This report covers the period from Thursday, September 2 through Tuesday, September 7.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club finished the regular season with an 82-62 record after a 3-2 final week. In the process, the Redbirds tied the Iowa Cubs for first place in the American North Division and enter the playoffs via tie breaker. The two clubs' 82 wins are the most in the Triple-A league this season.
Recapping the week, the Redbirds
achieved a first-place tie with a win to close off the home series against
On Labor Day, the Redbirds again
got out ahead of the Cubs in the final game of the regular season. Their 2-0
lead was short-lived as soon they were behind 6-3, but knotted the game in the
During the period, the Redbirds starters could not translate their efforts into wins as relievers Rich Rundles (7-1), Tyler Norrick (3-1) and Adam Reifer (1-0) took victories. Losses were assumed by Matt Scherer (4-2) and Lance Lynn (13-10). Josh Kinney (17) converted both his save opportunities, including in the final, clinching game on Monday.
On the Move
One thing that always changes is the Redbirds' roster. This past week was no exception.
On Saturday, infielder Kevin Howard was placed on the suspended list. He is not expected to return this year and most likely will depart as a minor league free agent during the off-season.
In the corresponding transaction, infielder Donovan Solano was activated off the disabled list. He had been placed there on the 26th retroactive to the 24th with an undisclosed illness.
Because of the 15-inning game on Sunday, the Cardinals promoted reliever Adam Reifer from Double-A Springfield. He tossed a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's clincher, picking up the win in his initial Triple-A appearance.
In a bit of a surprise, the parent Cardinals recalled shortstop Tyler Greene on Tuesday, leaving Solano to man shortstop for the Redbirds in the playoffs.
On the Mend
Right-handed reliever Pete Parise (shoulder surgery) and outfielder Shane Robinson (shoulder separation) are the only Redbirds that remain on the disabled list. Both are out for the remainder of the season.
When P.J. Walters collected his eighth win of the 2010 season on August 28, he broke a tie with Larry Luebbers (1998-99) to become the club's career leader in wins with 25.