Sorry for the lack of entries over the last week. I have been drowned in work trying to get the Playball done and some other things as well.
Check out this cool photo that Joey Gardner took for the cover of the next issue Playball Magazine.
Let’s catch you up on the team..
Garabez Rosa is riding a four-game hitting streak into tonight’s opener against the Suns. He is 6-for-13 over the last four games with two RBIs and three runs scored.
A couple guys have slowed a bit at the plate. Ty Kelly is 0-for-13 over the last four games. T.J. Baxter is just 1-for-13 over his last four games.
Cowan goes today for Delmarva. His last start on April 19 was against the Suns. He went seven innings and surrendered six hits and two runs. He also struck out seven.
Got back this morning at 5:15 AM. Players don’t have to arrive until 5:00 p.m. today (sometimes I wish I was a player).
We were featured on milb.com last night.
The Shorebirds will hit the road following tonights series finale against Greensboro. We should get back to the park around 6:00 in the AM.
Here are some notes from my game notes today.
‘BIRDS DIG THE LONG BALL: The Shorebirds rank second in the South Atlantic League with seven home runs. The Shorebirds hit three last night. It took the 2009 Shorebirds team 28 games to record seven home runs. The Shorebirds have hit a home run in four of the seven games this season.
SEVEN STRAIGHT GAMES:Shorebirds leadoff man T.J. Baxter has scored at least one run in all seven games this season. He ranks second in the league in runs scored with nine.
STARTING STRONG: The Shorebirds starting staff has been stellar through seven games and 32.1 innings. They have allowed only 31 hits and nine earned runs. Three starters have already gone without allowing an earned run (Beal, 4/11; Butler, 4/12; Cowan, 4/14)
ROSA ROUNDS FIRST: Shortstop Garabez Rosa has five doubles through three games in the series against Greensboro. He is tied with Baxter for the team lead with six two-baggers on the season.
FORMER ‘BIRD MAHONEY UPDATE: Joe Mahoney has 11 RBIs for the Frederick Keys through six games in the Carolina League. Last night in Myrtle Beach, he went 2-3 with four RBIs. Ron Welty connected on two home runs against the Pelicans on 4/13.
Here is the rotation coming up at Perdue Stadium in case you are wondering who is going to be pitching when…
Friday (Home Opener): Jesse Beal
Saturday: Tony Butler
Sunday: Ryan Berry
Monday: Jake Cowan
Tuesday: Matt Hobgood
Three numbers before I call this day complete…
7 – T.J. Baxter has scored at least one run in all seven games this season
999 – The Shorebirds have won 999 games over the last 15 season. Milestone number 1,000 looming
39 – Number of extra base hits for Delmarva, leads the South Atlantic League
If you missed the broadcast today, I did some Orioles trivia.
1) Who hit the longest HR in the history of Orioles Park at Camden Yards?
– Darryl Strawberry in 1998 off Mike Mussina (367 feet)
Bright and early today. Bus departs for the park at 9:00 AM. It’s a kids day at NewBridge Bank Park. All the 6th graders in Guilford County are going to be in attendance.
We got back to the hotel around 11:00 PM last night. A lot of the guys went to get some food before calling it a night.
Morning games are usually a chance for managers to give everyday players a day off. Jason Stifler is expected to get his first start of the season for Justin Dalles. Stifler had a pinch hit two-run single in the ninth inning last night.
Michael Ohlman was placed on the DL yesterday, retroactive to 4/12.
Check out Steve Melewski’s blog on Masnsports.com. They are doing a lot more minor league coverage this year. He wrote a little blog about the Shorebirds hot start yesterday as well. He called me last night and is going to do an interview with Ryan Minor tomorrow.
Time to get ready for game 7 of the season.
Here are a couple pictures I just took from the press box of NewBridge Bank Park. The park was built in 2005.
I’m still trying to figure this computer webcam but hopefully you get the idea.
This is an early look at the combined overall records of the minor league clubs. For example, the Orioles 12-7 start includes Delmarva, Frederick, Bowie and Norfolk. Orioles are sitting pretty at the minor league level at least.
