I went to the Pirates @ Cardinals games on July 6 and 7, and I finally got around to looking at my pictures from the games.
There were several players in these games that I got to see play minor league baseball in the Midwest League. Matt Adams, Trevor Rosenthal, Greg Garcia and others. I didn’t get great pictures of all of them, but I did get some of these three players: Matt Carpenter, Stephen Piscotty and Neftali Feliz.
I already blogged about the time I saw Feliz pitch in the Midwest League in 2008- he pitched 5 1/3 innings and had 11 strikeouts in the second game of a doubleheader. I also already blogged about following Stephen Piscotty when he played for the River Bandits in 2012.
I did not blog about Matt Carpenter because I didn’t really remember seeing him and he was only in Quad Cities for about a month before moving up. He played for the River Bandits in 2009. I wish I had paid closer attention, but those 13th round draft picks don’t get much hype on their way up through the ranks.
Stephen Piscotty in 2012 and 2016
Neftali Feliz in 2008 and 2016
Piscotty made his MLB debut on July 21 and has worked his way into just about an everyday player filling in for Matt Holliday. He’s off to a really good start – 19 for 58 with 6 doubles and a .375 OBP.
He is yet another Cardinals player that I got to see come up through Quad Cities. I saw him play 7 different times. According to Hardball passport, he combined in those games to go 6 for 26 with 4 RBI and 3 walks. I do recall making it a point to see him, since he was such a high draft pick. I can’t remember all the times I saw him, but I do remember this play for sure:
Stephen Piscotty in 2012
Piscotty (#5) celebrating a walk-off win with the team
I took year old son to Milwaukee to visit one of my old friends there and to go to the Cardinals vs Brewers game. I had not been to Miller Park in a few years. It has not changed much except they did install a much larger video board since the last time I was there.
Matt Carpenter led off the game with a home run on a 3-2 count. I had taken my son to some of the kdis things there before the game (batting cages, speed pitch, etc). I had just sat down and did not have all my camera settings adjusted so it did not come in as clear. The Cardinals ended up winning 3-0. It was their 3rd straight shutout, and extended their shutout streak to 36 innings. That streak ended the next day at 39 1/3 innings, in a game the Cardinals lost. Stephen Piscotty drove in the other two runs for the Cardinals.
Carpenter watches his HR in the 1st inning
Carpenter does the home run line in the dugout
Jaime Garcia pitched well, throwing 7 shutout innings
Grichuk lining a single
Tons of Cardinal fans were at Miller Park for this game
Owen and I at the game