Monday, August 13, 2012

Biscuits' Yates wins league award

Biscuits reliever Kirby Yates, after picking two wins and a save in the five-game series with Jackson, won the Southern League pitcher of the week award.

Yates threw six shutout innings in four appearances for the week and has a 10 1/3-inning scoreless streak.

This year, the right-hander has a 3-2 record, is 13-of-17 on saves and has a 2.32 ERA. In his last 17 appearances, he has an 0.70 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings.

Of the 20 runners he's inherited this season, only one has scored. On Thursday, Yates came in with runners on second and third and one out. An error allowed a run to score.

Chattanooga outfielder Brahiam Maldonado won the hitter's award. He was 9-for-20 with two home runs and three RBIs for the week and is hitting .297 this year between the Lookouts and Mississippi Braves.

Yates is the fourth Biscuits pitcher to net a league honor this year. Matt Buschmann and Kyle Lobstein went back-to-back in May, while Alex Colome won in late July, just before his promotion to Triple-A Durham. Biscuits hitters have won once: Kyeong Kang in May.

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