Game Notes: Memphis Redbirds (30-44) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (30-42)
Memphis Redbirds (30-44) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (30-42)
Saturday, June 22 - 7:05 p.m. (CT) - Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (13,066) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Game #75 - Road Game #39 (18-20)
RHP Jake Woodford (4-3, 3.68) vs LHP Rob Zastryzny (2-2, 6.83)
BY THE NUMBERS
5 Number of home runs hit by the Redbirds last night against the Dodgers, setting a season high. It was the first time since July 26, 2018 that the Redbirds had hit at least five homers in a game.
18 Number of hits by the Redbirds last night, matching their second-highest total of the season. It was the fifth time in the last nine games that the Redbirds have reached double-digits in the hit column.
TONIGHT'S GAME: The Memphis Redbirds continue their brief five-game road trip in the middle game of this five-game set against the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Redbirds snapped their five-game losing streak last night by exploding for 14 runs on 18 hits, nine of which went for extra bases. The five home runs launched by the Redbirds last night also set a season high. Last night's victory was also the first Redbirds win against an American Southern division opponent since May 3, snapping a 16-game losing streak. Tonight's game will be broadcast live on www.memphisredbirds.com with Steve Selby on the call.
ON THE HILL: Right-hander Jake Woodford is scheduled to take the mound in today's game and make his 15th start of the season in as many games and his first start against the Oklahoma City Dodgers this season. Woodford last took the mound on Sunday vs. Las Vegas, taking no-decision (6.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) in the Redbirds' 11-8 defeat to the Aviators. The 10 hits allowed set a season high while the seven earned runs allowed set a career high. It was also the third time in his last six starts that Woodford has allowed five earned runs or more in a start. Despite the rough start to the day, Woodford bounced back to retire the last 10 batters that he faced and issued a season-low one walk. It was also the seventh time this season that Woodford has tossed at least 6.0 innings in a start and the third time in his last four. Even with the seven earned runs in that start, Woodford has still allowed three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 14 starts. In taking the no-decision, he has lost three of his last four decisions, but Woodford has still won 14 of his last 21 decisions overall at the Triple-A level. He last faced the Dodgers on Aug. 12, 2018 at this facility, where he suffered the loss (4.0 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) in the Redbirds' 9-0 defeat to the Dodgers. He is currently holding opposing batters to a .221 (63x285) average, which ranks 3rd in the Pacific Coast League among qualifiers. Woodford is even stingier against right-handed batters, holding them to just a .195 (34x174) average. He also ranks 4th in the PCL with a 3.68 ERA and has allowed one earned run or fewer in six of his 14 outings. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native is currently ranked as the No. 24 prospect in the Cardinals organization by MLB.com.
The Dodgers are scheduled to start left-hander Rob Zastryzny in tonight's contest. The 27-year-old is scheduled to appear in his 13th game and make his 11th start for the Dodgers this season. Zastryzny has gone 2-2, 6.83 (43 ER/56.2 IP) in his 13 outings and opposing hitters are batting to the tune of an even .300 average (69x230). In his last time out on Sunday at El Paso, Zastryzny took no-decision (4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR, 1 HBP) in the Dodgers' 10-7 defeat to the Chihuahuas. It was his first start for the Dodgers since May 25, as he made two relief appearances between those starts. It was also the second time in his last three outings that Zastryzny had allowed six earned runs. He has made just one quality start, on May 9 vs. Nashville and has worked at least 6.0 innings in two starts. He has also allowed at least eight hits in two straight starts and four times overall. Zastryzny has made one appearance against the Redbirds this season on May 30, piggybacking Tony Gonsolin, taking no-decision (3.1 IP, 3 H, 6 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR) in the Dodgers' 10-8 victory over the Redbirds at AutoZone Park. He spent the bulk of 2018 at Triple-A Iowa, going 3-2, 3.86 (24 ER/56.0 IP) in 33 games, one start. In his MLB career, Zastryzny has gone 2-0, 4.41 (17 ER/34.2 IP) in 18 games, one start. The University of Missouri product is in his seventh professional season and his first with the Los Angeles-NL organization. He spent the first six years of his professional career with the Chicago-NL organization.
