Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Recapping the past few weeks...

Sorry, I got busy and haven't been updating so I'll do a quick rundown of the games that I missed blogging about. Jason Isringhausen has blown quite a few saves recently. How do you feel about that? Anyone?

Carpenter comes off the DL today. I think that Timo Perez will be sent down because with Pujols out, we need Chris Duncan in the event that neither Spiezio nor Edmonds can play.

May 27:
St. Louis 4, San Diego 3
Winning pitcher - Sidney Ponson (4-0)
SV - Jason Isringhausen (16)
No one went yard

May 28:
Lost 8-10 to SD
HR - Juan Encarnacion (6), Albert Pujols (24), Scott Rolen (5)
Mulder picked up the loss

May 29:
Won 3-1 against Houston
Winning pitcher - Jason Marquis (7-4)
SV - Jason Isringhausen (17)

May 30:
Lost 6-3 against Houston
Josh Hancock gets the loss
HR - Juan Encarnacion (7), Scott Rolen (6)

May 31:
Won 4-3 against Houston in extra innings
Winning pitcher - Braden Looper (3-0)

June 2:
Lost 5-4 to Chicago in extra as Izzy blew the save
Hancock gets the loss

June 3:
Lost 8-5 to the Cubs
Mulder gets the loss

June 4:
Won 9-6 against the Cubs to avoid a sweep.
Winning pitcher - Jason Marquis (8-4)
SV - Jason Isringhausen (18)

June 5:
Lost 8-7 as Izzy blew another save and picked up a loss (1-3).
HR: Juan Encarnacion (8), Chris Duncan (2), Yadier Molina (1)

In the first round, St. Louis selected Adam Ottavino of Northeastern University as their first pick of the draft (#30). Ottavino is a junior RHP from Brooklyn, NY. He is the second-highest pick ever from Northeastern with Carlos Pena being drafted #10 in the 1998 draft. This season, he went 4-5 with 2.98 ERA and 120 strikeouts through 93-2/3 innings. While at Northeastern, he majored in history. He was drafted in the 30th round after high school in 2003 by the Devil Rays.

The Cardinals took Christopher Perez as the 42nd pick in the draft. He is a RHP out of the University of Miami where he majored in criminal justice. Perez is currently a closer, and one of the best relievers in the college circuit.

Other picks through the end of round 2 include #54 Thomas Furnish, an LHP from TCU; #74 Jonathan Jay, an OF from Miami; and #76 Mark Hamilton, a 1B from Tulane.

Last week, the Cards were able to sign Blake King. King is the great-nephew of Yankee great Mickey Mantle. King has been a lifelong Cards fan if I read that correctly. King waited almost a year to sign.

Gordo's thoughts on the outfield. With regards to pitching, Rolen almost pitched last Saturday.
When John Rodriguez entered the game in left as Hector Luna moved to first for Pujols, the Cards were down to three healthy bench players -- outfielders Timo Perez and Larry Bigbie, and backup catcher Gary Bennett.

The team was so short in the 14-inning game Friday night, Rolen would have pitched the 15th if Bennett had tied the game in the 14th.

"It's not crazy, because I've seen him (pitch)," La Russa said. "If you watch him play catch, he cuts it, he does this, he does that."
Milestone watch:
Albert Pujols needs 2 home runs to tie Ray Lankford for 3rd on the Cardinals all-time home runs list with 228.
Pujols needs 27 total bases for his 2000th.
Jim Edmonds needs 5 home runs to tie Mark McGwire for 5th on the Cardinals all-time home runs list with 220.
Jeff Suppan needs 1 win for career win #100.
Jason Isringhausen needs 2 saves to tie Lee Smith's club record with 160.

Some news for the farm team.

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