The St. Louis Cardinals’ AAA team opened the second half of the AAA season on fire one night after the Cards were unable to score a run.
The Memphis Redbirds- the AAA team in the St. Louis Cardinals organization- had several players representing the organization in the AAA All-Star game and while they were impressive (see Joshua’s piece), the Redbirds decided to kick off the second half of their season in an equally impressive manner.
The Redbirds opened the second half of the AAA season in Omaha, NE facing off against the Royals’ AAA team. This game took place on Thursday night and had saw the St. Louis Cardinals AAA players smack 15 hits.
Included in these were two home runs: one from one-time St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman Luke Voit, and one from the promising Adolis Garcia. In addition to the homers, Patrick Wisdom slammed two doubles in the 6-3 win for the Memphis Redbirds.
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On the mound, Austin Gomber– who was very impressive with the St. Louis Cardinals before being optioned back to Memphis- threw 71 pitches. 50 of these were strikes over 5.1 innings.
Following Gomber was Tyler Webb who K’d five batters through 2.2 innings. These five Ks came while only allowing one hit. Matthew Bowman, still on his rehab assignment from the St. Louis Cardinals, picked up the save by striking out the side in the ninth.
Arguing against my previous article urging the NL to adopt the designated hitter, Rangel Ravelo went hitless in the contest at the DH role. He was the only Memphis Redbird to not record a hit in the 15-hit contest. I still believe the St. Louis Cardinals could benefit from the designated hitter in the NL.
While the St. Louis Cardinals failed to score a run in their final game of the 2-game set in Chicago, the Redbirds kicked off their second half in impressive offensive prowess hits-wise.
We all continue to consider whether the Memphis Redbirds are better than the St. Louis Cardinals and games like this one stand as evidence that perhaps they are better.