HISTORY WITH OKLAHOMA CITY: The Redbirds have faced off against the Oklahoma City Triple-A franchise every year since 1998. The Redbirds trail in the all-time series 162-178 and trail 69-100 on the road. The 'Birds have just winning records at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in just three seasons (2018, 2013, 2000). The Redbirds have winning records against Oklahoma City in just six of 21 seasons, but only have losing records in 10 seasons. Last year, the teams faced off in the American Conference Finals of the Pacific Coast League playoffs, with the Redbirds winning the series 3-1.
This is 22nd-straight year that the Redbirds have faced off against the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate. Oklahoma City has been the Dodgers' top affiliate since 2015 and Memphis has a 31-34 record during that span. From 2009-14, the Albuquerque Isotopes was the organization's top affiliate and the Redbirds went 37-49. The Redbirds were also 12-20 against the Albuquerque Dukes from 1998-2000. From 2001-08, the Redbirds went 19-21 against the Las Vegas 51's. Overall, Memphis is 99-127 against the Dodgers' Triple-A club.
ABOUT THE LAST ONE: The Memphis Redbirds (30-44) scored in six consecutive innings and in seven frames overall to snap a five-game losing skid with a 14-7 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Dodgers) in the second game of this series Friday night in Oklahoma City, Okla.
In an 8-6 game entering the eighth, the Redbirds' bats erupted to score five runs on five hits, three via the long ball. Conner Capel started the inning with a solo shot, his second with Memphis, and Irving Lopez followed with a single. Yariel Gonzalez , in a pinch-hit spot, blasted a two-run homer of his own. It was the Redbirds' second pinch-hit home run of the night, after Joe Hudson did the same in the sixth. With two outs in the inning, Andrew Knizner collected his second hit of the night and Adolis Garcia brought him in by hitting his team-leading 15th home run of season to cap off the scoring.
Capel finished the game going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI, extending his hitting streak to seven games in the process. He has hit safely in his first seven career games at the Triple-A level.
The Redbirds five total home runs set a season high and it was also the first time since July 26, 2018 that the 'Birds had hit at least five homers in a contest. The 18 hits collected on the night was the matched the offense's second-highest total this season.
Harold Arauz started and went 4.2 innings for the Redbirds, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. The Memphis bullpen would go on to allow just two runs on five hits the rest of the way, with Tommy Layne , earning the win. The pitching staff held the Dodgers (30-42) to going just 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 baserunners.
Edmundo Sosa opened the game with a solo home run in the first to give Memphis an early lead, but the Dodgers (30-42) responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half to take the lead.
The game featured four lead changes over the next five innings, with the Redbirds scoring at least one run in innings four through nine to pull away.
Seven of the nine starters had at least one hit in the contest and all seven of those starters posted multi-hit performances. Ten total Redbirds recorded at least one hit and six had at least one RBI.
John Nogowski extended his season-high hitting to seven games tonight, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI.
ROSTER MOVES: The following roster move was made prior to tonight's contest:
Chris Chinea and Evan Kruczynski were transferred to Double-A Springfield while Rangel Ravelo was optioned by St. Louis. Lane Thomas was also reinstated off of the 7-Day Injured List after missing eight games.
Kruczynski went 1-2, 8.01 (27 ER/40.1 IP) in his first stint at the Triple-A level in seven games, six starts.
Ravelo returns from his first big league stint, where he went 1-for-6, collecting his first Major League hit on Wednesday. He also made his MLB debut on Monday in a pinch-hit spot after 838 career games at the minor league level.
