This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, May 27 through Wednesday, June 2.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 29-23 overall after a 4-3 week. After a 9-13 April, the Redbirds put together a strong May at 18-11.
The Redbirds lost the final game
In the American North Division,
Though we disagreed on the
identity, both The Cardinal Nation and the Cardinals organization agreed on the
fact the top pitcher in the system during May wears the
Right-hander Oneli Perez has walked a total of just six batters in his three games spanning 13 innings since being moved into the rotation. This comes on the heels of nine consecutive relief appearances of not walking a single batter from April 27 - May 23 (10 1/3 IP).
Second baseman Daniel Descalso has recorded a hit in 14 of his last 15 games while knocking in 11 runs. The number three hitter has collected four extra-base hits in his last three games after having just two in his previous 18 games.
Amaury Cazana has driven in a run in seven of his last ten games, logging 14 RBI total. The Cuban-born outfielder is working on a eight-game hit streak (14-for-32).
Tyler Greene is 24-for-71 (.338) with 17 runs scored in 16 games since his
Newcomer Andrew Brown has yet to allow a run in his first three games, seven innings in total, since having been acquired by the Cardinals last week.
Brandon Dickson has posted a 2.18 ERA, allowing just five earned runs in 20 2/3 innings, during his current streak of three straight wins.
Joe Mather joined the Redbirds May 29 from
Journeyman infielder Kevin Howard got out of the gates quickly this season with two home runs and six RBI through the first three games. Since then, he's only knocked one over the wall and drove in eight in the next 50 games.
Outfielder Mark Shorey has no extra-base hits in his last nine games.
Infielder Donovan Solano has driven in just two runs since May 10.
Reliever Rich Hill has yielded more walks, six, than hits, four, in his last seven innings.
his third year with
On the Move
Left-hander Evan MacLane was added
to the 40-man roster and spent his first two major league games in the Cardinals
bullpen as insurance against a possible short outing by his
Left-hander Tyler Norrick was activated off the disabled list and sent down to A-Advanced Palm Beach, where he has already made three short appearances out of the bullpen.
Allen Craig was promoted to
On the Mend
The Redbirds placed first baseman Mark Hamilton back onto the seven-day disabled list retroactive to May 29th. The nature of the injury was not disclosed, but he missed most of the first month of the season with a hand injury.
Pacific Coast League leaders
Daniel Descalso's 40 RBI on the season is seventh-best in the circuit, just three ahead of his ex-teammate and fellow second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir.
Ruben Gotay is third in the league in walks (35).
Fernando Salas is tied for fourth in the league in appearances with 22. He is tied for second with 10 saves.
Evan MacLane's 70 innings pitched is second in the PCL.
Lance Lynn is tied for fourth the league in walks issued at 30.
Team stats and rankings
The offense showed improvement this past week in average, runs, OPS and home runs, but backslid in doubles. The pitchers lost ground.
PCL rank YTD
of 16 BA
PCL rank YTD
of 16 ERA
(red/yellow/green denotes week-to-week change)
After Thursday's and Friday's
final games of the
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