A 2-5 week has put the Triple-A club on a slide from first place to third in the PCL American North. David Freese has been a bright spot for the offense with 13 RBI in his last eight games.
After improving to 27-25 and
taking control of their division, the Memphis Redbirds struggled to a 2-5 record
in the last week. The Redbirds dropped three of four games to division-rival
yielding the division lead in the process. Memphis has also lost two of three games to Albuquerque. The series
finale against the Isotopes is Tuesday night.
Part of the reason for the
struggles might have been the absence of hot-hitting Joe Mather, who was called
up to St. Louis.
But the Memphis
pitching staff has also struggled in the last week, allowing 40 runs in only
After having problems at the plate
for much of the season, Colby Rasmus appears to be getting on the right track.
Rasmus has reached base safely in each of the last 13 games and is in the middle
of a nine-game hitting streak. While it may not seem like much, it's certainly
an improvement for a player who was hitting only .186 entering last
David Freese continues to swing
the bat well for the Redbirds and has 13 RBIs in his last eight games. Jarrett Hoffpauir has shown an ability to get on base often as of late, and has reached
base safely in 12 straight starts.
The Memphis pitching staff has struggled mightily
in the last week. Hugo Castellanos has allowed 15 runs in his last nine innings
pitched. Castellanos made his fourth start of the season Sunday, but gave up
five runs and walked five in a 6-1 loss to Albuquerque. In his last two outings, John Wasdin is 0-2 with a 17.18 ERA. Nick Webber has not gotten off to a great start
at the Triple-A level, allowing four runs in only three innings of
Who's On the
There was a lot of movement
between Memphis and St. Louis in the past
week. Last Wednesday, Kelvin Jimenez was recalled by the Cardinals and Nick
Webber was transferred to Memphis from Springfield. Joe Mather
finally got his much-anticipated call-up Friday, and even made the Top-10 plays
segment on Sportscenter in his debut. Chris Duncan was optioned to Memphis to clear space on
the roster for Mather. On Sunday, Jimenez was sent back to the Redbirds and Mark Worrell was promoted to St.
Pacific Coast League
Memphis has dropped to 29-30 and has
fallen to third place in the American Northern Division of the
Nick Stavinoha continues to be
among the top hitters in the PCL. His .349 average is tied for sixth in the
league. Brian Barden's .317 batting average ranks him in the top 20. Colby
Rasmus has drawn 32 walks this season, ninth-best in the
Mitchell Boggs' 3.17 ERA ranks him
10th in the league, and he is 11th in innings pitched this
season. Boggs' ranks fifth in the league with a 1.12 WHIP and is also tied for
sixth in wins.
After finishing up a four-game
series with Albuquerque Tuesday night, Memphis returns home for
an eight-game homestand. The Redbirds host Round Rock for four games before
facing off again with Iowa.
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