Bases Loaded: Redbirds begin 2011 season on wrong foot

Leading Off- The Redbirds enter the 2011 season following a division-winning campaign in 2010.  If Manager Chris Maloney can put together another strong run through the summer, the Redbirds could be looking at a third straight Division Title.

On Deck- The Redbirds, much like their MLB affiliate Cardinals, got off to a slow start beginning Opening Day.  Memphis was fortunate to begin the season with an eight game home-stand.  Following an Opening Day loss to OKC, the Redbirds pulled off a weekend sweep taking the next three games from Redhawks.  New Orleans came to town Monday and had no trouble with Memphis as they swept the Redbirds in a low scoring series where Memphis scored only eight runs in the four games.  The Redbirds are in Iowa this weekend, the first game was postponed due to the weather, and following the weekend finale Monday, Memphis will travel to Omaha to face the Storm Chasers in a four game set before returning home next weekend.

Single- Memphis (3-5) enters a pivotal early season road-trip against two divisional foes, Iowa and Omaha.  The Redbirds enter the weekend two games behind leaders Nashville.

Double- With a combined team batting average of .261, the Redbirds rank among the bottom half of the Pacific Coast League.  The Memphis rotation has received no run support behind a pitching staff that ranks second behind Nashville with a 2.84 ERA.

Triple- Shane Robinson has been the star for the Redbirds so far this season.  He leads the team in doubles, triples, RBI, and has a slugging percentage of .632 and a .421 batting average.

Homerun- None… Memphis is the only team in the PCL to not hit one out of the park, Sacramento is the closest to Memphis and they have gone yard three times.

Bases Loaded is a weekly recap of the past week’s story-lines and news from the Memphis Redbirds.

Brennan Somers covers the Redbirds for MemphiSport. You can follow him via Twitter @brennansomers.

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