With The Leather, Between Bases -- When He Gets The Chance

Watching Peter Bourjos put his wheels in high gear is as entertaining as any aspect of watching the Cardinals this season.

Fox Sports Midwest

Would Drew Silva Be Surprised If The Cardinals End Up With David Price At The Trade Deadline?

101 ESPN

Cardinals Exploring Pitching Trade Market

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

A.J. Burnett Would Prefer To Be Traded To Pirates

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

GCL: Cardinals Beat Marlins 7-5 In 7 Innings In Game One Of Doubleheader; Game Two Postponed: Malik Collymore Singles, Doubles, & Drives In Four Runs; Ricardo Bautista Collects Two Singles & One RBI; Kevin Alexander Strikes Out Two & Holds One Runner On Over One & A Third Scoreless Innings For The Save

Individual Highlights:
Magneuris Sierra 1-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Michael Pritchard 1-for-2 with two runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Malik Collymore 2-for-4 with one double four RBIs, and one run.
Elier Rodriguez 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run.
Michael Massi 1-for-2 with one double, one walk, and one strikeout.
Ricardo Bautista 2-for-3 with one two-out RBI.
DeAndre Asbury-Heath 1-for-3 with one double, one run, and two strikeouts.
Kevin Alexander entered in the sixth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out for the save (2).  (g/f:1-1)(ir-s:1-0)

Rough Outing:
Julio Mateo started and pitched 5.2 innings.  He allowed five hits, five earned runs, one home run, one walk, hit two batters, and struck three out for the winning decision (4-2).  (g/f:6-4)

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Edmundo Sosa & Jorge Rodriguez Could Be Eyed By Teams As Trade Pieces

Baseball America

A.J. Burnett Can Be Traded To Orioles, Red Sox, Reds, Royals, Mets, Yankees, Pirates, Cardinals, & Nationals Without Permission

Jerry Crasnick Twitter

Peoria Baseball Giveaway Honors Pete Vonachen

The Peoria Chiefs have teamed up with Busey Bank and area law enforcement departments for a baseball giveaway to honor late Chiefs owner Pete Vonachen.

Peoria Journal Star

Joe Garagiola's Life Full Of Achievements & Giving

There was the time Joe Garagiola Sr. playfully approached the great Dizzy Dean with a question.

Arizona Official Site

Illinois Postpones Closure Of MLK Bridge For A Year

Illinois has postponed closing the Martin Luther King Bridge for repairs for about a year.

Post-Dispatch

Yankees Have Talked About John Danks; Talks In Early Stages

The Yankees, to no one's surprise, have checked in on White Sox lefty John Danks.

CBS Sports

Marlins Sign International Free Agent Christian Capellan

Dominican outfielder Christian Capellan officially signed with the Marlins today for $500,000.

Baseball America

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB Action 7-22-14: Chad Huffman Doubles & Hits A Solo Home Run

Chad Huffman (former Memphis-Chiba Lotte) started in left field and batted sixth.  2-for-2 with one double, one home run, one RBI, two runs, and two walks.

Chiba Lotte beat Softbank 4-3

Skip Schumaker Wins Reds' 2014 Heart & Hustle Award

MLBPAA Twitter

Outfielder/second baseman Skip Schumaker was named on Tuesday as the club's winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award. Given by the Major League Players Alumni Association each year, the award honors players "who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody the values, spirits and tradition of the game.
Cincinnati Official Site

Orix Places Yuniesky Betancourt On Waivers

Yakyubaka

Matt Carpenter Receives Cardinals' 2014 Heart & Hustle Award

St. Louis Official Twitter

Cardinals Still Considering Jake Peavy, Who's Often Been Tied To St. Louis

The Cardinals are still monitoring Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, according to sources.

CBS Sports

Cliff Lee Can Be Traded To Braves, Indians, Astros, Marlins, Twins, Mets, Padres, Rays, & Nationals Without Consent

Jerry Crasnick Twitter

Rays Will Command High Trade Price

You may have noticed that the Tampa Bay Rays are in town. And you may have heard that should they sell off assets, the Cardinals would be interested in lefthanded pitcher David Price.

Tipsheet

Reds To Sign International Free Agent Nadir Ljatifi

Shortstop Nadir Ljatifi of the Untouchables Paderborn is going to sign with the Cincinnati Reds.

