The Shorebirds just connected on back-to-back home runs for the first time this season. Ron Welty on the front end, a three run blast to left field and Joe Mahoney followed suit with a solo shot to right field.
Welty is now all alone atop the home run charts for the Shorebirds with 10. Mahoney has seven on the year. He was tied with Tyler Kolodny (DL).
Mahoney has now homered on back-to-back nights. He hit a home run in game one of the doubleheader at Municipal stadium. First time that Mahoney has homered in two straight games.
Jacob Julius is the last Shorebirds player to homer on consecutive nights (August 7th and 8th) at Perdue Stadium. Welty homered on back-to-back nights on June 12th and 13th.
Meantime, L.J. Hoes singled up the middle in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to seven.
The team was announced within the last hour by the South Atlantic League. Congratulations to Shorebirds right-fielder Ron Welty for making the team. The team is basically the postseason All-Star Team. It is voted upon by the Managers, GM’s, sports writers and broadcasters.
2009 South Atlantic League All-Star Team
Manager Dusty Wathan Lakewood BlueClaws
Coach Bob Kipper Greenville Drive
RH Pitcher David Phelps Charleston RiverDogs
LH Pitcher Rudy Owens West Virginia Power
Catcher Jordan Pacheco Asheville Tourists
First Baseman Josh Mazzola Augusta GreenJackets
Second Baseman Stephen Lombardozzi Hagerstown Suns
Shortstop Tim Beckham Bowling Green Hot Rods
Third Baseman Corban Joseph Charleston RiverDogs
Utility Infielder Erik Morrison Hickory Crawdads
Outfielder Scott Robinson Asheville Tourists
Outfielder Anthony Gose Lakewood BlueClaws
Outfielder Ronnie Welty Delmarva Shorebirds
Utility Outfielder Melky Mesa Charleston RiverDogs
Designated Hitter Derek Norris Hagerstown Suns
Most Outstanding Pitcher Rudy Owens West Virginia Power
Most Outstanding MLB Prospect Derek Norris Hagerstown Suns
Most Valuable Player Jordan Pacheco Asheville Tourists
Here is a list of the seven Shorebirds players headed instructional ball in Sarasota. “Intructs”, as it is commonly referred, is essentially a Fall Spring Training. It starts a couple weeks following the season and it lasts for about a month.
There are a variety of reasons why the Orioles ask certain guys to attend.
1) Young player straight out of HS
2) Needs extra-work at a certain position
3) Changing positions
4) Coming off Surgery/Injury
Just thought some of you might be interested as to who is going this year from the club.
With September looming, I’m starting a campaign for Cole McCurry to be named the Orioles August Minor League Pitcher of the Month. He was outstanding. His final numbers during the month (his next start will be Sept. 1): 2-0, 0.31 ERA, 29.1 innings pitched, 1 ER, 33 K’s. Those numbers are out of this world.
Here are the other potential candidates around the system, you decide:
Daurin Tavarez – 3-1, 0.92 ERA, 29.1 IP, 21 K’s
Ryan Plasha – 2-0, 2.60 ERA, 17.0 IP, 27 K’s, 4 BB
Justin Anderson – 1-1, 1.32 ERA, 13.2 IP, 13 K’s
Nicholas Haughian – 3-1, 1.65 ERA, 32.2 IP, 18 K’s
Shane Mathews – 1-0, 1.86 ERA, 19.1 IP, 13 K’s
Cole McCurry – 2-0, 0.31 ERA, 29.1 IP, ER, 33 K’s
Brandon Cooney – 0-2, 0.82 ERA, 6 Saves
Zach Britton – 2-2, 2.61 ERA, 31.0 IP, 31 K’s
Brandon Erbe – 2-0, 2.39 ERA, 26.1 IP, 14 Hits
Luis Lebron – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 G, 12.1 IP, 17 K’s
Jake Arrieta – 2-3, 3.03 ERA, 35.2 IP, 27 K’s
To me its a no-brainer. But, maybe I’m a little bit bias. The numbers don’t lie though. We’ll see in about a week from now.
Good morning and welcome to doubleheader Sunday here in Hagerstown. First game begins at 1:05 PM. Of course, two seven-inning games today at Municipal Stadium. Last two road games of the year for the ‘Birds. We’ll be back for eight games at Perdue Stadium starting on Monday against Lake County.
Last night was interesting. Ryan O’Shea tossed a five-inning one hitter but was tagged with the loss.
Pitching Matchups Today
Game 1: Oliver Drake (8-7, 3.62) vs. Patrick Lehman (0-1, 2.25)
Game 2: Chris Salberg (3-2, 4.22) vs. Juan Jaime (2-1, 2.45)
Time to get ready for our 10:30 bus to the stadium.
Two Shorebirds pitchers have a legitimate chance at ten wins (Ryan O’Shea (8), Oliver Drake (8)). It’s actually a pretty rare feat when you look back at the 13 previous seasons in ‘Birds history.
