Memphis Redbirds (AAA): Mike Parisi boosted his record to 8-2 with a 1-0 AAA-Redbirds win last night at Autozone Park.
The visiting Portland Sea Dogs were unable to score upon Parisi, nor middle relievers Jason Motte and Chris Perez, each earning a hold. Mark Worrell was credited with the save for his work as closer.
David Freese supplied what would turn out to be the game-winning hit early, in the second inning, after Josh Phelps led off with a double.
Brian Barden went 2-for-4.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
Memphis, Autozone Park, July 12
Tyler Norrick (0-1, 2.25) struck out eight Royals in his first loss, but walked six, committing the pitching sin of walking in a run.
Four out of the six walks Norrick handed out came in the first inning, when the Royals accepted free passes until they scored, never recording a basehit in the inning.
The Royals scored again in the second, Norrick giving the leadoff hitter a free pass. Redbirds’ catcher Gave Johnson complicated matters with a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, by the end of which the Royals had base runners on second and third. The Royals loaded the bases on a ground ball fielded by Norrick. The next batter whiffed. But a sacrifice fly to Nick Stavihoha in right field permitted the Royals to score their second run, going up 2-0. Norrick then managed to strike out the next hitter.
After a scoreless third, and Norrick settling down enough to start mounting up the strikeouts, the Redbirds would recoup one run in the bottom of the fourth. After Rico Washington singled sharply to center, David Freese drew a walk. An infield fly rule on a D’Angelo Jimenez moved no one, but a Cody Haerther single up the middle enabled Washington to score, cutting the Royals’ lead in half at 2-1.
The Redbirds brought on John Wasdin to relieve Norrick in the fifth. The first Royals batter promptly doubled to left field, advanced to third on a ground ball to the right side, then scored on a wild pitch.
Down 3-1, the Redbirds would make up one run in the sixth. Washington reached on a walk to lead off the inning, advancing to second on a David Freese single through the middle. Jimenez laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving up both runners. Haerther then executed a move ’em in, move ’em over with a ground ball to the right side, Washington moving home and Freese moving over to third. Freese died there, however, the Redbirds still short a run at 3-2.
Wasdin would go on to strike out five, pitching four complete innings.
Mark Worrell worked the ninth inning, striking out two.
With the exception of a rough first inning, the combined Redbirds pitching was pretty solid.
The Redbirds did have a shot at the Royals in the eighth when Josh Phelps doubled to lead off the inning. Representing the tying run, Phelps advanced to third on a wild pitch, a good chance to score with no one out. Back to back strikeouts, however, by Washington and Freese, failed to move Phelps home, and after a Jimenez walk, Haerther fell short on a ground out to short.
In the 3-2 defeat, Redbirds’ pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts, walking six (all Norrick’s), and allowing only three hits.
The attendance at Autozone park was reported at 9,304.
Day of rest over: After a day off yesterday, the Cards will begin a six-game road trip tonight with the first game of the three-game series with the Phillies.
Probables: STL-Joel Pineiro RHP (2-4, 4.52) vs. PHL-Cole Hamels LHP (9-5, 3.22)
Adam Wainwright was cleared by medical staff to begin throwing sessions. He had sustained a finger injury and had been on the DL.
Matt Clement has been cleared to throw and was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Chris Carpenter threw in a brief simulated game as part of his rehab assignment. He has not thrown in the major league since 2007.
Quad-Cities River Bandits (Low-A): The Quad-City Times reported a lot of offense in the Bandits 8-2 victory over the Peoria Chiefs. As for the college newcomers, Aaron Luna (9th round) marked his first professional hit after an 0-for-6 start; a home run.
Brett Wallace (1st round) tallied a couple of doubles. Ryan Kulik (8th round), a righthanded pitcher, notched his first win.
Tommy Pham executed a squeeze bunt to score a Bandits’ run. Adton Chambers tripled. Paul Vazquez homered.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA): According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Redbirds pounded the Zephyrs 11-4, on the road in Louisiana. Of note: David Freese hit his 14th home run; Nick Stavihoha went 4-for-6 with 2 RBIs; Jarrett Hoffpauir went 3-for-3 with 1 RBI; Josh Phelps went 3-for-5 with 1 RBI.
Pitcher John Wasdin recorded the win, improving to 6-6.
Today’s Redbirds’ start is slated for Clayton Mortensen RHP (4-1, 2.70).
Probables: Cardinals’ pitcher Todd Wellemeyer RHP (7-3, 3.86) will match up against the Cubs’ Sean Marshall LHP (0-2, 4.87).
Wellemeyer v Cubs: Todd Wellemeyer faced the Cubs on May 4, earning a win, pitching 5 innings, giving up only three hits while walking four and striking out four.
#50: The Cards have reached the fifty win mark, now 50-39.
How the Redbirds stand: With last night’s victory over the Chicago Cubs, the Redbirds have made up the ground they lost yesterday, now 2.5 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central.
Lohse no decision: Kyle Lohse got a no decision, his record remaining at 10-2.
Izturis set to return: Shortstop Cesar Izturis is due to come off the DL today. Izuris has a hamstring strain. With Aaron Miles swinging a hot bat and holding his own on defense, plus steady contributions from Adam Kennedy, the recently disabled Izturis might not get thrown right back in the lineup. Manager Tony La Russa wants to be careful with Izturis’s return to action as a precaution.
Reyes optioned: Pitcher Anthony Reyes is coming off a stint on the 15-day DL, and will be optioned back to Triple-A Memphis. Reyes had a right elbow strain.
Wallace hits first round-tripper: Recently signed top draft pick, Brett Wallace, hit his first home run for affiliate Quad Cities River Bandits (A) at Modern Woodmen Park. Wallace had tallied only two hits in 12 at-bats to that point. The homer came in a 9-2 victory over the Peoria Chiefs. Two relief pitchers threw a combined five-hitter in the win, Chuckie Fick and Wayne Daman.
Granny beats AAA-Redbirds: Not grandma, but a grand slam by Brian Buchanin of the Omaha Royals, according the the Memphis Commercial Appeal, beat the Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds 8-6. Hitting his 13th home run of the season in the losing cause was David Freese.
Future Futures pitcher Jaime Garcia is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A affiliate Memphis vs. the Omaha Royals today. Garcia has recently been named to the Futures roster.