Mister Baseball

Red Sox Scouting Rowan Wick

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Always Be Closing: Shelby Miller Sliding Away From Starting Role, Cardinals Need Answer

Here’s a tortured analogy to illustrate how pitching staffs are constructed in the major leagues and why Shelby Miller was exiled from the starting rotation, at least for now.

KMOV

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 7-21-14: Carlos Beltran Drives In One Run; John Axford Strikes Out One Over One Scoreless Inning; Skip Schumaker Singles & Doubles

Carlos Beltran (former St. Louis-New York-A) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-3 with one RBI and one sac fly.

Texas beat New York-A 4-2


Colby Rasmus (former St. Louis-Toronto) started in centerfield and batted fifth.  0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Boston beat Toronto 14-1


Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Miami) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Miami beat Atlanta 3-1 in 10 innings


Skip Schumaker (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) started in right field and batted second.  2-for-4 with one double and one strikeout.

Milwaukee beat Cincinnati 5-2


John Axford (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:11-8)(g/f:1-1)

Minnesota beat Cleveland 4-3


David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in centerfield and batted leadoff.  0-for-4 with one walk.

Detroit beat Arizona 4-3


Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted third.  0-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started and third base and batted sixth.  1-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.

Baltimore beat Anaheim 4-2

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tate Matheny - 2014 Team USA Stats

Matheny played in 22 games going 17-for-65 (.262) with two doubles, one home run, nine RBIs, 22 total bases, four runs, three walks, two hit by pitches, five stolen bases, one sacrifice, 12 strikeouts, grounded into one double play, .314 OBP, .338 SLG, and committed two errors for a .951 FLD%.

Jonathan Rodriguez Stays Positive In Approach

The quote of the year may have been said Monday, just before the Springfield Cardinals' 101st game of the season.

Springfield News-Leader

John Mozeliak Forsees Michael Wacha Pitching In September

Will injured righthander Michael Wacha be pitching for the Cardinals before the season ends?

Post-Dispatch

Stephen Drew Still Bothered By Jhonny Peralta Contract

"Just with this whole compensation with the draft pick and everything, it's a bit frustrating where you're looking at Peralta, the guy (suspended 50 games for use of) PEDs and everything," Drew said. "And I was just going about my career the way I have, (frustration is) definitely there, but at the same time I'm not going to make a big deal, I'm going to stay on that even-keeled line and see what happens."

Mass Live

Video: Jack Morris On Hand For Peoria @ South Bend Game 7-21-14

Former Major League pitcher Jack Morris was on hand to see the South Bend Silver Hawks beat the Peoria Chiefs Monday afternoon, 5-4.

Clips Syndicate

Cliff Lee Shows Rust In Potential Showcase Start

Cliff Lee has not stumped publicly to be traded like Phillies teammate Jonathan Papelbon, although he probably would not stand in the way of a change of scenery.

Philadelphia Official Site

Aledmys Diaz's Whereabouts

Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz continues working out at the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Fla., farm director Gary LaRocque said Monday. Diaz, who has dealt with stiffness in his shoulder and back, .291 before being disabled June 30.

Springfield News-Leader

Phillies Say Cole Hamels Not Available

Buster Olney Twitter

Tim Cooney Tinkering With His Arsenal To Good Effect

Staring 60 feet, 6 inches in to home plate, a pitcher’s mind wanders.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Final Check For Kevin Siegrist

It would appear that St. Louis Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist has checked off the final box on his rehab assignment and is ready to rejoin his big league teammates soon.

STL Baseball Weekly

2014 West Coast League All-Star Game Cancelled Due To Rain

West Coast League Official Twitter

Tulsa Beat Springfield 7-1: Patrick Wisdom Singles & Drives In One Run; Kevin Siegrist Pitches One & A Third Scoreless Innings; Mitch Harris Strikes Out One & Holds One Runner On Over One & A Third Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Breyvic Valera 1-for-4 with one run and one strikeout.
James Ramsey 0-for-3 with one hit by pitch and two strikeouts.
Jonathan Rodriguez 0-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.
Patrick Wisdom 1-for-3 with one two-out RBI and one strikeout.
Curt Smith one walk.
Rafael Ortega one walk and one outfield assist.
Alex Mejia 1-for-4 with one ground into double play.
Travis Tartamella 1-for-3 with one strikeout and threw out one of two base runners.
Kevin Siegrist entered in the sixth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk.  (p-s:27-16)(g/f:0-2)
Mitch Harris entered in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:11-8)(g/f:0-2)(ir-s:1-0)

