Memphis Redbirds Notebook: 2010 Week 10

The Memphis Redbirds went 4-4 on the week and are tied for first in the Pacific Coast League American North.



This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 16.


Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 36-30 overall after a 4-4 week, their second consecutive .500 period.


The Redbirds alternated wins and losses for the four-game weekend home series against the Iowa Cubs, winning 7-2 and 6-2 in games one and three and falling by 4-1 and 4-0 scores in the other two. With six games in four days in Nashville (Milwaukee) due to earlier rains and flooding, the first four contests fell into this period. Memphis took the first two by 7-5 and 2-1 scores, but lost momentum and the next two by 8-3 (seven innings in game two of a double header) and 9-0 tallies. The latter defeat was especially stinging as a one-hit complete game shutout was tossed against them.


In the American North Division, Memphis is tied for first place with the Cubs. Omaha and Nashville are right on their heels.


Who's Hot


Outfielder/infielder Allen Craig has been unstoppable recently, going 23-for-61 (.377) in his last 15 games. The former Cal Golden Bear has 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBI this month. Craig's 23 hits this month trail only Colorado Springs Matt Miller (26) for tops in the PCL.


Left fielder Jon Jay picked up right where he left off since he rejoined the Redbirds from St. Louis on June 6. He's batting .295 (13-for-44) out of the leadoff spot in that time and has seven runs scored to go along with his 12 RBI. He had the only Memphis hit in the Wednesday defeat.


Outfielder Joe Mather has hits in 10 of his last 12 games, going 15-for-45, .333.


Who's Not


Centerfielder Jim Rapoport has struggled since Jay returned to the leadoff spot. In 27 games as the leadoff hitter, Rapoport hit .289 (33-for-114) but in 11 games out of the top spot in the lineup he's hitting just .200 (6-for-30) and has dropped almost 20 points off his batting average since Jay's return. He is on a current 1-for-15 slide.


The defense. The Redbirds equaled a season-high with three errors in Tuesday night's second game. The club committed four total miscues in the double header to run their total to 56 errors for the year. In the division, only Nashville has more (59). Ruben Gotay leads Memphis with 12 miscues, including one on Tuesday.


Second baseman Daniel Descalso is 2-for-19 (.105) in his last six games.


Reserve infielder Donovan Solano has appeared in 22 games since last drawing a walk.


Since being pressed into a starting role, Oneli Perez has a 6.26 ERA in his five outings, yet has taken only one loss to go with two wins.


On the Move


With St. Louis signing Jeff Suppan, starting pitcher Adam Ottavino was optioned to Memphis. He is expected to appear in Thursday's doubleheader in Nashville, but had not been officially activated as of Wednesday. As such, the corresponding transaction is now yet known.


Outfielder Amaury Cazana remains on loan to Minatitlan of the Mexican League.


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


After a one-RBI week, Daniel Descalso's 46 on the season dropped him to sixth-most in the circuit, six off a share of the lead. He is third in the PCL in doubles with 20.


Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks (46) after taking seven this past week alone. His on-base mark of .414 is seventh in the PCL.


Despite being in St. Louis, Fernando Salas is still third in the league with 11 saves.


Evan MacLane's 88 1/3 innings pitched is second in the PCL, just one inning off the lead.


Brandon Dickson is eighth with 58 strikeouts and Lance Lynn is right behind with 57.


Lynn is eighth the league in walks issued at 32.


Team stats and rankings - Season to date


After a couple of upward weeks, the offense showed a marked slippage this past period in every major category. The pitchers basically are treading water.


Offense Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
BA 0.276 6th 0.268 7th
Runs 317 3rd 343 5th
OPS 0.750 9th 0.734 10th
Doubles 107 7th 120 8th
HR 44 T12th 48 T13th


Pitching Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
ERA 4.40 9th 4.38 9th
Ks 384 11th 440 11th
Walks 182 5th fewest 215 6th fewest

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


Up Next


The Redbirds continue a busy stretch. They play the final two games in Nashville on Thursday then return home Friday for four against New Orleans (Florida). Nashville then heads into AutoZone Park for four more starting on Tuesday. The Redbirds' next day off isn't until June 30 and that is a travel day home from Albuquerque.



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