Memphis Redbirds Notebook: 2010 Week 17

The Memphis Redbirds went 5-2 on the week, but are now 2 1/2 games off the lead in the PCL American North. Outfielder Joe Mather has been both hot and cold.

Recap

 

This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, July 29 through Wednesday, August 4.

 

Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 61-51 overall after a 5-2 week. Despite that, the Redbirds lost a half-game in the standings and are 2 ½ games behind the Iowa Cubs in the American North Division.

 

The Redbirds began the week with a pair of victories to salvage a series split at New Orleans (Florida). They made it four straight, taking the first two games against Omaha (Kansas City), but it went downhill quickly as the Royals won the next two by a total of 14 runs as Ryan Kulik and Brandon Dickson took losses. Memphis hit the road for Las Vegas (Toronto), picking up a 14-5 win on Wednesday night.

 

Who's Hot

 

Donovan Solano has started 11 straight games at shortstop with hits in eight of them (14-for-42, .333), including four multi-hit games. Since the All-Star break, Solano is hitting .324 (23-for-71) with four extra-base hits and eight runs scored.

 

In a reserve role, outfielder Amaury Cazana is 7-for-21 (.333) in his last five games, including two RBI.

 

It has been feast or famine for Joe Mather, with three home runs and 10 RBI in his last ten games, but only a .206 average during that span.

 

Nick Stavinoha's five-hit game Wednesday was the first this season by Memphis hitter. The last Redbird to collect five hits was Jon Jay last July against Round Rock. Stavinoha also became just the second Memphis player to have five RBI in a game this season, joining Allen Craig, who has two five-RBI games. Stavinoha's grand slam was just the fourth for the club this year.

 

Infielder Ruben Gotay has driven in six runs in his last three games, including Wednesday's season-high four RBI.

 

Reliever Oneli Perez has been unscored upon in four consecutive outings (6 2/3 innings) and lefty Rich Rundles hasn't allowed a run in seven appearances (also 6 2/3 innings).

 

Who's Not

 

Until his home run Wednesday, catcher Bryan Anderson hadn't had an extra base hit in 12 games, 37 at-bats.

 

His seventh-inning triple Wednesday night was outfielder Adron Chambers' first extra-base hit in 39 Triple-A at-bats.

 

Second baseman Daniel Descalso is 9-for-35 (.257) in his eight games since being taken off the disabled list.

 

First baseman Mark Hamilton has only one RBI in his last 25 at-bats.

 

Swingman Chuckie Fick has allowed five earned runs over his last four outings (11 innings).

 

On the Move

 

Infielder Mike Folli was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for future considerations and was assigned to Double-A Montgomery.

 

Veteran left-handed starter Nate Robertson was signed and will get the start on Thursday night. The former Detroit Tiger and Florida Marlin has an out clause in his contract if not in the majors by August 23.

 

When reliever Fernando Salas was recalled to St. Louis for the fifth time this season on Wednesday, right-handed reliever Francisco Samuel got the call from Springfield. Salas had only been returned on the previous Wednesday, when reliever Mike MacDougal was promoted to St. Louis

 

On Tuesday, outfielders Allen Craig (up to St. Louis) and Nick Stavinoha (back to Memphis) swapped roster spots.

 

After a stay of just three days, infielder Adron Chambers was taken off the temporary inactive list and reactivated last Thursday. To make room, outfielder Aaron Luna was returned to Springfield.

 

On the Mend

 

Last Saturday, rehabbing right-hander Kyle Lohse made his second start for the Redbirds, yielding three solo home runs in four innings. Due to the distance, Lohse's third start on Thursday night will be in Springfield instead.

 

Left-handed starter Evan MacLane (elbow) and right-handed relievers Matt Scherer (wrist), Andrew Brown (oblique) plus pitcher Pete Parise (shoulder surgery – out for the season) and outfielder Shane Robinson (shoulder separation - out for the season) all remain on the disabled list.

 

There were no new additions to the DL corps this past week.

 

Pacific Coast League leaders

 

Allen Craig's .322 average is sixth and his 76 RBI (in just 77 games) is eighth in the league. His .558 SLG is ninth and .948 OPS is tenth.

 

Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 70. His on-base mark of .401 is ninth-best in the PCL.

 

Fernando Salas is tied for third in the league with 18 saves.

 

Evan MacLane's 121 2/3 innings pitched is tenth in the PCL and he is tied for tenth with 15 home runs allowed.

 

Brandon Dickson's 3.06 ERA is fourth-best while his 129 1/3 innings on the mound is tied for fourth-most in the PCL. His 100 strikeouts is fifth-best.

 

Lance Lynn has yielded 20 long balls, fourth-most in the league. His 128 innings is fifth-highest in the PCL. Lynn second with 107 strikeouts, sixth in the league in walks issued at 49 and tied for tenth in hit by pitches with seven.

 

Team stats and rankings – Season to date

 

The offense showed positive movement after several weeks of steep decline. The Redbirds are still much closer to the cellar than the top in most hitting categories. The pitching lost a bit of ground last week, but remain among the PCL's better staffs.

 

Offense Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
BA 0.263 15th 0.266 13th
Runs 506 12th 555 10th
OPS 0.729 15th 0.740 13th
Doubles 181 12th 194 13th
HR 79 15th 89 T13th

 

Pitching Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
ERA 4.37 8th 4.40 8th
Ks 735 4th 775 5th
Walks 335 4th fewest 373 4th fewest
HR allow 104 5th most 114 T2nd most
Saves 32 1st 35 1st
 

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

 

Up Next

 

In the upcoming week, the Redbirds will finish the final three of the four-game series in Las Vegas then move across the state for four more with Reno (Arizona). The following week offers an eight-game homestand against Colorado Springs (Colorado) and Salt Lake City (Angels).

 

 

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