Rough Outing:
Rest Of The Team

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Omaha Beat Memphis 4-1: Stephen Piscotty Drives In One Run; Tim Cooney Strikes Out Four & Allows One Run Over Six Innings; Xavier Scruggs Collects Three Singles

Individual Highlights:
Randal Grichuk 2-for-4 with one triple, one run, one strikeout, and grounded into one double play.
Stephen Piscotty 0-for-3 with one RBI, one sac fly, three strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.
Xavier Scruggs 3-for-4 with one strikeout and assisted in one double play.
Tommy Pham 1-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.
Tim Cooney started and pitched six innings.  He allowed six hits, one unearned run, two walks, threw one wild pitch, struck four out, and picked one runner off.  (p-s:91-60)(g/f:3-5)
Heath Wyatt entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:10-8)(g/f:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Pete Kozma 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
Jermaine Curtis 0-for-2 with one walk, one sacrifice, two fielding errors, and assisted in one double play.
Luis Mateo 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
Dean Kiekhefer entered in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, one walk, and stuck one out for the losing decision (1-3).  (p-s:30-19)(g/f:1-0)
Joseph Donofrio entered in the eighth and pitched to six batters.  He allowed four hits, two earned runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (p-s:23-15)

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Memphis Official Site Post Game

Cardinals Still Keeping Eye On Jake Peavy

Nick Cafardo Twitter

Johnson City Beat Bristol 8-4: Blake Drake Collects One Single, One Double, One Home Run; & Two RBIs; Jesus Ustariz Doubles & Hits A Two-Run Homer; Casey Turgeon Collects Two Singles, One Home Run, & Two RBIs

Individual Highlights:
Oscar Mercado 3-for-5 with one double, one two-out RBI, one run, one stolen base, and one throwing error.
Casey Turgeon 3-for-3 with one home run, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), two runs, and two walks.
Blake Drake 3-for-5 with one double, one home run, two RBIs, two runs, and one fielding error.
Chris Rivera 1-for-5 with one walk and three strikeouts.
Jesus Ustariz 2-for-4 with one double, one home run, two two-out RBIs, and two runs.
Jose Godoy 1-for-3 with one walk.
Jordan DeLorenzo entered in the sixth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck four out for the hold (1).

Rough Outing:
Casey Grayson 0-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout.
Carlos Torres 0-for-4 with three strikeout.
Landon Beck started and pitched four innings.  He allowed two hits, two earned runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (g/f:8-2)
Kevin Carlow entered in the fifth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and struck one out for the winning decision (1-3).  (g/f:1-0)

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Johnson City Official Site Post Game
Johnson City Press Post Game

Tri-City Beat State College 4-1: Jake Stone Walks & Drives In One Run; Daniel Poncedeleon Strikes Out Five & Allows One Run Over Four Innings; Jeff Rauh Strikes Out One Over Two Hitless/Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Robelys Reyes 0-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.
Danny Diekroeger 1-for-4 and assisted in one double play.
Rowan Wick 2-for-4 with one double, one triple, one run, and one strikeout.
Jake Stone 0-for-3 with one RBI, one walk, one strikeout, one fielding error, and assisted in one double play.
Alex DeLeon 1-for-1 at the plate.
Daniel Poncedeleon started and pitched four innings.  He allowed four hits, one earned run, two walks, and struck five out for the losing decision (1-2).  (g/f:3-2)
Jeff Rauh entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-2)

Rough Outing:
Rest Of The Team

Former Cardinals:
Bryan Radziewski entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck five out.  (g/f:1-0)

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State College Official Site Post Game
Centre Daily Times Post Game

Daytona Beat Palm Beach 9-6: Anthony Garcia Singles & Hits A Three-Run Homer; Ildemaro Vargas Collects Two Doubles & One RBI; Dixon Llorens Strikes Out Two over Two Hitless/Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Nick Martini 1-for-5 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.
Ildemaro Vargas 2-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.
Luke Voit 1-for-5 with one RBI and one run.
David Popkins 2-for-4 with one run.
Anthony Garcia 2-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs, two runs, and two strikeouts.
Cesar Valera 3-for-4 with one double.
Dixon Llorens entered in the sixth and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, three walks, and struck two out.  (g/f:2-1)

Rough Outing:
Bruce Caldwell 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Jimmy Bosco 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Silfredo Garcia started and pitched five innings.  He allowed nine hits, eight earned runs, two home runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out for the losing decision (6-2).  (g/f:10-1)
Danny Miranda entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and struck two out.  (g/f:3-0)

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Palm Beach Official Site Post Game

Why The Rays Trading David Price Is No Longer A Sure Thing

Two of the biggest players expected to move before the July 31 trade deadline — Jeff Samardzija and Huston Street — have already been dealt, underscoring the go-for-it fervor atop the AL West.

