Two Sarasota Reds were named Player of the Week for last weeks performance.

Hitter of the Week – Florida State League

Chris Valaika, Sarasota
.480 (12-25), 6 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, .920 SLG
Valaika’s lone walk of the week came on Saturday — just his fifth of the season and first since April 16. You can’t fault the shortstop, though, because why would he take pitches if he’s hitting as well as he is. It’s been that kind of span for Valaika, who’s hit safely in every game this week to extend his streak to 13 games. Valaika began the week on the best possible note, as the DH was a perfect 5-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored. He added two more multi-hit games and two more home runs, so if Sarasota can’t seem to win a game, you can hardly blame Valaika. All 16 of Valaika’s extra-base hits and all five walks this season have come during night games.

Pitcher of the Week – Florida State League

Travis Wood, Sarasota
2-0, 1.39 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO
Wood could very easily have won this honor after his first two starts of the season, in which he struck out 13 over 9 2/3 scoreless innings for a win and a no-decision. While he has been overshadowed by Tampa’s Eric Hacker, the southpaw would not be denied this week, winning both his starts. On Monday, Wood allowed two runs over six innings as Sarasota smacked Dunedin, 9-2, with Offensive Player of the Week Chris Valaika providing the offense. With much less support Sunday, Wood still prevailed, throwing seven scoreless innings in Sarasota’s 2-1 win over Palm Beach. Owner of a 2.05 ERA for the season, the southpaw has been predictably dominant against left-handed hitters, who are managing a mere .188 against him.

Sarasota Reds Photo Gallery

Jim Donten lives down in the Sarasota area and has goes to a lot of the Sarasota games and has an online gallery of his pictures he takes of the guys. Click here to see his website and all of his photo’s.

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