This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, May 6 through Wednesday, May 12.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League club is back to .500 at 16-16 overall after a 4-3 week.
The Redbirds were defeated in the
final game of the Albuquerque (Dodgers) home series after having won the first
three last week. They lost the two middle games of the four-game set at Round
Rock (Houston) before returning home to win the first two of the
In the American North Division,
they are in second place, four games behind
Day by Day
Friday, 5/7: The Redbirds won 6-1 on the road over Round Rock. Lance Lynn pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only six hits and striking out eight.
Saturday, 5/8: Despite
11 hits on the evening, the Redbirds dropped the game by a 5-4 score at Round
Rock. Adam Ottavino took a no-decision as he pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up
three runs on seven hits.
The Redbirds collected their first shutout of the season and their second
straight in a 9-0 home defeat of
their third straight by a 7-1 score over
On Tuesday, P.J. Walters earned his first win in his second start of the season. In two outings, he has allowed just one run in 11 2/3 innings. The right-hander has 15 strikeouts and just two walks.
Reliever Oneli Perez (2.95 ERA) has not allowed a run in his last six outings back to April 24. He has a 19:4 strikeout to walk ratio in 21 1/3 innings this season.
After a rough start this year, Lance Lynn has allowed just six runs in his last 30 innings for a 1.80 ERA. He is at 3.26 on the season.
First baseman Mark Hamilton is 13-for-24 (.542) and has a seven-game hitting streak. His .364 average is tops among active Redbirds.
Outfielder Mark Shorey is 6-for-16 (.375) with three doubles, a home run and four RBI over his last four games.
Infielder Ruben Gotay has a nine-game hitting streak, during which he is 15-for-35 (.429).
Allen Craig has hit safely in seven of his ten games since being optioned by
Outfielder Tyler Henley is lost, having started just one game since May 4 and is batting .038 (1-for-26) in his last ten games.
Infielder Donovan Solano is 3-for-20 (.150) over his last four games and .155 on the season. He still has just one extra-base hit in 97 at-bats in 2010.
Outfielder Amaury Cazana is just 3-for-22 (.136) in his last seven games, but has four RBI in the last three.
After 32 games, no pitcher still has no more than two wins on the season with six different hurlers leading the team with two victories apiece.
On the Move
Outfielder Jim Rapoport was promoted from Double-A Springfield on Sunday. For the Double-A Cardinals, the former Stanford product was hitting .321, third-highest in the Texas League, with two home runs and 12 RBI in 25 games. He is 5-for-18 (.278) in his first four Triple-A games.
On the Mend
On Sunday, right-handed hitting
outfielder Shane Robinson was placed on
Left-handed pitcher Tyler Norrick remains on the disabled list.
Pacific Coast League leaders
Daniel Descalso has 29 RBI on the season, tied for second-best in the circuit, just one off the lead.
Ruben Gotay is third in walks (22).
having been in
Reliever Matt Scherer is tied for fourth in the league in appearances with 14.
Lance Lynn is tied for fifth in walks issued at 21.
Team stats and rankings
This week, the offense improved in
average from .251 to .261 and from 12th to 9th in the
league. They also moved up from 11th to eighth in runs scored with
150. Their OPS has improved from .671 to .693 but still ranks 15th in
the 16-team league. 60 doubles put
On pitching side, the Redbirds' team ERA of 4.16 has shown great improvement for the second time in two weeks (down from 4.97 to 4.58 to 4.16). They improved to 10th from 14th in the PCL two weeks ago. They are seventh in strikeouts with 229, up from ninth and have issued the tenth-most free passes with 106.
After completing the final two
games of the home series against
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