NY Post

Tigers Keeping Tabs On Jonathan Papelbon

Jon Morosi Twitter

Experienced Albert Pujols Looks Top Show Angels The Way

Albert Pujols has been there, done that, as the saying goes. He helped the St. Louis Cardinals to World Series championships in 2006 and 2011 and also played in the 2004 World Series, which the Cardinals lost.

LA Daily News

Mariners Sign International Free Agent Carlos Herrera

The Mariners have signed Carlos Herrera, a 16-year-old righthander from the Dominican Republic.

Baseball America

Clint Hurdle Loses Challenge On Play At Second In First

The Pirates lost a first-inning challenge in Monday's game against the Dodgers on a safe call at second base.

Pittsburgh Official Site

State College Starting Lineup 7-21-14

State College Official Twitter

Tigers, Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers, Angels, Royals, Giants Rangers, Diamondbacks, & Pirates Expected To Have Scouts As Cliff Lee Start Tonight

Jerry Crasnick Twitter

Angels Sign John Buck To Minors Deal

Jeff Fletcher Twitter

Shane Peterson Named Pacific Coast League Player Of The Week For Period July 14-20, 2014

Pacific Coast League
Shane Peterson, Sacramento
(.600/.625/1.400, 3 G, 9-for-15, 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K)
Even though he participated in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game, Peterson returned from the break as refreshed as if he had taken it off. The left-handed outfielder had the first three-homer game of his career Thursday. Each of the three homers came in consecutive at-bats during the third, fifth and sixth innings and traveled the opposite way. "I felt like going into my [late] at-bats, I felt comfortable. Even though I didn't get a hit or anything, I felt good about those at-bats," he told MiLB.com. "To hit three home runs in a game, a lot of things have to go right, but I was doing a lot of things right in those last at-bats and just didn't get results. That's kind of how baseball is." Peterson finished off the week by going 6-for-10 with three doubles and four RBIs over the weekend. He owns a .320/.395/.468 slash line with eight homers and 65 RBIs in 97 games with the River Cats.

MiLB Official Site

John Mozeliak Unafraid To Do Absolutely Nothing At Trade Deadline

Of all the things I’ve heard said about Cardinals GM John Mozeliak by rival executives, disciplined is probably the most apt description. He won’t be pressured into something. It doesn’t matter if – from a PR perspective – he gets roasted by the hometown fans because they wanted to see something big come down the pipe.

KMOV

Joliet Sold The Contract Of Jake Gronsky To The Cardinals, Assigned To Short-Season Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League

Joliet Official Twitter

Rockies Designate Jair Jurrjens For An Assignment

Troy Renck Twitter

Springfield Starting Lineup 7-21-14

Kary Booher Twitter

South Bend Beat Peoria 5-4: Richy Pedroza Singles, Triples, & Drives In Four Runs; Steven Sabatino Strikes Out Two Of Three Batters Faced; Jhonny Polanco Strikes Out One Over One Scoreless Inning

Individual Highlights:
Vaughn Bryan 1-for-5 with one double and two strikeouts.
Carson Kelly 1-for-3 with one walk and threw out one base runner.
Ronald Castillo 2-for-3 with one double, one triple, two runs, and one walk.
Luis Perez 2-for-3 with one run, one walk, and one strikeout.
Richy Pedroza 2-for-3 with one triple, four RBIs (two w/two-outs), and one sac fly.
Jhonny Polanco entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (0-1)
Steven Sabatino entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.

