Memphis Redbirds Notebook: 2010 Week 13

The Memphis Redbirds went 5-2 on the week and hold a slim, one-game lead in the PCL American North. Allen Craig continues to drive in runs at a better than one per game pace.

This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 7.


Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 47-39 overall after a 5-2 week.


The Redbirds swept Round Rock in the week-opening three-game series at AutoZone Park, though two of the games were decided by one run and the other by just two. The pair then headed to Texas for four more rounds. Memphis won the first and third contests by one run each but lost the second and fourth games of the set by five runs each.


In the still amazingly-tight American North Division, Memphis holds a one-game lead with three others within a game and a half.


Who's Hot


Earlier, The Cardinal Nation named Allen Craig our June Player of the Month. Since then Craig has remained on fire, with two home runs and ten RBI in six July contests.


Over his last seven games, reserve infielder Kevin Howard is 9-for-26 (.346) with five extra-base hits and three RBI.


Outfielder Jim Rapoport has scored six runs in his last seven games and is batting .310 over his last ten appearances.


Infielder Donovan Solano has four RBI in his last seven games.


Closer Fernando Salas has amassed 18 straight scoreless outings (17 2/3 IP), is 14-for-14 in save opportunities and has allowed just one of nine inherited runners to score this season.


Who's Not


Since being named the organization's Player of the Month for June, Redbirds catcher Bryan Anderson has been in a funk, going just 3-for-16 (.188), all singles, with five strikeouts and no RBI in July.


Outfielder Joe Mather has no RBI in his last nine games and is batting just .200 in his last 10 games.


In his three July outings, Oneli Perez took a blown save, then yielded three runs in 2 1/3 innings over his new two appearances.


Former Florida Marlins lefty Renyel Pinto was activated but yielded five runs over his first two relief outings of one inning each.




Catcher Bryan Anderson received the Cardinals organization's Player of the Month honors after hitting .344 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 21 games in June.


Right-hander Brandon Dickson went 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in five June starts to be named the organizational Pitcher of the Month. He was also selected as a member of the Pacific Coast League All-Star team. Since, he has had one good and one rough outing in July for a 4.09 ERA in the new month.


Shortstop Tyler Greene was also named a starter for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Having since joined St. Louis, it seems unlikely Greene will play in the July 14 game.


On the Move


For the second consecutive week, the Redbirds roster continues to undergo considerable change.


On Wednesday, the Cardinals signed veteran major league closer Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract and assigned him to Memphis. The 33-year-old right-hander pitched an inning that very evening, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks.


When starter Adam Ottavino was placed on the disabled list by St. Louis, lefty Evan MacLane was recalled, despite a 6.55 ERA in June. Chuckie Fick moves into the Redbirds' rotation to take MacLane's place.


Infielder Mike Folli was promoted to Memphis from Double-A Springfield to take the place of Tyler Greene. The 24-year-old switch-hitter batted .214 in the Texas League this season. Folli also made a brief stop in Memphis in 2009, when he went 1-for-24 (.080) in eight games. He is off to a 5-for-11 (.455) start with the Redbirds this time.


Greene, 26, had a .296 average with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 61 games with the Redbirds before being called up to St. Louis. His 25 extra-base hits ranked him second on the team behind Daniel Descalso's 30. Greene has two double-digit hitting streaks on the season with a 17-game streak and a recently-snapped 11-game streak. He was also with St. Louis from April 26 to May 17.


To make room for Greene, the Cardinals optioned reliever Fernando Salas to Memphis last Friday. It was the rookie's third time to be sent down this season, but the 25-year-old right-hander has allowed just one earned run in his 7 1/3 major league innings over the three stints. Salas has 14 saves and a 2.42 ERA for the Redbirds.


Though it was not a physical move, reliever Josh Kinney was outrighted off the Cardinals' 40-man roster. He could be re-added if needed in St. Louis later this season, but if not, may likely walk as a free agent this coming fall. 


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


On the Mend


During his July 1 start, right-hander P.J. Walters took a ball off his pitching hand while sacrifice bunting and suffered a broken index finger. He took his next turn on schedule and tossed six one-run innings.


First baseman Mark Hamilton continued into his second week of playing on a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League.


Second baseman Daniel Descalso will be out of action for perhaps three more weeks after suffering a hairline fracture of his left collarbone.


Right-handed reliever Matt Scherer plus pitcher Pete Parise and outfielder Shane Robinson (both out for the season) all remain on the DL.


Pacific Coast League leaders


Craig's 65 RBI (in just 62 games) is second in the league despite him having spent a month with St. Louis.


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


Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 58. His on-base mark of .423 is fourth-best in the PCL.


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


Greene is in a tie for ninth with 52 runs scored.


Despite three stints in St. Louis, Fernando Salas is still third in the league with 14 saves.


Evan MacLane's 110 2/3 innings pitched leads the PCL and he is tied for fifth with 14 home runs allowed.


Brandon Dickson is fourth with 78 strikeouts, one ahead of former Redbird Clayton Mortensen.


Lynn is ninth in the league in walks issued at 39.


Team stats and rankings – Season to date


The offense showed a decline in most categories, while the pitchers basically treaded water this past week.


Offense Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
BA 0.273 6th 0.271 6th
Runs 415 5th 444 6th
OPS 0.751 9th 0.746 11th
Doubles 143 T8th 155 T9th
HR 64 T8th 68 T12th


Pitching Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
ERA 4.64 10th 4.61 10th
Ks 524 11th 574 10th
Walks 250 T5th fewest 275 5th fewest
HR allow 78 T2nd most 85 T2nd most
Saves 21 T4th 25 4th


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


Up Next


Memphis returns home and starting on Thursday, they will entertain Nashville for five games in four days before taking three days off for the All-Star break from Tuesday, July 12 through Thursday, July 14.



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