The Memphis Redbirds offense showed up and showed out Thursday night, for the St. Louis Cardinals #1 prospect, Anthony Reyes, against the Iowa Cubs in a dominating 14-1 win.
The Redbirds pounded out 15 hits and hit four two-run homers in the rout. 3B Scott Seabol hit the first bomb in the first inning, when the ‘Birds scored four runs. RHP Anthony Reyes hit his first home run of the season with a two-run shot to center field in the bottom of the second to make the score 6-0. 1B Chris Duncan added his two-run shot in the fifth with LF Brandon Berger aboard. 2B Bo Hart went deep to left field with a two-run shot that landed in the Memphis bullpen. 2B Wilton Guerrero pinch hit in the bottom of the seventh with a two RBI double to right field. Guerrero would later come around to score to cap the scoring.
Reyes was magnificent in his fourth start of the season. The Cardinals No. 1 prospect took a perfect game into the seventh before giving up a pair of hits and a run in the bottom of the seventh. CF Calvin Murray's single broke up Reyes' streak of 32 consecutive batters retired going back to his last against New Orleans on 4/22. Reyes tossed seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. LHPs Bill Pulsipher, on Major League rehab, and Gabe White pitched the eighth and ninth innings to close out the game out.
Reyes the 6'2" 215 pound right hander, was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the June 2003 free agent draft.
In his first four starts with Memphis, Reyes is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA with a strike out to walk ratio of 26/4. This is not a typo 26/4.
A non-roster invitee to spring training this year, Reyes had a very successful first year with the Cardinals going 9-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 19 starts between Single-A Palm Beach and Double-A Tennessee.
His 140 total strikeouts were second most in the team's minor league system and his nine wins ranked T-6th.
Reyes a former stand out at USC, ranks 10th on the all-time list for strikeouts for the Trojans and fifth with in games started with 53. Hopefully a sign of things to come for Cardinal fans.
Reyes was named the Cardinals' top pitching prospect for 2005 by both Baseball America and USA Today Sports Weekly.
Don't be surprise to see Reyes in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform by 2006.