Rough Outing:
C.J. McElroy 0-for-4 with one walk and two strikeouts.
Rafael Medina 0-for-4 with one ground into double play.
Arturo Reyes started and pitched six innings.  He allowed eight hits, five earned runs, hit one batter, threw two wild pitches, and struck nine out for the losing decision (6-6).  (g/f:4-4)

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Michael Wacha Improving, Could Begin Throwing In Two Weeks

Injured Cardinals righthander Michael Wacha still hasn't been cleared to throw. But general manager John Mozeliak said today that Wacha, who has a stress reaction in his right scapula, has healed to the point that he will "ramp up" his pre-throwing program beginning Tuesday.
Cardinal Beat

The Cardinals reportedly received good news about young right-hander Michael Wacha on Monday, with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporting that an MRI and CT scan on his right shoulder showed encouraging results.
St. Louis Official Site

The chances that Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha will pitch again this season went from hopeful to very strong after undergoing a round of tests on Monday.
Fox Sports Midwest

The Cardinals received positive news on Monday from an MRI and CT scan on Michael Wacha's shoulder, according to reports.
KMOV

Memphis Starting Lineup 7-21-14

Memphis Official Twitter

Chad Oberacker Promoted From A-Advanced Stockton To Double-A Midland

MiLB Official Site

New Jersey Released Brady Adamek

American Association Official Site

Sorting Through The Tight Races Across The NL

With the All-Star break behind us and the 100-game point of the season upon us, the time seems right to handicap the NL playoff races.

Fox Sports Midwest

Cardinals Among Most Defensively Improved Teams

Much of general manager John Mozeliak's work last offseason was done with an eye on defense, and while a final grade can't be handed out 99 games into the 2014 season, the Cardinals have already distinguished themselves among the most defensively improved teams in the Majors.

St. Louis Official Site

Phillies Outright Koyie Hill To Triple-A Lehigh Valley

Philadelphia Official Twitter

Triple-A Charlotte Placed Daniel McCutchen On The Disabled List

Charlotte Official Twitter

Giants Sign Dan Uggla To Minors Deal

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

DSL: Giants Beat Cardinals 3-2: Allen Cordoba Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Oneiver Diaz Strikes Out Two, Picks One Runner Off, & Allows One Run Over Four Innings; Enrique Perez Strikes Out One Over One Scoreless Inning

Individual Highlights:
Allen Cordoba 2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run, grounded into one double play, one caught stealing/pickoff.
Carlos Talavera 2-for-4 with one stolen base, one strikeout, and one outfield assist.
Dennis Ortega 1-for-3 with one walk and one passed ball.
Luis Flores 1-for-3 with one run, one walk, one stolen base, and two strikeouts.
Oneiver Diaz started and pitched four innings.  He allowed five hits, one earned run, one walk, hit two batters, threw one wild pitch, committed one throwing error, struck two out, and picked one runner off.  (g/f:5-3)
Enrique Perez entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, and struck one out. (g/f:1-0)

Rough Outing:
Hector Linares 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and grounded into one double play.
Jonathan Rivera 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
Carlos Rodriguez 0-for-4 with one stolen base and four strikeouts.
Oscar Cotes 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Will Changarotty entered in the fifth and pitched four innings.  He allowed five hits, two earned runs, two walks, and struck three out.  (g/f:4-2)

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Dominican Summer League Official Site Post Game

Frankie Rodriguez Promoted To A-Advanced Palm Beach, Joshua Lopez Returned To Short-Season Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League

Jrocke217 Twitter

Brett McMillan's Redbird Report 7-21-14: Cardinals Can't Take Advantage Of Subpar Clayton Kershaw

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GCL: Cardinals Beat Marlins 3-1 In 6 1/2 Innings In Game One Of Doubleheader; Game Two Postponed: Ricardo Bautista Doubles & Drives In One Run; Jack Flaherty Strikes Out Three Over Two Scoreless Innings For The Win; Joshua Lopez & Michael Massi Each Knock In One Run

Individual Highlights:
Michael Pritchard 2-for-2 with one double, two runs, one stolen base, and assisted in one double play.
Joshua Lopez 0-for-2 with one RBI.
Ricardo Baustista 1-for-1 with one double, one RBI, and one walk.
Michael Massi 0-for-1 with one RBI, one sac fly, and assisted in one double play.
Luke Weaver started and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and struck two out.
Jack Flaherty entered in the second and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck three out for the winning decision (1-0).  (g/f:2-1)

Rough Outing:
Julian Barzilli 0-for-3 and assisted in one double play.
DeAndre Asbury-Heath 0-for-2 and one fielding error.
Ronnie Williams entered in the fourth and pitched 2.1 innings.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, one walk, and threw one wild pitch for the save (1).  (g/f:3-1)

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Bob Uecker Recalls Life-Saving Moment A Wrigley

A game at Wrigley Field may have saved Bob Uecker's life.

