This report covers the seven-day period from Tuesday, August 19 through Monday, August 25.
With time running out on their
The offense didn't blow anyone away, but the relief corps was the weak link as they coughed up leads three times, all spearheading losses last week.
Tuesday meant the close of the
The Redbirds invaded
In game two of the series on Thursday, the Redbirds shut out the Royals, 5-0. Mitchell Boggs allowed nine baserunners in 5.2 innings but none of them crossed the plate. Centerfielder Shane Robinson plated two.
The Redbirds were up four runs in the third inning on Sunday behind a three run home run by Freese but wasted a second straight two-run six-inning outing by Jess Todd. The Royals tied the game in the seventh and pushed the winner across in the tenth against Scherer.
On Monday, the Redbirds and Iowa Cubs were rained out at
Outfielder Nick Stavinoha went 8-for-22 (.364) on the week.
First baseman Josh Phelps hit every day and has delivered in nine of his last ten. Last week, he went 8-for-21 (.381) with a pair of home runs and four batted in.
Third baseman David Freese is on fire, going 6 for his last 13 (.462). The number five hitter drove in eight over the six games last week and has 14 RBI in his most recent nine games.
Jess Todd yielded just two runs in his 12 innings on the mound (3.00 ERA) but was denied a win both times out.
Reliever Mark Worrell hasn't allowed a run in his last eight outings, including three last week. His season ERA fell to 2.26.
Sent down from
Catcher Bryan Anderson has a modest four-game hit streak going, but is hitting just .214 over his last ten contests.
Centerfielder Shane Robinson went just 3-for-21 (.143) last week.
Reliever Matt Scherer allowed runs in three of his four outings this past week and seven of his ten appearances this month. His August ERA is 4.80.
Who's on the Move
Colby Rasmus continues his
John Jay remains out of action with a sore shoulder. His last game was August 14.
Mike Parisi went under the knife for Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery.
Brian Barden should be back very
soon after helping Team
Nick Stavinoha was named a PCL Post-Season All-Star, the only one from the Redbirds squad, same as at mid-season. Jess Todd received the same recognition from the Double-A Texas League.
Their team batting average remained at .273, tied for eighth in the 16-team league. The offense is still ninth in home runs, tied for tenth in strikeouts but dropped to 12th in runs scored.
The mound staff improved to second in the PCL in ERA at 4.34 and still lead the circuit in strikeouts. They fell to seventh in walks issued.
Individually, Josh Phelps is third in the PCL with 31 home runs, while David Freese is tied for tenth with 25. Phelps' 97 RBIs is tied for fifth-most and his .568 SLG mark is eighth. Nick Stavinoha's .337 average ranks fourth.
Mitchell Boggs' 3.41 ERA ranks
second among league qualifiers. With 112 strikeouts, P.J. Walters is in tenth
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
Weather permitting, the Iowa Cubs
will play the Redbirds at
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