This report covers the week from Thursday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 15.
Manager Chris Maloney's Memphis Redbirds began the week with a road trip to the Big Easy for a four-game set against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins) that ran Thursday through Sunday. In some very questionable scheduling, the same two teams traveled to Memphis for four more games starting on Monday.
As the result of the 5-2 period, the 33-32 Redbirds finally pulled over .500 for the first time since April 14. They remain in second place in the American North Division. Memphis picked up two games on first-place Omaha this past week and is just 2.5 games out of first.
Thursday, June 9: New Orleans 2, Memphis 0
Starter Nick Additon and reliever Cory Rauschenberger held New Orleans to only four hits, but that was enough for the home team to win. Additon tossed six innings, allowing one run on two hits while walking three and striking out five while Rauschenberger allowed one run on two hits as well while fanning two in his two innings.
Friday, June 10: Memphis 9 at New Orleans 1
Memphis starter Adam Ottavino allowed only one run on four hits in his seven innings of work while walking one and fanning seven. Brian Broderick and Jess Todd each tossed a scoreless inning of relief to end the game. Bryan Anderson homered and plated three and Andrew Brown hit a two-run home run.
Saturday, June 11: Memphis 8 at New Orleans 2
Anderson led the Redbirds for the second day in a row, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Starter P.J. Walters tossed seven solid innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while walking two and fanning a team-high 10 batters for his fourth win.
Sunday, June 12: New Orleans 7 at Memphis 4
Brandon Dickson started and pitched five innings. He had an uncharacteristic rough outing as he allowed 11 hits, seven earned runs, three home runs, hit one batter, and struck four out. Jim Rapoport was on base three times with a single, double and walk. Nick Derba plated two.
Monday, June 13: Memphis 5, New Orleans 3
The Redbirds came back in the eighth as Daryl Jones and Nick Stavinoha each drove in two. Brian Broderick allowed all three runs on four hits in three innings during his first start with Memphis. Chuckie Fick picked up his first win of the season tossing two scoreless innings while walking two and striking out one and Victor Marte nailed down his eighth save shutting down the Zephyrs in the ninth.
Tuesday, June 14: Memphis 5, New Orleans 3
Once again, the Redbirds erased a late Zephyrs lead as Daryl Jones' two-run walkoff home run in the ninth provided the margin of victory. Donovan Solano scored three runs. Raul Valdes earned the win with a scoreless ninth. Memphis starter Nick Additon yielded three runs on seven hits over his season-high seven innings.
Wednesday, June 15: Memphis 4, New Orleans 2
Daryl Jones stroked his second two-run home run in two days and finished with three RBI and one run scored while going 2-for-3. Lance Lynn earned his sixth victory of the season with seven solid innings of work. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits while walking two and fanning six batters. Victor Marte picked up his ninth save with a scoreless ninth inning.
On the Move
On Friday, Mitchell Boggs was recalled from St. Louis with Lance Lynn returning to the Redbirds after having made two starts.
Reliever Jess Todd was outrighted to Memphis, which means he was removed from the Cardinals' 40-man roster.
On Sunday, that roster spot was used when outfielder Andrew Brown was promoted to St. Louis for the first time to replace injured outfielder Allen Craig.
With the activation of Kyle McClellan by St. Louis on Wednesday, third baseman Matt Carpenter was returned to the Redbirds. The left-handed hitter batted just .067 (1-for-15) with four walks and four strikeouts in his first MLB stint.
On the Mend
For once, there was no disabled list activity this past week.
Outfielder Shane Robinson remains out following surgeries on his face and hand as the result of his April 16 collision with Andrew Brown.
Reliever Adam Reifer is done for the season with a torn knee ligament.
One Redbird began the season on the disabled list and remains there, right-handed reliever Francisco Samuel (lat injury). Samuel was pitching in extended spring training games.
Daryl Jones. Though the outfielder is just 5-for-17 (.294) in the first seven games of the New Orleans series, he has two home runs and eight RBI.
Jose Garcia. The second baseman has started well after his promotion from Springfield. In nine games, his line is .333/.407/.417 and he has scored eight runs.
Donovan Solano. The infielder has a modest five-game hitting streak during which he is 8-for-14 (.571).
Nick Stavinoha. The outfielder has nine RBI in his last ten games and a .308 average during that time.
Jim Rapoport. New Orleans pitching has been good to the outfielder as he is on an 11-for-25 (.440) run currently.
Cory Rauschenberger. In June, the reliever has allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings and has a ground out to fly out ratio of eight.
Raul Valdes. Since the left-hander was moved out of the rotation, he has been tremendous. Valdes has now tossed 13 1/3 scoreless innings in 12 appearances. During that time, Valdes has allowed only five hits, one walk and one hit batter while striking out 15.
Nick Derba. It isn't easy to hit consistently when not playing regularly. Derba has just one hit in his 21 at-bats since joining Memphis (.095).
Pete Kozma. After a brief power burst upon his return from St. Louis, the shortstop has fallen off. He is 7-for-37 (.189) with 12 strikeouts.
Pacific Coast League individual leaders
Though Andrew Brown is with St. Louis, his name is prominently featured among the league leaders. At .351, he is 11th in the league in batting average and is the only Redbirds qualifier above Matt Carpenter's .282. Brown is second in on-base percentage at .449 with Carpenter 17th in the league at .419. Brown also ranks ninth in slugging at .625 and seventh in OPS at 1.074. Carpenter is fifth in the PCL with 39 walks.
Lance Lynn's 3.78 ERA is ninth in the league with Adam Ottavino just ahead at eighth with a 3.63 mark. P.J. Walters is fifth with 64 strikeouts with Ottavino at 63. Brandon Dickson is tied for 10th with 61 strikeouts and Lynn is just behind with 60. Raul Valdes is tied for 20th with 52 Ks.
On the less-positive side, Walters' 34 walks are tied for the seventh-most in the league with Ottavino tied for 10th place at 32 free passes issued. Walters holds the league lead with ten hit batters but had none last week. Dickson is tied for fifth with 14 home runs allowed. With nine long balls yielded each, Ottavino is tied for 20th.
Team stats and rankings – Season to date
The offense is showing a bit of progress but remain among the league's cellar-dwellers. The pitching staff is the best in the league.
(Red/yellow/green denotes period-to-period change of the season-to-date totals, where red is decline, yellow is steady and green is improvement since last report.)
|Offense||Prev week||PCL rank||Season||PCL rank|
|YTD||#||of 16||#||of 16|
|Pitching||Prev week||PCL rank||Season||PCL rank|
|YTD||#||of 16||#||of 16|
|HR allow||55||6th fewest||63||6th fewest|
The Redbirds and the Zephyrs complete their eight-game marathon with a Thursday afternoon contest. Nashville (Brewers) come to AutoZone for a four-game weekend set before the Redbirds head to Des Moines for four against the Iowa Cubs starting next Tuesday.
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