20 Moments from 2018
Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through Nov. 21, we are reliving 20 of the best moments from the incredible 2018 season. Enjoy another look at this unforgettable year, complete with video, pictures, and audio from the broadcasts.
No. 1: April 5
The season starts with an 8-4 win at Round Rock on Opening Day. The Redbirds scored five runs in the sixth inning, Rangel Ravelo was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Adolis Garcia and Max Schrock both homered. John Gant tossed 6.0 innings, allowing one run on six hits with five strikeouts.
No. 2: April 8
Jack Flaherty made his Triple-A season debut and struck out 11 without a walk in 7.0 innings, and Tyler O'Neill hit his fourth home run in three games as the Redbirds improved to 4-0 on the season with a 4-1 win over the Round Rock Express. Flaherty gave up just one run on five hits, and he only allowed two singles after the second inning. O'Neill finished 3-for-4 with three RBI thanks to his fifth-inning home run, a two-run shot.
No 3. April 10
A crowd of 9,590 packed AutoZone Park, the largest home-opening crowd at the ballpark since 2010, to see a 7-0 Memphis Redbirds win over the Omaha Storm Chasers. Pregame ceremonies featured a 2017 Pacific Coast League championship flag-raising ceremony, the introduction of the 2018 team, an award presentation to the Redbirds' ownership group, Trinity Sports Holdings, for the Ballpark Digest Organization of the Year, and a first pitch by new University of Memphis men's basketball coach Penny Hardaway. John Gant tossed 7.0 innings for the Redbirds (5-1), giving up just five hits, and striking out five. The Redbirds scored seven runs in the second inning, which were spurred on by seven-straight hits to begin the frame.
No. 4: April 14
When the Redbirds defeated Iowa 3-1 on April 14 to move to 9-1 on the season, manager Stubby Clapp recorded his 100th regular-season win as Redbirds manager. The 100 wins came in 151 games, making him the quickest manager to 100 victories in the 116-year history of the Pacific Coast League. In the game, Daniel Poncedeleon struck out 12 in 5.0 innings, and the Redbirds stole five bases as a team.
No. 5: April 23
Austin Gomber tied the franchise record with 16 strikeouts in a 3-0 win at Iowa on April 23, which was just his fourth-career Triple-A start. He did not issue a walk, an incredible 85 of his 112 pitches went for strikes, 75.9 percent, and after the first three Cubs of the game reached based Gomber retired 16-straight hitters into the sixth inning. The 16 strikeouts matched what Lance Lynn did against Oklahoma City in the playoffs on Sept. 10, 2010. Yairo Munoz homered in the game as well.
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.