Game Notes: Memphis Redbirds (36-56) vs Oklahoma City Dodgers (40-51)
Memphis Redbirds (36-56) vs Oklahoma City Dodgers (40-51)
Saturday, July 13 - 4:05 p.m. (CT) - AutoZone Park (10,000) - Memphis, Tennessee
Games #93 & #94 - Home Games #48 & #49 (14-33)
RHP Mike Mayers/RHP Harold Arauz & RHP Chris Ellis vs RHP Daniel Corcino & LHP Caleb Ferguson
BY THE NUMBERS
5 Lane Thomas' current hitting streak. It is his longest such streak of the season and his first stretch of hitting safely in at least five games since Aug. 8 - Sept. 3, 2018 when he had a six-game streak.
52 Number of runs allowed by the Redbirds in the ninth inning this season. That figure is the highest among all Triple-A teams. Their 17 runs scored in the ninth is also 2nd fewest in the Pacific Coast League.
TONIGHT'S GAMES: The Memphis Redbirds will wrap up their four-game set against the Oklahoma City Dodgers tonight with a doubleheader after Sunday's game was pushed back due to forecasted inclement weather from Hurricane Barry. The Redbirds dropped last night's game 6-3 and have now last all six games home games against the Dodgers this season. Randy Arozarena posted his 12th multii-hit game of the season and has reached base in each of his last 13 starts. Tonight's games will be broadcast live on www.memphisredbirds.com with Steve Selby on the call.
ON THE HILL, GAME 1: In the opener of tonight's doubleheader, right-hander Mike Mayers is scheduled to get the start. It will be his first start of the season and his seventh appearance overall for the Redbirds during his current Major League Rehab Assignment. He has 0-0, 1.69 (1 ER/5.1 IP) with four strikeouts and three walks. He was has only allowed an earned run in one of his outings. The Grove City, Ohio, native is in his seventh professional season and he has spent them all in the St. Louis organization.
Right-hander Harold Arauz is scheduled to make his 11th appearance for the Redbirds tonight in relief of Mayers. It will be his 17th appearance overall across all levels this season. In his last time out on Saturday at Iowa, he earned the win (5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR) in the Redbirds' 5-4 victory over the Cubs. It was his first win since June 6 and his third start in his last five with allowing three earned runs or fewer. His four wins are T-2nd most on the Redbirds this season. He has now allowed one home run in five-straight outings and his stretch of three-straight outings of at least three strikeouts was also ended. Prior to rejoining the Redbirds on June 6, Arauz went 0-4, 8.86 (21 ER/21.1 IP) in five starts with Double-A Springfield. He yielded an opponent's average of .385 (40x104) and allowed 11 extra-base hits. He also allowed career-highs in hits (12, May 4) and walks (5, May 15) during that span. Overall, he has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his 13 starts overall and has made just two quality starts in his outings. The 24-year-old has fanned 44 has issued 28 walks in 70.1 innings across all levels this season. Arauz has yielded an opponent's average of .329 (97x295) overall but has limited opponents to a .242 average (8x33) when pitching as a reliever. The Chiriqui, Panama, native is in his 8th professional season and first within the Cardinals organization. He has also spent time in the Houston and Philadelphia systems at various levels. At Advanced-A Clearwater on July 30, 2017, Arauz tossed a no-hitter.
The Dodgers are slated to start right-hander Daniel Corcino in Game 1 of tonight's doubleheader. The 28-year-old is scheduled to make his 12th start and 14th appearance overall this season. Corcino has gone 6-3, 4.57 (34 ER/67.0 IP) in his 13 outings and is allowing a .248 opponent's average (63x254). He would rank 7th in the Pacific Coast Leauge in ERA and 6th in average if he qualified. In his last time out on July 4 vs. Round Rock, Corcino earned the win in his quality start (6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 5 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR) in the Dodgers' 13-7 victory over the Express. It was his third quality start in his last five outings and the tenth time overall this season that he had allowed two earned runs or fewer in an outing. Corcino has faced the Redbirds twice this season and one time at AutoZone Park. In his last start against the 'Birds on June 23 in Oklahoma City, he suffered the loss (5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR) in the Dodgers' 8-2 defeat. The six runs allowed matched a season-high as did the nine hits allowed. The Azua, Dominican Republic., native is in his 12th professional season and his fifth with the Los Angeles-NL organization. He has also spent time with the Cincinnati and Chicago-NL organizations.
