One thing the St. Louis Cardinals have seemed to have trouble doing lately is scoring runs. That’s certainly not been a problem for the Memphis Redbirds as they put up 44 runs in the matter of six games and went 4-2 in that time.
Monday was a big night against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox scoring 12 runs and earning a 12-4 victory. Four Redbirds had three RBI nights, Dan Johnson, Cody Stanley, Dean Anna, and Jeremy Hazelbaker. Johnson had two home runs on the night giving him 11 on the season and Anna hit his second of the season.
Nick Greenwood pitched seven innings giving up nine hits, two earned runs, and had four strikeouts giving him the win.
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On Tuesday the offensive production continued with another Sky Sox blowout, this time by a 13-6 score. Nick Martini impressed with a four RBI performance, Hazelbaker had three for the second straight night, Rafael Ortega and Alex Mejia had two RBI’s, Greg Garcia had one. Through all the runs, no home runs were hit.
John Gast got the win pitching five innings giving up eight hits, five runs, three earned, and had two strikeouts along with two walks.
Wednesday night’s game was rained out sparking a double header on Thursday against the Nashville Sounds. In Game 1 the Redbirds only put up two runs in a 3-2 loss. Ed Easley and Hazelbaker had the lone RBI’s in the game. Easley’s RBI was a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season.
Jimmy Reed got the loss in the game pitching four innings giving up six hits, three earned runs, two walks, and had one strikeout.
Game 2 capped off the only unsuccessful day of the week with another loss, this time 7-3. RBI’s in the game were from Easley, Hazelbaker, and Martini.
Marcus Hatley got the loss pitching 1/3rd of an inning giving up five hits, four earned runs, and a walk. Zach Petrick was the starter pitching five innings giving up three hits, three earned runs, three walks, and had four strikeouts.
The bats came back on Friday with a 9-1 win against the Sounds. Cody Stanley had four RBI’s, Hazelbaker had two, Easley and Stephen Piscotty each had one. Home runs went to Stanley, his third, and Hazelbaker, his second.
Thomas Lee got the win pitching six innings giving up five hits, one earned run, and had two strikeouts.
The Redbirds capped off the week on Saturday with a 5-4 win. Dean Anna had two RBI’s, Garcia, Piscotty, and Cody Stanley all had one. Home run went to Anna, his third on the season.
Chris Thomas got the win pitching four perfect relief innings with three strikeouts.
Greg Garcia’s batting average has improved to .322 which still leads the team. Ortega is still in second at .291. Jeremy Hazelbaker has a .469 average in nine games while Nick Martini has a .353 in five games.
Stephen Piscotty still leads the team in hits, he now has 83. Greg Garcia remains in second with 76. Ortega has 71.
Scruggs will have opportunities to extend his lead again as he was optioned back to Memphis on Saturday
Dan Johnson has tied Xavier Scruggs with 11 home runs for the team lead. Scruggs will have opportunities to extend his lead again as he was optioned back to Memphis on Saturday.
Dan Johnson still leads the team in RBI’s with 42. Piscotty still close behind with 38.
Zach Petrick tied Tyler Lyons for the team lead in strikeouts with 67. However Lyons has a good shot at taking the lead as he’s scheduled to start on Sunday.
The Redbirds cap off a five game series with the Nashville Sounds today with first pitch set for 1:35 CT. They then get a short break with the Triple A All Star Game on Wednesday. Tim Cooney and Sam Tuivailala are the selected Redbirds to represent the Pacific Coast League.
Second half of the season begins on Thursday with the first three of four games against the Iowa Cubs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.