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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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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