July 2011

Nugget about Kelly

I was thinking about Ty Kelly and approaching 100 hits for a second straight season and I wondering; has that been done before in franchise history?  Truth of the matter is that most guys that record 100+ hits in the SAL, move up the next season so it is unlikely to happen. 

It is happened only one other time.  Quincy Ascencion had 112 hits in 2005 and 104 in 2006. 

Assuming Kelly gets a 30 or so more at-bats, he will become just the second player in franchise history to record two 100+ hit seasons.

I know some of day one (1996) fans might be thinking of Gary Cates, but I looked and he had just one 100 hit season (2001).  He is the all-time career leader in hits with 360.

Former ‘Birds Doing Well

I always enjoying glancing at the other affiliates and seeing former Shorebirds players doing very well.  Here we go…

Frederick (Advanced-A)

Tyler Townsend – 7-game hit steak….322 batting average…leads team with 13 homers and 50 RBIs

Bobby Bundy – 8-5 record…3.16 ERA…Won two of his last three starts

Nathan Moreau – 9-6 record…won his last two starts…nine wins is by far a new career high (previous was five in ’09 with Delmarva)

Clay Schrader – 1-1, 0.92 ERA….Has allowed just two runs in 19.2 innings pitched…29 strikeouts…CL is batting .091 against him

Oliver Drake – 8-3, 2.14 ERA….Has won four straight starts and six of last seven…Tossed complete game (9.0) shutout against Wilmington on June 27

Bowie (AA)

L.J. Hoes – .304 batting average….341 in ten games in July…Went 5-for-5 against New Britain on June 21

Greg Miclat – 10-game hit streak…Eastern League Player of Week…Went 4-for-4 against Altoona on 7/8

Pat Egan – 1.17 ERA in first five outings…7.2 IP, 1 ER

Norfolk  (AAA)

Ryan Adams – .291 batting average…6-game hit streak…4-RBI game on 7/8 against Durham

Matt Angle – .271 batting average….6-game hit steak…4 hits against Durham on July 8

Cole McCurry – 7 consecutive scoreless innings…2.45 ERA in seven appearances



Bullpen Guys Thriving

The Shorebirds have three relief pitchers that are performing at a very high level right now…

D.J. Ferguson – No runs in his last three outings (4.1 IP).  His ERA has gone from 5.27 to 4.55 during the stretch.

Randy Henry – The SAL is batting only .200 against the righty.  In his last nine innings, he has only allowed five hits and two earned runs.

David Walters – The closer has not allowed a run in nine of his last ten appearances.  He picked up save number 20 last night.


Adam Gaylord’s Bomb

Adam Gaylord blasted his first homer of the season last night in Hickory – it was a shot.  It came on his 219th at-bat this season and it was his third professional homer.  He connected on two last season with the Ironbirds. 

He went his final 136 at-bats last season without a home run, so in total, he went 354 at-bats between home runs.  It was neat to watch. 

I’m going to interview Adam today for the pregame show on 960 AM.

In Hickory, N.C.

I want to apologize first for my lack of posting on the blog of late.  The all-star game and the aftermath coupled with July 4th weekend at Perdue Stadium really buried me.  Anyhow, I’m on the road in Hickory and ready for a seven-day stretch against the Crawdads (Rangers) and RiverDogs (Yankees). We got in safe and sound at 6:00 a.m.  Plenty of time to rest up for game time (7:05 p.m.)

‘Birds are 5-6 in the second half after a 4-3 homestand.  There were 74 combined runs scored during that seven game homestand – high octane at Perdue Stadium.  Here are some news and notes about the Shorebirds…


  • Brenden Webb -.344 (11-32) in last 9
  • Garabez Rosa – .344 (11-32) in last 9
  • Jeremy Nowak – .345 (10-29) in last 9


  • Adam Gaylord – .143 (3-21) in last 7
  • Michael Mooney – .200 (6-30) in last 8

The Shorebirds are 19-20 on the road this season.  They have not played at either L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory) or Joseph P. Riley (Charleston) this season. 


How about relief pitcher Ryan Palsha? He has not given up a run in six straight appearances and his ERA has dropped from 4.23 to 2.79 during the stretch.  He has not allowed a run in 14.1 consecutive innings.  Palsha has allowed only eight hits during the span. 


  • Manny Machado (Keys) – .171 (6-35), 3 runs, HR
  • Jonathan Schoop (Keys) – .233 (21-90), 0 HR, 9 RBI
  • Kipp Schutz (Keys) – .236 (29-123), 14 R, 2 HR, 21 RBI
  • Justin Dalles – .400 (4-10), RBI
  • Jason Gurka – 0-0, 2.00 ERA, 9 IP, 5 H
  • Clay Schrader – 1-1, 1.10 ERA, 16.1 IP, 24 K’s


  • Ty Kelly (10th in batting average) – .303
  • David Walters (1st in saves) – 19
  • David Walters (3rd in games finished) – 25
  • Jacob Pettit (5th in innings pitched) – 88.2
  • Brenden Webb (6th in walks) – 42
  • Brenden Webb (8th in strikeouts) – 84