By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
The Delmarva Shorebirds (Class-A Low) played host to the Salisbury University Seagulls (7-5 season record) on Tuesday evening at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The game was a 7-inning exhibition tune up for the Shorebirds in advance of their Sally League opener on Thursday April 6th.
Photo: Patrcik Cavey
The Shorebirds were not very cordial hosts as they blasted the Seagulls 15-1.
Here’s the line:
Salisbury 1R 4H 0E
Delmarva 15R 12H 1E
The game, while fun, was a scorekeeper’s nightmare. Salisbury had 24 batters and 5 pitchers. Delmarva manager, Ryan Minor used 13 position players and 6 pitchers while getting creative with his lineup by having pinch hitters “shoe horn” in the lineup by just being inserted in the batting order; players pinch hit for still had their at bat in the inning they were pinch hit for.
Salisbury took the early lead in the second inning on a leadoff triple by third baseman Jack Barry who was then knocked in on a fielder’s choice by Seagull pitcher Simon Palenchar. The lead was short-lived as the Shorebirds exploded for six runs in both the 3rd and 4th innings. Chris Shaw and Jake Ring did the damage on 3-run home runs in each inning respectively.
Shorebird’s pitchers were just as dominant; they struck out 12 of the 23 Seagull batters while only walking one. The Shorebird’s staff also stranded two runners. In just the 2nd and 7th innings did the Seagulls have more than the minimum number of batters; a runner caught stealing and a double play ended threats by Salisbury.
Delmarva proved just too much for the Seagulls as the Shorebirds registered at least one strike out every inning. Cody Dube recorded the win with a three-up, three-down 3rd inning. Palenchar was tagged with the loss in two innings of work; he did face three batters in the 3rd before being removed.
The announced attendance at Perdue Stadium was 1,754 and the game took two hours and 10 minutes.
The Shorebirds will leave Wednesday on a nine-hour trip to Greenville, South Carolina for their season opener on Thursday against the Drive (Boston) while the Seagulls travel to Virginia to face the Marymount University Lions.
You have to love minor league baseball. Shorebirds' radio announcer Will DeBoer is fond of using the expression “deuces wild” when calling the game (two-two count, two outs), while also referring to an RBI as a “rib eye steak”. Orioles' fans would be well-served to listen to any of the radio broadcasts of the minor league affiliates. I think you will enjoy the broadcast as well as the baseball.