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Redbirds end season with win

September 1, 2008 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Memphis Redbirds News Release

Memphis, Tenn. - Memphis finished their 2008 Pacific Coast League season with a 4-2 win over Oklahoma on Monday afternoon.

The Redbirds scored first but had to rally in the seventh inning to reclaim the lead. Mark Johnson drove in the first run of the game in the second inning and knocked in a second run in the two-run seventh inning. Brendan Ryan's RBI-double gave the ‘Birds a three-run cushion going into the ninth inning. Oklahoma's John Mayberry brought the RedHawks within two runs with a solo homer to lead off the ninth, but Redbirds reliever Jason Motte pitched around trouble to notch his ninth save of the year. Johnson and D'Angelo Jimenez each had two-hit games to lead Memphis. Casey Benjamin went 2-for-5 with a home run for Oklahoma.

Memphis starter Mitchell Boggs earned the win with seven strong innings. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits with six strikeouts in capturing the PCL ERA title with a 3.45 ERA. Kazuo Fukumori took the loss for the RedHawks allowing two runs on two hits in one inning of work.

The St. Louis Cardinals will add five Redbirds to their roster tomorrow. Pitchers Jason Motte and Kelvin Jimenez will join Brendan Ryan, Brian Barden and Mark Johnson on the Cardinals expanded roster. The Cardinals added left-hander Randy Flores and right-hander Chris Carpenter today and will also add reliever Josh Kinney to the roster tomorrow.

The Redbirds finished the season with the second-most victories in franchise history going 75-67. Only the PCL Champion 2000 team won more games going 83-61.

Memphis opens the 2009 season at home against Oklahoma on April 9.

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