May 2011

Mustache May Update

Mustache May Standings as of Friday morning (more votes have come in this morning that are not included)

Irv Brumbley – $135

Chris Bitters – $127

Tim Berry – $123

Pat Armstrong – $72

Gail Potts – $68

Will Lawhorn – $67

David Bledsoe – $55

Sam Ward – $29

Bret Lasky – $29

Shawn Schoolcraft – $21

Keep the votes coming in…

All the money raised goes to the “Strike Out Hunger” campaign!

15 & 13-Game Streaks

Jonathan Schoop is now on a 15-game streak and Ty Kelly is on a 13-game hitting streak.  Kelly has multiple hits in seven of the 13 games during the stretch.  Kelly also has a 16-game on-base streak. 

By the way, the Schoop hit streak might be the longest in franchise history.  I looked through all the year-by-year notebooks and I did not find any 15-game hit streaks. 

The other interesting statistic I have this morning is that Kipp Schutz has an RBI in 12 of his last 15 games. 

The Shorebirds have now played 11 straight games without Machado.  They are 6-5 without him this season.

14-Game Hit Streak

Jonathan Schoop takes a 14-game hitting streak into the finale against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.  The hit streak started on May 1 and has continued through May 15.  He is 21-for-58 (.362) with two homers and seven RBIs during the stretch.

The last 14-game hit streak was Brandon Tripp’s in 2007 between April 14 and May 1. 

The amazing part about Schoop is that he has another 11-game hit streak this season (4/13-4/23). Two double figure hit streaks in his first 35 games of the season!

Bullpen Dominating

The Shorebirds bullpen has not allowed a run in 13.2 consecutive innings over the last three games (one against Hagerstown, two against Greensboro).

5/12 – Hagerstown (Cam Roth, Clay Schrader, David Walters) – 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R

5/13 – Greensboro (Jason Gurka) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R

5/14 – Greensboro (Jarret Martin) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R

The bullpen has allowed just give hits in the last 13.2 innings!  They also have 17 strikeouts to just two walks during the scoreless stretch.

Doesn’t get much better than that.

Shorebirds Lineup – 5/14

Here is the Shorebirds lineup for tonight –

Mikey Planeta – CF

Ty Kelly – 3B

Jonathan Schoop – SS

Kipp Schutz – LF

Mike Flacco – 1B

Michael Ohlman – C

Adam Gaylord – DH

Mychal Givens – 2B

Brenden Webb – RF

Tim Berry – P

Strikeout Machine – Schrader

Clay Schrader ranks second in the South Atlantic League with a 15.50 strikeout per nine inning ratio.  He has 31 strikeouts, tied for most on the staff, in only 18.0 innings pitched this season.  Only Juan Rodriguez of Greenville has a better ratio (16.12).

Schrader has been untouchable over his last five outings…

11.o innings pitched, three hits allowed, no runs allowed, 23 strikeouts and three walks!

Those are unbelievable numbers.

Mustache May Update Pictures

Some good mustaches are growing around Arthur W. Perdue Stadium with the goal of raising money to help Strike Out Hunger locally.  Here are a few update shots of Jose Hernandez (hitting coach), Will Lawhorn (trainer), Chris Bitters (GM) and Aaron Becker (Operations).  Make sure to come to the park so you can vote for who you think has the best ‘stache!

Machado T-Shirts Now Available

Hot from the warehouse.  The Shorebirds now have a Manny Machado t-shirt available for purchase in the Flock Shop at Perdue.

Thoughts on Harper

Just arrived back from Hagerstown after four days of watching Bryce Harper.  I just have a few observations on the 18-year old.

1) I have never seen more autograph seekers on a Monday night at a minor league stadium then this past Monday

2) Kudos to Harper for taking time to sign autograph after autograph after autograph before and after games

3) He swings really, really hard. He has what I call a “violent approach” at the plate.

4) Visit the Hagerstown Suns Merchandise shop and you’ll understand the rock star status that he has.  They sell four or five different Harper related products including a “Harperstown” T-shirt (playing off Hagerstown). 

5) He has good outfield speed – at least better than I anticipated.  He made some nice catches during the series.  He misread one and took an average angle back on another, but he’ll get better with the more repetitions. 

6) Good two-strike approach.  There was one particular at-bat where he fouled off a few 3-2 pitches and then ripped an inside fastball into right field.

Just my observations…

Harper-Schutz, 1-2 – Note on Webb

The top two hitters in the league will collide today in the series finale between Hagerstown and Delmarva.  Bryce Haper leads the South Atlantic League with a .396 batting average while Kipp Schutz ranks second in the league with a .381 average.  Harper ranks fourth in all of Minor League Baseball while Schutz ranks 11th. 

Harper has recorded multiple hits in six straight games while Schutz has multiple hits in eight of his last 12 games. 

Harper puts a 15-game hit streak on the line today while Schutz will put his eight-game hit streak on the line.

One other quick note this morning.  Brenden Webb is tied for the league lead in outfield assists this season.  He notched his seventh yesterday when he thre out Blake Kelso at third base.  Webb is tied with Daniel Adamson of Lexington.