Below are the year-by-year ten-game winners…
2008 – Sean Gleason (12-2), Zach Britton (12-7), Luis Noel (10-8)
2007 – None
2006 – None
2005 – Carlos Perez (11-8)
2004 – None
2003 – None
2002 – None
2001 – Matt Schwager (10-8)
2000 – Randy Perez (10-9)
1999 – John Stephens (10-8)
1998 – Jay Spurgeon (11-3)
1997 – Americao Peguero (11-10), Scott Eibey (10-4), Maximo Heredia (10-5)
1996 – Javier Vazquez (14-3), Jeremy Powell (12-9), Troy Mattes (10-9)
So, only 14 pitchers in the 13 years of Shorebirds baseball have reached double-digit wins. I plotted out the final 11 games and O’Shea could have three more starts if everything goes as planned (no rain outs/cancellations) but Drake will only have two more.
Let’s hope both of them get to 10 wins.
There is a chance that the Shorebirds will be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after action today. If Kannapolis wins and/or the Shorebirds loss, the playoffs will no longer be in reach. So, I know some of you may be disappointed but let’s try and think about the season on the bright side. In the final 11 games, if the Shorebirds go at least 4-7, they will have another winning season. It will be the third in a row as a franchise and 10th in 14 years (500 or better).
Bold seasons are winning seasons for the Shorebirds.
1996 Montreal Expos 83-59 .585 — First Lost in Finals
1997 Baltimore Orioles 77-65 .542 — First Leauge Champions
1998 Baltimore Orioles 81-61 .570 — First Lost in First Round
1999 Baltimore Orioles 58-80 .420 25.0 Fourth Did Not Qualify
2000 Baltimore Orioles 74-62 .544 — First League Champions
2001 Baltimore Orioles 61-79 .436 31.0 Sixth Did Not Qualify
2002 Baltimore Orioles 76-64 .543 7.5 Third Lost in Semi-Finals
2003 Baltimore Orioles 67-71 .486 29.0 Third Did Not Qualify
2004 Baltimore Orioles 69-69 .500 15.0 Fifth Did Not Qualify
2005 Baltimore Orioles 72-67 .518 9.0 Third Lost in Semi-Finals
2006 Baltimore Orioles 64-73 .467 19.0 Sixth Did Not Qualify
2007 Baltimore Orioles 68-68 .500 14.0 Fifth Did Not Qualify
2008 Baltimore Orioles 78-61 .561 1.5 Second Did Not Qualify
Just think on the bright side folks..
How good has Cole McCurry been in the month of August? Amazing, Outstanding, Unhittable, Awesome, Stellar. You get the point.
Here are his numbers in the month of August. He is 2-0 with a 0.31 ERA in five starts. In 29.1 innings during the month, he has ONLY ALLOWED ONE EARNED RUN!
Courtesy of his six inning shutout of the Captains last night, McCurry now has an 11.1 innings scoreless streak in his hip pocket.
His overall ERA is now 2.86, lowest since May 27th (2.72). He ranks eighth in the South Atlantic League in ERA. McCurry is sixth in the Baltimore Orioles system in ERA.
Ok, I cut a couple highlights from the game last night. Not a lot to choose from so I have the bunt RBI by Avery and the final out in the ninth inning…Enjoy
We arrived in Hagerstown at about 3:30 in the AM. I must admit that I am a little tired. 11 games left in the season.
The Kannapolis Intimidators have been unbelievable in the second half of the season. They are pretty much running away with the Northern division. They are five games up on West Virginia with two weeks left in the season.
Kannapolis was good in the first half (37-33) but they are playing on another stratosphere in the second half (38-18). By the way, they have won 10 games in a row. Over their last ten games, the offense is hitting .322. During the second half, they have had two separate seven game winning streaks besides their current ten game streak.
Right now, they are just beating up on the Southern division (Asheville, Lexington, Bowling Green).
Their pitching staff has been awesome all year. Staff ERA of 3.24, second lowest in the South Atlantic League.
|Brandon Erbe||P||R||R||6′ 4″||180||12-25-1987||Active||No||BAL|
|Eddie Gamboa||P||R||R||6′ 2″||195||12-21-1984||Active||No||BAL|
|Matt Gorgen||P||R||R||6′ 0″||210||01-27-1987||Active||No||TB|
|Paul Phillips||P||R||R||6′ 1″||211||01-26-1984||Active||No||TB|
|Heath Rollins||P||R||R||6′ 1″||190||05-25-1985||Active||No||TB|
|Drew Storen||P||S||R||6′ 2″||180||08-11-1987||Active||No||WSH|
|Stephen Strasburg||P||R||R||6′ 4″||220||07-20-1988||Active||Yes||WSH|
|Ryohei Tanaka||P||R||R||6′ 0″||169||11-18-1982||Active||No||BAL|