The Memphis Redbirds Report: 08/12/08

Despite a losing skid, the Redbirds are holding onto second place as Jason Motte continues to strike out enemy hitters.



The Memphis Redbirds have struggled mightily in the last week. After losing five straight games and eight of their last nine, the Redbirds defeated Round Rock to snap the slide. Memphis was swept by New Orleans, marking just the second time this season the Redbirds have lost every game of a series.


Who's Hot


Veteran first baseman Josh Phelps continues to swing the bat well, recording hits in 13 of his last 16 games. Outfielder Jon Jay is off to a good start at the Triple-A level, hitting .352 in 14 games with Memphis.


Left-handed reliever Ron Flores is pitching well and has strung together six consecutive scoreless outings. Fireballer Jason Motte continues to mow batters down. Motte has 14 straight outings with at least one strikeout. Mark Worrell has not allowed a run in four straight appearances.


Who's Not


Catcher Bryan Anderson is struggling at the plate, going only 4-for-33 in his last 11 games. Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir has also had a tough time putting the ball in play. Hoffpauir is 10-for-64 in his last 20 games.


After pitching well all season long, Kelvin Jimenez has run into trouble lately. Jimenez has two losses in his last three appearances and has allowed six runs in his last 5.1 innings pitched. Matt Scherer has also struggled out of the bullpen, allowing at least one run in four of his last five outings.


Who's Hurt


On Tuesday, pitcher Mike Parisi was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury and is done for the season.


Who's on the Move


Last Tuesday, infielder Brendan Ryan was optioned to Memphis from St. Louis. Chris Perez was recalled by the Cardinals and Nick Stavinoha was sent back to the Redbirds on Wednesday. This Tuesday, pitcher Jess Todd was transferred to Memphis from Springfield. Todd will start Wednesday for the Redbirds.


Pacific Coast League


With a record of 65-58, the Redbirds are in second place in the American Northern Division, six games behind division-leading Iowa.


Nick Stavinoha is third in the PCL with a .347 batting average. Josh Phelps' 27 home runs rank him fourth in the league, while his 88 RBIs place him eighth.


Up Next


Memphis continues a four-game series with Round Rock Wednesday night. After that, the Redbirds hit the road for eight straight before returning home to finish the season.



Editor's note: The management of The Birdhouse sincerely thank Bart Pohlman for these weekly reports all summer long. This is Bart's final installment, as he is returning from Memphis to the University of Arkansas, where he is sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. Hogs fans, make sure you check out his work there.  

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