July 2010

Eight Straight 10 K Games

Not great news to report today.  The Shorebirds have been fanned at least 10 times in eight straight games dating back to July 22.  Last eight games, 89 strikeouts.

Starting pitching has also burned the ‘Birds of late.

Last three opposing starters…

Julio Rodriguez (LWD): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 10 K

Trevor May (LWD): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 14 K

Luis Cruz (HIC): 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 10 K

Wish I had better information to pass along today.  Let’s hope the ‘Birds can turn it around soon!

In Kentucky | No Runs

The bus pulled into the hotel in Lexington, Kentucky around 11:30 last night.  We stopped once for food and it was mostly smooth sailing.  There was some rain in the mountains of West Virginia but nothing major.

Anyway, the bus doesn’t leave until 4:00 p.m. today because there is no batting practice on the field today. Should give the guys a chance to rest up for the opener.

The Shorebirds need to get the offense going.  The Shorebirds have not scored a run in 19 straight innings dating back to game three of their most recent series against Lakewood.  The ‘Birds did not score a run in the last two games of the series, 5-0 and 9-0 losses to Lakewood. 

‘Birds should have no problem bucking that streak tonight.

Here is Lexington’s rotation…

Thursday -LHP Luis Cruz

Friday – RHP Zach Grimmett

Saturday – RHP Tanner Bushue

Sunday – RHP Juan Minaya

Bullpen Logging Innings

Here is a look at how many innings the Shorebirds bullpen has been forced to throw over the last three nights (four games).  It totals to 30.1 innings pitched by the bullpen.

 

Game 1 – 13 Innings

Haughian – 3 IP

Brandhorst – 1 IP

Phelps – 4 IP

Walters – 2 IP

Parker – 1 IP

Carolus – 2 IP

 

Game 2 – 7 Innings

Landry – 3 IP

Haughian – 3 IP

Parker – 1 IP

 

Game 3 – 5 Innings

Rasner – 2 IP

Brandhorst – 2.1 IP

Walters – 0.2 IP

 

Game 4 – 5.1 Innings

Parker – 2.1 IP

Phelps – 2 IP

Baxter – 1 IP

 

Roster Move

Roster move had to made today to help the pitching staff. 

For game one of the doubleheader, Jesse Rasner will be added to the roster and Jesse Beal will be transferred down to Aberdeen (Jesse will remain with the club).

For game two of the doubleheader, Rasner will be transferred back to the GCL Orioles and Cole McCurry will be added from Frederick.  McCurry will start game two and Rasner will remain with the club.

McCurry is simply on loan to start game two.  He will go right back to Frederick.  McCurry was solid for the Shorebirds last season, posting a 6-9 record with a 2.71 ERA in 25 starts.  After the all-star break, he was probably the best pitcher on the staff.  He had a 1.97 ERA in 12 starts in the second half.

Rasner played his college baseball for the Nevada Wolfpack.  He recently signed a free agent deal.  http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10000&ATCLID=3651283

Big doubleheader today.  The Shorebirds can slice Lakewood’s lead in the division to one.

By the way, Lakewood has sent up a right-hander, Julio Rodriguez, from Williamsport to start game two.

 

Longest Game Ever

Doc Shorebird, an avid supporter of Shorebirds baseball since day, brought me a copy of the original article about the 19-inning game between Delmarva and Piedmont back in 2000.  It is the longest game in Shorebirds history. 

I scanned the article and have made it available below. 

An interesting tidbit about that game.  Lakewood’s current hitting coach, Greg Legg, was the manager of the Piedmont Boll Weevils at the time.  I showed him the article last night and he remembered the game very well.

View image – Click to the left to read the original article

Mahoney Crushing Double-A

I was roaming around statistics from the other minor league teams today and when I came to the Double-A club I was pleased to see that Joe Mahoney is just tearing apart the Eastern League. 

In 15 games, he is hitting .439 (25-57) with six home runs and 15 RBIs. 

