This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, July 29 through Wednesday, August 4.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 61-51 overall after a 5-2 week. Despite that, the Redbirds lost a half-game in the standings and are 2 ½ games behind the Iowa Cubs in the American North Division.
The Redbirds began the week with a
pair of victories to salvage a series split at
Donovan Solano has started 11 straight games at shortstop with hits in eight of them (14-for-42, .333), including four multi-hit games. Since the All-Star break, Solano is hitting .324 (23-for-71) with four extra-base hits and eight runs scored.
In a reserve role, outfielder Amaury Cazana is 7-for-21 (.333) in his last five games, including two RBI.
It has been feast or famine for Joe Mather, with three home runs and 10 RBI in his last ten games, but only a .206 average during that span.
Nick Stavinoha's five-hit game
Wednesday was the first this season by
Infielder Ruben Gotay has driven in six runs in his last three games, including Wednesday's season-high four RBI.
Until his home run Wednesday, catcher Bryan Anderson hadn't had an extra base hit in 12 games, 37 at-bats.
His seventh-inning triple Wednesday night was outfielder Adron Chambers' first extra-base hit in 39 Triple-A at-bats.
Second baseman Daniel Descalso is 9-for-35 (.257) in his eight games since being taken off the disabled list.
First baseman Mark Hamilton has only one RBI in his last 25 at-bats.
Swingman Chuckie Fick has allowed five earned runs over his last four outings (11 innings).
On the Move
Infielder Mike Folli was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for future considerations and was assigned to Double-A Montgomery.
Veteran left-handed starter Nate Robertson was signed and will get the start on Thursday night. The former Detroit Tiger and Florida Marlin has an out clause in his contract if not in the majors by August 23.
When reliever Fernando Salas was
On Tuesday, outfielders Allen
Craig (up to
After a stay of just three days,
infielder Adron Chambers was taken off the temporary inactive list and
reactivated last Thursday. To make room, outfielder Aaron Luna was returned to
On the Mend
Last Saturday, rehabbing
right-hander Kyle Lohse made his second start for the Redbirds, yielding three
solo home runs in four innings. Due to the distance, Lohse's third start on
Thursday night will be in
Left-handed starter Evan MacLane (elbow) and 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 disabled list.
There were no new additions to the DL corps this past week.
Pacific Coast League leaders
Allen Craig's .322 average is sixth and his 76 RBI (in just 77 games) is eighth in the league. His .558 SLG is ninth and .948 OPS is tenth.
Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 70. His on-base mark of .401 is ninth-best in the PCL.
Fernando Salas is tied for third in the league with 18 saves.
Evan MacLane's 121 2/3 innings pitched is tenth in the PCL and he is tied for tenth with 15 home runs allowed.
Brandon Dickson's 3.06 ERA is fourth-best while his 129 1/3 innings on the mound is tied for fourth-most in the PCL. His 100 strikeouts is fifth-best.
Lance Lynn has yielded 20 long balls, fourth-most in the league. His 128 innings is
fifth-highest in the PCL.
Team stats and rankings – Season to date
The offense showed positive movement after several weeks of steep decline. The Redbirds are still much closer to the cellar than the top in most hitting categories. The pitching lost a bit of ground last week, but remain among the PCL's better staffs.
PCL rank YTD
of 16 BA
PCL rank YTD
of 16 ERA
4th fewest HR allow
T2nd most Saves
(red/yellow/green denotes period-to-period change)
In the upcoming week, the Redbirds
will finish the final three of the four-game series in
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