After a week off for the All-Star break, the Redbirds Notebook is back in its usual Thursday slot. This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, July 15 through Wednesday, July 21.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 52-46 overall after a 3-4 week that saw them slip from a half-game out to two games behind Iowa in the American North Division.
The Redbirds lost three of four in
Despite having been dropped from the Cardinals' 40-man roster, right-hander reliever Josh Kinney continues to shine. He has allowed just one earned run in ten July outings for a 0.87 ERA and has four of his six saves this month. Kinney has struck out 14 with no walks in 10 1/3 July frames.
Right-hander Lance Lynn fanned
season-best 11 batters over 6 2/3 innings in Tuesday's win over
Rehabbing St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick has a double, two home runs and five RBI in two games. Not surprisingly, the Redbirds won both.
First baseman Mark Hamilton has
hit in six of seven games since being activated from the disabled list, going
After a rough start with the Redbirds, lefty Renyel Pinto has strung together six consecutive scoreless outings covering six innings. However, during that time, he has nine walks and only four strikeouts so he must be considered fortunate.
There is a good reason for the Redbirds' informal catching platoon. Matt Pagnozzi is hitting just .185 against right-handed pitching this season while Bryan Anderson has managed just a .186 mark when facing lefties.
Since the break, infielder Kevin Howard is just 4-for-24 (.167), all singles, and has no RBI.
Outfielder Joe Mather has just one home run since June 27, a span of almost four weeks. Joey Bombs is batting just .228 in July with only two RBI in 57 at-bats.
Including a 3-for-5 game on Wednesday, center fielder Jim Rapoport is batting just .135 over his last ten games and .221 in July.
Outfielder Mark Shorey hasn't hit a home run since May and has just six RBI over the last two months. He is 2-for-21 (.095) in his last ten games and .138 this month.
On the Move
The Redbirds roster continues to undergo considerable change.
On Monday, left-hander Evan MacLane was returned from
Struggling starting pitcher David Kopp was returned to Double-A Springfield on Monday, replaced by lefty Ryan Kulik. Kulik is entering the rotation in place of Chuckie Fick along with P.J. Walters, Brandon Dickson, Lance Lynn and MacLane.
The Mexican League season has ended, so outfielder Amaury Cazana is expected back in a Redbirds uniform soon.
On the Mend
Right-handed reliever Andrew Brown was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 11 due to an oblique strain.
Second baseman Daniel Descalso remains out of action after suffering a hairline fracture of his left collarbone on June 28.
Right-handed reliever Matt Scherer (wrist) plus pitcher Pete Parise (shoulder surgery – out for the season) and outfielder Shane Robinson (shoulder separation - out for the season) all remain on the DL.
Pacific Coast League leaders
65 RBI (in just 62 games) is tied for sixth in the league despite him having
spent five weeks and counting with
Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 62. His on-base mark of .407 is fifth-best in the PCL.
Tyler Greene's five triples are good for a tie for ninth in the PCL.
in his fourth stint in
Evan MacLane's 116 2/3 innings pitched is third the PCL and he is tied for sixth with 15 home runs allowed.
Lynn is fourth with 90 strikeouts, six ahead of teammate Brandon Dickson, who is
tied for fifth.
Team stats and rankings – Season to date
The colors show it all. The offense is in a free fall with the loss of Allen Craig, Jon Jay, Tyler Greene and Daniel Descalso. The pitching is showing improvement, but not enough to compensate.
PCL rank YTD
of 16 BA
PCL rank YTD
of 16 ERA
4th fewest HR allow
4th most Saves
(red/yellow/green denotes period-to-period change)
The final game of the home set
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