The Memphis Redbirds Report: 04/22/08

Our weekly report on happenings with the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. Chris Perez is among the Pacific Coast League leaders with five saves.



The Redbirds finished the team's first homestand of the season by being swept by the Albuquerque Isotopes in a four game series.  Memphis pitching gave up eight home runs in the series, including four by pitcher John Wasdin.  The Redbirds hit the road and found the road to be much more suitable, winning their first two games at Round Rock. 


Who's Hot 


Chris Perez earned back-to-back saves on Saturday and Sunday night to bring his season total to five.  Hugo Castellanos made an emergency start on Friday night and went above and beyond with five shutout innings earning the Birdhouse's Minor League Pitcher of the Day.  The "Condor's" ERA now stands at 1.27.  Even though he allowed his first two earned runs of the season on Sunday night, Jason Motte's ERA is still only 2.08.  In 8.2 innings the fireballer has racked up 15 strikeouts. Impressive as well is Mark Worrell's 13 strikeouts in 7.2 innings and he has allowed only one earned this season. 


David Freese is tied for the Redbirds lead in home runs after hitting two in a game against the Isotopes.  The longest of the two was estimated to have traveled 457 feet.  As a starter, Cody Haerther is .417 in his last four games.  He is hitting .346 since being promoted but has yet to draw a walk.  Nick Stavinoha is still batting over .300 and leads the team with 11 RBIs.  Amaury Marti has three home runs to tie Freese for the team lead. 


Don't look now, but Colby Rasmus has seven hits in his last five games. 


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Haerther taking his cuts in batting practice and in game action.




Who's Not


Brought in to provide power in the middle of the lineup, Josh Phelps is slugging only .324.  The 29-year-old went 57 at bats before drawing a walk.  After a red-hot start, Jarrett Hoffpauir is hitting only .229 in his last 10 games.  Although he still leads the team in hits, Brian Barden hit only .217 last week. 


After an impressive first start, John Wasdin has allowed 14 earned runs in his last three starts covering 16.2 innings. 


Who's Hurting


Left-handed pitcher Joe Rogers was scheduled to have season-ending Tommy John surgery last week.  Outfielder Joe Mather was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a back ailment.  Reliever Mike Sillman started the season on the disabled list with a shoulder ailment.  Outfielder Juan Gonzalez remains on the temporary inactive list. 


Matt Pagnozzi was activated from the disabled list on April 16. 


Who's on the Move


On Monday, the Cardinals sent Rico Washington back down to Memphis.  The versatile 11-year minor league veteran was hitting .158 for the big club.  Washington was not activated for Monday's night game. 


Pacific Coast League


The Redbirds are 8-11, three games back of Omaha in the PCL American North.  Mike Parisi and Mitchell Boggs rank 18th and 19th in the PCL in ERA, respectively.  Parisi ranks ninth in innings pitched.  Chris Perez' five saves ranks third in the league. 


The team ranks twelfth out of 16 teams in runs and batting average.  Memphis' ERA of 3.28 ranks third in the league while ranking first in WHIP with a 1.16 mark. 


Up Next


The Redbirds finish their four game set with Round Rock on Tuesday.  A travel day is scheduled for Wednesday as the team heads north to Iowa to take on the rival Cubs.  The series is scheduled for four games and are all scheduled to be live on MiLB.TV. 



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