On July 7, the Birds traveled to Blaine to take on the first-place Fusion.
It was a low scoring game thanks in part to starting pitcher Brent Tholen. Tholen pitched six innings, facing 21 batters. Tholen only allowed one hit, and one run; however, he walked five batters.
The Birds could not get things going their way at the plate, hitting .118 as a team while failing to score a run.
The final score was 1-0 in favor of the Fusion. While the game did not go as they planned, they were able to force a close game against the top team in the Metro Minny League.
On July 9, the Redbirds got another chance against a top team when they hosted the fourth-place Champlin LoGators.
Pitcher James Green played a large role in the win on the mound and at the plate. Green pitched eight innings, while only allowing three hits with zero runs scored. He went 1-3 at the plate, while recording an RBI.
Up 2-0 heading into the ninth inning, the Birds sent in Jake Johnson to close the game. Johnson did not allow a single hit while picking up the save.
The Redbirds next game will be July 12 when they host Foley. The Birds will end the week with a road game on July 14 against third-place Coon Rapids, and then return home July 16 to host the Forest Lake Brewers.
Metro Minny Standings: Blaine, 9-1 (24-3); Brooklyn Park, 8-3 (12-3); Coon Rapids, 6-3 (12-11); Forest Lake, 6-3 (11-8); Champlin, 6-4 (13-11); Isanti, 6-5 (12-7); Anoka, 2-7 (8-11); Shoreview, 1-8 (2-9); Andover, 0-9 (0-9)