St. Louis Cardinals: Memphis loses fight with weather and Zephyrs
The Memphis Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals AAA-Affiliate, traveled to New Orleans to take on the Zephyrs and ended up losing battles against their opponent and against Mother Nature.
While the St. Louis Cardinals were being quieted by the Washington Nationals, the Memphis Redbirds traveled south to New Orleans- a short jump from Memphis- to take on the Zephyrs (Marlins AAA team).
The Redbirds, who I chronicled in a recent post, were stuck in .500-baseball-land. Could they turn things around in New Orleans?
Like their big brothers in St. Louis, the Redbirds found themselves unable to muster any noise offensively in the first game of the series and dropped the game to the score of 7-0.
This weakness was exploited by New Orleans’ pitcher Paul Clemens who carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. Clemens stuff was so good that the Redbirds were held to only three hits on the night.
These three hits came at the hands (or rather at the bats) of Charlie Tilson, Dean Anna, and Anthony Garcia. Tilson’s hit extended his hitting streak to eight games and it was Anna’s hit that ended the perfect game in the sixth inning.
Deck McGuire, a pitcher I like, took the loss and now sits at 0-3 on the season. Having said this, I feel it important to note that McGuire has fallen prey to silent offenses behind him in each of his losses.
In his five appearances this season, McGuire has received only three total runs of support in all of these appearances.
Game two came and went and not a pitch was thrown nor a bat swung thanks to Mother Nature having other plans: rain. Game two was rescheduled as a double header when the Redbirds return to New Orleans on August 8.
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Game three came and went and not a pitch was thrown nor a bat swung thanks to Mother Nature having other plans: rain. Game three was rescheduled as a double header when the Redbirds return to New Orleans on August 9. Two double headers back-to-back will lead to very tired birds one would think.
After the abbreviated series in New Orleans, the Redbirds return home to the confines of AutoZone Park for a four-game series starting on Monday against the Omaha Storm Chasers, the AAA-affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
J.C. Sulbaran will take the mound on Monday hoping to set the Redbirds back on winning ways. Sulbaran brings a 2-1 record into Monday’s game which should assist a quiet-of-late offense by keeping the game close.
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If you find yourself wondering why you should care about players in Memphis, just take a quick read of my recent hot-or-not article. After reading that, let’s hope that our baby birds start winning to encourage these future stars but to also encourage value in these players for future moves.