This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 5.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending
Pacific Coast League champions had a week of three distinct periods.
The Redbirds were defeated in the
first two games of the week by
In the American North Division,
they remain in third place, four games behind
Day by Day
Saturday, 5/1: The
first of two postponed games was rescheduled for Tuesday, June 15 in
Sunday, 5/2: This postponed game will be
played as part of a Thursday, June 17 doubleheader, also in
Finally able to take the field again, the Redbirds defeated
The Redbirds won their second straight over
Redbirds won their third straight over the visiting Isotopes, this one by a 5-4
score. Josh Kinney blew his second save of the season by giving up a run in the
eighth, but was awarded the win when
since promoted to
It is only three games, but after going the entire first month by allowing three or more runs in every game, Redbirds pitching tightened up against Albuquerque, yielding just three runs in total in Games 1 and 2 and four in Game 3.
Fernando Salas worked scoreless innings on Monday and Tuesday to seal victories. His save total of three leads the club. He has a 10:3 strikeout to walk ratio in 10 1/3 innings, but carries a 6.10 ERA.
Amaury Cazana lives to swing the bat. He finally drew his first two walks of the season on Wednesday and is second among active Redbirds with a .300 average.
Daniel Descalso has reached base in 21 of his 25 games this year. He is batting .299 on the season with a .366 on-base percentage.
Mark Hamilton has hits in three of his five games since being activated from the disabled list on April 29, but is batting just .158 overall.
Tyler Henley is colder than cold, just 1 for his last 24 (.042).
Donovan Solano is still just batting .145 on the season but had his first extra base hit of 2010 on Tuesday, a two-base hit.
Speaking of that, Matt Pagnozzi is batting only .208, but he also collected his first extra base hit of the season on Wednesday, a double.
The members of the rotation have only six wins on the season among them, same as the relievers. No pitcher has no more than two wins with four different hurlers leading the team with two wins apiece.
On the Move
pitcher P.J. Walters was activated from the Memphis' temporary inactive list on
Tuesday, where he has spent the last month while working into playing shape at
the St. Louis Cardinals facility in Jupiter, Florida. The 25-year-old will start
for the Redbirds when they take on
The Redbirds returned catcher Nick Derba to Single-A Palm Beach last Thursday. The 24-year-old appeared in three
games in his Triple-A debut, going 0-for-4 in his lone start. Once Jason LaRue
was ready to come off the disabled list in
With the return of
On the Mend
Corresponding to Walters'
activation on Tuesday, Tyler Norrick was placed on
The Redbirds activated first baseman Mark Hamilton from the disabled list last Thursday. The left-handed hitter was out with a thumb injury and had not played this year.
Pacific Coast League leaders
Descalso has 22 RBI on the season, tied for fourth-best in the circuit.
Gotay remains tied for third in walks (17).
Jay's seven stolen bases are still good for a tie for fifth in the PCL. His .347 average is seventh.
Reliever Matt Scherer is tied for seventh in the league in appearances with 11.
Rich Hill (16) and Lance Lynn (17) are tied for fifth and third, respectively, in walks issued.
Fernando Salas' three saves ties him for tenth in the PCL.
Team stats and rankings
The offense slid further in most
categories during this past week. They did stay 12th in average at .251, but dropped down to 11th from
sixth in runs scored with 107. Their OPS has fallen to .671, 15th in
the 16-team league. 45 doubles put
On pitching side, the Redbirds' team ERA of 4.58 is way better than the 4.97 mark at the end of last week. They improved to 11th from 14th in the PCL. They are ninth in strikeouts with 174 and also have issued the ninth-most free passes with 88.
After completing Game 4 against
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