The Memphis Redbirds capped off a
5-2 record last week with an 11-4 win over
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,
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
Kelvin Jimenez continues to pitch
well out of the bullpen for
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.
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
At 50-41, the Redbirds are in
second place in the American Northern Division, 4.5 games back of
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
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