MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Memphis Redbirds right-handed pitcher Jack Flaherty was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for August in a vote by the circuit's managers, the league office announced Wednesday.
In five August starts, Flaherty went 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA (7er/32.0ip) and struck out 29 while walking seven. His finest outing was 7.0 innings of shutout, two-hit work at Tacoma Aug. 6, and he allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his five starts in the month. Flaherty helped the Redbirds to a division championship before making his Major League debut Sept. 1 at San Francisco, and he ended his time with Memphis allowing fewer than three earned runs in nine of his final 10 starts and three earned runs in the other.
In all, Flaherty was 7-2 with a 2.74 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 85.1 innings over 15 starts as a Redbird.
Memphis' Luke Weaver was named the PCL Player of the Month for May after going 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA (9er/37.0ip) and striking out 37 with just six walks. Weaver led the league in wins, and was second in ERA, innings pitched, and fewest runs and walks allowed.
The Redbirds face the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers) in a best-of-five first round of the playoffs, beginning at AutoZone Park tonight at 7:05, with game one presented by Coca-Cola, and tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. Playoff tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.memphisredbirds.com/playoffs, over the phone at (901) 721-6000, and at the AutoZone Park Box Office.
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