Baltimore Orioles honor Shorebirds’ Dosch, Gonzalez
Delmarva Shorebirds’ third-baseman Drew Dosch and pitcher Luis Gonzalez both earned honors from the Baltimore Orioles organization recently — as Dosch was named Orioles’ Player of the Month and Gonzalez earned Pitcher of the Month for July.
With the honors, five different Shorebirds have now been recognized by the Orioles during the 2014 season — the others being pitcher Hunter Harvey, who was named Pitcher of the Month for May, along with Jon Keller and Chance Sisco, who earned honors in June.
In July, Dosch averaged .364 at bat, notching four doubles, a home run and 15 RBI’s. He also started at third for the Northern Division squad in the South Atlantic-League All-Star Game. The former seventh-round pick is currently ranked 11th on the Orioles’ prospect watch list.
Gonzalez started five games for Delmarva in July, only allowing runs in two of them, and posting a 4-0 record and 1.65 ERA. The Dominican Republic native struck out 27 batters and only walked six in 27 and 1/3 innings pitched, giving up only five earned hits and six total during that stretch. Gonzalez also went three consecutive games without surrendering a single run and 23 scoreless innings in a row during the month.
The ’Birds snapped an 11-game losing streak last Thursday, Aug. 7, in a 5-3 victory against the Lakewood BlueClaws.
After falling behind 3-0 early in that matchup, Delmarva was able to even the score in the eighth inning, thanks to triples from Dosch and Gregory Lorenzo, before an RBI by Josh Hart. Dosch had already scored off an RBI-grounder by Chance Sisco.
The game dragged on until the 12th inning, when an RBI-double from Dosch and sacrifice fly from Creede Simpson gave Delmarva a 5-3 lead that relief pitcher Donnie Hart was able to hang onto for the save.
The two teams traded victories in a double-header the next day, before Delmarva closed out the series with back-to-back wins, 8-3 and 6-3.
The wins slightly improved upon what has been a slipping record on the second half of the season for the Shorebirds, who sat at 22-28 before losing the series opener to current South Atlantic League North leader and Washington Nationals’ affiliate the Hagerstown Suns.
Tuesday’s game against Hagerstown was postponed due to rain and reschedule as part of a Wednesday, Aug. 13, double-header at Perdue Stadium (after Coastal Point press time). Delmarva was scheduled to hit the road after that, on Thursday, Aug. 14, for a seven-game stint. They won’t return to Salisbury until Friday, Aug. 22.