News and Notes

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 LEAGUEAlthough 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

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