The Shorebirds plated six runs in the ninth inning last night (Monday) against the Grasshoppers. They have already scored nine runs in the ninth innings so far this year. It was quite the half inning. Two wins away from 1,000 now!
Be cautiously optimistic at this point in the season. A lot of people want to get excited about a 4-1 start and they should. But, also realize that there are 135 more games this season. The 2009 Shorebirds also started 4-1 and finished 66-70. You just never know, especially in the minors.
Some news and notes…
Ty Kelly has nine RBIs in the last two games. Not bad for a guy that had 18 RBIs all of last season in 61 games. Kelly leads the SAL in RBIs with 10.
Steve Bumbry rides a four-game hitting streak into tonights action. He is 7-for-17 during the stretch.
Justin Dalles has recorded at least one hit in all four games that he has played in.
Breakout night for Garabez Rosa. After starting the year 1-for-12 at the plate, he went 3-4 with three RBIs.
Jake Smith picked up his second win last night. He is the first pitcher in the South Atlantic League to pick up two wins.
‘Birds lead the league with 20 doubles.
If you weren’t with me on the broadcast last night, check out this story about the Greensboro pitcher that stopped an attempted robbery a week ago at a WalMart…
Tim Griffin of ESPN.com wrote a lengthy article on tonights starter Ryan Berry back in 2008. Although it’s a couple years old, it gives you a good sense of Berry and his potential.
Here are some news and notes from today’s game notes. The Shorebirds go for their fourth straight win. Tony Butler makes his first start of the season and 12th start in the South Atlantic Leauge.
You can listen to the game live tonight on http://www.sportstalk960.com/main.html
TYLER KELLY’S BIG NIGHT: Former UC Davis star Ty Kelly went 2-5 with a career best five RBIs. He hit his second professional home run in the second inning (3-run) to give the ‘Birds a 4-0 lead. Kelly had only 18 RBIs in 61 games in his first professional campaign (Aberdeen) last year.
FOURTH IN THE LEAGUE: Although its early, the Shorebirds rank fourth in the league with a .294 team batting average after the first series of the season. The ‘Birds lead the league with 15 doubles and four triples.
FIRST STARTER TO WIN: No Shorebirds starter has been hit with a loss, but Jesse Beal was the first to earn a win last night. He tossed five shutout innings. He also struck out four and did not walk a batter.
EIGHT-FOR-NINE: The Shorebirds are 8-for-9 in stolen base attempts through four games this year. Steve Bumbry was the only one caught and he was picked off and was tagged out at second. T.J. Baxter is second in the SAL with four stolen bases.
KELLY AND JENSEN REUNITE: Tyler Kelly (Shorebirds) and Kyle Jensen (Grasshoppers) were little league teammates and high school teammates at St. Mary’s HS. Kelly hit just shy of .400 with six homers as a senior at St. Mary’s. Jensen hit .411 with five homers as a senior at St. Mary’s. Jensen also pitched and was named the SJAA Pitcher of the Year (8-0).y Kelly (Shorebirds) and Kyle Jensen (Grasshoppers) were little league teammates and high school teammates at St. Mary’s HS. Kelly hit just shy of .400 with six homers as a senior at St. Mary’s. Jensen hit .411 with five homers as a senior at St. Mary’s. Jensen also pitched and was named the SJAA Pitcher of the Year (8-0).y
Did you know that back in 2007, when Tony Butler (tonight’s starter for the ‘Birds) was pitching for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, he was immortalized with a bobblehead. Usually, teams will have bobbleheads made for former players or those that made it to the bigs. But, Tony is from Milwaukee which is only 100 miles or so away from Appleton, Wisconsin (where the Rattlers play). Also, Tony was one of the best pitcher the state has seen in high school. So, it makes sense.
They are still selling it on their website today. Want to buy it? http://timberrattlers.milbstore.com/store_contents.cfm?store_id=38&dept_id=227&product_id=694
Tony takes the hill tonight at 7:00 p.m. Listen live on http://www.sportstalk960.com/main.html