Memphis Redbirds Notebook: 2010 Week 12

The Memphis Redbirds went 3-3 on the week and remain one game out of first in the PCL American North. Bryan Anderson is among a group swinging hot bats.



This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, June 24 through Wednesday, June 30.


Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 42-37 overall after a 3-3 week.


The Redbirds spilt the final two games of their five-game home series against Nashville (Milwaukee), winning Thursday and losing Friday. Sounds reliever Jeff Bennett drew a five-game suspension after igniting a bench-clearing brawl in the finale. After yielding a three-run home run to Ruben Gotay, Bennett threw at the next Redbirds hitter. The two clubs play five more games in four days in Nashville the week after next.


Memphis returned to the road on Saturday, taking the first two over Albuquerque before dropping the final two contests. Wednesday was a travel day.


In the amazingly-tight American North Division, Memphis is in a two-way tie for third place just one game behind Nashville.


Who's Hot


Outfielder Allan Craig was named The Cardinal Nation Player of the Month for the system in July. He drove in 35 runs in 28 games while going 37-for-111 (.333) at the plate. His slash line was .333/.385/.640/1.025.


Redbirds catcher Bryan Anderson had a .344 June average and 1.036 OPS. He connected for four home runs and drove in 14.


Tyler Greene's ten-game hitting streak ended in the final game of the month. The shortstop struck four long balls, drove in 12 and was 6-of-7 in stolen base attempts.


Our April Player of the Month across the entire Cardinals system, outfielder Jon Jay, batted an even .300, collected 19 RBI and stole six bases without being caught during June.


Brandon Dickson went 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in June. He fanned 27 and walked only seven in 31 innings, but opposing hitters batted .319 against him.


Who's Not


Lance Lynn finished an alarming June with a 9.28 ERA, 33 earned runs allowed in 32 innings. He was the Cardinals organization's Player of the Month in May.


Evan MacLane also had a rough period, ending June with a 6.55 ERA for the month and just one win in five starts. The "W" was in his final outing though, perhaps signaling a better stretch ahead.


P.J. Walters had a June ERA of 6.00 in three starts.


Since joining the Redbirds in May, veteran reliever Andrew Brown has struggled, with a 15:14 strikeout to walk ratio and a 7.65 ERA in 13 appearances.


Two recent additions from Double-A Springfield, pitchers David Kopp and Chuckie Fick, have ERAs of 7.20 and 7.27, respectively in their first two outings each.


In 13 June games, outfielder Mark Shorey had just one extra-base hit, a double on the 28th.


Outfielder Joe Mather isn't cold, just his power is. He has nine hits in his last ten games, but they were all singles.


Infielder Kevin Howard batted just .190 in June (8-for-42).


On the Move


The Redbirds roster continues to undergo considerable change.


21-year-old Venezuelan reliever Eduardo Sanchez, a Texas League All-Star, was promoted from Springfield.


Right-handed pitcher Trey Hearne was activated off the Redbirds disabled list and placed on the active roster of the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals. Hearne began the season on Memphis' DL due to a shoulder ailment. The 26-year-old was activated on April 21 but went back onto the DL on May 24. In between he struggled, allowing 14 runs in 9 2/3 innings.


Starter Adam Ottavino was promoted to St. Louis, with reliever Fernando Salas returned to Memphis. Salas didn't remain long. After one appearance, he was called back to St. Louis when third baseman David Freese was placed on the DL.


Left-hander Rich Hill was released on Sunday. Before the week was out, he signed with the Boston Red Sox.


Last weekend, the Cardinals confirmed they had come to terms with former Florida Marlins lefty Renyel Pinto on a minor league deal pending completion of a physical. As of Thursday morning, Pinto had not been activated.


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


On the Mend


In a major blow, second baseman Daniel Descalso will be out of action for a undetermined period, perhaps a month, after suffering a hairline fracture of his left collarbone while trying to make a diving catch during Monday night's game. The third hitter in the Redbirds lineup led the club in RBI for most of the season with his current total 52 in 76 games. His slash line is .274/.357/.414.


Reliever Pete Parise was placed on the disabled list. The right-hander is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to rotator cuff surgery on his shoulder.


On Sunday, outfielder Mark Shorey was activated off the disabled list. In a paperwork move, pitcher David Kopp was returned to Springfield for one day to make room, though he physically never left the club.


First baseman Mark Hamilton is playing on a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League and is cleaning up against the rookie pitchers, going 5-for-8 with a double and two home runs on Tuesday and Wednesday. He looks to be about ready for a return to Memphis.


Right-handed reliever Matt Scherer and outfielder Shane Robinson (out for the season) remain on the DL.


Pacific Coast League leaders


Craig's 55 RBI ties him for third in the league while Descalso's 52 RBI rank eighth.


Descalso is tied for fourth in the PCL with 23 doubles.


Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 53. His on-base mark of .422 is up to third-best in the PCL.


Jon Jay's 13 stolen bases tie him for tenth in the league. He has been caught twice.


Tyler Greene's five triples are good for a tie for seventh in the PCL.


Greene is in a tie for third with 52 runs scored while Descalso's 50 put him in a tie for fifth-most in the circuit.


Despite being in St. Louis for the third time, Fernando Salas is still tied for third in the league with 12 saves.


Evan MacLane's 104 1/3 innings pitched leads the PCL.


Brandon Dickson is eighth with 68 strikeouts.


Lynn is tied for sixth the league in walks issued at 36 and tied for tenth with 11 home runs allowed.


Team stats and rankings – Season to date


The offense showed some continued improvement this past period in several categories, most notably home runs, which the pitchers lost ground in ERA for the second consecutive week.


Offense Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
BA 0.272 6th 0.273 6th
Runs 378 5th 415 5th
OPS 0.744 11th 0.751 9th
Doubles 129 T9th 143 T8th
HR 57 T7th 64 T8th


Pitching Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
ERA 4.53 10th 4.64 10th
Ks 484 11th 524 11th
Walks 237 6th fewest 250 T5th fewest
HR allow 78 T2nd most
Saves 21 T4th

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


Up Next


It is a big Round Rock (Houston) kind of week with seven games in seven days. They invade AutoZone Park for three on Thursday through Saturday before the two clubs head south to play four more in the Lone Star State starting on Sunday evening. The Redbirds will next be off for the All-Star break from July 12-14.



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