The Memphis Redbirds Report: 07/08/08

Not unlike their major league parent, the 2008 Redbirds have few stars, yet all they do is win, as a recent 12-3 stretch confirms. Brian Barden, Jarrett Hoffpauir and Josh Phelps are hot at the plate.

Recap

 

The Memphis Redbirds capped off a 5-2 record last week with an 11-4 win over New Orleans Monday night. Memphis has now won 12 of its last 15 games and has improved to 50-41 on the season. The Redbirds are nine games over .500 for the first time all season.

 

The recent success is due in large part to both solid hitting and strong pitching. In the last 15 games, the Redbirds have scored five runs or more nine times. During that same time span, Memphis has allowed two runs or fewer seven times.

 

Who's Hot

 

Shortstop Brian Barden has been swinging the bat well for the Redbirds. Barden has eight hits in his last three games. Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir is currently on a six-game hitting streak. Josh Phelps has really done some damage at the plate for Memphis as of late, with 17 RBIs in his last 14 games. Phelps had a fantastic series again against Omaha, going 5-for-11 with three homers and six RBIs.

 

Kelvin Jimenez continues to pitch well out of the bullpen for Memphis. Used now primarily as a closer, Jimenez has not allowed a run in his last 12 outings and has eight saves on the season. Jason Motte has also pitched well in relief, having not allowed a run in his last five appearances.

 

Starter Clayton Mortensen has been fantastic on the mound for the Redbirds. Mortensen has won four straight starts and has allowed only two runs in his last 20.2 innings pitched.

 

Who's Not

 

Outfielder Cody Haerther's struggles at the plate continue. Haerther is only 2-for-33 in his last 11 games.

 

Reliever Hugo Castellanos' problems on the mound aren't going away. Castellanos has allowed 29 runs on 38 hits in his last 11 outings. As a result, he was waived to make roster room for Matt Clement.

 

Who's On the Move

 

Pitchers Anthony Reyes and Mitchell Boggs were optioned from St. Louis Saturday. Also on Saturday, outfielder Joe Mather was recalled by the Cardinals. On Monday, Clement was optioned to Memphis.

 

Pacific Coast League

 

At 50-41, the Redbirds are in second place in the American Northern Division, 4.5 games back of Iowa.

 

With a .347 batting average, Nick Stavinoha is ranked third in the league, and Brian Barden's .314 average is good enough for 14th.

 

Other than Stavinoha and Barden, there are few, if any, Redbirds ranked very high in any offensive or pitching categories. But it doesn't seem to matter, as Memphis continues to roll.

 

Up Next

 

Memphis continues a four-game series at New Orleans Tuesday before returning home for four games in three days with Omaha. Then, for a select few from across the League, including Nick Stavinoha, it's on to Louisville for the Triple-A All-Star Game.

 

 

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