This report covers the seven-day period from Tuesday, August 12 through Monday, August 18.
Round Rock arrived in town on Tuesday and took a loss in game one of the four-game set, 7-4. The Redbirds broke their five-game losing skid in the process. Though Blake Hawksworth allowed ten baserunners in five innings, only two of them scored, giving the struggling starter a much-needed win. Nick Stavinoha and Jarrett Hoffpauir each had three hits. Stavi doubled and homered, driving in three, while the second baseman had a two-base hit and plated two.
The Redbirds made it two in a row on Wednesday as Jess Todd picked up his first Triple-A win in a 2-1 pitcher's duel. Todd fanned six Express hitters and yielded a solo home run in 6.2 innings. Jason Motte earned his fifth save. Hoffpauir and Mark Johnson had key back-to-back two-out RBI doubles in the second inning.
On Thursday, the Redbirds were
shut out by the visiting Express, 3-0. Josh Phelps' pair of doubles were 2/3 of
Sunday's doubleheader began with the completion of the June 20 suspended game. The Redbirds doubled up the Isotopes, 12-6. John Wasdin went four shutout innings for the win. Four players went deep, including Brendan Ryan, Freese, Josh Phelps and Wasdin.
seven-inning game did not go nearly as well. Clayton Mortensen handed over a 2-1
lead to Motte going into the final frame but Motte took his fourth blown save
and third loss as
They lost an early lead and it
took ten innings to get it back, but
Third baseman David Freese has gone deep four games in a row, though officially one was the resumption of an earlier suspended game. His .305 batting average is second on the club to Stavinoha.
Clayton Mortensen has yielded just two runs in his last 9.1 innings on the mound.
Reliever Ron Flores has not been scored upon this month, with a current run of eight shutout outings.
In his last ten games, catcher
Bryan Anderson is just 3-for-26 (.115) at the dish and his
After a modest run, second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir is seven for his last 30, .233. Bad timing, since Brendan Ryan is taking away at bats.
Speaking of, Ryan is hitting no
better, 6-for-29 (.207), since being sent down from
Jason Motte has been tagged for four runs in his last two outings of 1.2 innings total.
Who's on the Move
Shane Robinson was activated from the disabled list.
Colby Rasmus continues his
John Jay is out of action with a
sore shoulder, which took him to
Their team batting average of .273 is eighth in the 16-team league. The offense is ninth in home runs and 11th in both strikeouts and runs scored.
The mound staff slipped to fourth in the PCL in ERA at 4.39 but still lead the circuit in strikeouts. They are eighth in walks issued.
Individually, Josh Phelps is third in the PCL with 29 home runs, while David Freese is tied for ninth with 24. Phelps' 93 RBIs is sixth-most and his .561 SLG mark is tenth. Nick Stavinoha's .336 average ranks fourth.
Mitchell Boggs' 3.79 ERA ranks
second among league qualifiers. With 110 strikeouts, P.J. Walters is in seventh
place. John Wasdin has nine wins, tied with a group for ninth-most in the PCL.
With 12 saves, Kelvin Jimenez is in eighth place and though he seems set in
No days off the rest of the way.
The Redbirds finish the final game of the marathon five-game series at
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