This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 11.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 64-55 overall after a 3-4 week. In the process, the Redbirds lost one game in the standings and sit 3 ½ games behind the Iowa Cubs in the American North Division.
The Redbirds began this period
with the final three of the four-game series in
Despite plating 23 runs in games
two and three in Vegas,
During the week, wins went to Nate Robertson, Lance Lynn and Kyle Lohse. Josh Kinney logged the only save of the period, in fact the only save by a Redbird this month. Losses were taken by P.J. Walters, Oneli Perez, Brandon Dickson and Robertson.
Outfielder Adron Chambers is on
fire, going 11-for-18 (.611) with five RBI in his last seven games. He is
batting .340 over his first 21 games with
Fellow outfielder Jim Rapoport is also hot, with a 16-for-34 (.471) mark over his last eight contests.
Yet another outfielder, Nick Stavinoha, finished the eight-game road trip 17-for-38 (.447) with four home runs and 15 RBI. He has 18 RBI in his 13 games for the Redbirds this season.
Since coming off the disabled list, second baseman Daniel Descalso is 19-for-61 (.311). He had three home runs and eight RBI over the seven games this past week.
Reliever Eduardo Sanchez is working on a five-game scoreless streak – including four strikeouts and two walks over five innings.
After yielding three runs over six innings in his Memphis debut, lefty Nate Robertson was hammered for ten runs on 11 hits in five innings while coughing up a five-run lead to close the period. His Redbirds ERA is 10.64.
Right-handed starter P.J. Walters has been pummeled for 16 runs, 13 earned over his two August starts, totaling 10 2/3 innings (10.97 ERA).
Left-handed reliever Renyel Pinto is probably wishing August hadn't come. In three outings this month, he has coughed up 11 runs, eight earned in just 3 2/3 innings.
Reliever Francisco Samuel has been scored upon in three consecutive appearances (three runs, two earned in 2 2/3 innings). Of greater concern perhaps is that he walked two batters each time out.
Before picking up a save in a scoreless outing on Tuesday, reliever Josh Kinney had allowed runs in three consecutive appearances - four runs, three earned in three innings.
First baseman Mark Hamilton is just three for his last 18, .167.
Reserve infielder Kevin Howard has gone 16 games without scoring a run.
Outfielder Joe Mather is two for his last 21, .095.
On the Move
Amazingly, seven days passed without a single roster move other than the return and departure of the rehabbing Kyle Lohse. I am pretty sure this is the longest such quiet period this season.
On the Mend
In a case of exceptionally
unfortunate timing, catcher Bryan Anderson was hit in the mask with a ball on
Monday. Though not put on the disabled list, he has been out of action since.
After one appearance with Double-A
Springfield, Lohse returned to the Redbirds on Tuesday for his fourth rehab
start in total, third with
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. MacLane may be able to return this coming 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 eighth.
Ruben Gotay is second in the league in walks with 80. Jon Nunnally set the franchise mark in 2003 with 98 free passes. Gotay's on-base mark of .412 is sixth-best in the PCL.
Fernando Salas is third in the league with 18 saves.
Brandon Dickson's 3.28 ERA is fifth-best among qualifiers while his 134 1/3 innings on the mound is seventh-most in the PCL. His 105 strikeout total is fourth-best.
Lynn has yielded 17 long balls, tied for sixth-most in the league. His 134
innings is eighth-highest in the PCL.
Team stats and rankings – Season to date
Nothing like a trip to
PCL rank YTD
of 16 BA
PCL rank YTD
of 16 ERA
5th fewest HR allow
3rd most Saves
(red/yellow/green denotes period-to-period change of YTD stats)
In the upcoming week, the Redbirds
will take Thursday off, their final rest day of the season, before starting an
eight-game homestand against Colorado Springs (Colorado) and Salt Lake City
(Angels). A brief four-game road trip to
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