This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 21.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast
League champions finished their eight-game season-opening road series in
The Redbirds went 3-4 on the week,
losing the first three, then winning the next four.
Day by Day
Friday, 4/16: The
Redbirds lost their third straight, as they were shut out 7-0 by
Saturday, 4/17: The
losing streak extended to four as
Sunday, 4/18: The Redbirds lost their fifth consecutive and third straight at home, 6-2 to Oklahoma City as the offense continued to sputter. Evan MacLane struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. Josh Kinney allowed three runs in the ninth inning to seal the loss. Donovan Solano broke out of a 2-for-28 slump with three hits, while Shane Robinson had three hits and an RBI.
Monday, 4/19: Memphis broke their five-game losing streak by rallying for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to avoid a loss and a sweep by Oklahoma City, 4-3. Reliever Fernando Salas (1-0) picked up the win while Parise threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of 2010. Lance Lynn started and delivered his best performance on the young season. The big righty went six innings, allowing one run on one hit with four walks and six strikeouts.
Tuesday, 4/20: The comeback Redbirds did it for a second consecutive night as they scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure a 4-3 victory over Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg's Iowa Cubs. Starter Rich Hill allowed just one hit in 6 2/3 innings, but walked five. Both runs that scored against him were unearned. Descalso was the repeat hero with a two-run double for the game-winner. Earlier, Gotay hit his team-leading third home run.
For the third game in a row,
Jay continues his red-hot hitting. The outfielder has collected at least one hit
in all 13 of
Daniel Descalso has an RBI in six of his last seven games and 13 on the season.
Through his three appearances including two starts, Brandon Dickson's ERA of 2.25 leads the Redbirds.
Fernando Salas has a win and a save in his last two outings.
Oneli Perez has a 12:2 strikeout to walk ratio over his first 11 1/3 innings pitched.
Pete Parise picked up two saves this week. His WHIP of 1.14 is third-lowest on the team, but his ERA of 6.43 is third-highest.
Third baseman Donovan Solano went 0-for-4 on Wednesday as his average dropped to .132.
Despite his long-ball prowess, Gotay is batting just .213 after going 3-for-23 over his last eight games. He leads the team with 15 strikeouts.
After a hot start, Kevin Howard has slipped to .184 on the season.
After two starts, Ottavino's 7.20 ERA is tied for the highest on the team with reliever Josh Kinney.
On the Move
On Wednesday, right-handed pitcher
Trey Hearne was activated from the
seven-day disabled list and gave him the home start against the Iowa Cubs
(details above). The 26-year-old Texan had remained behind in
The Cardinals' 28th
round selection in the 2005 draft was the starting pitcher for the North in the
2009 Texas League All-Star Game and was second in the Double-A league in wins
(12) and second in ERA (2.82). Hearne also made four starts for
On the Mend
In the corresponding transaction to Hearne's activation on Wednesday, Josh Kinney was placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder. The right-hander last pitched on Sunday and struggled, yielding three runs, two earned, in one inning of work. On the season, in five innings over four games, the 31-year-old has allowed four runs for a team-tying worst 7.20 ERA. Kinney has walked four and struck out four, having given up six hits. His record is 0-1.
Kinney also had shoulder problems during spring training, when he required two cortisone shots and had an MRI.
Right-handed starting pitcher P.J. Walters continues to work back
into game shape at the Cardinals pitching rehab facility in Jupiter,
First baseman Mark Hamilton (thumb) remains on the disabled list, where he has been since the start of the season.
Pacific Coast League leaders
Jay has seven stolen bases and has yet to be caught, good for third in the PCL. His 14 runs scored ties him for second in the league.
Descalso has 13 RBI on the season, tying him for the third-highest total in the circuit.
MacLane's 17 strikeouts tie him for fourth-most in the league. He has only issued two walks, as well.
Team stats and rankings
The offense dropped to tenth in
average at .252 and but is still fourth in runs scored with 64. Their OPS of
.698 is 11th in the 16-team league. 24 doubles put
The Redbirds' team ERA of 4.33
places them 11th in the PCL. They are first in strikeouts with 115
but also have issued the most free passes with 59, the latter a problem that
The final two games of the
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