The Memphis Redbirds Report: 5/27/08

As the 2008 Redbirds build momentum in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, pitching enigma Anthony Reyes quietly became the team's all-time strikeout leader. Is that good or bad?



After taking three of four games from Nashville, Memphis returned to the friendly confines of AutoZone Park and split another series with the Sounds. On Sunday, the Redbirds dropped a 12-inning thriller to Nashville 8-7. A grand slam gave the Sounds a four-run lead, but Memphis came back to within a run, but couldn't tie the game. Before entering the eight-game stretch against the Sounds, Memphis had a .500 record. Now, the Redbirds find themselves two games above .500.


Who's Hot


Joe Mather continues to swing a hot bat. Mather has homered in nine of his last 14 games, and has 10 home runs in the month of May. Josh Phelps has 10 RBIs in his last six games, and is second on the team with 31 RBIs this season. Brian Barden has hits in 19 of his last 22 games.


Mark Worrell has not allowed a run in his last six outings. Matt Scherer pitched a total of 7.2 innings against Nashville without allowing a run and only giving up two hits, dropping his ERA to 0.69 on the season. Anthony Reyes pitched a season-high six innings on Sunday, allowing one run on only two hits. Reyes also recorded six strikeouts, moving him into first place in Redbirds franchise history.


Who's Not


Despite homering Monday, Colby Rasmus continues to struggle, hitting only .188 this season. Gabe Johnson's problems at the plate show no signs of stopping. Johnson is hitting just .190 with only seven RBIs.


After several strong performances out of the bullpen, John Wasdin struggled Sunday, giving up five hits and five runs – including the 12th-inning grand slam – over three innings. Jason Motte also found trouble against Nashville, giving up a total of six runs in just 2.1 innings of work over three games.


Who's Hurt


Catcher Mark Johnson was placed on the disabled list Sunday. Rico Washington was activated from the DL to take Johnson's roster spot.


Who's on the Move


Outfielder Amaury Cazana-Marti was also activated from the DL, but was loaned to Mexico City of the Mexican League last week.


Pacific Coast League


Memphis sits alone atop the American Northern Division with a 27-25 record. The Redbirds are one game ahead of Iowa for first place.


Nick Stavinoha's .363 batting average is the fifth best in the league, while Joe Mather's total of 12 home runs is tied for third-best in the PCL. Mather's .702 slugging percentage ranks second in the league.


Mitchell Boggs is 15th in the league with a 3.51 ERA and is 11th in innings pitched with 56.1. Boggs's 1.14 WHIP is tied for sixth best in the PCL.


Up Next


The Redbirds now hit the road for eight straight games. Memphis first travels to Iowa for a clash of the top two teams in the American Northern Division. The Redbirds will then head to the New Mexico desert to take on Albuquerque before returning home for eight games.



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