Bases Loaded: Redbirds slump continues

Leading Off– Since the last Bases Loaded recap, the Redbirds have fallen to 4-11 overall and cemented a hold on the last spot in the PCL American North division.  Memphis went 1-6 since last Saturday, dropping games to divisional opponents Omaha and Iowa.  Most worrisome, the Redbirds have lost five in a row.

On Deck– The Redbirds return to the friendly confines of Autozone park to begin a pivotal early season home-stand where the club can look to reverse their early season misfortunes.  Memphis will play 8 games during this home stretch that runs through May 1st.  First four games vs Iowa, who the Redbirds went 1-2 in last weekend’s series, and Round Rock.

Single– In the lone win on the road trip vs the Iowa Cubs, Memphis won 7-5 following a monstrous day at the plate tallying 11 hits including two in the 11th inning to give the birds the victory.  The hero of the night was Freddie Bynum.  In his 6 at bats, he had 3 hits including two runs, a solo homerun and 3 RBI.

Double– Memphis remains in the bottom five in both team batting and team hitting in the Pacific Coast League.  Memphis has a 3.41 ERA heading into this weekend but a combination of bad bullpen performances and a lack of run support have contributed to the staff’s 4-11 record.  Memphis has given up the fewest hits of the PCL with 114, while also giving up 56 runs, a second best in the league… now if Memphis could only get some hits.  Memphis’ batting average is .238, third from bottom.  Memphis ranks last in runs scored, doubles, homeruns, total bases, and stolen bases.  Basically, Memphis has just not gotten any production from the line-up at the plate.

Triple– Although the bats have been quiet for the birds, three pitchers have performed well on the mound but without run support, they have yet to record the wins Memphis needs, here they are…

Lance Lynn- (1-2) 2.66 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched, given up 6 runs on 18 hits, 14 strikeouts, opponents are batting .257 against him.

Brandon Dickson- (0-2) 1.89 ERA in 19 innings pitched, given up 6 runs on 16 hits, 18 strikeouts, opponents are batting .235 against him.

Adam Ottavino- (0-1) 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched, given up 5 runs on 11 hits, 19 strikeouts, opponents are batting .172 against him.

Homerun– After recording zero homeruns in the first week of the season, Memphis has gone yard 7 times in the last week.  Team leading Freddie Bynum has two.

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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