Memphis Redbirds Notebook: 2010 Week 9

Chris Maloney's Memphis Redbirds went 3-3 on the week, but pulled into a first place tie in the Pacific Coast League American North.



This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 9.


Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 32-26 overall after a 3-3 week.


The Redbirds split the final two games of the road series at Oklahoma City (Texas), losing 10-9 and winning 7-3 before heading to Albuquerque (Dodgers). There, Memphis lost the first two by 9-3 and 5-3 scores before taking the final pair, 20-7 and 9-6.


In the American North Division, Memphis is tied for first place with long-time leader Nashville. The Redbirds gained two games in the standings this past week.


Who's Hot


The offense. The Redbirds equaled a franchise record on Monday with 23 hits. The last time Memphis collected that many hits was at Albuquerque on August 27, 2007, which is also the last time the club scored 20 runs in a game. The Redbirds fell two runs shy of the franchise mark for the most runs scored in a game with the record 22 runs coming at Salt Lake on May 19, 1999.


In terms of individual standouts, Jon Jay and Tyler Greene each tied the franchise record for runs scored in a game with four on Monday night.


Bryan Anderson belted his team-leading seventh home run on Monday. He has seven RBI in his last seven games and is 9-for-17 with five RBI in his last four games.


Second baseman Daniel Descalso has four doubles in his last three games and eight doubles in his last nine games.


Reserve infielder Donovan Solano has a modest six-game hit streak, going 8-for-21, including an RBI pinch-hit single on Tuesday.


Who's Not


Infielder Ruben Gotay is 1-for-11 in his last four games.


Infielder Kevin Howard's double on Sunday was his only extra-base hit since a home run on May 22. After going 0-for-3 on Tuesday, his average dropped to .244.


Outfielder Mark Shorey has no extra-base hits in his last 11 games.


Reliever Matt Scherer has allowed runs in five straight outings, 14 runs in nine innings.


On the Move


When St. Louis signed veteran outfielder Randy Winn last weekend, outfielder Jon Jay was returned to Memphis. Outfielder Amaury Cazana was then loaned to Minatitlan of the Mexican League.


Outfielder Tyler Henley was activated off the seven-day disabled list and re-assigned to Double-A Springfield.


Pitcher P.J. Walters was returned from St. Louis and in his place, reliever Fernando Salas was promoted to the majors for the second time this season.


On the Mend


Right-handed pitcher Trey Hearne, first baseman Mark Hamilton and outfielder Shane Robinson (out for the season) remain on the DL.


Pacific Coast League leaders


Daniel Descalso's 45 RBI on the season is second-most in the circuit, just three off the lead. He is tied for third in the PCL in doubles with 18.


Ruben Gotay is third in the league in walks (39).


Fernando Salas is tied for seventh in the league in appearances with 23. He is third with 11 saves.


Evan MacLane's 75 innings pitched is third in the PCL.


Lance Lynn is tied for fourth the league in walks issued at 32.


Team stats and rankings


The offense showed improvement again this past week every category other than home runs. The pitchers lost ground for the second consecutive period.


Offense Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
BA 0.265 7th 0.276 6th
Runs 266 5th 317 3rd
OPS 0.719 13th 0.750 9th
Doubles 87 11th 107 7th
HR 38 T12th 44 T12th


Pitching Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
ERA 4.14 8th 4.40 9th
Ks 349 10th 384 11th
Walks 163 5th fewest 182 5th fewest


(red/yellow/green denotes week-to-week change)


Up Next


The Redbirds will have a busy period ahead. They will be welcoming the Iowa Cubs to AutoZone Park for a four-game series starting on Thursday. Starting Monday, Memphis invades Nashville for six games in four days as two earlier rain/flood outs have been rescheduled for next Tuesday and Thursday. Given the two are deadlocked for the divisional lead, the series may prove to be most important.



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