Chicago-N Official Site

Peoria Starting Lineup 7-21-14

Peoria Official Twitter

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 7-21-14

Oneiver Diaz


The Dominican Summer League Cardinals had their losing streak extended to six games into this period.  The Redbirds ended that and did something they haven't done since the beginning of the season, claim three consecutive games.  The last time the Cardinals won two straight games came June 16-17 and three from June 2-4 and June 11-13.  The club is 15-27 with a .357 PCT, 14 games out of first place, and 13 games away from being eliminated from postseason play.  The Cardinals are still fighting to stay out of the basement, only two games up on the last place Reds Two club.

Week In Review:

The Cardinals opened up on the road to finish off the two-game series against thew Orioles Two.  The Redbirds received stellar pitching from Will Changarotty, who had been struggling all season, and Oneiver Diaz.  Both combined to allow eight hits, two runs, one home run, two walks, and struck out nine.  But the issue wasn't the pitching for the Cardinals.  The Orioles pitching was just a tad bit better striking out 13 and holding the Redbirds to five hits and four walks.  Carlos Talavera reached base three times (single and two walks) but never crossed the plate as the Orioles shutout the Cardinals, for the third time this season, 2-0.

The Cardinals hosted the Reds Two club in the first of a two-game series.  The Redbirds quality pitching carried over from the previous game as David Oca, alone, struck out ten and allows two hits and one walk over six innings.  Juan Alvarez finished the game off pitching three scoreless frames.  The Cardinals offense poked it's head out and took advantage of the Red Stockings fielding miscues and three wild pitches.  Luis Bandes single twice and drove in two runs and Allen Corodoba collects a couple singles and knocked in one run.  The Redbirds ended their losing streak at six, shutting out the Reds Two 7-0.

The Cardinals went out on the road to face the Reds Two in the second game.  Both teams started off strong from the mound, tossing three scoreless frames.  The Redbirds were the first to strike as Luis Bandes hit a solo home run in the fourth.  The Reds put two on the board in the fifth and knocked Junior Gonzalez out of the game.  The Redbirds held the lead at 3-2 for another three innings, with the help of Enrique Perez in relief.  The Red Stockings tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth to send the contest into extras.  Bandes doubled in two runs and Perez pitched a scoreless inning to end the game at ten frames as the Cardinals won 5-3.

The first-place Red Sox welcomed in the Cardinals for the final two-game series before the All-Star break.  Freshly named All-Stars Derian Gonzalez and Jonathan Rivera lead the way for the Redbirds in this game.  Gonzalez opened up with four scoreless frames while Rivera singles, doubles, and drove in three of the Cardinals' four runs.  Andres Luna doubled in the other run in the second.  The Red Sox were able to get one run across the plate in the fifth but Andy De La Cruz pitched the final three frames and kept them off the scoreboard.  The Redbirds extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-1 victory.

 The Red Sox visited in the next game, looking for revenge on a home loss against the Cardinals.  The Sox kept the Redbirds off the scoreboard for the first six frames as they pounded on their pitching staff. The Cardinals threw out four pitchers but could not stop the bleeding as the Red Sox tacked on three runs in the third, four in the sixth, two in the seventh, and an exclamation point with one in the eighth.  Henry Alvarado singles twice and drove in one run but the Cardinals were too far out as the Red Sox won 10-2.

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2014 DSL National League All-Star Team

After having Saturday off, Jonathan Rivera and Derian Gonzalez headed off to the Cleveland complex for the 2014 Dominican Summer League All-Star game.  The National League took the midsummer classic 9-7 over the American League, scoring four of their runs in the eighth inning.  Rivera pinch hit in the eighth and stayed in the game to man right field.  He flew out to center field in his only at-bat, after a wild pitch.  Gonzalez came in to pitch the eighth.  He didn't last long as he walked one batter and hit the next, before being pulled.


Who's Hot:

Henry Alvarado will look to extend his five-game hitting streak into the next week.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-16 (.375) with one double, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), one run, three strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played four games at first base, assisting in six double plays.

David Oca had his best start of the season this past week.  The 19-year old left-hander started on July 15th pitching six scoreless innings striking out ten while allowing two hits, one walk, and throwing two wild pitches for the winning decision (2-2).  He had a ground out-to-flu out ratio of 7-to-0.  The December 10, 2012 free agent signee leads the team in WHIP and tied for innings pitched, and ranks second in strikeouts.

Oneiver Diaz had his best pitching appearance in the past week.  The 17-year old right-hander was called for relief on July 14th and he pitched four scoreless innings and only allowing three hits, one walk, while striking out a season-high six batters.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-1.  As a reliever, the November 5, 2013 free agent signee, has struck out 11, walked three, and given up three runs over 11.2 innings this season.