LAS VEGAS SERIES WRAP: The Memphis Redbirds were swept at home in four games by the Las Vegas Aviators to end their seven-game homestand. The Redbirds have been swept in three of their last four series at home, going 2-15 during that span, stretching all the way back to May 25. This was the third time in the last six series between the two teams that the series was taken via a sweep. It also marked the second time in series history that Las Vegas earned a series sweep against the Redbirds. The Redbirds had previously won the last eight contests at AutoZone Park.
The Redbirds scored just 19 runs in the four games and were held to just one run in the series finale. The offense slugged only a total of three homers and collected 12 extra-base hits overall. Against Las Vegas pitching, Memphis was held to a .259 average (36x139) and had nine players pick up multi-hit performances. The Redbirds averaged nine hits per game, but only went 10-for-45 with runners in scoring position.
John Nogowski was one of the stand-out performers at the plate, going 7-for-15 (.467) with seven RBI, driving in at least one run in each contest. Nogowski extended his current hitting streak to five games, matching a season high. He had multi-hit games in the first two games of the series and he ranks 4th on the Redbirds with 13 multi-hit performances overall. After going 2-for-4 in his Triple-A debut on Friday vs. Salt Lake, Conner Capel continued his hot start at this level, going 6-for-16 with four doubles against the Aviators. Capel also has a current five-game hitting streak, hitting safely in all of his first five Triple-A contests. Randy Arozarena finished his series strong after going 0-for-5 in the series opener, going 7-for-12 with two doubles and a lead-off home run in Monday's contest. After joining the Redbirds on June 12, Arozarena is batting .367 (11x30) with two home runs and seven RBI. Yariel Gonzalez launched a game-tying two-run home run in his Triple-A debut on Sunday and Irving Lopez also collected his first two hits at this level on Sunday as well.
The 'Birds starting staff went 0-3, 12.10 (23 ER/17.1 IP) fanning 18 batters while issuing 12 walks. Three of the four starts allowed at least six earned runs in the start and none recorded a quality start for the third straight series. They also allowed just two home runs and yielded an opponent's average of .383 (31x81). Harold Arauz allowed just three earned runs in 5.0 innings of work in his start in the opener, his first with the Redbirds since April 24. Despite allowing seven runs on 10 hits in his start, Jake Woodford retired his last 10 batters faced to reach the 6.0 innings mark for the seventh time this season in 14 starts. Alex Reyes fanned nine batters in his 5.0 innings of work, his longest outing with the Redbirds this season. The Memphis bullpen went 0-1, 11.37 (23 ER/18.2 IP) with 22 strikeouts. Hunter Cervenka tossed 2.1 scoreless innings during the series, lowering his season ERA to 2.19, leading all Redbird relievers with at least 20 appearances.
RAVELO GETS THE CALL: Prior to Monday night's game Rangel Ravelo had his contract purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals and for the first time in his career, headed to the big leagues. A 10-year veteran who has also spent time in the Chicago-AL and Oakland organizations in slated to make his Major League debut after 838 games at the minor league level across various levels. In 63 games with the Redbirds this season, Ravelo has batted .333, including .489 (22x45) in 12 games this month. He entered today ranked 8th in the Pacific Coast League in batting average, 12th in on-base percentage (.414), and 7th in hits. He also leads the Redbirds in all of those categories, including a team-high 17 multi-hit games. On Tuesday, Ravelo collected his career Major League hit against the Miami Marlins.
GOING TO THE SHOW: Following the contract of Rangel Ravelo being purchased Monday by the St. Louis Cardinals, the Redbirds have now had six members from their Opening Night roster get called up to St. Louis and make their Major League debuts. Ravelo joins Tommy Edman, Andrew Knizner and Lane Thomas as the fourth Redbirds position player to earn a call up, joining pitchers Genesis Cabrera and Ryan Helsley. The six call-ups match the 2018 Redbirds who also had six players get promoted to St. Louis and they would all make their Major League debuts with the club. The 2017 Redbirds had nine players that would go on to make their MLB debuts.
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