May 2011

News and Notes

Game two against Lakewood is coming up at noon today (Monday). ‘Birds now in fourth place, 4.5 games out with 20 games remaining. 

LHP Tim Berry is on the hill today.  Berry’s ERA has gone down in each of his last five starts.  He has gone five innings in each of his last four starts.  Berry did not allow an earned run in his last start against West Virginia.  A little bit off topic but equally as important; Tim Berry’s mustache has raised $302 for Mustache May, the most of any Shorebirds player!

* Ty Kelly strikeouts only once every 9.59 at-bats, third best in the league. 

* In 24.2 innings out of the bullpen, Jason Gurka has walked only two batters.  He has fanned 33.

* Seven of the Shorebirds final 20 games will be played against first place Hagerstown. 

* Reliever D.J. Ferguson has not allowed a run in 10.1 consecutive innings (five outings).  He has allowed just four hits during the span. 

* Scott Copeland has had limited run support in his two quality starts against Lakewood.  In 14 combined innings, he has scattered 12 hits and allowed just three earned runs.  However, he is 0-2. 

* Jonathan Schoop has seven home runs this season (200 AB).  He had only five home runs in his first 461 minor league at-bats coming into this season. 

* Adam Gaylord has hit safely in seven of his last nine games.  Gaylord is batting .239 in May after hitting just .196 in April. 

* The Shorebirds are 11-12 since Manny Machado’s injury (May 5)

* The Shorebirds are 1-4 since the promotions of Kipp Schutz and Clay Schrader to Frederick (May 25).  The ‘Birds are averaging just 2.4 runs per game in the last five games. 

* Ty Kelly has hit safely in 22 of the last 24 games

* Riley Hornback threw out Carlos Perdomo at second base last night.  It was the 21st outfield assist of the season for the Delmarva Shorebirds.

* The Shorebirds have made 72 errors in 50 games this season (3rd most in SAL)

* The Shorebirds are 13-19 this season against teams in their own division.  They have played their last 20 games against the Northern Division (8-12)

$56 short of $2,000 for Mustache May

The Delmarva Shorebirds received some very generous donations at the game last night to bump our donation total for Mustache May to $1,944.  We are almost at $2,000 with only three days remaining in the promotion.  Here are the updated standings.

There is still time to donation – all the money goes to “Strike Out Hunger” campaign! CLICK HERE

Irv Brumbley – $434

Chris Bitters – $419

Tim Berry – $272

Will Lawhorn – $177

Gail Potts – $118

Pat Armstrong – $93

David Bledsoe – $86

Troy Mattes – $73

Bret Lasky – $56

Sam Ward – $50

Shane Victorino in Lakewood

I was roaming around Lakewood’s website this morning and I saw that Shane Victorino will be rehabbing in Lakewood on Saturday and Sunday (game one against the Shorebirds).  This will mark that second year in a row that a prominent big leaguer is rehabbing in Lakewood while the Shorebirds are in town.  Last year, catcher Carlos Ruiz was rehabbing. 

Victorino, who has not played since May 18th (and was placed on the disabled list on May 20th), was batting .284 with six home runs and 19 RBIs before getting hurt.

This is the second time Victorino will rehab with the BlueClaws. He went 1-5 on August 20th, 2007.

It’s a right hamstring strain for Victorino this time.

I’ll try to let you know how Victorino looks in Lakewood.  It’s always fun seeing a major league guy rehab in a minor league game.

Mustache May Update – 5/27

Irv Brumbley just brought in $100 more for the Mustache May promotion.  He is in the lead $414 donated.  Here are the standings.  Down the stretch we come.  Make sure to get your donations in!


Irv Brumbley – $414

Tim Berry – $270

Will Lawhorn – $176

Chris Bitters – $157

Pat Armstrong – $93

David Bledsoe – $80

Gail Potts – $76

Troy Mattes – $72


Volunteering Day at Maryland Food Bank

Nearly the entire Shorebirds staff was at the Eastern Shore branch of the Maryland Food Bank to volunteer.  Also, pitchers Jason Gurka, Jacob Pettit, D.J. Ferguson and David Walters helped us out! The Shorebirds Fan Club was also helping us volunteer.  They’re awesome – can’t say enough about how the fan club gives their time to help.  Here are some pictures…

Mustache May Updated Standings – 5/26

Response has been unreal, it really has been.  When we started this promotion, we had no clue that with five days left we would have nearly $1,300 raised to help the “Strike Out Hunger” campaign.  We are now pushing to get to $2,000!  Standings below.  To donate CLICK HERE!

