The Memphis Redbirds Report: 6/17

The second-place Redbirds are back to .500 as Brian Barden and Colby Rasmus lead the offense.



The Memphis Redbirds finished off a 4-3 week with an 8-2 win over Round Rock Monday night in Texas. The win over the Express improves the Redbirds to 5-1 in the last game of a road trip and 11-7 in series finales.


The Redbirds' offense finally seemed to get back on track after struggling for a while. In the last seven games, Memphis scored under three runs only once. Coupled with a few strong starting pitching performances, the offensive success once again has Memphis at the .500 mark.


Who's Hot


Colby Rasmus continues to show signs as to why he's the No. 1 prospect in the Cardinals' system. Rasmus has reached base in 26 consecutive games, and has hits in 22 of his last 26 games. He is 13-for-29 at the plate in his last seven games and has raised his batting average 66 points since May 21 (.179 to .245). Shortstop Brian Barden is also finding success offensively. Barden is 15-for-34 in his last eight games with eight extra base hits. He has also scored 10 runs during that stretch.


Since he was sent down to Memphis, Mike Parisi has been solid in two starts. In his first start back in Memphis, Parisi pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits in a 5-2 win over Iowa. Monday night against Round Rock, Parisi pitched seven innings, again allowing two runs on four hits in an 8-2 win.


Who's Not


D'Angelo Jimenez has been struggling on the offensive side of his game. The second baseman has only one hit in his last 10 outings. First baseman Josh Phelps has been having his share of troubles at the plate, too. Phelps is only 6-for-42 in his last 15 games.


The difficulties on the mound continue for reliever Hugo Castellanos. In his last five outings, Castellanos has surrendered 16 runs in just 16 innings of work.


Who's on the Move


Pitcher Anthony Reyes was recalled by St. Louis Saturday. Reyes started seven games for Memphis, posting 1-2 record with a 3.28 ERA. To replace Reyes on the roster, St. Louis sent Mark Worrell back to Memphis. The Cardinals also optioned outfielder Joe Mather back to the Redbirds. In 13 games for St. Louis, Mather was hitting .229 with one home run and three RBIs. Mather leads Memphis in home runs this season with 13.


Pacific Coast League


The Redbirds are currently in second place in the American Northern Division with a 36-36 record. Memphis is 5.5 games back of division-leading Iowa.


Nick Stavinoha's .343 batting average is good enough for fifth in the PCL. Stavinoha is also fifth in the league with 84 hits. Brian Barden's 78 hits rank him 11th in the PCL. Mike Parisi is one of only 10 pitchers to throw a complete game in the league this season. John Wasdin is 11th in the PCL with a 1.28 WHIP.


Up Next


The Redbirds return home for a four-game series with Albuquerque Tuesday before hitting the road for four more games at Nashville. After a day off, Memphis begins an eight-game homestand against New Orleans and Nashville.



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