As the Memphis Redbirds close out their series against Omaha tonight at AutoZone Park, they can thank the boys on the mound for putting them over .500 after 11-games to start the season.
The 'Birds are getting strong pitching performance from their starters, setup men, and relievers.
Memphis held off the Royals Sunday with former Cardinal Cliff Politte holding strong in the middle innings with Chris Perez closing the door for his third save this season in the 7-to-5 victory.
Politte, a 12 year major league veteran...was throwing 95 miles an hour in 2006 when he won the world series with the White Sox.
But then came rotator cuff surgery.
Now he's starting the long journey back...a journey that began here in the Bluff City as an OUTFIELDER with the University of Memphis.
"I played a year there and transferred to a junior college where I pitched. I was drafted by the Cardinals, so it's all come full circle."