Delmarva Shorebirds Notebook 2011: Wk 1

The Delmarva Shorebirds have opened the season 3-4 but have had the lead in every game. Kipp Schultz and Manny Machado have been brights spots so far offensively for the Shorebirds.

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The Big Picture

This report covers the opening week from April 7th through April 13th. The Shorebirds played the entire first week at home. They opened up with a four-game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Florida) in which they took three of four and then Kannapolis (Chicago, AL) came in for a four game series that concludes tonight. The Shorebirds look to avoid a four-game sweep from the Intimidators.

So far this season the Shorebirds have held the lead at some point in every game. In their first series of the season the Shorebirds pitching staff held Greensboro to nine runs in four games. This series against Kannapolis, the pitching staff has not been as strong, allowing, 23 runs in just three games.

Currently the Shorebirds are in sixth place in the SAL Northern Division, three games behind first place Hagerstown (Washington).

The lineup

Delmarva coach Ryan Minor has used a fairly consistent roster althought only Manny Machado and Trent Mummey have played in all seven games. Behind the plate, Michael Ohlman has gotten the bulk of the starts (5) and backup Justin Dalles has started two games. At first base, Adam Gaylord has started five games and Michael Flacco has started two.

Mychal Givens has started at second base six games and Tyler Kelly has one start. At third, Jonathan Schoop has started five games and Tyler Kelly has started two.

In the outfield, Minor has been mixing it up alot, rotating Brian Conley, Brenden Webb, and Kipp Schutz between right and left field. Conley has started in right four games. Brenden Webb started in left two games and in right for three. Kipp Schutz and played strictly in left started five games.

As far as DH goes, Kieron Pope has started six games and Manny Machado has DH’ed one. In the game Machado was DH, Jon Schoop played shortstop.

The typical Shorebirds batting order has Mummey leading off, Givens in the two hole, Machado batting third, Pope hitting cleanup, Schoop bats fifth, Conley bats sixth, Gaylord bats seventh, Ohlman bats eighth and Webb rounds it up in the nine spot.

The Shorebirds have started six pitchers so far this season Noel, Adleman, Roth, Pettit, Copeland, and Berry. Only Luis Noel has started two games.

Game summaries

Thursday, April 7: Delmarva 2, Greensboro 1

The Shorebirds kicked off the 2011 season in thrilling fashion. Top Orioles prospect Manny Machado knocked in what ended up being the winning runs on a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth to give the Shorebirds a 2-1 Opening Day win. Chris Petrini came in relief and pitched three innings of scoreless ball to pick up the win. David Walters came in to close it out and pick up the save.

Friday, April 8: Rained out

Saturday, April 9: Game 1: Delmarva 5, Greensboro 2; Game 2: Greensboro 5, Delmarva 3

The Shorebirds split the doubleheader winning game one but losing 5-3 in the second. In game one, the Shorebirds scored all five of their runs in the first two innings. Trent Mummey went 2-for-4 with two triples and two RBIs. Tim Adleman got the start and went five innings giving up one run on four hits striking out eight. Walters came in and picked up the save, his second of the season.

Game two was a different story. The Shorebirds got out to a 3-0 lead but were unable to hold on. In a game that took twelve innings before a winner was decided, Justin Dalles went 1-for-6 with a home run and two RBIs. Chris Petrini took the loss giving up a two-run homer in the bottom of the twelfth.

Sunday, April 10: Delmarva 9, Greensboro 1

The Shorebirds were led offensively by Kipp Schultz who delivered a career high six RBIs. Schultz was 4-for-5 with a double and a three-run homer. David Pettit picked up the win going 5.2 innings giving up one run on four hits, walking three and striking out four. Aaron Swenson pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless ball to pick up his first game of the season.

Monday, April 11: Kannapolis 5, Delmarva 3

The Shorebirds out hit Kannapolis 12-6 but were unable to capitalize, leaving ten runners on base. A key throwing error on a pickoff play by Jarret Martin led to the eventual game winning run.

Tuesday, April 12: Kannapolis 10, Delmarva 6

The Intimidators hit two home runs and scored four runs in the seventh inning to give them a 10-6 win over Delmarva. David Walters blew the save and took the loss, pitching two innings, giving up four runs, on four hits striking out three but giving up two homers.

Wednesday, April 13, Kannapolis 8, Delmarva 3

Kannapolis scored seven unanswered runs between the sixth and eighth innings to defeat the Shorebirds. Delmarva was only 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Luis Noel started and went five innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking three. Brandon Holloway came in relief giving up four earned runs in one inning and blowing the save.

Who’s Hot

Kipp Schutz is batting .500 through the first week of the season. He is currently 11-for-22 with a home run and eight RBIs. Schutz has a hit in all five games he played in. He has had four multi-hit games.

Manny Machado is living up to his bill, starting the season hitting .333 with three RBIs and a stolen base. Machado picked up the evenual game winning hit on Opening Day to give the Shorebirds the win. He has been patient at the plate walking seven times. He is walking in 26% of his plate appearances.

Aaron Swenson has pitched 5.1 scoreless innings. He has one save, and two strikeouts while giving up one hit.

Who’s Not

Mychal Givens has started the season cold. He is only 3-for-23 with one RBI. He is batting .130 from.

Defense. In seven games, the Shorebirds defense has committed five errors. Three of the errors come from the infield.

The Shorebirds are striking out an average of 6.1 times a game. In seven games, the Shorebirds have struck out 43 times.

Delmarva Season SAL rank Delmarva Season SAL rank
Offense # of 14 Pitching # of 14
BA 0.259 6th ERA 4.81 11th
Runs 36 7th Ks 67 4th
OPS 0.737 6th Walks 35 T-1st most
Doubles 14 5th HR allow 9 1st (most)
HR 3 T-9th Saves 3 2nd

Up Next

The final game of the home stand is tonight and then the Shorebirds hit the road for nine games heading to Greensboro for a four-game series and then to Augusta for a five-game series. They have off Sunday the 24th and then come home for a nine game home stand.

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