LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: Mitchell Boggs #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) By Harry How
By Brendan Marks
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Mitchell Boggs #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch during a game against the Miami Marlins at the Roger Dean Stadium on February 28, 2013 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) By Chris Trotman
by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL
(BaseballStL) -- Four days since blowing his third save of the season in a rain delay-filled finale against the Kansas City Royals, defunct St. Louis Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs found himself on the mound again -- this time as a starter for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds on Monday.
Boggs was a late insert for Maikel Cleto, who was originally slated to start for the Redbirds against the Omaha Storm Chasers, a team which features former big leaguers Xavier Nady, Chad Tracy and Willy Taveras.
He allowed three hits while striking out two batters in two scoreless innings pitched. He threw 38 pitches, including 26 strikes, in his first appearance since being demoted. Boggs was also pitching with the lead after Memphis scored twice in the top of the first inning.
The Redbirds ended up beating the Storm Chasers 7-1, the same score the Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks on Monday.
It officially marked the second stint with Memphis for Boggs this season. He was previously optioned on May 3 to the minors and continued his struggles. In his initial stint, Boggs allowed three runs on five hits and five walks in 5.1 innings pitched.
It was somehow enough to warrant him a recall back to the big league squad on May 18.
The trip to the farm didn’t help Boggs when he returned to St. Louis. In four appearances, he allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in four-plus innings.
The disappointment culminated last Thursday when he served up a game-tying solo home run on his second pitch thrown in the ninth inning against the Royals. He would walk the next batter, who would later score, before getting pulled without getting an out. He was given the loss for the effort. Shortly after the debacle, heavy rains moved across the area and delayed the game for four and half hours before the teams could finish the ninth inning.
In seven total appearances this season for Memphis, Boggs has allowed three runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out six batters in 7.1 innings pitched.
The Cardinals hope the solid performance from Boggs on Monday can be the start of a major turnaround for the 29-year-old righty. Only time will tell.