This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 7.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 47-39 overall after a 5-2 week.
The Redbirds swept Round Rock in
the week-opening three-game series at
In the still amazingly-tight
American North Division,
Earlier, The Cardinal Nation named Allen Craig our June Player of the Month. Since then Craig has remained on fire, with two home runs and ten RBI in six July contests.
Over his last seven games, reserve infielder Kevin Howard is 9-for-26 (.346) with five extra-base hits and three RBI.
Outfielder Jim Rapoport has scored six runs in his last seven games and is batting .310 over his last ten appearances.
Infielder Donovan Solano has four RBI in his last seven games.
Closer Fernando Salas has amassed 18 straight scoreless outings (17 2/3 IP), is 14-for-14 in save opportunities and has allowed just one of nine inherited runners to score this season.
Since being named the organization's Player of the Month for June, Redbirds catcher Bryan Anderson has been in a funk, going just 3-for-16 (.188), all singles, with five strikeouts and no RBI in July.
Outfielder Joe Mather has no RBI in his last nine games and is batting just .200 in his last 10 games.
In his three July outings, Oneli Perez took a blown save, then yielded three runs in 2 1/3 innings over his new two appearances.
Former Florida Marlins lefty Renyel Pinto was activated but yielded five runs over his first two relief outings of one inning each.
Catcher Bryan Anderson received the Cardinals organization's Player of the Month honors after hitting .344 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 21 games in June.
Right-hander Brandon Dickson went 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in five June starts to be named the organizational Pitcher of the Month. He was also selected as a member of the Pacific Coast League All-Star team. Since, he has had one good and one rough outing in July for a 4.09 ERA in the new month.
Shortstop Tyler Greene was also
named a starter for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Having since joined
On the Move
For the second consecutive week, the Redbirds roster continues to undergo considerable change.
On Wednesday, the Cardinals signed
veteran major league closer Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract and
assigned him to
When starter Adam Ottavino was placed on the disabled list by St. Louis, lefty Evan MacLane was recalled, despite a 6.55 ERA in June. Chuckie Fick moves into the Redbirds' rotation to take MacLane's place.
Infielder Mike Folli was promoted
Greene, 26, had a .296 average
with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 61 games with the Redbirds before being
called up to
To make room for Greene, the
Cardinals optioned reliever Fernando Salas to
Though it was not a physical move,
reliever Josh Kinney was outrighted off the Cardinals' 40-man roster. He could
be re-added if needed in
Outfielder Amaury Cazana remains
on loan to
On the Mend
During his July 1 start, right-hander P.J. Walters took a ball off his pitching hand while sacrifice bunting and suffered a broken index finger. He took his next turn on schedule and tossed six one-run innings.
First baseman Mark Hamilton continued into his second week of playing on a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League.
Second baseman Daniel Descalso will be out of action for perhaps three more weeks after suffering a hairline fracture of his left collarbone.
Pacific Coast League leaders
65 RBI (in just 62 games) is second in the league despite him having spent a
Descalso is tied for eighth in the PCL with 23 doubles.
Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 58. His on-base mark of .423 is fourth-best in the PCL.
Tyler Greene's five triples are good for a tie for seventh in the PCL.
Greene is in a tie for ninth with 52 runs scored.
three stints in
Evan MacLane's 110 2/3 innings pitched leads the PCL and he is tied for fifth with 14 home runs allowed.
Brandon Dickson is fourth with 78 strikeouts, one ahead of former Redbird Clayton Mortensen.
Team stats and rankings – Season to date
The offense showed a decline in most categories, while the pitchers basically treaded water this past week.
|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||250||T5th fewest||275||5th fewest|
|HR allow||78||T2nd most||85||T2nd most|
(red/yellow/green denotes week-to-week change)
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