The St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A club is playing .500 ball, but John Wasdin and David Freese are hot.
Memphis is 5-5 in their last 10 games and
has won two straight. The Redbirds have struggled with consistency since the
All-Star break and haven't been able to string many wins together. For every
game they win, they lose one, too.
David Freese is on fire. There's
no other way to put it. Freese has six extra-base hits with 10 RBIs in his last
five games. The third baseman has hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in the
last two games. During the month of July, Freese is hitting .388 with six home
runs and 23 RBIs, helping to raise his average to .295 on the
Pacific Coast League Pitcher of
the Week John Wasdin has been nearly unhittable in his last two starts. Wasdin
has allowed just one run on five hits in his last 13 innings pitched. Out of the
bullpen, Jason Motte has been mowing batters down. Motte has 17 strikeouts in
his last six outings and has not allowed a run in his last five
Jarrett Hoffpauir has struggled at
the plate recently. In his last seven games, Hoffpauir is only 2-for-23 at the
The Memphis bullpen ran into a bit of trouble Saturday against
Tacoma. Chris Perez gave up five runs, four in the ninth, before being replaced by Mark Worrell, who surrendered two more runs. Finally, Ron Flores entered the game and
gave up one run. When all was said and done, the bullpen had thrown away a
seven-run lead in the top of the ninth.
Who's on the
Outfielder Joe Mather was recalled
by St. Louis
last Tuesday. On Thursday, Colby Rasmus was placed on the disabled list and Cody Haerther was transferred back to Memphis from
Anthony Reyes is no longer a
member of the St. Louis organization after being
traded to Cleveland Saturday.
Monday, shortstop Tyler Greene was
transferred from Springfield to replace Brian Barden in the
lineup. Barden left to play for Team USA in the Beijing Olympics. Also on
Monday, Nick Stavinoha was called up by the Cardinals.
With a record of 60-49, the
Redbirds are four games behind Iowa for first place in the American Northern
Division. Memphis has the fifth-best record in the entire
Josh Phelps is currently tied for
ninth in the PCL with 20 home runs, while his 73 RBIs are also the ninth-best
The Redbirds finish a four-game
series with Tacoma Tuesday before hitting the road for
eight straight. Memphis first travels to
Fresno and then heads to Sacramento. The Redbirds
then return home for eight more games.
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