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Cards’ Gillung recognized for postseason work

Pitcher Nick Gillung (40) of the Johnson City Cardinals, Appalachian League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, in a game against the Danville Braves on August 19, 2011, at Howard Johnson Field in Johnson City, Tennessee. Danville defeated Johnson City, 5-4, in 16 innings. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Pitcher Nick Gillung of the Johnson City Cardinals has been recognized by MiLB for his work in the 2011 Appalachian League playoffs.

In an article on MiLB.com entitled: “Pitchers of the Postseason” by John Parker, here’s what he had to say about Gillung:

“Gillung, the Cardinals’ 19th-round pick in this year’s Draft, had only two starts among his 12 outings for Johnson City in the regular season and did not appear until its fifth playoff game. The 22-year-old southpaw made the most of his lone postseason opportunity, allowing one run on one hit over six innings as Johnson City completed a two-game sweep of Bluefield for its second consecutive Appy League championship. Gillung fanned six and walked a pair and combined with reliever Logan Billbrough (who fired three perfect innings) on the one-hit clincher.”

Smoltz shows everyone he still has it

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       May 31, 2009: John Smoltz (29) of the Boston Red Sox talks to the media 
       after pitching a rehab assignment for the Greenville Drive, Class A affiliate 
       of the Boston Red Sox, in a game against at Fluor Field at the West End 
       in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com

John Smoltz thumbed his nose at everyone who snubbed him yesterday by making a fine debut with the Cardinals.
Of course, John is too much a gentleman to ever really thumb his nose at anyone, but you get my drift. He showed ’em. He still has it.

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Here’s what Matthew Leach of MLB.com had to say: “John Smoltz dazzled in his Cards debut, shutting down the Padres on three hits over five scoreless innings while setting a club record with seven straight strikeouts.”
“He struck out nine, including seven in a row at one point — a number that according to some outlets is a club record, though the Cardinals could not confirm that. Smoltz also beat out a double-play ball to keep a pivotal rally going, and scored his team’s first run by hustling home from second on a single.”
In another story, Leach quotes Cards coaches who believe Smoltz was unsuccessful during his stint with Boston because he was tipping his pitches to opposing batters.
“Among the various explanations for the five shutout innings Smoltz pitched — highlighted by nine strikeouts — was that he and the Cardinals believe he may have stopped tipping his pitches to opposing hitters, particularly when he pitched from the stretch. The Cardinals’ staff had the right-hander make an adjustment following a bullpen session he threw on Thursday, and the results were hard to argue with.”