With A Complete Performance, Mark Hamburger Named Rawlings American Association Pitcher of the MonthST. PAUL, MN August 3, 2016
Almost every time Mark Hamburger took the mound in the month of July, the St. Paul Saints could count on their ace carrying them to the finish line. His outstanding outings pushed his ERA to one of the lowest in the league and earned him the Rawlings American Association Pitcher of the Month for July.
In five starts, Hamburger pitched four complete games and compiled a 4-1 record with a 1.67 ERA. Opponents hit .201 against him, and he issued just two walks while striking out 27 in 43.0 innings of work.
In all five of his outings, Hamburger hurled at least 8.0 innings. He started the month with a complete game on the 4th of July against Joplin, allowing just one earned run and striking out four. After another one run complete game on July 9th against Fargo-Moorhead, he was named the American Association Poinstreak Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 4th-10th. That was just the start of the month for the 29-year-old right-hander. His most dominant outing of the season came on July 25th, when he tossed a three-hit shutout against the Sioux City Explorers in front of 8,008 fans at CHS Field. That night he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out four while not issuing a walk. Combined with a complete game against Lincoln on July 30th, Hamburger was yet again named Pitcher of the Week, the third time he garnered the honor this season.
His complete game against Lincoln was his sixth of the season and 11th in his St. Paul career, breaking the Saints single season and franchise records. It also tied the American Association record for most complete games in a season with three other pitchers, last done by Jason Jarvis of Sioux City and Matt Way of Laredo in 2012.
Overall this season Hamburger is an incredible 11-1 with a 2.49 ERA and six complete games with one shutout in 14 starts. In 112.0 innings pitched he’s walked just 12 and struck out 64 while opponents are hitting .236 against him. He currently leads the league in wins, complete games, innings pitched, win percentage, is third in ERA and tied for third in shutouts. For his performance in the first half of the season, Hamburger was named to the 2016 American Association All-Star team and started the game for the North Division on August 2nd, earning the win in a 6-1 North victory after throwing 1.0 scoreless inning.
Hamburger is the first Saints pitcher to earn Player of the Month honors since Robert Coe did it in July, 2012. The last Player of the Month honor the Saints received was Vinny DeFazio in June, 2015.
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