MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Memphis Redbirds right-hander John Gant has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 12-18, the league office announced Monday.
Gant posted his best start as a member of the Cardinals organization on Friday against Colorado Springs. After walking the leadoff batter, the righthander retired the next 13 batters in order before a one-out bunt single in the fifth inning. He then proceeded to set down 11 of the final 12 hitters he faced, punctuated by striking out the side in the eighth inning. Gant needed just 90 pitches to complete eight scoreless frames, striking out six overall.
It marked the first win with Memphis for Gant, who is now 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts. He has also made one appearance with St. Louis at Cincinnati on June 6. He was acquired in the offseason from Atlanta as part of the Jaime Garcia deal in December.
The strong outing was the third of at least eight scoreless innings for Gant in his seven-year career and first since 2015. He also became just the fifth starter in the PCL this season to throw eight scoreless frames.
Gant becomes the second Redbird to win the award this year, joining Luke Weaver, who earned the accolade for the week of May 1-7.
Next Games at AutoZone Park
The upcoming homestand (June 26-July 3) features:
Tuesday, June 27 (7:05 p.m.): King Cotton $1 Hot Dog Night
Thursday, June 29 (7:05 p.m.): All-You-Can-Eat Thursday, featuring breakfast foods, Thirsty Thursday with select $2 beers, College Night with $5 Left Field TruGreen Bluff tickets available for college students with a valid college ID
Friday, June 30 (7:05 p.m.): Memphis Chicks Night, featuring 2017 Hall of Fame inductee and former Memphis Chick Tim Raines (private meet-and-greet specialty ticket available), Friday Night Block Party featuring a band and $2 beers in the Plaza before the game
Saturday, July 1 (6:35 p.m.): postgame fireworks, Carlos Martinez/Matt Carpenter Dual Bobblehead specialty ticket, Saturday Night Party in the Plaza with a band and $2 beers before the game
Sunday, July 2 (2:05 p.m.): Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday with free ice cream to the first 2,500 kids ages 12 and under upon entering, Kids Run the Bases after the game, pregame player autographs inside the main gates (subject to change or cancellation)
Monday, July 3 (6:35 p.m.): Independence Day postgame fireworks, presented by AutoZone
For information on upcoming promotions, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/promotions. For more information on single-game tickets and ticket mini-memberships, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/tickets.
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