ON THE HILL, GAME 2: The Redbirds will then turn to right-hander Chris Ellis to begin the nightcap. Tonight will be his first start of the season and his 29th appearance for the Redbirds overall. He has gone 3-4, 6.96 (33 ER/42.2 IP) with 50 strikeouts and 26 walks. His 50 K's rank 3rd on the active roster overall and are the most by current Redbirds relievers. In 11 of his outings this season, he has worked at least 2.0 innings and has tossed 3.0 innings once. Ellis will be making his first start for Memphis since Sept. 3, 2018. During last season as a starter, he went 4-4, 4.16 (33 ER/71.1 IP) in 14 games. He also had 57 strikeouts and 21 walks issued. The Birmingham, Ala., native is in his sixth professional season and his third with the St. Louis organization. He had also spent time in the Los Angeles-AL, Atlanta and Kansas City organizations.
The Dodgers are scheduled to start left-hander Caleb Ferguson in the nightcap of the doubleheader. The 23-year-old is in line to make his tenth appearance for Oklahoma City this season and his 32nd appearance overall across all levels. He has going 0-0, 0.00 (0 ER/10.1 IP) in his nine outings at Oklahoma City and has allowed just four hits. He also has whiffed 15 batters while only issuing three walks at the Triple-A level. He has made two relief appearances against the Redbirds this season, tossing 1.1 perfect frames over two games while fanning four. Ferguson has appeared in 22 games, one start at the Major League level this season for the Dodgers and has gone 0-1, 5.48 (14 ER/23.0 IP). The Columbus, Ohio, native is in his fifth professional season and has spent them all with the Los-Angeles-NL organization. He entered the season ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the Dodgers organization according to Baseball America.
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 165-180 but hold a 93-80 advantage at AutoZone Park. 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 30-32 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 102-129 against the Dodgers' Triple-A club.
ABOUT THE LAST ONE: The Oklahoma City Dodgers (Dodgers) scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning and picked up a 6-3 win over the Memphis Redbirds Friday night at AutoZone Park.
Memphis (36-56) led 3-2 after scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Dodgers (40-51) hung a four-spot in the top of the ninth to turn the tables.
Lane Thomas hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second to give the Redbirds a 2-1 lead, and Joe Hudson drove in Memphis' other run on the night.
Randy Arozarena doubled, and Adolis Garcia added a triple. Arozarena also stole his ninth base of the season, and Garcia and Thomas had outfield assists.
Austin Warner fired 6.0 solid innings for the Redbirds, giving up just two earned runs on six hits for a quality start. He struck out four. Jesus Cruz and Tyler Webb tossed a pair of scoreless innings with four combined strikeouts to bring the game to the ninth, but Chris Beck then had a rough ninth inning.
Six different Dodgers had two-hit games, and the top two hitters in the Oklahoma City order drove in a combined five runs.
ROSTER MOVES: The following roster moves were made prior to Thursday's game: Jose Godoy was transferred from Double-A Springfield, Andrew Knizner was recalled by St. Louis, Chasen Shreve had his contract purchased by St. Louis and both Rangel Ravelo and Tyler Webb were optioned to Memphis.
Godoy is in line to make his first appearance for the Redbirds since June 8 with his first game action. He made his Triple-A debut on June 2 vs. Oklahoma City and went 0-for-3. In his next four games, Godoy went 7-for-16 with a double, two home runs and four RBI.
Knizner will be making his second Major League stint of the season. He made his MLB debut on June 2.
