August 2012

A Preview of Next Year’s Outfield?

It seems like we could be getting a preview to what next year’s starting outfield might look like for Delmarva.  Last night (August 23), Lucas Herbst played left field, Gregory Lorenzo was in center and Roderick Bernadina was in right field.

All are relatively new to the team, so it is certainly in the realm of possibility to think that they will start 2013 with the Shorebirds.  With ten games to go, Bernadina has played in 22 games, Lorenzo has played in 11 and Herbst has played in four games.

All three have played well.  Bernadina is batting .333 (25-for-75) with a home run and nine RBIs, Lorenzo is hitting .372 (16-for-43) with two triples and an RBI while Herbst is 3-for-17 with a home run and four RBIs in four games.

Last night, the trio combined for four of the ten hits and two of the five RBIs. 

We’ll see how things shake out the rest of the year…

Hockey Night, Starr’s Night

The promotion last night (August 22) in Lakewood, New Jersey was Hockey Night.  Not exactly sure what they did for Hockey Night, but I know they played “O Canada”, the Canadian National Anthem, before our national anthem.

Shorebirds Canadian SS Sammie Starr (Toronto) coincidentally had a great game.  With the Shorebirds down 4-3 in the top of the eighth, Starr hit a two out home run to left field to tie the game. It was his fourth homer of the season and first since July 20.  The Shorebirds of course went onto win 6-4 in 10 innings.  In the tenth inning, Starr hit a sacrifice fly to center to put the Shorebirds up 6-4.

He also doubled earlier in the game.

Maybe we should play O Canada at the final three Shorebirds home games?

By the way, Starr takes a four game hit streak into game one against Hagerstown.

Some other notes…

  • Gregory Lorenzo has hit safely in eight straight games and nine of his ten played
  • Roderick Bernadina has hit safely in 16 of 21 games played
  • With the win last night, the Shorebirds secured their first series win in August
  • Eduardo Rodriguez lowered his ERA to 3.23 after last night, sixth best in the SAL
  • The Shorebirds are now 7-7 this season in extra innings games


Numbers on Tonight’s Pitcher (Rodriguez)

Eduardo Rodriguez has been outstanding this season, especially of late. Here are his numbers in his last six starts combined…

30 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 22 K’s, 5 BB (2.10 ERA)

His ERA has dropped from 3.84 to 3.31 during the span.

If Rodriguez qualified (not enough innings), he would rank 7th in the SAL in ERA. 

Shorebirds go for back-to-back wins for the first time since in August tonight.

Davies Finishing Strong

In Zach Davies’ last 14 innings on the mound (including a six inning gem on August 21 at Lakewood), he has allowed just two earned runs.  His ERA has dropped from 4.04 to 3.76 during the span.

Davies now ranks eighth in the SAL and sixth in the Orioles farm system with a 3.76 ERA.

I talked about this on the broadcast last night – when is the last time the Shorebirds had 2 young starters that put up these type of numbers?

Davies – 3.76 ERA

Eduardo Rodriguez – 3.31 ERA

You probably need to go back to 2008 when Zach Britton and Luis Noel as 20-year old pitchers.  Britton went 12-7 with a 3.12 ERA while Noel went 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA.

Michael Ohlman also deserves some space.  On Tuesday, he hit a double to deep center field to increase his on-base streak to 17 games.  The more impressive figure to me is that he has nine more walks (28) than strikeouts (19).  I challenge you to find me a player in the SAL with 40+ games played and 130+ at-bats with 9 fewer strikeouts than walks. 

Time to pack the bags in the hotel on a getaway day – check out is at 11am.