Most good pitching prospects come up through the minors as starting pitchers. Kevin Siegrist has become a pretty elite reliever at the MLB level, but he was a dominant starter in the minors. I attended this game and he threw seven inngs, had five strikeouts, three walks, three hits and allowed no runs. He improved his record to 5-1. Overall he went 8-1 with a 1.15 ERA and 0.970 WHIP in 54 innings for the River Bandits in 2011 before moving up to Palm Beach. Siegrist was named Topps Minor League Player of the Month for May:
Recently promoted River Bandits pitcher Kevin Siegrist was named Thursday as the Midwest League recipient of the Topps Minor League Player of the Month Award for May.The right-hander won a league-best five games in the month after suffering a loss May 1, allowing one earned run over his final 31 innings of work in the month. Siegrist had a 1.47 ERA and limited batters to a .200 average of 36.2 innings of work during the month.Off to an 8-1 start to the season, he was promoted by St. Louis to high-A Palm Beach on June 1.
Here is an article about this game and Siegrist’s start:
It’s probably a bit too early to start preparing that Cooperstown bust for Kevin Siegrist.
But if you listen to Quad-Cities River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez long enough, you’d almost believe the 21-year-old left-hander is going to get there eventually.
Siegrist held Clinton to just three hits in his seven innings of work and did not allow a run for the fourth time in six starts Thursday as the River Bandits completed a sweep of a three-game series with a 4-1 conquest of the LumberKings at Modern Woodmen Park.
“This kid is a horse,” Rodriguez said after Siegrist improved to 5-1 and lowered his earned-run average to 1.51.
“He didn’t have his best stuff tonight but he battled through it. After that first inning, I told all five starters who were in the dugout that when you don’t have your best stuff and you still do the job, you can tell a guy’s a great pitcher. … “That’s the mark of a great pitcher. That’s the mark of a Hall of Fame caliber player.”
Virgil Hill had a three-run home run in the seventh inning and the River Bandits won 4-1. Hill was an interesting player. Hill’s father was an Olympic boxer who won a silver medal in 1984, and his mother was an Olympic track star who won three medals. Here is a neat article talking about Hill. The win pulled the Bandits to .500 on the season (17-17).
Cardinals Blow Out Cubs
The Cardinals beat the Cubs 9-1 on this date in 2011 at Wrigley Field. They lit up Casey Coleman for six runs in four and one-third innings. They rapped seven doubles as a team and Matt Holliday hit his fifth home run. Jaime Garcia threw seven strong innings, allowing only one run and striking out four. Garcia improved his record to 5-0.
The next day the Cards would lose to the Reds in 10 innings at Cincinnati on Friday the 13th. This game featured yet another blown save. Eduardo Sanchez allowed a run on a single by Brandon Phillips in the bottom of the ninth. Then Joey Votto hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th off of Jason Motte. This was already the sixth time the Cards lost on a walk-off in 2011, and they had not had a single walk-off win yet themselves. At this point the Cardinals were 22-16 on the season.