The second-place Redbirds went 4-2 on the week as Kelvin Jimenez and Mark Worrell lead the staff.
The Memphis Redbirds had a solid
week, going 4-2 in games against Albuquerque and Nashville. The Redbirds took both games of a
twinbill from the Isotopes before losing the third game of the series. The
fourth game was suspended after a lengthy rain delay and will be made up in
August when Memphis travels to Albuquerque.
The Redbirds received strong
pitching performances during the week, outside of the rehab start of Mark Mulder, who struggled mightily with his control. Mulder was scratched from his
Monday start due to back stiffness and was replaced by Clayton Mortensen, who
went 7.2 innings, allowing just a single unearned run.
Offensively, Memphis has struggled to
knock in runs. In the last three games, the Redbirds have left an astounding 44
runners on base, but still put up eight against Nashville on Monday. Colby Rasmus doubled and homered in the win.
Rasmus continues to play the way a
top prospect should. The centerfielder has reached base in a
remarkable 31 straight games and is currently on a 12-game hitting
Since he was sent back down to
Memphis, Kelvin Jimenez has been lights out. Jimenez has not allowed a run in 3.2 innings of
work and has been effective in late-inning situations. Mark Worrell has been
equally good, having not allowed a run in his last eight
Despite hitting the only Memphis grand slam of the season June 18 against Albuquerque, Rico Washington continues to have trouble at the
plate. Washington is only hitting .181 this season.
Cody Haerther has also had his share of problems, going only 1-for-13 in his
last four games.
On the mound, left-hander Ron Flores has simply not been good. Flores has
allowed 18 runs on 25 hits in his last 16 outings. He has allowed nine runs in
his last 4.2 innings pitched.
Catcher Gabe Johnson was placed on
the DL on June 19.
Who's on the
To take Johnson's spot on the
roster, Kelvin Jimenez was sent down from St. Louis. Pitcher Mike Parisi was called back
up to the Cardinals, while Brad Thompson was optioned to Memphis. Outfielder Nick Stavinoha had his contract purchased by St. Louis, marking his first big-league
call-up. Shane Robinson was promoted from Springfield to take his
Pacific Coast League
Memphis has improved to 40-38, good
enough for second place in the American Northern Division, five games behind
Prior to his call-up, Nick
Stavinoha was hitting .346, ranking him fourth in the PCL. Stavinoha was also
11th in the league in RBIs. Colby Rasmus is seventh in the league in
The Redbirds finish up a four-game
series with Nashville Tuesday before returning home
Thursday for an eight-game homestand. Memphis
hosts New Orleans for four games before Nashville comes to town.
The Redbirds then hit the road for seven straight.
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