BY RYAN ABER
Not in Memphis for tonight’s playoff opener but some notes before tonight’s 7:05 Game 1 against the Redbirds at AutoZone Park.
RedHawks (RH Guillermo Moscoso, 7-7, 5.18) at Memphis (RH Brandon Dickson, 11-8, 3.23)
-The best-of-five series opens tonight, with Game 2 back in Memphis on Thursday. The series shifts back to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Friday and games 4 and 5 (if necessary) on Saturday and Sunday.
-Tacoma and Sacramento open the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Conference Series tonight in Sacramento.
-Memphis won the season series 9-7, winning 8 of the last nine games between the teams.
-The Redbirds won the division on the second tiebreaker, divisional record, after tying Iowa on record and on head-to-head record.
-The RedHawks finished the regular season on a 4-11 slide.
-The RedHawks qualified for the playoffs for the sixth time in 13 seasons since moving to AT&T Bricktown Ballpark and changing their name to the RedHawks. Bobby Jones has managed all but one of those (Greg Biagini took the RedHawks to the playoffs in 1999). Jones-led teams have made the playoffs in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 and this year.
-Guillermo Moscoso was 1-0 with a 2.00 in a pair of starts against Memphis this season. He pitched 9 innings, walking four and striking out eight. He didn’t get a decision in a 7-0 win at Memphis on April 16, then earned a win in a 12-4 win over the Redbirds on April 26.
-Mark Prior will be available out of the bullpen in the series after making his RedHawks debut Sunday.
“It felt good,” Prior said after his one-inning performance. “I wasn’t as crisp as I was the last couple times I pitched for Orange County but I haven’t thrown in a week. I’m looking forward to throwing again.”
-The RedHawks tied for the lead on April 14 and never fell behind, holding at least a share of the division lead for the final 146 days of the season. Their biggest lead was 5.5 games.
-Hernan Iribarren was among the PCL leaders in hitting after Aug. 5, batting .378 in the season’s final month. His average rose from .240 to .275 during the apan.
Thursday: RedHawks (RH Brandon McCarthy, 4-2, 3.36) at Memphis (RH P.J. Walters, 8-5, 3.81), KTOK-AM 1000
Friday: Memphis (RH Lance Lynn, 13-10, 4.77) at RedHawks (RH Doug Mathis, 5-7, 5.66), KKY-FM 96.1
Saturday: Memphis (LH Evan MacLane, 8-7, 4.45) at RedHawks (LH Michael Ballard, 6-8, 5.09), KTOK-AM 1000
Sunday: Memphis (TBA) at RedHawks (TBA), Fox Sports AM 1340