Redbirds on the Road
News & Notes as Memphis plays out west
Memphis Redbirds The Memphis Redbirds are in the midst of a seven-game road trip this week, but being away from the friendly confines of AutoZone Park hasn’t slowed the ‘Birds march through the dog days of August.
• Molina Moves Up — Catcher Yadier Molina’s injury rehab was transferred to Springfield.
Molina went 2-for-8 with two runs scored, one home run and five RBI during his first appearances with the Redbirds since 2004.
• Offense Surges — After scoring 12 runs on 14 hits in Monday night’s game, the Redbirds offense has posted double-digits in runs and hits in three of their last five games, including combining for 17 runs and 29 hits in their last two games. In August, the offense is batting .308, which ranks 5th in the Pacific Coast League.
They also rank 3rd in the PCL with a .403 on-base percentage.
• Raking on the Road — Not only did the Memphis Redbirds match a season-high by launching five home runs in Sunday night’s game, but they also broke the franchise record for most home runs hit on the road in a single season.
Adolis Garcia’s solo blast in the sixth inning was the team’s 91st home run hit on the road this season, breaking the record of 90 set by the 2004 Redbirds.
• Climbing the Leaderboards — As Adolis Garcia continues his power surge at the plate, he has entered and climbed into the Top-10 in several batting categories on the Redbirds all-time lists. Daniel Ponce de Leon dazzled again on the mound Friday. Through 13 starts with Memphis this season, he has held opponents to a .211 average.
• Arozarena Hits for the Cycle: At Oklahoma City, Randy Arozarena became the third Redbird in franchise history to hit for the cycle. He opened up the game with a bunt single, doubled in the third, homered in the fourth and completed the cycle with a triple in the fifth. Arozarena’s four-hit game that night was his third such game for the Redbirds this season, which leads the team.