The Memphis Redbirds Report: 06/24/08

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.


Who's Hot


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 streak.


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 outings.


Who's Not


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.


Who's Hurt


Catcher Gabe Johnson was placed on the DL on June 19.


Who's on the Move


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 place.


Pacific Coast League


Memphis has improved to 40-38, good enough for second place in the American Northern Division, five games behind Iowa.


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 walks.


Up Next


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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