August 2012

August 22-30, 2012

The 11th and final homestand of 2012 has come and gone. The ‘Birds took three-of-five games from Albuquerque and played hard against division-leading Omaha to close out the year. We are set to welcome an extremely talented team in 2013 and we look forward to seeing you all at AutoZone Park! Here are some sights from the final nine games:

Redbirds fans enjoyed “Wet Your Whistle” Wednesdays all season long!

Former Big Leaguer Frank Thomas stopped by AZP and took some time out to meet Rockey.


Some ‘Birds fans rocking their new Memphis Redbirds hats, as part of our hat giveaway promotion night.


Fans took advantage of posing with the Cardinals’ 2011 World Series Trophy as this was the final stop for Memphis of the trophy tour for the organization.

The Cardinals’ own, Fred Bird, stopped by to visit Redbirds fans at AutoZone Park.


Pictured: Lou Montanez in the St. Jude patient-designed special edition Redbirds jerseys.

Thanks for all your support this season, Redbirds fans! See you in 2013.

* All photos courtesy of Allison Rhoades, Redbirds Graphics & Photographer.

Shelby Miller named PCL Pitcher of the Week

Memphis Redbirds’ starting pitcher Shelby Miller has earned his second Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week honor this season.

Despite taking the loss, Miller scattered two runs on five hits with 12 strikeouts against Iowa on Aug. 21 and picked up the win versus Albuquerque on Aug. 26 as he allowed only one run on two hits with seven strikeouts at AutoZone Park.

Miller is 6-3 with a 3.40 ERA and 65 strikeouts over his past 10 appearances and he has only allowed a total of four walks in his past five August starts. His team-leading 151 strikeouts also ranks him second in the PCL, while he also currently leads the Redbirds in games/starts by a starting pitcher (26) and innings pitched (130.2).

August 10-17, 2012

The Redbirds kicked off homestand #10 with the beginning of Elvis Week and a series split with Tacoma, but Memphis also lost three-of-four games with Salt Lake. Here are some sights from the most recent stint at AutoZone Park:

Some Redbirds fans show off their Elvis bobbleheads.

Elvis was in attendance to pose for pictures with ‘Birds fans.

The world-famous Budweiser clydesdales visited AutoZone Park.

Rockey busts out his best Elvis impersonations on the field.

Former Negro Leagues players gathered to receive recognition at AZP.


The Redbirds wore throwback Red Sox jerseys in recognition of “Salute to Negro Leagues Night” at AZP.

Brandon Dickson fires in a fastball.

* All photos courtesy of Allison Rhoades, Redbirds Graphics & Photographer.

John Gast named Cardinals’ Minor League Player of the Month

The 23-year-old John Gast, who was the Cardinals’6th-round selection out of Florida State University in the 2010 first-year player draft, posted a perfect 3-0 record with a 2.70 ERA in five starts striking out 30 batters in 30 innings for the month of July.

Gast currently leads the Redbirds with eight wins and his 12-combined wins between Springfield and Memphis leads all Cardinals’ farmhands, and it also ranks him third among all minor league baseball pitchers. He also ranks sixth in the minors with 139.0 total innings pitched.

Shelby Miller named PCL Pitcher of the Week

Shelby Miller has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week.

Miller is coming off two stellar performances, collecting wins against both Round Rock (July 30) and Fresno (Aug. 5), while posting 16 strikeouts over 14 total innings of work. He has not allowed a walk over his last four appearances and currently leads the Redbirds in strikeouts (115) and his 106.1 innings pitched ranks him second on the team.

Miller is the first Memphis pitcher this season to earn PCL Pitcher of the Week honors. He is scheduled to pitch next on Saturday, August 11, at AutoZone Park against Tacoma.

July 28-31, 2012

The Redbirds have completed homestand #9, a five-game series with the Round Rock Express, which included a doubleheader on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Express took four of the five games, but here are some sights from the series:

The game ball was delivered via helicopter for our, “Salute to First Responders Night.”

The Memphis City police and fire departments performed the pregame National Anthem at AutoZone Park.

Rockey’s parents stopped by to help celebrate his birthday.

Bryan Anderson makes a diving attempt to make the tag at home plate.

‘Birds Play-by-Play announcer, Steve Selby!

* All photos courtesy of Allison Rhoades, Redbirds Graphics & Photographer.