Paul Schappert, the infamous #36 of Sean Gallagher's nightmares, got the start today for Tennessee over Birmingham. Good thing for Sean that Mike Bielecki, Kevin Tapani, Bill Caudill, and Mike Morgan have retired and that Gary Matthews Sr. lost his coaching job.
Sam Fuld drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth with a double off reliever Tim Bittner. I didn't see the game, but I know Bittner's problem...he's short an "i". Keep it under your hat.
Prior to today's game, Fuld was hitting .273/.374/.324. With a homer today as well, his slugging went up 33 points. He's 25 in AA and can't hit lefties to save his aspirin, but I still think he's got a better chance at being a fifth outfielder some day than Chris Walker. In other words, he's this year's Sam Fuld. He did make an error today, definitely a Cardinal sin in a low-scoring game. I hope the manager didn't Stanford it.
Billy Petrick got the win with one unearned run in three innings. The Smokies won 4-3.
It was a pitcher's day in Daytona, as well. Only 8 hits combined in ten innings. The Cubs won on a Nate Spears RBI single, driving in a baserunner who got on with a walk. The final score was 2-1. Tyler Colvin hit a solo homer for the other run. Colvin has 41 RBI in 54 games, a pace that would yield 123 in 162 games.
Big news of the game: Jeff Samardzija appeared for the first time in relief this season. He went two perfect innings, with one K. Joel Santo got the start, and Tim Layden finished with two solid innings.