This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, July 22 through Wednesday, July 28.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 56-49 overall after a 4-3 week that saw them maintain their two game deficit behind Iowa in the American North Division.
Playing the first five games at
home, the Redbirds lost the final game of the
Outfielder Amaury Cazana has at
least one hit in 11 of his last 12 games for
Since coming off the disabled list 13 games ago, first baseman Mark Hamilton is 15-for-45 (.333) with three home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.052 OPS.
Reliever Josh Kinney has 18 strikeouts in his last 11 games (11 innings) and a 0.69 ERA in July.
Those concerned about the
left-handed relief situation in
Though they have been over several stints, Fernando Salas' 21 consecutive scoreless outings (21 2/3 innings) is just one short of the team record.
Joe Mather's solo home run in the ninth inning Wednesday broke a 1-for-21 slump over his previous almost six games. Mather is hitting only .207 with 22 strikeouts in 82 at-bats in 24 July contests.
Ruben Gotay, Kevin Howard, Mather and Jim Rapoport have combined to hit .182 (27-for-148) over their last 11 games. Before collecting a double on Monday, Rapoport went 60 at-bats without an extra-base hit.
The organizational Player of the Month in June, catcher Bryan Anderson, is 7-for-29 (.241) with no home runs and three RBI over his last ten games.
Reserve infielder Mike Folli
hasn't had a hit since July 7, going 0-for-13 since. He is batting .208 with
Pitcher Ryan Kulik has an ugly strikeout to walk ratio of 15-to-18 in 23 1/3 Triple-A innings. His ERA is 5.79.
On the Move
The Redbirds roster continues to undergo change almost every day.
Pitcher P.J. Walters was recalled
Outfielder Mark Shorey was released on Saturday.
Outfielder Adron Chambers, just 10
games into his first-ever stint with
With the Mexican League season over, outfielder Amaury Cazana was put back in a Redbirds uniform on Monday.
On Wednesday, outfielder Aaron Luna was transferred to Double-A Springfield. In 17 games with the Redbirds, he hit just .205.
There have also been a couple of position moves. In the final game of the week, 2/3 of a new outfield appeared with Mark Hamilton in left and Joe Mather in center. Each was making their first start of the season at those positions.
On the Mend
On Tuesday, left-hander Evan MacLane was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury. He had led the staff in innings pitched last season and this.
Second baseman Daniel Descalso was activated on Tuesday. He had been out since suffering a hairline fracture of his left collarbone on June 28.
Right-handed relievers Matt Scherer (wrist), Andrew Brown (oblique) 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
Craig's 69 RBI (in just 72 games) is tied for ninth in the league.
Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 66. His on-base mark of .407 is tenth-best in the PCL.
Tyler Greene's five triples are good for a tie for tenth in the PCL.
having ended his fourth stint in
Evan MacLane's 121 2/3 innings pitched is fourth in the PCL and he is tied for ninth with 15 home runs allowed. Lance Lynn also has yielded 15 long balls.
Brandon Dickson's 117 1/3 innings on the mound is tied for eighth-most in the PCL.
Lynn is tied for third with 98 strikeouts, six ahead of teammate Brandon
Dickson, who is fifth.
Team stats and rankings – Season to date
The offense continues in their free fall. One has to wonder how the Cardinals remain as competitive given they are in the bottom quarter of the league in all major stats. The pitching is showing continued strength.
PCL rank YTD
of 16 BA
PCL rank YTD
of 16 ERA
4th fewest HR allow
5th most Saves
(red/yellow/green denotes period-to-period change)
The Redbirds will finish their
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