St. Louis Cardinals: Memphis records record; Luke Weaver dominant

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Sep 26, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Luke Weaver (62) pitches to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Luke Weaver (62) pitches to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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While the St. Louis Cardinals were having a few great series, the Memphis Redbirds were bursting records and establishing another PCL pitcher of the week.

The St. Louis Cardinals‘ AAA-affiliate is located in Memphis and were proud to bring home the Pacific Coast League championship a few seasons ago. This season, filled with talent, the Redbirds are having one of their best seasons on record.

Moreover, while the St. Louis Cardinals were sweeping through Atlanta and starting to knock the Marlins out of the water, the Memphis Redbirds recorded their team-best eleventh straight victory. This came after tying their franchise record of nine wins, followed by a record-breaking tenth win, and now the franchise record sits at eleven.

The record-breaking tenth win came over the Chicago Cubs’ AAA team in Des Moines, Iowa (also named the Cubs; isn’t the organization creative?). The game took place on Sunday and had the Redbirds plating ten runs; the baby bird offense has been simply explosive.

The tenth win came off the bats of Nick Martini (who had a four-hit game), Carson Kelly (who had a three-hit game), and homers from Luke Voit and Rangel Ravelo.

The tenth win came easily with Luke Weaver posting seven scoreless innings. Weaver allowed a mere four hits, zero walks, and struck out four batters. More on Weaver later.

Jump forward to Monday’s game also in Des Moines and also facing the creatively-named Iowa Cubs. The Redbirds’ win streak looked to come to an end as they trailed the media darling’s miniature team into the seventh inning when the baby birds started chipping away. In the seventh inning, the birds scored three runs to make the score 8-5.

The eighth inning brought more of the awakened offense with Patrick Wisdom and Harrison Bader helping the Redbirds cut the lead to 8-7. The baby Cubs picked up a run in their part of the frame making the score 9-7 going into the ninth.

With just three outs with which to play, with an almost-certain win for the Iowa Cubs, the Redbirds smashed in eight runs (the largest scoring from the Redbirds in a single frame this season). These runs came thanks to Todd Cunningham, Martini, Wisdom, Bader, Paul DeJong, and Kelly.

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The Redbirds are currently playing their Tuesday game facing the Cubs. If they win, they will extend the franchise winning record to twelve straight games.

Simultaneous to the winning streak, Memphis’ ace hurler, Weaver, was named the PCL pitcher of the week for last week. Since returning from the disabled list, Weaver has been virtually untouchable. In this time he has tossed two shutout games, a total of thirteen silent innings. Moreover, he has issued zero walks since his twenty-two-day stay on the disabled list.

Weaver’s minor league career has seen him pitch forty-one innings, owning a 17-9 record, and a 1.65 ERA. That is simply impressive.

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Keep an eye on the Redbirds and Weaver. Will the birds keep winning? Will Weaver get a call-up? Stay with me on Twitter and I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for reading and go Cardinals!

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