Memphis Redbirds Notebook: 2010 Week 18

The Memphis Redbirds went 3-4 on the week, and are now 3 1/2 games off the lead in the PCL American North. Outfielder Nick Stavinoha has been an RBI machine.



This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 11.


Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 64-55 overall after a 3-4 week. In the process, the Redbirds lost one game in the standings and sit 3 ½ games behind the Iowa Cubs in the American North Division.


The Redbirds began this period with the final three of the four-game series in Las Vegas (Toronto) then moved across the state for four more with Reno (Arizona).


Despite plating 23 runs in games two and three in Vegas, Memphis managed just one win before dropping the final contest as well. The losing streak grew to three with a first-game defeat in Reno. The Cards took the middle two before falling on Wednesday afternoon.  


During the week, wins went to Nate Robertson, Lance Lynn and Kyle Lohse. Josh Kinney logged the only save of the period, in fact the only save by a Redbird this month. Losses were taken by P.J. Walters, Oneli Perez, Brandon Dickson and Robertson.


Who's Hot


Outfielder Adron Chambers is on fire, going 11-for-18 (.611) with five RBI in his last seven games. He is batting .340 over his first 21 games with Memphis.

He He


Fellow outfielder Jim Rapoport is also hot, with a 16-for-34 (.471) mark over his last eight contests.


Yet another outfielder, Nick Stavinoha, finished the eight-game road trip 17-for-38 (.447) with four home runs and 15 RBI. He has 18 RBI in his 13 games for the Redbirds this season.


Since coming off the disabled list, second baseman Daniel Descalso is 19-for-61 (.311). He had three home runs and eight RBI over the seven games this past week.


Reliever Eduardo Sanchez is working on a five-game scoreless streak – including four strikeouts and two walks over five innings.


Who's Not


After yielding three runs over six innings in his Memphis debut, lefty Nate Robertson was hammered for ten runs on 11 hits in five innings while coughing up a five-run lead to close the period. His Redbirds ERA is 10.64.


Right-handed starter P.J. Walters has been pummeled for 16 runs, 13 earned over his two August starts, totaling 10 2/3 innings (10.97 ERA).


Left-handed reliever Renyel Pinto is probably wishing August hadn't come. In three outings this month, he has coughed up 11 runs, eight earned in just 3 2/3 innings.


Reliever Francisco Samuel has been scored upon in three consecutive appearances (three runs, two earned in 2 2/3 innings). Of greater concern perhaps is that he walked two batters each time out.


Before picking up a save in a scoreless outing on Tuesday, reliever Josh Kinney had allowed runs in three consecutive appearances - four runs, three earned in three innings.


First baseman Mark Hamilton is just three for his last 18, .167.


Reserve infielder Kevin Howard has gone 16 games without scoring a run.


Outfielder Joe Mather is two for his last 21, .095.


On the Move


Amazingly, seven days passed without a single roster move other than the return and departure of the rehabbing Kyle Lohse. I am pretty sure this is the longest such quiet period this season.


On the Mend


In a case of exceptionally unfortunate timing, catcher Bryan Anderson was hit in the mask with a ball on Monday. Though not put on the disabled list, he has been out of action since. That made Anderson unavailable for recall to St. Louis when Jason LaRue was injured in the Cincinnati fight. The replacement was Springfield's Steven Hill.


After one appearance with Double-A Springfield, Lohse returned to the Redbirds on Tuesday for his fourth rehab start in total, third with Memphis. After a shaky initial two innings, Lohse settled in for a three-hitter over seven frames, allowing just one run and fanning nine.


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. MacLane may be able to return this coming 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 eighth.


Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 80. Jon Nunnally set the franchise mark in 2003 with 98 free passes. Gotay's on-base mark of .412 is sixth-best in the PCL.


Fernando Salas is third in the league with 18 saves.


Brandon Dickson's 3.28 ERA is fifth-best among qualifiers while his 134 1/3 innings on the mound is seventh-most in the PCL. His 105 strikeout total is fourth-best.


Lance Lynn has yielded 17 long balls, tied for sixth-most in the league. His 134 innings is eighth-highest in the PCL. Lynn second with 110 strikeouts, tied for eighth in the league in walks issued at 50 and tied for seventh in hit by pitches with eight.


Team stats and rankings – Season to date


Nothing like a trip to Nevada to aid the offense. While there is a long way to go to approach the league leaders, the Redbirds hitters showed improvement again this past week. The pitching, a strength of the team all season, treaded water last week, but remain among the PCL's better staffs statistically.


Offense Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
BA 0.266 13th 0.270 13th
Runs 555 10th 608 9th
OPS 0.740 13th 0.750 12th
Doubles 194 13th 211 T12th
HR 89 T13th 100 10th


Pitching Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
ERA 4.40 8th 4.52 8th
Ks 775 5th 822 5th
Walks 373 4th fewest 401 5th fewest
HR allow 114 T2nd most 123 3rd most
Saves 35 1st 36 1st

(red/yellow/green denotes period-to-period change of YTD stats)


Up Next


In the upcoming week, the Redbirds will take Thursday off, their final rest day of the season, before starting an eight-game homestand against Colorado Springs (Colorado) and Salt Lake City (Angels). A brief four-game road trip to Omaha (Kansas City) will follow.



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