Paging Allen Craig, St. Louis calling...
The rehabbing Cardinals outfielder is making a pretty good case that his swing is ready to get back in the bigtime. He was 3-for-4 for Class AAA Memphis Monday night with a pair of home runs, two runs scored and five RBIs as the Redbirds beat the Iowa Cubs 5-4.
The display raised the 2011 World Series hero's batting average to .353 on the Memphis stop of his rehab assignment following off-season knee surgery. Craig played first base for the top St. Louis farm club. No word yet on if his repaired joint is ready to handle running around in the outfield for nine innings. But he seems to be on the verge of a recall.
Shortstop Ryan Jackson had two hits in four at bats to raise hit batting average to .292 for the season. Third base prospect Zack cox was hitless with a pair of strikeouts in three at bats to fall to a .195 batting average for the season.
Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller started the game for Memphis and got the win in a bit of a shaky start. He allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings. He also struck out four. Miller's ERA stands at 5.09 for the season.
Eduardo Sanchez got the save with a scoreless inning in which he struck out the side. Hopefully he's starting to come around. When the night started he had a .324 batting average against and eight walks against 11 strikeouts. But he lowered his ERA to 8.69 in the outing.