This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 16.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 36-30 overall after a 4-4 week, their second consecutive .500 period.
The Redbirds alternated wins and
losses for the four-game weekend home series against the Iowa Cubs, winning 7-2
and 6-2 in games one and three and falling by 4-1 and 4-0 scores in the other
two. With six games in four days in
In the American North Division,
Outfielder/infielder Allen Craig has been unstoppable recently, going 23-for-61 (.377) in his last 15 games. The former Cal Golden Bear has 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBI this month. Craig's 23 hits this month trail only Colorado Springs Matt Miller (26) for tops in the PCL.
Left fielder Jon Jay picked up
right where he left off since he rejoined the Redbirds from
Outfielder Joe Mather has hits in 10 of his last 12 games, going 15-for-45, .333.
Centerfielder Jim Rapoport has struggled since Jay returned to the leadoff spot. In 27 games as the leadoff hitter, Rapoport hit .289 (33-for-114) but in 11 games out of the top spot in the lineup he's hitting just .200 (6-for-30) and has dropped almost 20 points off his batting average since Jay's return. He is on a current 1-for-15 slide.
The defense. The Redbirds equaled
a season-high with three errors in Tuesday night's second game. The club
committed four total miscues in the double header to run their total to 56
errors for the year. In the division, only
Second baseman Daniel Descalso is 2-for-19 (.105) in his last six games.
Reserve infielder Donovan Solano has appeared in 22 games since last drawing a walk.
Since being pressed into a starting role, Oneli Perez has a 6.26 ERA in his five outings, yet has taken only one loss to go with two wins.
On the Move
Outfielder Amaury Cazana remains
on loan to
On the Mend
Pacific Coast League leaders
After a one-RBI week, Daniel Descalso's 46 on the season dropped him to sixth-most in the circuit, six off a share of the lead. He is third in the PCL in doubles with 20.
Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks (46) after taking seven this past week alone. His on-base mark of .414 is seventh in the PCL.
Evan MacLane's 88 1/3 innings pitched is second in the PCL, just one inning off the lead.
Team stats and rankings - Season to date
After a couple of upward weeks, the offense showed a marked slippage this past period in every major category. The pitchers basically are treading water.
PCL rank YTD
of 16 BA
PCL rank YTD
of 16 ERA
(red/yellow/green denotes week-to-week change)
The Redbirds continue a busy
stretch. They play the final two games in
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