Shreve was 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA in 37 games (42.2 IP) for Memphis this season, striking out 50 and walking just 19.
Ravelo returns from his second MLB stint, where he went 0-for-2 in two pinch-hit appearances.
Webb is slated to make his first appearance for the Redbirds since April 5.
IOWA SERIES WRAP: The Memphis Redbirds lost their series to the New Orleans Baby Cakes 3-1 in the first meeting between the two teams at Principal Park this season. It was the first time since May 16-20 that the Redbirds lost a series on the road, snapping a four-series unbeaten run. The loss in the series opener on July 4 was the 'Birds first loss at Principal Park since Aug. 25, 2017, ending a run of 10-straight road wins against the Cubs. The first three games of the series were decided by just one run, with the Redbirds going 1-2 in those contests.
Justin Williams played in just one game in the series before hitting the injured list, but hit a pair of two-run homers in the opening game of the series on July 11. It was his first multi-HR game of the season and his first since Aug. 30, 2017. The four runs driven in also set a season-high. In his two starts with the Redbirds this season, Williams went 2-for-3 in each game. Randy Arozarena had his eight-game hitting streak snapped on July 4 after making one at-bat after entering the game as a defensive replacement, but had hit safely in each of his last 11 starts following the end of the series. In 25 games with Memphis following the series, he is slashing .388/.445/.561/1.007 and failed to reach safely when he starts just twice (22 G). Jose Martinez made his Triple-A debut on July 6 and drew two walks, and on Sunday collected his first-career Triple-A hit, a two-out three-run home run in the second that gave the Redbirds the lead. Martinez was the 12th Redbird to make his Triple-A debut this season. Edmundo Sosa's grand slam on July 5 was the team's first grand slam since May 7 and third this season. Lane Thomas returned to Memphis on July 5 after being optioned and hit safely in the last three games of the series, including going 2-for-4 in first two games back. Johan Mieses had two hits in the series as he began his third Memphis stint this season. He has 10 hits in his first 10 career Triple-A games. Seven players posted multi-hit performances in the series and two players had four-RBI games. Overall in the series, the Redbirds batted .215 (29x135) against Cubs pitching.
The 'Birds starting staff went 1-1, 8.90 (17 ER/17.2 IP) fanning 11 batters while issuing 11 walks. They allowed six home runs and 15 total extra-base hits. The staff overall yielded an opponent's average of .286 (40x140). Harold Arauz and Mike Hauschild each made starts of 5.0 innings while allowing three earned runs in their respective outings. Hauschild's start was his longest outing of the year and he now has nine strikeouts in his last 9.0 innings pitched. In earning the victory in his start, Arauz's four wins are second most among active Redbirds. Austin Warner made his second Triple-A start of the season and allowed six earned runs on eight hits, with four hits being home runs. Warner has allowed seven long balls in his two starts. Junior Fernandez made one appearance during the series, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings on July 5. In his first four Triple-A appearances, he has allowed four hits and one run in 8.0 innings. Hunter Cervenka tossed 3.1 scoreless innings over two games.
THE AMAZING RANDY: After slashing .374/.456/.607/1.063 in 28 games between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis in June, Randy Arozarena was named Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month. He also had five home runs, eight doubles, 20 RBI, and four stolen bases.
Making his Memphis debut on June 12 after arriving from Springfield, Arozarena proceeded to hit in 13-of-18 games in the month with the Redbirds, including a five-game hitting streak to end the month that included a pair of four-hit games. He had his eight-game hitting streak snapped on July 4, but has reached base safely in each of his last 13 starts. He also has five games with at least three hits during that span.
On July 4, among prospects with at least 100 plate-appearances over the last 30 days he ranked 1st in hits (40) and average (.414), 2nd in OBP (.484) and total bases (70), T-3rd in doubles (10) and 5th in OPS (1.115). (Credit: MLB Pipeline)
This is Arozarena's second-career monthly honor from the Cardinals after being honored in June 2017 while playing for Advanced-A Palm Beach.
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