August 2010

Home Records…

The Shorebirds are now 30-34 at Perdue Stadium this season with seven games remaining.  The ‘Birds will need to win six of the seven to finish with an above .500 record at home.

Look at these home records over the last several years…

2009: 38-29

2008: 41-29

2007: 36-31

2006: 36-33

2005: 42-28

2004: 36-30

In other words, the Shorebirds have not had a losing season here at Perdue Stadium in quiet some time.   Let’s hope the ‘Birds can get hot and reel over six more wins!


Moreland and Startup Promoted

Kenny Moreland and Will Startup were promoted on Sunday afternoon to the Frederick Keys.

Moreland actually started for the Keys on Sunday against the Potomac Nationals.  In five innings, he allowed eight hits and just two earned runs.  Startup picked up the win by throwing the final 2.2 innings and keeping the P-Nats scoreless.

The Shorebirds roster is now down to 23.  As of Monday morning, there are no corresponding moves. 

Moreland was moved up to the Keys to take the rotation spot of Nathan Moreau, who returned to school at the University of Georgia.

30 Doubles

Garabez Rosa is the first Shorebirds player to record 30 doubles in a single-season since 2007, when Chris Vinyard notched 34.

Ty Kelly will also probably record 30 doubles at some point very soon.  He is at 29 this season. 

Just a small nugget before the final road game of the season.  This is the first signal that the season is about over.  Tonight will be our final trip on the Holloway Bus.  It’s a little bittersweet because I enjoy being on the road, but it will nice to end the season in front of the hometown fans.

Please come out and support the club starting on Monday night!

Kelly Chasing Hit Mark

Ty Kelly leads the Shorebirds with 120 hits this season.  He is five hits shy of tying last years leader Ron Welty, who totaled 125 hits in 121 games in 2009.

In 2008, Ryan Adams led the ‘Birds with 138 hits 119 games. 

The record for hits in a single-season belongs to Shorebirds manager Ryan Minor, who amassed 150 hits back in 1997. 

Kelly needs 135 hits to move into tenth all-time in a single-season.  Obviously, it won’t be easy with ten games left but it is certainly attainable if he gets hot down the stretch. 

Highlights Are Up…

I just posted the highlights from last night’s game on the game recap.


Big hits from Kelly, Rauch and Casamayor are included plus another outfield assist for Planeta and the final out.


Brandhorst’s Dominance

I’ve been meaning to give ‘Birds reliever James Brandhorst some praise in this space for his recent success. 

He has not allowed a run to cross in his last eight outings (11.1 innings).  Further, he has only allowed five hits during the stretch.  The Texas native has watched his ERA dwindle from 4.09 to 3.25. 

It’s nice to see Brandhorst recover after an average month of July.  He posted a 4.15 ERA in July.  In August, he sports a 1.93 ERA.

Tip of the cap to James Brandhorst!

Pope to DL – Stampone Coming Back

This move was made official on Thursday afternoon.  Kieron Pope was placed on the Disabled List retroactive to 8/24 and Tyler Stampone was activated off the DL.  Stampone will join the club in the next couple of days. 

Remember, Stampone played in 59 games for the Shorebirds before getting injured.  He has not appeared for the ‘Birds since June 27.  He was rehabbing down in the NYPL with the Ironbirds for the last two weeks.  In 12 games, he hit .351 (13-37) with four RBIs.

Stampone brings the roster to the maximum 25. 

A lot of guys that have played games in Aberdeen this season now form the roster…

Trent Mummey

T.R. Keating

Tyler Stampone

Mike Flacco

Omar Casamayor

Will Startup

Austin Rauch

Brian Parker

Major league rosters expand on September 1st.  We’ll see if the trickle down effect makes its way to the Shorebirds. 

Austin Rauch Added

I forgot to post this yesterday.  Catcher Austin Rauch was added yesterday from Aberdeen to take the spot of Justin Dalles, who went on the DL on Monday. 

The Shorebirds needed another catcher as Kyle Moore was the only active catcher for a couple days. 

Rauch hit.197 in 29 games for the Aberdeen Ironbirds.  He hit one home run and drove in nine runs. 

This is his fifth year as a professional.  He was originally drafted back in 2006 in the 12th round by the Colorado Rockies.  He played in their system through 2009.

In 153 games in the Rockies system, he batted .196.  The 22-year old played in two games for the Triple-A Colorado Sky Sox.  Most of his games were played in rookie ball (Casper Rockies) and short-season (Tri-City Dust Devils).

He will probably split time with Kyle Moore down the stretch of the season.



No Walks – Rare

On Wednesday night, three Shorebirds pitchers (Hobgood, Startup & Brandhorst) combined to keep a potent Hagerstown offense in check.

They also went the full nine innings without issuing a walk.

The only one other time in the month of August that the Shorebirds pitching staff went a full game without issuing a walk was 8/16 (Bobby Bundy went nine full without allowing a walk).

The Shorebirds went without surrendering a walk in four games in the month of July, twice in the month of June, three times in May and once in April.

In other words, through 129 games this season, Shorebirds pitching has gone without walking a single batter only 12 times.

Further, last night was the first game this season where there were no walks period.  The Suns pitchers did not walk a single batter either.


Highlights and More

I put up highlights from last night’s game in Hickory on the game story.  Check them out.  Included in the highlight package: Ty Kelly’s home run, Kyle Moore’s double, Mikey Planeta’s bases clearing double and the final out.



The Shorebirds were able to salvage their first positive result in a series since mid-July last night with the win.  They are 0-7-1 in their last eight series. 


The Shorebirds plated double-digit runs for the first time in August (23 games) last night.  The ‘Birds last scored double-digit runs on July 30 against Lexington in a 10-5 win.


The last time the Shorebirds plated at least six runs in a single inning was on July 21 against (drum roll, please) the Hickory Crawdads at L.P. Frans Stadium.  They did it in the sixth inning.  Last night the ‘Birds did it in the ninth inning. 


Kyle Moore was 1-for-24 coming into last night’s contest.  He went 3-for-4 with two big doubles and two RBIs (his first two of the campaign)


Ty Kelly connected on his first home run since July 9 @ Lakewood.  It was his first long ball in 40 games.  It was also his first home run batting from the right side of the plate.  The Suns will throw three straight lefties at Kelly and the ‘Birds.


Mike Flacco takes a six-game hit streak into game one against Hagerstown.  He is 8-for-26 during the stretch.


This is only the second trip to Municipal Stadium in 2010.  The Shorebirds have not been in Hagerstown since late April (April 24-27).  The Shorebirds made three trips to Hagerstown last season.