Game Notes: Memphis Redbirds (38-58) at Round Rock Express (56-40)
Memphis Redbirds (38-58) at Round Rock Express (56-40)
Wednesday, July 17 - 7:05 p.m. (CT) - Dell Diamond (12,000) - Round Rock, Texas
Game #97 - Road Game #48 (23-24)
RHP Mike Hauschild (0-2, 8.22) vs RHP Akeem Bostick (4-4, 6.68)
BY THE NUMBERS
14 Number of hits by Johan Mieses in his first 15 career games at the Triple-A level this season. He is currently batting .341 (14x41) with the Redbirds compared to just .212 (46x256) at Double-A Springfield.
11.0 Consecutive scoreless innings tossed by the Redbirds bullpen. Redbirds relievers have posted a 2.33 ERA through 13 games this month after posting a 6.16 ERA in 27 games in June.
TONIGHT'S GAME: The Memphis Redbirds continue their seven-game road swing in the third of a four-game set against the Round Rock Express at Dell Diamond. The Redbirds dropped last night's game 4-1, and the lone run of the contest game via a solo shot from John Nogowski to begin the ninth. Nogowski's home run was his first since June 7 at Reno and ended a run of 120 consecutive at-bats without a homer. The 'Birds bullpen tossed 2.0 scoreless frames and have not allowed an earned run in their last 11.0 innings pitched. The bullpen has posted a 2.33 ERA through13 games this month, allowing 14 earned runs in 54.0 innings while fanning 58 batters. Tonight's game will be broadcast live on www.memphisredbirds.com with Steve Selby on the call.
ON THE HILL: Right-hander Mike Hauschild is scheduled to take the mound in tonight's game and make his seventh start and eighth appearance overall of the season. Hauschild has gone 0-2, 8.22 (21 ER/23.0 IP) in his seven outings this season. In his last time out on Thursday vs. Oklahoma City to begin the second-half of the season, he took no-decision (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) in the Redbirds' 8-6 defeat to the Dodgers. The start matched Hauschild's longest outing of the season, but he also matched a season-high with six hits allowed (3 times). He has fanned 10 batters in his last 12.0 innings pitched after whiffing just two in his first 9.0 innings pitched this season. It was also his fifth start of the season with at least two walks issued. He is still in search of his first win as a starter since Aug. 14, 2018. Prior to his start on June 20 at Oklahoma City, Hauschild made his first appearance on June 17 vs. Las Vegas after a lengthy stint on the Injured List. In that outing, he tossed 0.2 scoreless, but his outing was cut short due to a 1:20 rain delay following the third inning. Hauschild's first start prior to that night was on April 8 vs. the Omaha Storm Chasers. In that start, he suffered the loss (1.2 IP, 6 H, 9R/ER, 4 BB, 0 K) in the Redbirds' 14-3 defeat to the Storm Chasers. Hauschild matched a career high with nine earned runs allowed in that outing, and did so for the first time since 2017. The 29-year-old is making his first start against the Express since July 22, 2017 while with Fresno. It will also be the first time that he has faced the Houston Triple-A affiliate in his career. The Dayton, Ohio., native is in his eight professional season and his first within the St. Louis organization. Hauschild also spent time within the Houston, Texas and Toronto organizations.
The Express are slated to start right-hander Akeem Bostick in tonight's contest. The 24-year-old is scheduled to make his 12th start and 17th appearance overall this season. Bostick has gone 4-4, 6.68 (50 ER/67.1 IP) in his 16 outings for the Express and is allowing a .278 opponent's average (75x270). In his last time out on Thursday vs. Iowa, Bostick took no-decision in his start (2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) in the Express' 6-4 victory over the Cubs. It was his shortest start of the season and third time in his last five starts that he has issued at least three walks. As a starter, Bostick has made three quality starts but has allowed four earned runs or more in three of his last five. Tonight will be his first start against the Redbirds this season. He spent the bulk of 2018 at Double-A Corpus Christi where he went 2-5, 3.48 (36 ER/93.0 IP) in 21 games, 15 starts. He made one start against Double-A Springfield on August 12, where he faced current Redbirds Jose Martinez, Johan Mieses and John Nogowski, where he held the trio to going 1-for-9 in the game. The Florence, S.C., native is in his seventh professional season and his fifth with the Houston organization. He spent the first two years of his professional career within the Texas organization.
HISTORY WITH ROUND ROCK: The two clubs have met every year since 2005, with the Redbirds taking a slight 123-109 edge overall. The 'Birds also hold a 63-51 advantage at AutoZone Park and have gone 11-6 in downtown Memphis the past two seasons. The Redbirds and Express finished all-square at 8-8 in 2018, which was only the second time in 14 seasons that the two teams had split the season series. Memphis has not lost a season series to Round Rock since 2015.
On the road at Dell Diamond, the Redbirds have a slim 60-57 advantage, but have gone 11-4 at this facility the past two seasons. The Redbirds and Express finished all-square at 8-8 in 2018, which was only the second time in 14 seasons that the two teams had split the season series. Memphis has not lost a season series to Round Rock since 2015.
After eight years as the Rangers Triple-A affiliate, the Express are the Astros top affiliate for the first time since 2010. The Express spent their first six years in the Pacific Coast League as the Astros Triple-A team, where the Redbirds went 55-38 from 2005-10, including 12-4 in each of the last two seasons before the Express switched affiliations.
