Yunier Castillo

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April 17, 2011: A Dreary April Continues

The Cardinals had another tough loss on this date in 2011 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Chris Carpenter threw seven shutout innings, with six strikeouts, no walks and five hits. He was outdone however by Chad Billingsly, who threw eight shutout innings, with 11 strikeouts, three hits and two walks. The game would go to the ninth inning tied 0-0. In the top of the ninth, David Freese singled off of Jonathan Broxton, scoring Matt Holliday. Holliday was the bright spot on offense, going three for three with a walk and two doubles. In the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Franklin blew the┬ásave, again. He gave up a two-run walk-off home run to Matt Kemp. This was already Franklin’s fourth blown save of 2011. The loss dropped the Cardinals’ record to 8-8.

Cardinals @ Dodgers Highlights 4/17/2011

CBS article:

Kemp’s two-run blast gives Dodgers win over Cardinals

Chad Billingsley cooled off one of baseball’s hottest offenses through eight innings before Matt Kemp got to Ryan Franklin again. This time, his homer salvaged a victory for the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kemp hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday that ended the Dodgers’ five-game skid.

“It’s one way to turn the page,” new Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We talked about getting that rock rolling a different direction. It’s got to start somewhere and that’s a pretty good start there.”

Kemp homered to center field on the first pitch he saw from Franklin (0-2), who has four blown saves in five chances. He did the same thing against Franklin in the series opener, but the Dodgers lost 9-5.

Bandits Shut Out In Both Games Of Doubleheader

The River Bandits played another early-season doubleheader due to a rainout on April 15. It wasn’t pretty. They got shutout in both games of the doubleheader and only managed three hits all day. Again, doubleheaders are only seven inning games in the Midwest League, but still. This was part of a longer stretch of futility – they had a 28 inning scoreless streak.

Seth Blair started game one and only went two-thirds of an inning, but weirdly he only allowed two runs (one earned). Blair was not hurt or anything. Manager Johnny Rodriguez just had a real quick hook. Victor Sanchez and Michael Swinson had the two hits for the River Bandits. In game two, Anthony Ferrera started and went four innings, allowing four earned runs. Jonathan Rodriguez had the only River Bandits’ hit, in the last inning of the game off of Daniel Tenholder. Nearly a no-hitter, but it would have been a combined, seven inning no-hitter, so I don’t know if that really counts. The pair of losses dropped the River Bandits’ record to 5-5.

Bees @ River Bandits Game 1 Box Score

Bees @ River Bandits Game 2 Box Score

Quad City Times article:

Bandits swept as scoreless streak reaches 28 innings

Jonathan Rodriguez was determined not to give Burlington any more to celebrate than a doubleheader sweep Sunday at Modern Woodmen Park.

The Quad-Cities infielder led off the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap by lashing a full-count pitch into center, a single that separated three Bees from a combined no-hitter in a 4-0 shutout of the River Bandits.

“Someone had to do it. We weren’t going to make it easy for them. I tried to get a good cut,” Rodriguez said. “They had already shut us down in the first game and we weren’t going to let a no-hitter happen. Everybody was trying to get us going.”

Here are more pictures from this dreary doubleheader (the season gets better, I promise):

Seth Blair

Seth Blair

 Jonathan Rodriguez

Jonathan Rodriguez

Yunier Castillo

Yunier Castillo

Packy Elkins

Packy Elkins slides back on a pickoff attempt

Cody Stanley

Cody Stanley

Can you spot the ball?

Can you spot the ball?

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