This report covers the seven-day period from Thursday, August 19 through Wednesday, August 25.
Manager Chris Maloney's defending Pacific Coast League champion club is now at 73-59 overall after a 5-2 week. In the process, the Redbirds picked up one game in the standings and are tied for second place, just 1 ½ games behind the Iowa Cubs in the American North Division.
The Redbirds finished their 3-1
home series against
During the period, wins went to
relievers Rich Rundles (6-1) and Nate Robertson (2-1), but Lance Lynn was tops
as he earned a pair of victories. Brandon Dickson (10-8) picked up his first "W"
since July 2. Josh Kinney (11) logged two saves and before he returned to
With a 3-1 win on Wednesday to close the week, Lance Lynn picked up victory number 12 on the season. That ties him for the second-most in a single season in Redbirds history. He is 5-1 over his last six starts.
Surprisingly, first baseman Mark Hamilton moved into the team lead when hitting his 13th home run of the year on
Outfielder Amaury Cazana has two home runs and four RBI in his last four games.
Shortstop Tyler Greene is
13-for-35 (.371) in eight games since being optioned out from
Outfielder Joe Mather is 15-for-30 (.500) with six extra-base hits, six runs scored and seven RBI in his last seven games.
Outfielder Jim Rapoport is 8-for-25 with three doubles and four RBI in his last seven games.
Catcher Matt Pagnozzi has a five-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .333 (6-for-18).
In five games since being optioned out, outfielder Nick Stavinoha is 8-for-23 (.348) with two home runs and six RBI. He is batting .400 with 24 RBI in his 18 games with the Redbirds this season.
Closer Josh Kinney has converted 11 consecutive save opportunities.
Third baseman Ruben Gotay is 1-for-14 over his last four games.
After two strong starts, P.J. Walters allowed six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings on Tuesday, raising his second-half ERA to 5.72.
Since coming off the disabled list, Evan MacLane has allowed seven earned runs in nine innings over two starts.
On the Move
Major changes in the relief corps occurred this past week with eight pitchers either coming or going.
The club ended their contracts with two former Florida Marlins left-handed relievers as Renyel Pinto was released on Saturday and Nate Robertson departed two days later.
Another lefty was shipped out as Ryan Kulik was returned to Double-A Springfield last Thursday. He appeared in six games, four starts and yielded 21 runs, but just nine earned, in 20 innings for a 4.05 ERA. Control was an issue as he walked 21 while striking out only four.
Veteran righty Andrew Brown (oblique) was activated off the disabled list last Thursday and immediately released.
Despite uninspiring numbers with
Right-handed reliever Matt Scherer
returned to the team on Monday. He had been on a rehab assignment with
Righty Fernando Salas was called
First baseman Mark Hamilton returned from the birth of his child and was reactivated from the temporary inactive list on Thursday.
Outfielder Nick Stavinoha was
On the Mend
Outfielder Adron Chambers took a pitch to the jaw and was placed on the disabled list last Thursday.
Right-handed reliever Pete Parise (shoulder surgery – out for the season) and outfielder Shane Robinson (shoulder separation - out for the season) remain on the disabled list.
Pacific Coast League leaders
Ruben Gotay is tied for the league lead in walks with 88. Jon Nunnally set the franchise mark in 2003 with 98 free passes. Gotay's on-base mark of .411 is also second-best in the PCL. No other Redbirds rank among the top ten in the PCL in any significant offensive categories.
Brandon Dickson's 3.25 ERA is fifth-best among qualifiers while his 155 innings on the mound is fourth-most in the PCL. His 121 strikeout total is third-best.
Lynn has yielded 19 long balls, tied for seventh-most in the league. His 153
innings is seventh-highest in the PCL.
Team stats and rankings – Season to date
The colors pretty much tell the story of the week. The offense led the way while the pitching generally held their ground.
PCL rank YTD
of 16 BA
PCL rank YTD
of 16 ERA
5th fewest HR allow
4th most Saves
(red/yellow/green denotes period-to-period change of YTD stats)
In the upcoming week, the Redbirds
complete the final four days of their five-game series against Round Rock, then
The Cubs visit the Royals for four
games this week, so the Redbirds could get some more help as they did when
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