Pelicans shortstop Sardinas wins Carolina League honor

The Carolina League announced Monday that Pelicans shortstop Luis Sardinas has been named Carolina Player of the Week for his performance from May 13-19.

During the seven-game stretch, Sardinas hit .419 (13-for-31) with a double, two triples and nine runs batted in.

Sardinas has played in 41 of the Pelicans 43 games this season, posting a .302 batting average, the sixth best mark league wide. He ranks fourth in the league in hits (49) and places third with 12 stolen bases.

On the most recent road trip, Sardinas had back-to-back four-hit performances. On May 16, his 20th birthday, Sardinas amassed his second four-hit night in as many nights to go along with a career-high five RBIs.

This is the second straight weekly honor for a Pelican. Left-hander Victor Payano was the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week May 6-12. The left-hander leads the club with 50 strikeouts in 42.1 innings and has surrendered just one earned run in his last 13.2 innings. Payano will start Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Mudcats.

The first place Pelicans (27-16) have scored more runs (214) than any team in the Carolina League while Payano and the pitching staff have helped allow the fewest runs (163) in the league. The Pelicans have also won nine straight home games.

The Pelicans, Class-A Advanced affiliates of the Texas Rangers, will seek their tenth straight home victory tomorrow (May 21st) when  the Carolina Mudcats, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, come to TicketReturn.com Field for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

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