July 29, 2008

Phelps may be too much for Memphis

Memphis Redbirds (AAA): The Redbirds displayed a ton of offense in a 13-11 win over the Tacoma Rainiers at Autozone Park, but Josh Phelps outdid every hitter in the game.

Phelps hammered two three-run homers and an RBI single in a 3-for-5 night, grabbing seven RBIs can carrying his weight on the St. Louis Cardinals' Class-AAA team.

According to an article by Matthew Leach, Phelps has homered five times in his last eleven games. He has seen action at the major league level, and has been on several different minor league squads for different organizations. He claims the trade and moves don't bother as much, that he concentrates on playing well. Not only is he playing well, he might be getting to be too much bat for the Triple-A level.

He wouldn't be alone in that department, with players like Joe Mather and Nick Stavinoha pounding away for the Redbirds. Unlike these outfielders, however, Phelps is a first baseman who hasn't had a hot with the parent club yet. Phelps realizes Albert Pujols is not someone he's simply going to replace at this point.

It probably wouldn't surprise Phelps if he was traded because of the the coverage the Cardinals have at first base (Pujols, Duncan). Phelps does have value in the player market, however, up to 20 homers and 72 RBIs this season.

The Redbirds outlasted the Tacoma Raineirs, who kept answering the Redbirds' big innings early in the game. After adding one more in the sixth, it suddenly became a pitcher's duel, each team holding through to the end.

The game featured 31 hits, Tacoma tallying 16 or those.

Six Redbirds' pitchers split up the inning, but according the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Jason Motte was the most effective, striking out five Rainiers' batsmen in a row.

Redbird bats of note:
  • Josh Phelps went 3-for-5 with a pair of three-run homers and an RBI single while scoring three runs.
  • David Freese went 3-for-5, including a home run, scoring three runs and collecting three RBIs.
  • Brian Barton was 1-for-4 with a triple and scoring two runs.
  • Tyler Greene, just called up from Double-AA Springfield when Brian Barden departed for the U.S. Olympic team, went 1-for-5, scoring a run and nabbing one RBI.
  • D'Angelo Jimenez went 3-for-5, scoring two runs and hitting one double and one triple.
  • Mark Johnson and Cody Haerther both went 2-for-4.