The Memphis Redbirds Report: 5/20

A 6-1 week pushed the Cardinals' Triple-A club back to .500 as well as into first place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division.



After taking three of four games from Tucson, Memphis returned to the friendly confines of AutoZone Park and won three more games against the Oklahoma RedHawks over the weekend. Two of the four games between the Redbirds and RedHawks were decided in extra innings, with the two teams splitting those games. The wins over Oklahoma pushed Memphis back to the .500 mark for the first time since mid-April.



Who's Hot


Joe Mather continues to swing the bat very well. He homered in three of the four games against Oklahoma. After his home run binge, Mather now leads Memphis with eight home runs on the season. Brian Barden has hit safely in 14 of the last 17 games. Nick Stavinoha has four RBIs in his last five games.


Mitchell Boggs is pitching strongly for the Redbirds. In Memphis' 1-0 win over Oklahoma Sunday, Boggs spun seven shutout innings and had a career-high 10 strikeouts. In his last three appearances, reliever Jason Motte has struck out a total of seven batters over just 2.1 innings of work. After struggling for most of the season, Blake Hawksworth has put together back-to-back quality starts, lowering his ERA to 6.90 on the season.



Who's Not


Cody Haerther has exactly zero RBIs in the last 17 games. In his last five contests, Haerther is only 2-of-14. Colby Rasmus is mired in a hitless slump, going 0-for-19 in his last five games.


In the homestand against Oklahoma, Redbirds reliever Kelvin Jimenez was credited with a blown save in Memphis' eventual 6-4 win in 12 innings. Two nights later, Jimenez was handed the loss after giving up the eventual winning run in the top of the 10th inning.



Who's Hurt


Infielder Rico Washington was placed on the disabled list. Washington has struggled at Memphis after making the Cardinals' opening day roster, hitting only .191 this season.



Who's on the Move


Reliever Chris Perez was promoted to St. Louis to take the spot of Jason Isringhousen. To replace Perez, Memphis activated Matt Scherer from the disabled list. In his two games since being activated, Scherer has given up just one hit and one run in 2.1 innings. His ERA of 1.42 leads the team.



Pacific Coast League


The Redbirds are 22-23, putting them in a tie for first with Iowa in the PCL's American Northern Division.


Nick Stavinoha's .375 batting average is good enough for fourth in the PCL, while Brian Barden's .331 average ranks 12th.


Mitchell Boggs is sixth in the league in innings pitched, and Jason Motte's 19 appearances is tied for second. Blake Hawksworth is sixth in the PCL with 43 strikeouts.



Up Next


The Redbirds began a four-game series in Nashville Monday, and the two teams will return to Memphis Friday for another four-game set. After that, the Redbirds hit the road for an eight-game road trip against Iowa and Albuquerque.



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