This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 19.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League club is back above .500 at 20-18 overall after a 4-2 week.
The Redbirds were defeated in the
final two games of the
In the American North Division,
they are tied for second place, three games behind
Day by Day
Thursday, 5/13: Portland came back on a three-run home run in the sixth to top Memphis 5-3 at AutoZone Park. Mark Hamilton's two-run shot tied the game in the fifth and Jim Rapoport's RBI single put the Redbirds on top briefly. Adam Ottavino took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Wednesday, 5/19: The Redbirds enjoyed an off day.
On Monday, right-hander P.J. Walters was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 10-16. During that time, the 25-year-old went 1-0 in two starts covering 12 2/3 innings. He allowed just seven hits, and one walk, no runs and fanned 14 opposing hitters.
In his first ten Triple-A games
since his promotion from
Outfielder Allen Craig went 6-for-20 (.300) for the week with a home run and six RBI.
Closer Fernando Salas had four scoreless outings, collecting three saves this past week. In 3 1/3 innings, he fanned four and allowed just two baserunners.
Second baseman Daniel Descalso went 3-for-18 (.167) on the week with no runs batted in after coming into the period as the PCL leader with 29 RBI.
Infielder Ruben Gotay went 2-for-16 (.125) on the week with no RBI.
Infielder Kevin Howard is in the midst of a 1-for-11 (.091) slump.
Trey Hearne allowed two runs in just 1/3 inning on Monday. This season, runs have been scored against him in five of seven appearances. His ERA is 13.03.
After 38 games, no pitcher has no more than three wins on the season with Adam Ottavino and Evan MacLane leading the team with a trio of victories apiece. The two also lead the team in losses with three each, joined by Brandon Dickson.
On the Move
On the Mend
The Cardinals announced Wednesday that outfielder Shane Robinson will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Thursday, May 20 after suffering a dislocated left shoulder while sliding into second base in the Redbirds' May 8 game at Round Rock.
On Monday, slumping outfielder Tyler Henley was placed on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to May 15 with an elbow injury. That opens up additional time for Amaury Cazana and Mark Shorey alongside regular starters Jim Rapoport and Allen Craig.
Left-handed pitcher Tyler Norrick and righty Pete Parise remain on the DL.
Pacific Coast League leaders
Descalso's 29 RBI on the season is tied for fourth-best in the circuit. He has
played in every one of
Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks (25).
having been in
Fernando Sales is tied for seventh in the league in appearances with 16. He is tied for third with six saves.
Evan MacLane's 54 innings pitched are second, just one inning off the PCL lead.
Lance Lynn is sixth in walks issued at 22.
Team stats and rankings
This week, the offense dropped in
average from .261 to .256 and from 9th to 13th in the
league. They also fell from 11th to 12th in runs scored with 176.
Their OPS has slid from .693 to .687 but moved up one rank to 14th in
the 16-team league. 62 doubles put
On pitching side, the Redbirds' team ERA of 4.11 hung close to last week's 4.16. They improved to 9th in the PCL from 10th last time. They are tied for sixth in strikeouts with 277, up slightly from seventh and have issued the fifth-fewest free passes with 114.
After Wednesday's day off, the
Redbirds make a
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