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StlSluggers wrote:So are they just waiting until next year to bring him up so that they don't have to worry about giving him a contract or anything? He's what? 27? 28? He doesn't have many good hitting years left, right?
Ankiel hits three home runs as 'Birds top Cubs
June 17, 2007
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Rick Ankiel hit three home runs Saturday, leading the Memphis Redbirds to a 7-5 victory over the Iowa Cubs Saturday at Principal Park.
Ankiel homered in his first two at-bats against Iowa starter J.R. Mathes and again in the eighth off Rocky Cherry with the Redbirds clinging to a 6-5 lead.
He came up again in the ninth with a chance for a fourth homer, but could only manage a single.
The last Redbird to hit three homers in a game was Bill Selby, who did it against the Cubs on June 16, 2003 at AutoZone Park.
Mike Parisi picked up a hard-earned victory after battling through six tough innings. Parisi (5-5) retired the side in order just once, but shut down Iowa over his final three innings.
Mark Worrell turned in two scoreless innings before Brian Falkenborg closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning for his 15th save.
But he’s on top, and who could’ve predicted that? Even if he doesn’t develop into a solid big league outfielder, he’s gone from the top pitching prospect of his generation to a laughing stock to a guy who hits tape-measure home runs on a relatively regular basis.
After he hit the third home run, but before he walked up to the plate with a chance to hit his fourth, I was thinking about his place in the Cardinals’ plans when I realized that it was the first time I’d ever thought about Rick Ankiel, Outfielder, completely outside the context of his 20-year-old self and that jaw-dropping curveball. So let’s take this opportunity, as we’re in between Rick Ankiel, major league pitcher and Rick Ankiel, major league hitter of long home runs, to think: holy crap, how did this happen?
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