The Memphis Redbirds Report: 07/22/08

In their first post-break series, the second-place Triple-A Redbirds split in Oklahoma. First baseman Josh Phelps is hot at the plate.



In their first series after the All-Star break, the Memphis Redbirds earned a road series spilt with Oklahoma. Memphis won the first and last games in the series, while the Redhawks took the middle two contests. The offense scored five or six runs each game, but the pitching was less consistent.


Who's Hot


First baseman Josh Phelps is hitting .333 over his last 32 games, and has hits in 25 of those games. Outfielder Nick Stavinoha has 19 RBIs in his last 24 games.


Veteran John Wasdin was sensational as a starter for the Redbirds Monday in Oklahoma. Wasdin retired the first 21 batters he faced, including 11 strikeouts, before giving up a home run to lead off the eighth inning. He finished after pitching 7.0 innings and giving up just two hits and the one run.


Who's Not


Though he has been named to the U.S. Olympic team, Brian Barden's struggles at the plate continue. Barden is just 3-for-28 with 10 strikeouts in his last six games.


Who's on the Move


Friday was a big day for the Redbirds as far as transactions are concerned. Catcher Gabe Johnson was released. Reliever Kelvin Jimenez was called up to the big leagues. Starting pitcher Tyler Norrick was sent back down to Single-A Palm Beach.


Both Chris Perez and Joe Mather were optioned to Memphis from St. Louis. Colby Rasmus was activated from the disabled list, and Bryan Anderson was activated from the temporary inactive list after playing in the Futures Game.




With a record of 56-46, the Redbirds are in second place in the American Northern Division, 5.5 games behind Iowa. Memphis has the fifth-best record in all the PCL.


Stavinoha is third in the league in batting with a .346 average. Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir's 25 doubles rank him second in the PCL. With 49 walks this season, Rasmus ranks 10th in the league.


Up Next


The Redbirds return home to the friendly confines of AutoZone Park Tuesday to begin an eight-game homestand against Portland and Tacoma. After that, Memphis will hit the road for eight straight.



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