Sounds' De La Cruz Named PCL Pitcher of the Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Sounds right-hander Frankie De La Cruz has been named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week for the July 18-24 period.
In a pair of starts against division-rival Iowa, De La Cruz went 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA (2er/13.0ip) with 15 strikeouts in his 13.0 innings of work. He held opposing batters to a .217 average (10-for-46).
The highlight of his week was a dominant victory on Saturday at Greer Stadium against the I-Cubs that was the best pitching performance by a Sounds hurler all season.
In that outing, De La Cruz struck out a Sounds season-high 10 batters and finished one batter short of a complete-game shutout in Nashville's 4-1 triumph. He held Iowa to one run on six hits over 8 2/3 innings of work in the winning effort. The Cubs scored their lone run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.
For the year, the 27-year-old De La Cruz has posted a 4-6 record and a 4.17 ERA (54er/116.2ip) in 22 games (20 starts) for the Sounds.
As a starting pitcher, he has held PCL batters to a .244 average, tied for the lowest mark in the league. In addition, he ranks 2nd in the circuit with 106 strikeouts, and ranks 7th in the PCL in ERA.
He is next scheduled to take the hill in a start on Thursday, when the Sounds play a 7:05 p.m. CT road contest at Oklahoma City (AAA-Astros).
De La Cruz's award is the first accumulated by a Sounds player in nearly two years. Pitcher Tim Dillard won Nashville's most recent weekly PCL award in 2009 following the July 20-26 period.
The award is the second PCL Pitcher of the Week honor of De La Cruz's career. He was previously honored for the June 9-15, 2008 period while playing for Albuquerque.
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