The Memphis Redbirds Report: 07/01

Outfielder Shane Robinson is hitting .379 in his introduction to Triple-A with the second-place Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League.



After winning seven straight games and improving to six games above .500, the Redbirds lost Monday night to Nashville, snapping the streak. Memphis earned its first series sweep of the season against New Orleans, winning all four games by a combined score of 35-19.


Overall, the 45-39 Redbirds are in second place, four games behind the Iowa Cubs in the Pacific Coast League American North Division.


Who's Hot


Although his streak of consecutive games on base ended at 35, centerfielder Colby Rasmus continues to swing the bat well and reach base. Rasmus has scored 11 runs in the last nine games. Outfielder Shane Robinson has started off his Triple-A career on a strong note, batting .379 in the eight games since his call-up from Springfield.


Right-handed starting pitcher Clayton Mortensen has been fantastic, winning each of his last three starts. Returned from St. Louis, right-hander Mike Parisi continues to pitch well in Memphis, allowing no more than two runs in each of his last three trips to the mound. Right-handed reliever Kelvin Jimenez has pitched well out of the bullpen recently, as he has not allowed a run in nine straight outings.


Who's Not


Outfielder Cody Haerther has gone cold at the plate, hitting only 1-for-20 (.050) in his last seven games.


Right-handed reliever Hugo Castellanos has struggled out of the bullpen, allowing 27 runs on 32 hits in his last nine outings. Lefty Ron Flores has had his share of troubles, as well, giving up 19 runs on 27 hits in his last 17 appearances.


Who's on the Move


Pitcher Mike Parisi was optioned to Memphis from St. Louis Friday, but wasn't activated until Sunday, when right-handed reliever Nick Webber was placed on the disabled list.


Right-hander Brad Thompson was recalled to St. Louis on Monday as outfielder Nick Stavinoha was returned to Memphis.


Pacific Coast League


Brian Barden's .313 batting average is good enough to keep him in the top 20 in the PCL. Stavinoha's .364 batting mark is fourth. Joe Mather's 15 home runs are tied for 12th.


Other than that, several of Memphis' pitching leaders, including Mitchell Boggs and Chris Perez, now are with St. Louis.


Up Next


Memphis continues its four-game series with Nashville Tuesday night at AutoZone Park. After the series with the Sounds, the Redbirds hit the road for seven straight games – three in Omaha and four in New Orleans.



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