Angel Estevez bounded back from a rough spot start in the lase period.  The 17-year old right-hander was called on for relief on Jul 16th and he pitched three and two-thirds hitless/scoreless innings, striking out one and walking another.  He had a ground out-to--fly out ratio of 2-to-3.  As a reliever, the 2014 free agent signee, has pitched 11.2 innings giving up ten hits, two runs, five walks, and striking out six and earning three consecutive winning decisions.

Andy De La Cruz also bounced back from a tough outing in the last period.  The 19-year old left-hander tossed three hitless/scoreless innings, on July 17th, allowing one walk and struck out two for the winning decision (1-0).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-0.  The February 4, 2013 free agent signee leads the relievers in ERA and WHIP.


Who's Not:

Luis Flores has only collected a hit in two of his last seven games and ended the week with a two-game hitless streak.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 1-for-14 (.071) with one run, one walk, three strikeouts, one caught stealing/pickoff, and grounded into two double plays.  He played three games at second base, assisting in two double plays.  The November 5, 2013 free agent signee has gone 2-for-27 (.074) in his last seven games.

Carlos Rodriguez had his on base streak snapped at nine games and began a two-game hitless streak.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-9 (.111) with two walks and five strikeouts.  He played in one game at first base (assisted in one double play) and two in left field.

Joaquin De La Cruz has not collected a hit in seven consecutive games and is on a two-game on base streak.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-9 (.000) with one RBI, one run, five walks, one sac fly, and four strikeouts.  He played four games at third base, assisting in one double play and committing one fielding error.

Sandy Alcantara returned to action after missing 17 days with a sore finger.  The 18-year old right-hander started on July 18th, tossing his shortest start this season at three innings and allowing six hits, three earned runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and striking out two for the losing decision (1-5).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-1.  The July 2, 2013 free agent signee has picked up the loss in three consecutive games and leads the team in losses.

Junior Fernandez is still struggling as he adapts to the new level of play compared to what he was playing only a couple weeks ago.  The 17-year old right-hander was bumped to the bullpen and made his first relief appearance on July 18th allowing two hits, four runs (three earned), four walks, threw two wild pitches, and struck one out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-0.  The July 2, 2014 free agent signing currently has a 0-2 record and 11.57 ERA while giving up 14 hits, 14 runs, seven walks, and striking out six over 9.1 innings.


Notes:

Andres Luna is gradually being eased back into action after missing time with a biceps femoral injury.  He played in two games going 1-for-1 (1.000) with a double and RBI.

Jose Lara has not pitched since July 4th and Rigobert Urena since July 8th, both are dealing with illnesses.

Sergio Ripoll who has missed the entire season with a shoulder injury, may not play at all in 2014.


Dominican Summer League Stats (League Ranking - 36 Teams):
The team has gone 320-for-1412 (.227 - 27th) with 52 doubles, eight triples, 18 home runs (t-4th), 118 RBIs, 442 total bases, 155 runs, 131 walks, 50 stolen bases, 406 strikeouts (2nd), 24 caught stealing, .302 OBP (4th worst), .313 SLG (25th), and .615 OPS (t-5th worst).

The club has a 15-27 record, 3.74 ERA (20th), 1.40 WHIP (t-18th), six holds, and ten saves.  They have allowed 377 hits (7th worst), 208 runs, 154 earned runs, nine home runs, 143 walks (7th best), hit nine batters (5th best), and struck 282 out (4th worst) over 370.1 innings.

Luis Bandes is tied for first in home runs.
Jonathan Rivera is tied for sixth in home runs.
Carlos Talavera is eighth in strikeouts.
Sandy Alcantara is tied for third in losses.
Jose Lara is tied for ninth in saves.

Up Next (2014 Record)(Cardinals Team Vs. Team):
July 21: Giants (28-14)(0-4)
July 22: @ Giants
July 23: @ Rockies (21-21)(1-3)
July 24: Rockies
July 25: Yankees One (24-18)(3-1)
July 26: @ Yankees One


Past 2014 Notebooks:
June 9, 2014 - Will Changarotty, Franyel Casadilla, Allen Cordoba, Hector Linares, and Jonathan Rivera.
June 16, 2014 - Sandy Alcantara, Luis Bandes, Allen Cordoba, Dylan Melendez, and Carlos Talavera.
June 23, 2014 - Luis Bandes, Luis Flores, David Oca, Jonathan Rivera, and Carlos Rodriguez.
June 30, 2014 - Sandy Alcantara, Andy De La Cruz, Derian Gonzalez, Junior Gonzalez, and Jonathan Rivera.
July 7, 2014 - Sandy Alcantara, Allen Cordoba, Joaquin De La Cruz, Luis Flores, and Junior Gonzalez.
July 14, 2014 - Luis Bandes, Franyel Casadilla, Derian Gonzalez, Carlos Rodriguez, and Esteban Vallejo.

