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20 Moments from 2017

The 20th season of Memphis Redbirds baseball was one for the record books! Here is a look back on 20 spectacular moments from the 2017 season! (in chronological order)

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1. The Cardinals Visit Memphis for "Battle of the Birds" (3/30) »

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The 2017 season began with a visit from the St. Louis Cardinals for a "Battle of the Birds" exhibition game at AutoZone Park March 30. The Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning, two more in the second and another in the third to open an 8-0 lead after two-and-a-half frames. Jhonny Peralta and Yadier Molina hit back-to-back home runs in the first, Aledmys Diaz added one in the second, and Jedd Gyorko blasted one out in the third to account for most of the offense on the night. As part of their trip to Memphis, the club visited St. Jude Children's Hospital earlier in the day to meet patients and families and spread some cheer.

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2. Stubby Wins His First Game as Manager (4/6) »

Stubby Clapp earned his first win as Redbirds manager in thrilling fashion, as Patrick Wisdom took an 0-2 pitch deep to left field to give the Redbirds a 5-4 win in 13 innings in the season opener at New Orleans April 6. Ryan Sherriff took the mound in the bottom of the 13th and allowed a single and a wild pitch, but he got two flyouts and a lineout to seal the Memphis win.

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3. Pham's Walk-Off Single Beats Oklahoma City (4/17) »

Tommy Pham hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to defeat Oklahoma City on April 17, which was one of 25 last at-bat wins for the Redbirds on the season. Pham entered the game as part of a double switch in the top of the ninth, and he knocked in Wilfredo Tovar in the 11th to give the Redbirds a 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

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4. Wisdom/Bader/DeJong Go Back-to-Back-to-Back (4/30) »

Patrick Wisdom, Harrison Bader, and Paul DeJong hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning against Round Rock April 30, marking the first time the Redbirds hit three-straight bombs in a game since Troy Glaus, Allen Craig, Mark Hamilton, and Daniel Descalso did it at Round Rock on Aug. 24, 2009. DeJong hit a pair of home runs in the game, which was an 11-7 Redbirds win.

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5. Redbirds Extend Winning Streak to 11-Straight (5/8) »

The Redbirds scored 13 runs over their final three at-bats May 8 at Iowa, including eight in the ninth inning highlighted by a Patrick Wisdom grand slam, to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games. The Redbirds trailed the Cubs 8-2 after six innings, before scoring three in the seventh, two in the eighth, and eight in the ninth to spur a 15-9 victory. Wisdom hit two home runs in the game, and Todd Cunningham, Harrison Bader, and Carson Kelly all had three hits apiece.

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6. Grichuk Hits Walk-Off Single in First Game with Memphis (6/9) »

In his first game of the season with the Redbirds, Randal Grichuk provided the 10th-inning heroics with a walk-off single to deep center field June 9 against Nashville. Grichuk ended up playing 14 games with the Redbirds and hit six home runs, and he ended his time on an eight-game hitting streak. Two days later, Breyvic Valera had a walk-off single of his own against the Sounds.

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7. Record Crowd Celebrates Independence Day (7/3) »

An AutoZone Park record crowd of 11,076 was treated to a 4-1 Redbirds win over New Orleans during the Independence Day Celebration. The crowd was the largest at AutoZone Park since the stadium renovations prior to the 2015 season. This game, and two other crowds larger than 10,000, helped the club see its average home attendance rise by nearly eight percent in 2017, marking the second-straight season of attendance growth at the downtown ballpark.

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8. Birthday Boy Kelly Beats Round Rock with Walk-Off Single (7/14) »

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth, the Redbirds got a lead-off home run by Alex Mejia in the home-half of the eighth and then a walk-off single by birthday boy Carson Kelly in the bottom of the ninth to take a 2-1 win over Round Rock July 14. The win was Memphis' 12th in its last 14 games and 12th of the season when trailing in the seventh inning or later.

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9. Martini Hits Walk-Off Home Run against Round Rock (7/16) »

Nick Martini hit a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Redbirds a 2-1 win over Round Rock July 16. It was Memphis' second walk-off win over the Express in three games, after Carson Kelly's walk-off single two nights prior. The Redbirds trailed 1-0 heading into the eighth inning for the second time in three games as well, before coming back to win in walk-off fashion.

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10. Coming Oct. 23 »

11. Coming Oct. 25 »

12. Coming Oct. 27 »

13. Coming Oct. 30 »

14. Coming Nov. 1 »

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20. Coming Nov. 15 »