Memphis Redbirds Notebook: 2010 Week 19

The Memphis Redbirds went 4-2 on the week, and are now 2 1/2 games off the lead in the PCL American North. Outfielder Amaury Cazana batted .560 with 12 RBI during the period.



This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, August 12 through Wednesday, August 18.


Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 68-57 overall after a 4-2 week. In the process, the Redbirds picked up one game in the standings and sit in third place, 2 ½ games behind the Iowa Cubs in the American North Division.


After a day of rest last Thursday, the Redbirds began an eight-game homestand against Colorado Springs (Colorado) and Salt Lake (Angels). Memphis took three of four over Colorado Springs, including a 16-inning marathon in the series finale. After losing game one to Salt Lake, the Redbirds swatted the Bees to end the week. Their 13 runs scored on Wednesday was the team's best output in over six weeks.


During the period, wins went to relievers Francisco Samuel (1-0) and Rich Rundles (5-1), but P.J. Walters (7-4) was tops as he bookended the period with a pair of victories. Josh Kinney logged the only save of the period (ninth of his season), only the second by a Redbird this month. Losses were taken by Lance Lynn (10-9) and Ryan Kulik (1-4).


Who's Hot


Little-used infielder Kevin Howard has played in six consecutive games, going 7-for-16 (.438) with five RBI.


Another reserve, outfielder Amaury Cazana, drove in six runs on Wednesday night and 12 on the week. For the period, he is 14-for-25 (.560) with three home runs and has a six-game hitting streak.


Second baseman Daniel Descalso went 9-for-26 (.346) on the week.


In his last three games, third baseman Ruben Gotay is 8-for-15 (.533) and is batting .364 with 15 RBI in 16 August contests.


Reliever Josh Kinney has converted nine straight save opportunities and has a 1.93 ERA in the second half.


Swingman Oneli Perez has allowed just one earned run in August and has a 12:5 strikeout to walk ratio in 11 innings.


Reliever Eduardo Sanchez has not allowed an earned run in seven innings over six August appearances.


Who's Not


Before leaving the team, Hamilton was 2-for-20 (.100) in his previous six games.


Outfielder Joe Mather struck out a team-record six times in the 16-inning finale against Colorado Springs on Monday night. He went 3-for-24 (.125) with 10 whiffs on the week.


Catcher Matt Pagnozzi went 2-for-14 (.143) on the week and has just two RBI in 37 August at-bats. 


Outfielder Jim Rapoport has only one hit and one walk in his last 22 plate appearances.


Since joining the Redbirds earlier this month, reliever Francisco Samuel has walked 11 in just 5 2/3 innings.


On the Move


The days of roster serenity lasted just one week as the equipment and clubhouse men became busy again.


Outfielder Nick Stavinoha was recalled to St. Louis on Friday the 13th.


Reliever Fernando Salas was returned to the Redbirds from the Cardinals on Sunday the 15th.


On Monday, first baseman Mark Hamilton was placed on the temporary inactive list to return home for the birth of his child.


Tuesday brought the return of infielder Tyler Greene from the Cardinals while lefty Ryan Kulik was returned to Springfield.


Wednesday was a day of catcher swaps as Steven Hill arrived from St. Louis as Bryan Anderson returned to the bigs for the second time.


On the Mend


Left-handed starter Evan MacLane (elbow) was activated off the disabled list on Monday the 16th and immediately returned to the rotation.


Right-handed reliever Matt Scherer (wrist) was also activated on Monday and reassigned to A-Advanced Palm Beach.


Right-handed relievers Andrew Brown (oblique) and Pete Parise (shoulder surgery – out for the season) and outfielder Shane Robinson (shoulder separation - out for the season) all remain on the disabled list.


Pacific Coast League leaders


Allen Craig's 76 RBI (in just 77 games) is ninth in the league.


Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 83. Jon Nunnally set the franchise mark in 2003 with 98 free passes. Gotay's on-base mark of .415 is also second-best in the PCL.


Fernando Salas is third in the league with 18 saves.


Brandon Dickson's 3.46 ERA is sixth-best among qualifiers while his 140 1/3 innings on the mound is seventh-most in the PCL. His 109 strikeout total is fourth-best.


Lance Lynn has yielded 17 long balls, tied for eighth-most in the league. His 140 innings is eighth-highest in the PCL. Lynn tied for second with 113 strikeouts, tied for eighth in the league in walks issued at 52 and tied for eighth in hit by pitches with eight.


Since returned to Springfield, Ryan Kulik was seventh in the PCL with nine hit by pitches despite having thrown just 39 innings.


Team stats and rankings – Season to date


I am pretty sure this is the first time all season there is no red on either the hitting or pitching charts, meaning compared to where they stood one week ago, both aspects of the game improved.


Offense Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
BA 0.270 13th 0.271 11th
Runs 608 9th 644 9th
OPS 0.750 12th 0.754 12th
Doubles 211 T12th 222 T12th
HR 100 10th 109 9th


Pitching Last week PCL rank This week PCL rank
YTD # of 16 # of 16
ERA 4.52 8th 4.44 8th
Ks 822 5th 872 4th
Walks 401 5th fewest 418 T5th fewest
HR allow 123 3rd most 128 4th most
Saves 36 1st 37 1st

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


Up Next


In the upcoming week, the Redbirds complete the final two days of their homestand and series against Salt Lake (Angels). A brief four-game road trip to Omaha (Kansas City) will follow. The final game of the upcoming week is the beginning of a new homestand with Round Rock (Houston) arriving at AutoZone Park.



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