Season Stats: AVG .253, 12 HR, 42 RBI, 11 SB, .372 OBP
Last six games: .444 (8-18), 2 HR, 3 RBI
Thursday result: 4-4, HR, 2 2B, RBI
Steve Bumbry recorded two doubles Thursday and has five of them in the past week. He recorded three on August 20 against Lynchburg and is on a tear at the plate lately.
The 12th round pick in 2009 from Virginia Tech crushed his fourth lead off home run of the season Thursday for his career high 12th of the season. The ball landed over the center field wall where not a lot of balls are hit. Bumbry was a triple away from the cycle when he drove a ball to the right field gap but held up at second base for his second double of the evening.
The Keys are not seeing many fastballs as they used to so Bumbry's approach is to see them early in the at bat and take advantage of it. He did that in his at bats Thursday as he drove them and got good wood on the ball.
Walks have drastically improved for the Lutherville, Maryland native as he has tallied 69 for the season. The total has exceeded the amount of free passes he has taken in his first two years combined. While the strikeouts this season (120) are on pace to exceed that of 2010's total (131) the walks are on track to more than double and that has led to an impressive .372 on-base-percentage. The high on base numbers are important for a leadoff hitter.
Game Quotes from Steve Bumbry
On whether he considered running to third for the cycle
"Yea, I thought triple out of the box but I still wanted to play the game smart and the guy got the ball pretty quick so I couldn't risk it."
On the approach he took to have the perfect night
"The whole series they have been aggressive inside early in the counts. I just wanted to get ahead and look for that first pitch inside and do what I could with it."
On the last time he remembered of a perfect night at the plate
"I think it was last year in Greensboro I went 4-4. I never had five yet its still out there trying to do that."
On lead off home run over the center-field wall
"Yea, I am just trying to set the table and do my job and whatever happens will happen. I think the wind helped me a little bit; thanks hurricane! Hopefully we can just keep the momentum going."
On power numbers improving this year
"I really focused on getting my body stronger this past offseason and being more durable throughout the season. This is the first year knock on wood that I haven't been on the DL.