Rebuilding Astros Suffer Construction Delay

After departing the Cardinals front office to become general manager of the Houston Astros, player development wizard Jeff Luhnow devised a bold new game plan for that once-proud franchise.

Tipsheet

Trading For David Price Would Be Right Move For Cubs

The moment the Cubs hired Derek Johnson as their minor-league pitching coordinator in Oct. 2012, many in the industry speculated that it was their first move toward eventually landing Rays left-hander David Price.

Fox Sports

State College: Mountain Man, Pyro Musical Fireworks Top Bill

The return of "Mountain Man" from the hit A&E reality TV show Duck Dynasty and the one-of-a-kind Pyro Musical FIREWORKS headline the State College Spikes' upcoming five-game homestand, running from Tuesday, July 22nd to Saturday, July 26th at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

State College Official Site

Cardinals-Dodgers Rivalry Heats Up

It's official: The Cardinals have a spirited rivalry for fans to enjoy. The Los Angeles Dodgers have stepped up to fill the void.

Post-Dispatch

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB Action 7-21-14: Chad Huffman Collects Three Singles & One RBI; Brian Falkenborg Pitches One Scoreless Inning For The Save

Brian Falkenborg (former St. Louis-Rakuten) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the save (11).

Rakuten beat Seibu 9-8


Brandon Dickson (former St. Louis-Orix) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed six hits, three earned runs, and struck two out for the winning decision (7-7).

Orix beat Nippon Ham 5-3


Chad Huffman (former Memphis-Chiba Lotte) started in right field and moved to right, batting sixth.  3-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.

Softbank beat Chiba Lotte 4-3

Giants Sign Mitchell Boggs To Minors Deal

Baseball America

Stock Watch: David Price, Jonathan Papelbon, & Jorge De La Rosa Help Cause; Bartolo Colon Does Not

At this point, the weekly Stock Watch honor could be renamed the David Price Award. Among players potentially on the block, he's the best, week after week.

CBS Sports

Twins To Attend Rusney Castillo Workout

Darren Wolfson Twitter

The Story Of How Tony LaRussa Got His First Cardinals Win

Dennis Eckersley and Jason Isringhausen, the closers who contributed the most to helping Tony La Russa earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, also played prominent roles in his first win as Cardinals manager.

RetroSimba

Yankees & Blue Jays Scouted Cliff Lee's Final Rehab Start

In fact, two teams looking for starting pitching -- the Yankees and Blue Jays -- scouted Lee’s last rehab start in Clearwater.

CSN Philly

Dodgers, Cardinals On Same Page After Hanley Ramirez Hit Twice

It was the pitch that changed the game. The Cardinals hope it won’t be the pitch that changed their season.

KMOV

Cardinals Fall To Dodgers Despite Fighting Clayton Kershaw To A Draw

Matt Carpenter said it best Sunday night when talking about Clayton Kershaw.

KMOV

Emotions Stoked After Hanley Ramirez Hit Twice; X-Rays Negative

Hanley Ramirez stood at his locker in the Dodgers clubhouse late Sunday night, visibly frustrated and without much to say.

St. Louis Official Site

Kurt Suzuki Contract Talks Fizzled Fast

The Minnesota Twins recently broached the subject of a contract extension with all-star catcher Kurt Suzuki, but the talks didn't go very far.

Twin Cities

Peter Bourjos Seeing Results From Adjustments; Lance Lynn To Start Wednesday Against Rays; Worth Noting

The Cardinals remain mum on their pitching plans for Wednesday, an indication, it would seem, that Shelby Miller remains a candidate to make that start against Tampa Bay.

St. Louis Official Site

Audio: Dodgers Take Exception

As Hanley Ramirez picked himself up from being hit by a 98mph fastball by Carlos Martinez on Sunday night, it reached a tipping point for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the St. Louis Cardinals.

STL Baseball Weekly