The Memphis Redbirds Report: 07/15/08

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.


Who's Hot


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 Sunday.


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 by Walters.


Who's Not


Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir has struggled at the plate recently, going only 4-for-18 in his last five games.


The Memphis pitching staff has been solid lately, and no one really has had any problems or struggles.


Who's on the Move


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 to Memphis 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 Springfield.


Who's Hurt


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 PCL.


Up Next


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 Redhawks.



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