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Top 20 Moments of 2019

Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through Nov. 20, we are reliving 20 of the best moments from the 2019 season. Enjoy another look at this year, the 20th season in AutoZone Park history, complete with video, pictures, and audio from the broadcasts.

No. 1: March 25

A sellout crowd of 10,442 packed AutoZone Park on March 25 as the Memphis Redbirds took on the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th edition of the "Battle of the Birds" exhibition contest to open the 20th season of baseball at the facility. The night began with members of Memphis' 2018 Triple-A National Championship team receiving their rings. Adam Wainwright started for the Redbirds, and Michael Wacha started for the Cardinals. Both righties worked 4.0 innings on the mound. St. Louis won the game, 6-3.

No. 2: April 4

The Redbirds began their quest for a third-straight Pacific Coast League title with a 9-2 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers at AutoZone Park. The Redbirds scored nine unanswered runs after falling behind 1-0 in the second, bolstered by a four-run fourth. Johan Mieses went 3-for-5 with two runs, a double, a triple, and two RBI in his first-career Triple-A game. Austin Gomber allowed just one run in 5.0 innings of work, fanning six batters with no walks. Memphis native Ben Johnson earned his first career win as Redbirds manager with the victory.

No 3. April 20

Austin Gomber turned in his first complete-game shutout since 2015 by limiting the Round Rock Express to just three hits in the Redbirds 3-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader. Gomber struck out six batters and issued one walk. He faced the minimum over his last five innings. Drew Robinson walked with bases loaded to open the scoring in the second and Adolis Garcia launched a homer in the third. Edmundo Sosa capped off the scoring with an RBI double in the fifth.

No. 4: April 21

With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Edmundo Sosa sent the fans at AutoZone Park home happy by launching a home run to left field for the Redbirds first walk-off win of the season. Jesus Cruz retired the Express with a one-two-three inning to begin extras to set up Sosa's heroics. The Redbirds went on to have four wins in their last at-bat on the season.

No. 5: April 25

Trailing 4-2 entering the top of the ninth on the road at Omaha, the Redbirds mounted a furious rally against the Storm Chasers, scoring four times to take a 6-4 lead en route to their third-straight victory. Rangel Ravelo reached on an error and then scored on a triple by Adolis Garcia. Andrew Knizner tied the game with a single, and Tommy Edman plated Knizner with a go-ahead single. Memphis ended the season with nine come-from-behind wins in the seventh inning or later.

No. 6: May 24

Alex Reyes dazzled on the mound in an injury rehab start on May 24, striking out 13 and giving up just one hit in 7.0 innings in a 7-4 win over the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Reyes struck out nine-straight at one point from the third-through-sixth innings, setting a new Pacific Coast League record for most consecutive strikeouts. He tossed 90 pitches, 62 of which went for strikes. Reyes' performance included striking out the side in the second, fourth, and fifth innings.

No. 7: June 6

The Redbirds, playing their first of three games this season as the Memphis Música as part of Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión series, knocked off the Tacoma Rainiers on June 6, 2-1. The year-long series across Minor League Baseball is designed to resonate with each city's Hispanic and Latino communities, and the games featured authentic entertainment, music, and food and drink offerings.

No. 8: June 28

On June 28, Dakota Hudson, Patrick Wisdom, and Daniel Poncedeleon were named Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Hudson was the top vote-getter among all pitchers and earned the prestigious starting nod. Wisdom's All-Star Team selection continued a streak of awards for the infielder, after he was named to the 2017 PCL Postseason All-Star Team and was then named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 PCL Playoffs. Poncedeleon was also an All-Star both in 2016 with Double-A Springfield and 2015 with Single-A Peoria in the Midwest League.

No. 9: June 30

Luke Voit hit for the cycle on June 30 at Iowa, becoming the second player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, joining Mark Little (June 23, 2000). In that game, he went 5-for-6 at the plate, drove in five runs, and scored twice. In a unique twist, his cycle was completed over two days, as the game was suspended due to severe weather and finished the next day.

No. 10: July 15

Daniel Poncedeleon threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout at Omaha on July 15, which was the first complete-game shutout by a Redbird since Jerome Williams on June 11, 2016. Poncedeleon allowed just one hit and two walks in the game, striking out five batters. With the dominant performance, Poncedeleon lowered his season ERA to 2.15, second lowest in the PCL.

No. 11: July 22

Tyler O'Neill crushed three home runs in a 7-4 win against Colorado Springs on July 22, becoming the sixth player in Redbirds history to accomplish the feat. He homered in the first, third, and seventh innings, and he joins Chris Haas (8/3/99), Bill Selby (6/16/03), Rick Ankiel (6/16/07), Josh Phelps (7/29/08), and Jamie Romak (4/8/13) as Redbirds to homer three times in a single game.

No. 12: July 26

Just three games after Tyler O'Neill hit three home runs in a game, Adolis Garcia accomplished the feat in a 12-3 win at Salt Lake on July 26. One of his long balls was a grand slam, helping him tie the franchise record with eight RBI in the contest.

No. 13: August 5

The Redbirds rallied from a 5-0 deficit to walk off Fresno in the bottom of the 10th inning on August 5, with Rangel Ravelo providing the heroics. It was Memphis' first walk-off win of the season, before one to clinch the division later in the month and then three in four home playoff games.

No. 14: August 25

The Redbirds clinched their second-straight division title on Aug. 25, trailing 3-0 before walking off Nashville in the bottom of the ninth, 4-3. With the game tied and two on with two outs, Wilfredo Tovar stepped to the dish and lined a single up the middle, scoring pinch-runner Edmundo Sosa, and a fielding error allowed Lane Thomas to cross the plate and set off the celebration.

No. 15: August 28

Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp was named the 2018 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year on Aug. 28, which was his second-straight award as top skipper. He became just the third PCL manager on record to win the award for being the league's top manager in back-to-back seasons.

No. 16: August 30

Dakota Hudson became the first Redbird to win Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year honors, when he was awarded the league's top pitching recognition on Aug. 30. He earned over 85 percent of the votes after going 13-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 19 starts for Memphis before being promoted to St. Louis and finishing the season with the Cardinals.

No. 17: September 9

In Game 4 of the PCL semifinals on Sept. 9, the Redbirds scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning, with the game-winning single coming from pitcher Giovanny Gallegos. The Redbirds topped Oklahoma City in the game, 4-3, to win the series 3-1 and advance to the PCL Championship Series for the second-straight year.

No. 18: September 14

Alex Mejia laid down a perfect game-winning squeeze bunt in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 3 of the PCL Championship Series on Sept. 14. It gave the Redbirds a 2-1 win over Fresno and a 2-1 lead in the final series.

No. 19: September 15

The Redbirds won their second-straight PCL title and fourth in franchise history on Sept. 15, taking down Fresno, 5-0, in Game 4 of the series. Randy Arozarena hit two home runs in the decisive game, and Jake Woodford worked 7.1 innings of shutout, three-hit baseball. Arozarena and Tommy Edman were named co-MVPs of the PCL Playoffs.

No. 20: September 18

The Redbirds won their first Triple-A National Championship on Sept. 18, 14-4 over Durham in Columbus, Ohio. Alex Mejia was named MVP of the game after going 5-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored.