John Gast Wins PCL Pitcher Of The Week

John Gast Wins PCL Pitcher Of The Week

Left-Hander breaks Redbirds’ consecutive scoreless innings record
-Memphis Redbirds

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis Redbirds starting pitcher John Gast has been named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week for the April 15-21 period.

The 24-year-old hurler tossed 13 2/3 scoreless innings in a pair of quality starts during the week, scattering 10 hits while striking out 10 batters. He held league batters to a .204 average (10-for-49) over the two outings.

With the pair of quality starts, Gast extended his PCL-leading shutout stretch to 24 2/3 innings to open the season, breaking the Redbirds' franchise record for consecutive shutout innings by pitcher in a single season.

The record for starting pitchers was previously held by Britt Reames from July 14-August 13, 2000 (20 2/3 IP), while Josh Kinney's 22 2/3 scoreless innings from June 5-August 8, 2006 held the franchise record for relievers.

In Sunday's walkoff victory over the division-rival Cubs, Gast hurled 6 2/3 scoreless frames while allowing six base hits and striking out six. Six of his first seven outs recorded were strikeouts.

In last Tuesday’s contest at New Orleans, Gast struck out four over seven innings for the victory in the Redbirds’ 4-0 shutout win over the Zephyrs.

Overall in 2013, Gast has tossed three quality starts in four outings, picked off four runners, and has limited the opposition to a .220 average (18-for-82).

Gast’s PCL award is the first accumulated by a Redbirds player in 2013.

This award is the second weekly honor of Gast’s four-year career. He was previously honored by the New York-Penn League in 2010.

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