The St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate heads into the break on an impressive 16-6 run.
The Redbirds won their last game
before the All-Star break, a 6-5 extra-innings thriller over Omaha, to finish
the first half of the season with 54 wins, the most since 2000, when Memphis
went on to win the Pacific Coast League title. The Redbirds have won 16 of their
last 22 games heading into the break, and it will be interesting to see if the
streak of good play will continue after games resume.
Rico Washington might finally
be finding his groove at the plate. Washington is 10-for-22 with six runs scored
in his last nine games, and is currently on a six-game hitting streak. Josh Phelps has also been swinging the bat well and hit the three-run walk-off blast
to give Memphis the 12-inning win over Omaha
Although he allowed a run for the
first time in eight outings, reliever Jason Motte has still be a solid
late-inning option out of the bullpen. Mark Worrell has not allowed a run in his
last five outings. Kelvin Jimenez has not blown a save since mid-May. Starter
P.J. Walters continues to pitch well for Memphis. The Redbirds are 11-3 in games started
Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir
has struggled at the plate recently, going only 4-for-18 in his last five
The Memphis pitching staff has been solid lately,
and no one really has had any problems or struggles.
Who's on the
There has been a considerable
amount of movement in the Cardinals organization over the past week. Reliever
Matt Scherer was sent down to Double-A Springfield Tuesday, but called back up
Thursday. Also on Thursday, starter Jaime Garcia had his contract purchased by
the Cardinals. Pitcher Tyler Norrick was transferred to Memphis from Single-A
Palm Beach Saturday, and on Sunday, outfielder Cody Haerther was sent to
On Thursday, Colby Rasmus (groin)
was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 7, and catcher Gabe Johnson
was activated from the DL.
Pacific Coast League
At 54-44, Memphis is currently in
second place in the American Northern Division. The Redbirds are still five
games back of division-leading Iowa, but have the fifth-best record in the
The Redbirds are currently on the
All-Star break, but it doesn't mean everyone will actually be taking a break.
Memphis outfielder Nick Stavinoha was selected to
play in the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday night in Louisville.
Memphis doesn't return to game action
until Friday, when the Redbirds travel to Oklahoma for a four-game set with the
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