Mahoney already has two multi-home run games. 

His last four games have been awesome.  He is 11-for-16 with four runs, a double, three home runs and seven RBIs.

The 23-year old is really turning into a prospect.  Hopefully he gets the chance to go the Arizona Fall League after the season. 

Always nice to see a former Shorebirds player advancing and doing well.  Don’t forget that Mahoney spent 2008 and 2009 right here on the Eastern Shore.

Mike Flacco Returns

As expected, the Orioles made a corresponding move today to fill the vacancy of left by the promotion of Tyler Townsend. 

Mike Flacco will join the club for Sunday’s game against Lakewood. Here is a little bit about Flacco from the media release this morning.

In 30 games with the Aberdeen Ironbirds, he was hitting .250 with 16 RBIs.  The 23-year old is batting .221 in the month of July.

 

Flacco was selected in the 31st round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft. 

 

In 2009, he played in five games for the Shorebirds after earning a late season promotion from Bluefield.  He went 3-for-19 (.158) with an RBI.

 

Mike Flacco is the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco.  

 

Pitchers Left?

After 12 pitchers toed the rubber last night between the two teams, who is left for today?

For Delmarva:

Kevin Landry is the only relief pitcher that did not throw last night.  Brian Parker and James Brandhorst only went an inning so they can probably come back today.

For Lakewood:

Ebelin Lugo, Eric Massingham and Mike McGuire are the three relief pitchers that did not throw last night.  However, McGuire might start the second game of the doubleheader so he is probably not up today. 

Well see how it all plays out. 

Research Time

Today is all about research after a marathon Saturday/Sunday game at Perdue Stadium.  The game lasted five hours and five minutes.  I’ll be honest – record keeping over the years has not been the strong suit of this franchise (that’s typical in Minor League Baseball because of ownership change and the turnover of staff members). 

I found the 1997 Shorebirds media guide this morning and it has the 1996 day-by-day results.  The longest game played in the inaugural year was 17-innings.  On April 26 at Hickory, Delmarva won 6-5 in 17 innings.

I also found the 1998 yearbook with some information from 1997.  On August 10 of 1997, the Shorebirds played an 18-inning marathon against Asheville.  The Shorebirds won that game 2-1.

During the 2000 season, the Shorebirds played a 19-inning game.  All I can find about the game is that it was played in six hours and 13 minutes.  I am going to start looking for more information about the game. 

 

Townsend Promoted

Luis Bernardo was also promoted to Bowie (AA).  Caleb Joseph was involved in a collision at the plate last night. 

Salisbury, Md. - The Baltimore Orioles announced on Saturday afternoon that Shorebirds first baseman Tyler Townsend has been promoted to the Frederick Keys (Advanced-A).  Townsend will join the Keys on Saturday night for their 6:00 p.m. game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

 

In 30 games for the Shorebirds, Townsend tore apart South Atlantic League pitching.  He hit .342 (40-117) with three home runs and 26 RBIs. 

 

The 22-year old played in just three games in the first half of the season after suffering a hamstring injury.  Townsend was sent back to Sarasota to rehab and therfore missed the final 55 games of the first half.  Townsend returned to the Shorebirds to open the second half on June 24. 

 

Townsend put his stamp on the league in the month of July.  In 21 games, he batted .354 with three home runs and 21 RBIs.  He also totaled 10 doubles.  As of July 24, he leads the Orioles minor league system during July in batting average (.354).  He is also tied with Brandon Waring of Bowie for the organization lead with 10 doubles in July.  Additionally, he is second in the system during the month in RBIs (21).  Michael Aubrey (Norfolk) leads the system in RBIs during July (25).   

 

The former FIU star capped his brief stint in a ‘Birds uniform with a fantastic series against Hickory.  Over four games, he went 8-for-18 with five runs, two doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBIs. 

 

Townsend was the 2006 Gatorade Delaware State Player of the Year. 

 

Third place Delmarva squares off with first place Lakewood on Saturday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

 

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