Irv Brumbley – $250

Tim Berry – $219

Will Lawhorn – $175

Chris Bitters – $157

Pat Armstrong – $93

David Bledsoe – $76

Gail Potts – $72

Sam Ward – $50

Bret Lasky – $46

Shawn Schoolcraft – $45

Jimmy Sweet – $26

Aaron Becker – $23

Audrey Vane – $6

Mike Steinhice – $4

Troy Mattes – $4

Series Win for the ‘Birds!

The Shorebirds polished off a series win over Kannapolis last night with a 9-6 gritty victory.  The Shorebirds are now in third place, 2.5 games back of the Hagerstown Suns with 25 games remaining in the first half.  Some news and notes below…

*Today (Tuesday) is the first off day for the Shorebirds since May 4.  They played 19 straight days.

*The Shorebirds have Hagerstown on the schedule seven more times down the stretch of the first half including the final four at Municipal Stadium.

*Jonathan Schoop recorded his first four-RBI game of his career last night against Kannapolis.

*Justin Dalles belted his fourth homer of the season and his first since April 30.

*Mikey Planeta finished with eight hits in the four-game series against Kannapolis including back-to-back three-hit nights in games three and four.

*Mike Flacco finished with ten hits, six runs scored, five doubles and five RBIs in the four-gamer against Kannapolis.

*Ryan Palsha tied a season high last night with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched.

*Nobody has more saves in the SAL than David Walters, who nailed down his 12th last night.  Sean Watson of Greensboro ranks second with nine saves.

*Adam Gaylord had seven RBIs in the four-game set against Kannapolis.  Through his first 29 games before the series, he had just four RBIs.  He’ll take a season high five-game hit streak into game one on Wednesday. 

*Very nice defensive series for Delmarva.  They only committed four error in the four games.  They Shorebirds have not committed an error in three straight games.  Keep in mind that the 61 errors are fourth most in the SAL.

See you all at the ballpark on Wednesday – please support this club down the stretch as they try and lock up a playoff spot.

Mike Flacco playing well

Mike Flacco will put an eight-game hit streak on the line in the finale on Monday against Kannapolis.  He is 16-of-32 (.500) during the stretch.  Flacco has seen his batting average rise from .231 to .327 during the recent stretch.

In this current series against Kannapolis (three games), he is 9-for-14 with four doubles, two triples and five RBIs. 

Flacco has five multi-hit games in his last six games played.

*RHP Scott Copeland is on the mound tonight for game four against Kannapolis at 7:05 p.m.  By virtue of a Hagerstown loss last night, the Shorebirds are only 2.5 games out of first place with 26 to go.  Hagerstown has lost four games in a row. 

*Jacob Pettit now leads all Orioles minor league pitchers with five wins.  He went seven last night to earn his fifth win. 

*Even though Kipp Schutz went 0-for-3 last night, he still leagues the league in hitting (.387) by 16 points.  Matt Curry of West Virginia is second in the league at .361. 

*Clay Schrader has not allowed a run to cross since April 19 (that’s not a typo).

Starting Lineup – May 22

Welcome to a scorching hot May day here in Kannapolis – game three coming up.

Mikey Planeta – CF

Jonathan Schoop – SS

Kipp Schutz – LF

Mike Flacco – 1B

Michael Ohlman – C

Adam Gaylord – DH

Dudley Leonora – 3B

Mychal Givens – 2B

Brenden Webb – RF

Jacob Pettit – LHP

Need a big start today from Jacob Pettit.  Petitt goes for his fifth win of the season.

Martin Makes First Start

Jarett Martin will make his first start of the 2011 season tonight.  He takes the rotation spot of Tim Adleman, who will make the move to the bullpen. 

Martin has been very good out of the bullpen of late.  He has allowed just two runs in his last five appearances (11.0 IP).  Martin went four scoreless against Greensboro and one scoreless against Lakewood in his last two outings.

Keep in mind that Martin was a starter all last season in Bluefield.  In 13 starts, he went 3-5 with a 4.07 ERA.