This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, June 24 through Wednesday, June 30.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 42-37 overall after a 3-3 week.
The Redbirds spilt the final two
games of their five-game home series against
In the amazingly-tight American
Outfielder Allan Craig was named The Cardinal Nation Player of the Month for the system in July. He drove in 35 runs in 28 games while going 37-for-111 (.333) at the plate. His slash line was .333/.385/.640/1.025.
Redbirds catcher Bryan Anderson had a .344 June average and 1.036 OPS. He connected for four home runs and drove in 14.
Tyler Greene's ten-game hitting streak ended in the final game of the month. The shortstop struck four long balls, drove in 12 and was 6-of-7 in stolen base attempts.
Our April Player of the Month across the entire Cardinals system, outfielder Jon Jay, batted an even .300, collected 19 RBI and stole six bases without being caught during June.
Brandon Dickson went 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in June. He fanned 27 and walked only seven in 31 innings, but opposing hitters batted .319 against him.
Lance Lynn finished an alarming June with a 9.28 ERA, 33 earned runs allowed in 32 innings. He was the Cardinals organization's Player of the Month in May.
Evan MacLane also had a rough period, ending June with a 6.55 ERA for the month and just one win in five starts. The "W" was in his final outing though, perhaps signaling a better stretch ahead.
P.J. Walters had a June ERA of 6.00 in three starts.
Since joining the Redbirds in May, veteran reliever Andrew Brown has struggled, with a 15:14 strikeout to walk ratio and a 7.65 ERA in 13 appearances.
In 13 June games, outfielder Mark Shorey had just one extra-base hit, a double on the 28th.
Outfielder Joe Mather isn't cold, just his power is. He has nine hits in his last ten games, but they were all singles.
Infielder Kevin Howard batted just .190 in June (8-for-42).
On the Move
The Redbirds roster continues to undergo considerable change.
21-year-old Venezuelan reliever
Eduardo Sanchez, a Texas League All-Star, was promoted from
Right-handed pitcher Trey Hearne
was activated off the Redbirds disabled list and placed on the active roster of
the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals. Hearne began the season on
Starter Adam Ottavino was promoted
Left-hander Rich Hill was released on Sunday. Before the week was out, he signed with the Boston Red Sox.
Last weekend, the Cardinals confirmed they had come to terms with former Florida Marlins lefty Renyel Pinto on a minor league deal pending completion of a physical. As of Thursday morning, Pinto had not been activated.
Outfielder Amaury Cazana remains
on loan to
On the Mend
In a major blow, second baseman Daniel Descalso will be out of action for a undetermined period, perhaps a month, after suffering a hairline fracture of his left collarbone while trying to make a diving catch during Monday night's game. The third hitter in the Redbirds lineup led the club in RBI for most of the season with his current total 52 in 76 games. His slash line is .274/.357/.414.
Reliever Pete Parise was placed on the disabled list. The right-hander is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to rotator cuff surgery on his shoulder.
On Sunday, outfielder Mark Shorey
was activated off the disabled list. In a paperwork move, pitcher David Kopp was
First baseman Mark Hamilton is
playing on a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League and is cleaning up
against the rookie pitchers, going 5-for-8 with a double and two home runs on
Tuesday and Wednesday. He looks to be about ready for a return to
Pacific Coast League leaders
Craig's 55 RBI ties him for third in the league while Descalso's 52 RBI rank eighth.
Descalso is tied for fourth in the PCL with 23 doubles.
Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 53. His on-base mark of .422 is up to third-best in the PCL.
Jon Jay's 13 stolen bases tie him for tenth in the league. He has been caught twice.
Tyler Greene's five triples are good for a tie for seventh in the PCL.
Greene is in a tie for third with 52 runs scored while Descalso's 50 put him in a tie for fifth-most in the circuit.
Evan MacLane's 104 1/3 innings pitched leads the PCL.
Brandon Dickson is eighth with 68 strikeouts.
Team stats and rankings – Season to date
The offense showed some continued improvement this past period in several categories, most notably home runs, which the pitchers lost ground in ERA for the second consecutive week.
PCL rank YTD
of 16 BA
PCL rank YTD
of 16 ERA
T5th fewest HR allow
T2nd most Saves
(red/yellow/green denotes week-to-week change)
It is a big Round Rock (Houston)
kind of week with seven games in seven days. They invade
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