Ransom Sets Records, Returns to Majors

The Arizona Diamondbacks lost a key component Wednesday when shortstop Stephen Drew suffered a fractured right ankle, knocking him out for the season. Cody Ransom replaces Drew on the 25-man roster one day after setting two impressive records with the Reno Aces.

Stephen Drew was injured when his spikes caught in the dirt as his slid into home plate while attempting to score in the fourth inning against Milwaukee.  Despite getting only 10 hits in his last 65 at-bats, Drew was second among NL shortstops with 45 RBI and provided steady defense at shortstop.

Willie Bloomquist and Geoff Blum figure to share the bulk of the playing time at shortstop in Drew's absence, but Cody Ransom got a deserved call to the majors to provide additional depth at short.  The veteran infielder had set a couple of franchise records for the Reno Aces the night before.

Ransom hit his 26th home run—a three-run blast in the third inning of Wednesday's game—breaking the Reno Aces single-season home run and RBI records in the process. Ransom's 26 home runs and 89 RBI broke the previous records of 25 and 86, respectively, set last season by current Diamondbacks first baseman Brandon Allen. Those 89 RBI were also tops in the Pacific Coast League at the time of Ransom's promotion.

Despite the pair of franchise records broken by Ransom, Reno saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end in a 13-8 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies.  Those eight straight wins were also a franchise record for Reno.


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