This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, April 22 through Wednesday, April 28.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending
Pacific Coast League champions finished their homestand with the final two games
of the Iowa Cubs series at
The Redbirds went 2-4 on the week,
winning the first and last sandwiched around a four-game losing skid.
Day by Day
Friday, 4/23: The
I-Cubs avoided a
series sweep with a 6-0 shutout victory at rain-soaked
Sunday, 4/25: The Redbirds offense remained lost as
they were held
to two hits in an 8-0 shut out in
The Redbirds salvaged the getaway game in
Mark Shorey is 6-for-11 in his last three games and 7-for-15 on the week. He owns a team-high .359 average on the season, but does not have enough plate appearances to qualify among the PCL leaders.
to his promotion to
After playing only part-time early on, Amaury Cazana has started in each of the last three games and is 5-for-13 (.385) during that stretch.
Through his five appearances including four starts, Brandon Dickson's ERA of 3.20 leads the Redbirds starters.
Veteran left-handed reliever Rich Rundles is the only pitcher on the team with an ERA under Dickson's 3.20. He has yielded just one run in 11 1/3 innings for an ERA of 0.79.
Evan MacLane has an 18:2 strikeout to walk ratio over his first 26 2/3 innings pitched.
Third baseman/shortstop Donovan Solano had only two hits all week as his season average sits at .135. All seven of his 2010 hits are singles.
Despite Ruben Gotay's long-ball prowess (his total of four home runs is double that of any other Redbird), he is batting just .206 after going 6-for-32 (.188) over his last ten games. Gotay leads the team with 20 strikeouts in 68 at-bats.
Pagnozzi played every day while Bryan Anderson was in
Journeyman infielder Kevin Howard is 5-for-31 in his last ten games (.161) and has slipped to .179 on the season. He has gone two weeks without an RBI.
With the promotions of Jay (7-for-7) and Tyler Greene (4-for-4), the entire rest of the roster has just four stolen bases on the year in seven attempts.
Tyler Norrick has 11 strikeouts in 10 innings, but has also issued 11 walks and carries an ERA of an even 9.00.
After three starts, Adam Ottavino's ERA is 7.50.
Trey Hearne has allowed nine earned runs in his first five innings (ERA of 16.20) after coming off the disabled list.
On the Move
On the Mend
On Monday, closer Pete Parise was placed on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to Thursday, April 22 due to shoulder soreness. For the season, the 25-year-old right-hander has two saves but a 6.43 ERA as a result of allowing five earned runs including two home runs in just seven innings of work.
In the corresponding transaction to Parise's move to the disabled list, Josh Kinney came off the DL after having been sidelined by a strained shoulder. Kinney also had shoulder problems during spring training.
Right-handed starting pitcher P.J. Walters continues to work back into game shape at the Cardinals pitching rehab
facility in Jupiter,
First baseman Mark Hamilton (thumb) remains on the disabled list, where he has been since the start of the season.
Pacific Coast League leaders
Descalso has 21 RBI on the season, best in the circuit. (No other active Redbird has more than nine. Jay has 11.)
Gotay currently ranks tied for eighth in the PCL with four home runs and tied for third in walks (14).
Jay's seven stolen bases is good for a tie for fourth in the PCL. His 16 runs scored ties him for third in the league and his .347 average is 11th.
Reliever Matt Scherer is tied for second in the league in appearances with nine.
It is not a good leaderboard to be on top of, but teammates Rich Hill (16) and Lance Lynn (15) have issued the most walks of any pitchers in the PCL.
Team stats and rankings
The offense dropped in most every
category during this past week, including from tenth to 12th in average at .249
and fourth to sixth in runs scored with 90. Their OPS has fallen to .679,
14th in the 16-team league. 36 doubles put
On the pitching side, the Redbirds' team ERA of 4.97 is way up from the 4.33 season to-date mark the week prior, dropping them three places to 14th in the 16-team PCL. They are third in strikeouts with 152 and also have issued the third-most free passes with 78.
The Redbirds continue their road
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