Miguel Nunez takes the mound for the BlueClaws this morning at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland as the BlueClaws look to complete a three-game sweep of the Shorebirds. First pitch is at 10:35.
Top of the Morning…The BlueClaws and Shorebirds meet for the second of three straight Wednesday mornings…Lakewood topped Delmarva 4-3 last Wednesday in Lakewood and they will meet next Wednesday, again at FirstEnergy Park.
On a Roll…After losing four games in a row between May 3rd and 6th in which they were shutout three times, the BlueClaws are 10-3 and they have won 9 of their last 11 games…The BlueClaws are now within five games of .500…Their low-water mark was 12-games under .500 after falling to 10-22 after a May 9th loss at Greensboro.
With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would sweep their first series since a 2-game sweep of Delmarva May 22-23 of last year…Their last three+ game sweep was a four-game sweep of Delmarva August 21-24 of 2011…the BlueClaws would draw within four games of .500 for the first time since they were 1-5 after a loss on April 9th.
May Day…The BlueClaws are 12-7 in May having scored 87 runs in 19 games (4.58 runs per game) with a 2.91 team ERA…In April, they went 7-17 with a 5.20 team ERA, scoring 93 runs in 24 games (3.88 runs per game).
Mighty Quinn…Romqn Quinn is 16-44 since May 9th with six multi-hit games over that stretch…Roman Quinn hit his 4th home run of the season on Monday (he hit just one last year with Williamsport, plus a second in the NY-Penn League All-Star Game), ranking him second on the team, one behind 1B Art Charles…He’s added five stolen bases in that period and now has 19 on the season…He has stolen 2nd and 3rd in the same inning on three occasions this year…He has a three stolen-base game (4/13 vs Greensboro)…Quinn stole 30 bases last year with Williamsport, leading the NY-Penn League.
Walk This Way…Quinn has drawn a walk in three straight games and now has drawn 10 walks in 76 plate appearances in May, compared to four walks in 93 plate apperances in April…He’s stolen 10 bases in May, tying his mark from April, in five fewer games, and is hitting .303 in May after hitting .202 in April.
On Nunez…RHP Miguel Nunez (4-0, 3.26) makes his 9th appearances and 5th start of the year on Wednesday morning at Delmarva…He gave up five runs/four earned on 11 hits in his start Thursday night vs Greensboro…This will be his first appearance against Delmarva this year…Nunez won three straight appearances between April 18 and May 1(4 earned runs in 13.1 innings pitched)…He began the year in a piggy-back role with LHP Yoel Mecias and the two were split up the last time through the rotation…Nunez did not pitch (injured) in 2011 and 2012…He made his debut in 2010, splitting time between the GCL Phillies and the Dominican Summer League Phillies.