Pitching Dominance, Hamburger Named Pointstreak American Association Pitcher of the Week For Third TimeST. PAUL, MN August 1, 2016
If Mark Hamburger keeps this up the Pitcher of the Week Award may be named after him. The All-Star right-hander had another superb week, setting two franchise records and tying an American Association record. For the third time this season Hamburger was named the Pointstreak American Association Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 25-31.
During the week Hamburger was 1-1 with a 1.05 ERA with two complete games and a shutout. In 17.0 innings pitched he allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits while walking one and striking out eight.
On Monday Hamburger dazzled against the Sioux City Explorers at CHS Field. He hurled a three-hit complete game shutout while striking out four in a 16-0 victory. He retired the first 11 batters he faced before hitting Nate Samson with two outs in the fourth. In the sixth Hamburger got Ino Patron to ground out to first and Matt Koch to hit a lazy fly ball to right for the first two outs of the inning. A battle of former Major Leaguers followed as former Cincinnati Red Derrick Robinson stepped in against Hamburger. On the first pitch of the at bat Robinson lined a single to center to break up the no-hitter.
The complete game that night tied the franchise record for most complete games in a season (Hamburger – 2013, Crenshaw – 2015) and in a career (Ruud, 2005-09).
On Saturday night at Haymarket Park Hamburger once again went the distance allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out four in 8.0 innings of work. Unfortunately, the Saints lost 3-2 and Hamburger took his first defeat of the season. The complete game, however, broke the Saints single season and franchise records plus 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.
This is the third time Hamburger has earned the award this season, receiving it for the week of May 23-29 and July 4-10. The Saints have also received a Player of the Week award this year when Tony Caldwell received it during the week of June 13-19.
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