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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 3

The Redbirds matched a franchise record with 24 hits in a 17-2 rout of the in-state rival Nashville Sounds. All nine starters recorded at least one hit in the game and eight Redbirds had at least two hits, including six with three or more. Lane Thomas posted a four-hit game with two doubles, and Edmundo Sosa had a five RBI performance.

No. 7: May 24

On May 24 at Nashville, Rangel Ravelo slugged a two-run home run in the top of the second to bring his hitting streak to 19 games, just one game shy of matching the franchise record set by Adam Kennedy in 1999. He also became the first Redbird since Scott Seabol in 2005 to post a hitting streak of at least 19 games. In his Redbirds career, Ravelo has three hitting streaks of at least 15 games, more than any other player in franchise history.

No. 8: July 10

Jake Woodford was named the starter for the Pacific Coast League All-Stars in the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game in El Paso, Texas. The right-hander earned the most votes of any other pitcher of the league to secure the honor, becoming the second-straight Redbird to earn the starting nod on the mound (Dakota Hudson, 2018) and the sixth Redbird overall. Teammates Andrew Knizner and Rangel Ravelo also earned all-star honors.

No. 9: July 21

Adolis Garcia had a record-matching day at the plate on July 21 at Omaha, driving in eight runs and homering twice in a 13-2 drubbing of the Storm Chasers. Garcia matched his own franchise record with the eight RBI, a feat he accomplished last season as well. The 26-year-old blasted a grand slam in the second inning and later launched a three-run homer in the eighth.

No. 10: July 26

Randy Arozarena became just the third Redbird in franchise history to hit for the cycle when he did so at Oklahoma City on July 26. Arozarena needed just four at-bats and five innings to complete the feat. He led off the contest with a single and doubled to lead off the third. The 24-year-old slugged a two-run home run in the fourth and completed the cycle with a triple in the fifth. Arozarena finished the contest going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and four runs driven in. After having just one cycle in team history from 1998-2017, the Redbirds have had a player hit for the cycle in back-to-back seasons (Luke Voit, 2018).

No. 11: July 27

A 3-for-5 performance with a double, home run, and four RBI by Lane Thomas the night before was overshadowed by Randy Arozarena's cycle, but Thomas stole the spotlight the next night by matching a franchise record with three home runs against Oklahoma City. He homered in three-straight at-bats, driving in four total runs. Overall on the season, Thomas launched a team-high seven home runs against the Dodgers.

No. 12: August 1

With the Redbirds trailing the Isotopes 6-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the 'Birds sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring seven times, en route to an eventual 13-8 victory. During the inning, rehabbing St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter singled home two runs, and fellow rehabber Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run home run. With the contest lasting a total 4:07, it became the second-longest nine-inning game in Redbirds history, falling just two minutes shy of matching the record set by the same two teams in 2013.

No. 13: August 4

The Redbirds held the El Paso Chihuahuas, one of the most potent offenses in the Pacific Coast League, to just one hit in a 2-0 win on Aug. 4. Daniel Ponce de Leon got things started with 4.0 scoreless frames and eight strikeouts. Seth Elledge followed, yielding the lone hit with one out in the fifth inning. Chasen Shreve and Junior Fernandez combined to toss 3.0 hitless innings, allowing just one baserunner to reach during that span. While the Redbirds have yet to toss a no-hitter in their franchise history, it was the team's 12th one-hit effort and its first since Ponce de Leon's solo effort on July 15, 2018 at Omaha.

No. 14: August 5

St. Louis Cardinals legend Yadier Molina wrapped up a four-game injury rehabilitation stint in Memphis with a home run and four RBI on Aug. 5. When Molina started his injury rehab assignment at AutoZone Park, he was suiting up as a Redbird for the first time since June 1, 2004. After that time in 2004, Molina went on to make his Major League debut two days later and has cemented himself as one of the all-time greats, winning two World Series titles, nine Gold Gloves, four Platinum Gloves, and a Silver Slugger.

No. 15: August 9

Daniel Ponce de Leon turned in one of the best starts by a Redbirds pitcher all season in a 15-0 win over the River Cats on Aug. 9 in Sacramento. In the start following his 4.0 scoreless frames vs. El Paso, Ponce de Leon went 7.0 scoreless innings, fanning 11 batters and issuing no walks. The righty allowed just two hits in his dominant performance. The start earned Ponce de Leon Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time in his career.

No. 16: August 15-22

After dominating the Texas League at Double-A Springfield, Cardinals No. 2 prospect Dylan Carlson was transferred to the Redbirds on Aug. 15 and had an immediate impact at the Triple-A level. Carlson went 1-for-4 with a double in his debut against the Iowa Cubs that night and then rattled off seven-straight multi-hit games. During that span, Carlson batted a whopping .567 (17-30) and posted an incredible 1.618 OPS. He collected six extra-base hits, including three home runs, and seven RBI.

No. 17: August 24

Genesis Cabrera turned in a performance for the ages against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Aug. 24, as the left-hander matched a feat that only one other pitcher has accomplished in Pacific Coast League history. After Cabrera got Rudy Martin to pop-out in the third, he rattled off nine-straight strikeouts, matching a PCL record that was set by fellow Redbird Alex Reyes on May 24, 2018. In total, the 22-year-old whiffed 12 batters, issued two walks, and allowed just one hit in 7.0 innings of work.

No. 18: August 29

Entering a must-win game against the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Aug. 29, the Redbirds kept their playoff hopes alive by slugging a season-high six home runs in an 8-5 victory. Randy Arozarena got things started by homering on the very first pitch of the contest to give the 'Birds the lead. After the Baby Cakes took a 5-1 lead after four frames, Max Schrock cut the deficit with a solo blast in the fifth. Justin Williams tied the game with a three-run blast in the sixth, and Ramon Urias would later give the Redbirds the lead with a two-run homer in the ninth. Edmundo Sosa capped off the scoring with a solo effort later in the inning. It was the sixth game in franchise history that the Redbirds had at least six home runs and first since July 24, 2018.

No. 19: September 2

In the final game of the 2019 campaign, Jose Martinez capped off a record-setting year offensively for the club by hitting the team's 200th home run of the season in the ninth inning against the Iowa Cubs. The Redbirds shattered the previous franchise record of 174 home runs and also set franchise records in runs (803), total bases (2225), and RBI (761).

No. 20: September 17

AutoZone Park and the city of Memphis hosted the 2019 Triple-A National Championship Game on Sept. 17, as the Sacramento River Cats and the Columbus Clippers aimed to become the first team to win three Triple-A crowns. The River Cats came out victorious in front of a near-sellout crowd of 9,123 fans to close the curtain on the 2019 Triple-A season.