ABOUT THE LAST ONE: The Memphis Redbirds fell victim to a solid outing by Round Rock Express (Astros) starter Cy Sneed in a 4-1 defeat Tuesday night in Round Rock, Texas.
Sneed worked 7.0 shutout innings, allowing only five hits and striking out seven. He walked just one.
John Nogowski homered for the Redbirds (38-58) in the ninth inning, but Memphis could do nothing more.
Johan Mieses had three hits for Memphis, and Lane Thomas was 2-for-4.
Jake Woodford started and pitched 6.0 frames for Memphis. He gave up four runs on six hits and struck out four.
Round Rock (56-40) hit two home runs to account for three of its four runs.
After Woodford, Chris Ellis and Chris Beck worked 2.0 scoreless frames out of the Memphis bullpen.
ROSTER MOVES: The following roster move was made prior to last night's game: Edmundo Sosa was recalled by St. Louis.
Sosa will be headed to big leagues for the first time this season and is set to make his first Major League appearance since Sept. 30, 2018 at Chicago-NL. During his first MLB stint last season, Sosa appeared in three games, entering each game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement. He made his debut on September 23 vs. San Francisco and drew a walk in first plate appearance. He is still in search of his first MLB hit.
In 83 games with Memphis this season, Sosa posted a .252/.304/.424/.728 slash-line and had 10 home runs and 34 RBI. The 10 long balls so far this season are just two shy of matching last season's total between Memphis and Double-A Springfield. He ranked 4th on the Redbirds this season with 78 hits.
OKLAHOMA CITY SERIES WRAP: The Memphis Redbirds lost their series to the Oklahoma City Dodgers 3-1 in the final meeting at AutoZone Park this season. The Redbirds finish 2019 with a 1-7 record at home against the Dodgers, making it the first time in franchise history that they had won just one game at home in a season against the Oklahoma City franchise. It is also the sixth time in the last seven seasons that Memphis have finished with a losing record at home against Oklahoma City. The Redbirds have not won a home series since June 12-14 vs. Salt Lake. All four games of this series were decided by three runs or fewer.
Edmundo Sosa and Lane Thomas each had five hits in the series as they combined to go 10-for-29 (.345) at the plate with one home run and 10 RBI. Sosa finished the series riding a four-game hitting streak, his longest such stretch since posting an eight-game streak from June 21-28. Thomas was optioned back to Memphis on July 5 following his third big-league stint and responded by hitting safely in a season-high five straight games, including in three of four against Oklahoma City. He had his streak ended in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, but had a three-run, pinch-hit double in the night cap. He totaled seven RBI in the series, with three multi-RBI games. His home run on Friday was his third against the Dodgers this season, which ranks 2nd on the Redbirds. Randy Arozarena reached safely in all four games of the series and has now reached safely in his last 15 starts. In 29 games with Memphis following the series, he is slashing .369/.441/.559/1.000 and failed to reach safely when he starts just twice (27 G). Jose Godoy made his first start for the Redbirds since June 8 in the second game on Saturday and went 2-for-4. In his first six career Triple-A contests, Godoy has multi-hit performances in four games. Overall in the series, the Redbirds batted .237 (28x118) against Dodgers pitching.
The 'Birds starting staff went 0-1, 7.60 (12 ER/14.2 IP) fanning 10 batters while issuing five walks. They allowed one home run and eight total extra-base hits. Austin Warner delivered his first quality start with Memphis this season on Friday, tossing 6.0 innings of two-run ball while allowing six hits and fanning four. He has allowed at least one home run in all three of his starts with the Redbirds, but Friday was his first start with allowing just one. Mike Hauschild matched a season-high with 5.0 innings pitched in the series opener and had three strikeouts. He has whiffed 10 batters in his last 14.0 innings after only having two strikeouts in his first 9.0 innings. Junior Fernandez made two appearance during the series, tossing 1.1 total scoreless innings and he has not and in his first six Triple-A appearances, he has allowed four hits and one run in 9.1 innings. He struck out the side in his inning of work in the second game of the doubleheader Saturday. The staff overall yielded an opponent's average of .318 (41x129).
GARCIA RAKING AGAINST ROUND ROCK: After hitting two more home runs against Round Rock pitching on Monday, Adolis Garcia now leads the Pacific Coast League with five home runs in 10 games against the Express this season. He also ranks T-3rd among PCL batters with 12 RBI. With both long balls coming with two outs in the inning, he also ranks T-2nd in the PCL with 10 home runs in such situations.
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 17 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.
LET'S GET IT STARTED: After Randy Arozarena went 1-for-4 with against Round Rock last night, Redbirds players batting first in the order are now hitting .309 overall, which ranks 2nd in the Pacific Coast League. They also rank 5th in hits (125), T-4th in OBP (.371), 5th in OPS (.871) and 5th in SLG (.500).
WOODFORD SHINES IN EL PASO: Jake Woodford tossed 2.0 perfect innings to start the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game and earned the win in the Pacific Coast League All-Stars' 9-3 win over the International League All-Stars on July 10. Woodford fanned two batters and three of the other four outs were recorded via ground-outs. He was the sixth Redbirds pitcher to start the All-Star Game and second-straight to earn the honor.
Andrew Knizner, who was added to the PCL All-Star roster on July 5 did not make an appearance in the game.
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