This report covers the seven-day
period from Tuesday, July 29 through Monday, August 4.
The week began with the finale of
the four-game home series against
Heading to the West Coast, the
On Thursday, Jon Jay, batting in the number three spot, was on base four times (two singles and two walks) and scored twice while Barton, Phelps and David Freese all went deep in a 6-4 Memphis victory. Perez picked up a four-out save, again not allowing any baserunners and fanning two.
Friday meant a third straight road win as the Redbirds came back with two in the ninth to top the Grizzlies, 5-4. Jay tripled to drive in the tying run and scored the winner on an error. In the bottom of the ninth, Jason Motte allowed a lead-off walk, but fanned the side for the save, his fourth.
Next stop was
The week ended much like it began,
with an 11-3 loss bookending the 12-3 defeat last Tuesday. The Redbirds and
Boggs were on the wrong end of a 3-0 score to the River Cats after Monday
night's first inning and down 6-2 after four. Boggs hadn't allowed more than
three runs in any of his last seven starts prior to then. Randy Flores was
slapped around in 1.1 innings of garbage-time duty, allowing two runs on four
hits, including a home run and also issued a walk. Phelps tripled, homered (his
26th), driving in all three
Phelps was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month of July by both the Cardinals organization and The Birdhouse. It was well-deserved as the 30-year-old amassed 14 home runs with 36 RBI. His line was an eye-popping .337/.426/.846 (BA/OBP/SLG). That is Pujols territory, folks! Phelps followed it up with the PCL Player of the Week award for the period ending August 3.
Beginning with the Tacoma series and continuing through Fresno, third baseman David Freese hit in all eight games, going 16-for-35 (.457) with three home runs and ten RBI. His batting average on the season is up to .299.
Jon Jay is hitting .333 since
Motte was both the Cards' Pitcher of the Month and The Birdhouse's Reliever of the Month for July. The 26-year-old pitched in 13 games, where he was 1-0 with an 0.57 ERA. Motte did not allow a run in 12 of his 13 July appearances. The fireballer struck out 27 of the 59 batters he faced, while allowing just eight hits and three walks and held opponents to a .148 average for the month.
his eight appearances since being returned from
Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir's struggles at the plate continue as he went 3-for-24 (.125) on the week. D'Angelo Jimenez sightings seem more frequent these days.
Good news and bad for new lead-off man, shortstop Tyler Greene. While he has hit in six of seven Triple-A games, his batting average is just .226, as he put up a number of "1-for's".
Catcher Bryan Anderson is just 1-for-18 (.056) in his most recent stretch of play. Somebody tell him to relax; the trade deadline just passed!
Who's on the Move
Starter-turned-reliever Matt Clement was released on Sunday.
Righty reliever Kelvin Jimenez was
Left-handed reliever Randy Flores
was optioned to
Outfielder Shane Robinson was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday the 30th, retroactive to the 25th. Along with recent DL arrivals Robinson and Colby Rasmus, pitchers Cliff Politte, Joe Rogers and Mike Sillman are all long-time residents there.
Pacific Coast League
With a record of 63-53, the
Redbirds are five games behind the Iowa Cubs for first place in the American
Their team batting average of .275 is eighth in the 16-team league. The offense is eighth in home runs and strikeouts and just tenth in runs scored.
The club's success on the season has been powered by a mound staff ranked second in the PCL in ERA at 4.37 and leading the circuit in strikeouts. They are eighth in walks issued.
Individually, Josh Phelps is third in the PCL with 26 home runs, while his 84 RBIs are tied for seventh-most. Though now with St. Louis, Nick Stavinoha's .343 average still ranks fifth.
John Wasdin's 4.04 ERA ranks eighth among league qualifiers. With 96 strikeouts, P.J. Walters just cracked the top ten. The two of them along with Mike Parisi have eight wins each, tied with a group for ninth-most in the PCL. With 11 saves each, Chris Perez and Kelvin Jimenez are among a group tied for seventh place.
The Redbirds finish the final two
games of the four-game series at
Note: Brian Walton pinch-hit here for Bart Pohlman, who is on another assignment this week, but he will return next time.
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