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6 hours ago, Frobby said:

It’s interesting to see Jarrett doing so well (.338/.413/.723) after hitting .201/.252/.288/ at Aberdeen.    I guess he’s this year’s version of Jake Ring (minus the glove).

Jarrett looked really bad in my looks last year, not just results. He looked like a below average athlete in a maxed body who had stiff actions at the plate and in the field. 

Could have been hurt or worn out, he's doing enough, at least from a power perspective to deserve another look.


Jake Ring actually has some real tools, he just can't see or hit a breaking ball. He has changed his swing this year to try and be shorter to the ball. He's not comfortable with it yet, and isn't crushing fastballs they way he did last year.

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4 hours ago, Frobby said:

Better get going if you want to make the majors!

Manny is about 3 months older than my son.   When he came up, it blew my mind that a kid my son’s age was playing for the O’s.

I'd be like Big Sexy in Delmarva, minus the ability to go six. 

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By Will DeBoer / Delmarva Shorebirds | April 26, 2018 3:02 PM ET


SALISBURY, MD - Down to his team's final strike, Zach Jarrett bashed a walk-off two-run home run to left, lifting the Delmarva Shorebirds past the Kannapolis Intimidators 4-3 on a most dramatic Thursday afternoon at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

With the Shorebirds (14-7) trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, T.J. Nichting laced a one-out single into center. After a strikeout, Jarrett came up to face Intimidators (13-8) reliever Jake Elliott. After fouling off one 0-2 pitch, Jarrett attacked an offspeed offering and cranked it deep to left. Craig Dedelow could only leap to watch it land, and Jarrett rounded the bases to the tune of 3,936 screaming fans, most of them schoolchildren who left with freshly gleaming visions of their new baseball hero.

Video: Jarrett bashes walkoff HR

Jarrett finished his day 3-for-4 with his league-leading seventh homer, two runs, and two RBIs. He also reached on a hit-by-pitch and made a tumbling catch in left to save a hit in the sixth inning. Nichting scored the other two Shorebird runs.

Alex Katz (2-0) picked up the win in relief after giving up an unearned run on two hits in 1.2 innings. Elliott (0-1) took the loss after surrendering the Jarrett blast, the first runs he had allowed all season.

Delmarva once again jumped out in front in the first. Nichting led off with a walk, and Jarrett singled two batters later. After a Seamus Curran walk, Trevor Craport fisted one through the right side, plating Nichting and moving everybody up a base. Ryan Ripken then hit a grounder to the same spot and legged out a fielder's choice, scoring Jarrett to make it 2-0.

After three innings on the ropes, Kannapolis got to Shorebird starter Matthias Dietz in the fourth. Justin Yurchak worked a one-out walk, then Dedlow cracked an RBI double and advanced to third on an error. Even Skoug lifted a sac fly to center two batters later, drawing things even at 2-2.

The Intimidators went in front for the first time in the top of the eighth. Katz surrendered a one-out walk to Yurchak, then Dedelow belted another double to put men on second and third. With Tate Blackman up, Katz's pitch got through Ben Breazeale's legs, and Yurchack scored the go-ahead run on the passed ball. Katz got through the rest of the eighth and ninth without incident, setting up Jarrett's heroics in the home half of the ninth.

Dedelow paced the Intimidators at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI. Carlos Perez also had a pair of two-sackers.

Dietz recovered from a shaky fourth to finish off a good start. He allowed two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out a career-high eight.

Kade McClure took a no-decision in his start for Kannapolis, allowing two runs on five hits in 4.2 frames.

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Contact: Will DeBoer, 410-219-3112

Curran, Nichting crank back-to-back homers in fourth

HICKORY, NC - The Delmarva Shorebirds drew a pair of bases-loaded walks in the top of the eighth inning to stroll past the Hickory Crawdads 4-2 for their fourth straight win on Saturday night at L.P. Frans Stadium.

With the game tied 2-2, T.J. Nichting rolled a one-out single through the right side. After a groundout, Will Robertson took a Joe Kuzia fastball between the shoulderblades. Joe Barlow then came in from the bullpen and promptly issued a four-pitch walk to Ben Breazeale to load the bases. Up came Frank Crinella, and after fouling a two-strike pitch, Crinella watched a 3-2 fastball sail high and to the backstop, forcing in Nichting with the go-ahead run. Kirvin Moesquit’s path to first was easier; Barlow walked him on four pitches to score Robertson and put the Shorebirds (16-7) up 4-2.

The Crawdads (7-14) had their chance in the bottom of the ninth against Delmarva closer Travis Seabrooke. With two out and down to his final strike, Tyler Ratliff hit a grounder up the middle through Seabrooke’s legs. Moesquit got in front of the ball but bobbled it, allowing Ratliff to beat the throw by a step. Kole Enright singled on the next pitch, putting the tying runs on base.

Seabrooke shook it off, though, getting Chad Smith to chase an inside breaking ball and nailing down his team-best third save of the year.

Zach Muckenhirn (1-0) picked up his first win in relief with a pair of scoreless innings. Kuzia (0-1) took the loss as the two eighth-inning runs were charged to him.

The big fly was in vogue for both teams in the early stages of the game. Hickory grabbed an early lead when Sam Huff took Zac Lowther deep to right for a solo home run in the second inning.

In the top of the fourth, Seamus Curran blasted the first pitch from Jean Casanova over the back ad wall in right for a solo home run. Nichting cranked the very next pitch to nearly the same spot for his first homer of the year. The first back-to-back jacks of the year for the Shorebirds put them up 2-1.

Ratliff answered in the bottom of the fifth with a solo blast to left to tie the game at 2-2. The Crawdads got the next two men on and threatened to surge ahead, but Lowther buckled down and got through the rest of the inning cleanly.

Lowther clocked his second Quality Start in a no-decision, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings while walking one and striking out eight. Lowther had only given up one home run in his pro career before serving up the long balls to Huff and Ratliff.

Casanova shook off the Curran and Nichting shots to give Hickory five solid innings of two-run, eight-hit ball.

Nichting headlined the Shorebirds at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs, and two runs. Curran homered for the second straight game, giving him four on the season; he finished 2-for-5. Robertson went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Zach Jarrett added a single and double for his third straight multi-hit game.

Ratliff and Enright each had a pair of hits for the Crawdads.

Delmarva matched its high-water mark of the season by improving to nine games over .500; the team was 11-2 after a win at Hagerstown on April 18.

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3 hours ago, RZNJ said:

That's a major league double play.   Moesquit's throw was so bad it was good.

Pretty good stretch and pick, backhanded, by Curran too. Not bad for the big guy.

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McCoy is starting to hit well now too. He's probably the better SS prospect than Clare and should get a shot to move up to Frederick soon.

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Will Robertson who has the body and swing of a poor man’s Ryan Mountcastle crushed a HR to deep CF, loud shot well 400+ easy. He was a college performer from a small school drafted last year. Caught my eye, a majority of the Orioles minor leaguers aren’t capable of hitting a ball like that.

Ben Breazeale after a very poor start has now hit opposite field HR in back to back games. 

Moesquit also hit the ball further than I’ve seen him hit it before, not a cheap 340-350 foul pole shot, more like 375ish.

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