This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 26.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is playing excellent baseball, now at 25-20 overall after a 5-2 week. The Redbirds are 9-2 over their last 11 games and 16-7 in May.
The Redbirds defeated
In the American North Division,
they are tied for second place, just one game behind
Day by Day
Thursday, 5/20: The Redbirds won their fifth in a row, plating 12 in the first four innings and cruising to a 13-0 win to take the series opener at Sacramento. Jim Rapoport led the way by going 4-for-6 with a double. Ruben Gotay was 3-for-5 and Craig was 2-for-5. They combined for four RBI. Mark Shorey was 2-for-5, including a three-run home run. Starter Brandon Dickson gave up two runs and three hits in the first inning and then settled down to allow only two hits in his following 5 2/3 innings.
Friday, 5/21: The
Redbirds took a 9-2 win at
Sunday, 5/23: Former Cardinal Clayton Mortensen, sent to Oakland in the Matt Holliday trade, picked up the win over
his ex-teammates as Sacramento closed the series with a 14-3 win. Reliever Pete Parise, just off the disabled list, yielded a pinch-hit grand slam in the
seventh that finished off the Redbirds. Outfielder Mark Shorey pitched the final
inning in the series-ender.
The Redbirds won 8-1 at
The Grizzlies plated
three in the sixth to erase a 3-1 Redbirds lead as Evan MacLane took the loss.
Tyler Greene had two hits and Amaury Cazana drove in two as
When the team is playing this well, there are plenty of highlights.
Tyler Greene is batting .375 (15-for-40) in May.
Allen Craig's eight-game hitting streak was snapped on Wednesday. He had at least one RBI in six of eight games during the streak, driving in 16 runs with 15 hits.
Ruben Gotay's hitting streak is now at six games, during which he has ten hits.
Daniel Descalso has scored 11 runs over his last ten games.
Closer Fernando Salas has not allowed a run in his last 10 1/3 innings of work.
Bryan Anderson has thrown out eight out of 18 potential base stealers (44%) this season. His counterpart, Matt Pagnozzi, is 7-for-22 (32%).
The Redbirds tied a team record set in 2006 when they turned five double plays in Wednesday's contest. The final twin killing ended the game.
After starting the year with four stolen bases without getting caught, Tyler Greene has been nabbed three straight times attempting to steal. He was caught stealing just three times all of last season while swiping 31 bases for the Redbirds.
Mark Shorey is batting .212 over his last ten games but has two home runs and four RBI.
On the Move
Right-hander Oneli Perez was
pressed into the rotation, taking the spot of P.J. Walters, who was promoted to
The Cardinals acquired
right-handed reliever Andrew A. Brown from the Washington Nationals. The
29-year-old made his MLB debut with
On the Mend
The Redbirds placed right-hander Trey Hearne on the disabled list on Monday, retroactive to May 20. The nature of the injury was not disclosed.
On Saturday, reliever Pete Parise was activated off the disabled list. Formerly the team's closer, the 25-year-old will slip into a set-up role for closer Fernando Salas. Parise had been placed on the Redbirds' DL on April 26 retroactive to April 22 due to shoulder soreness.
Pacific Coast League leaders
Descalso's 33 RBI on the season is tied for sixth-best in the circuit. Before
taking Wednesday off, he had played in every one of
Ruben Gotay is fifth in the league in walks (28).
Fernando Salas is tied for fifth in the league in appearances with 16. He is third with seven saves.
Evan MacLane's 63 innings pitched ties him for the PCL lead.
Lance Lynn is tied for ninth in walks issued at 24.
Team stats and rankings
It is clear the offense powered the strong week. In two categories, doubles and runs, the Redbirds have barely escaped the second division of the PCL for the first time in weeks. On pitching side, there was small improvement this period as well.
|Offense||Last week||PCL rank||This week||PCL rank|
|YTD||#||of 16||#||of 16|
|Pitching||Last week||PCL rank||This week||PCL rank|
|YTD||#||of 16||#||of 16|
|Walks||114||5th fewest||141||T4th fewest|
(red/yellow/green denotes week-to-week change)
After Thursday's final game of the
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