Shorebirds look to snap cold streak with home stand

Date Published: 
August 1, 2014

After a tough road series against the Rome Braves and Hickory Crawdads, losing six out of their last seven games, the Delmarva Shorebirds were set to return home on Wednesday, July 30, (after Coastal Point press time), to mark the beginning of a seven-game home stand against the Lakewood BlueClaws and the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

The home series will feature a variety of promotions, including a Manny Machado jersey giveaway for the first 1,000 fans attending the Shorebirds matchup against Lakewood on Friday, Aug. 1. That game begins at 7:05 p.m., but fans are being encouraged to get to Perdue Stadium early for a free replica jersey.

There will also be a Pig Roast in the Picnic Pavilion during that game. To reserve a ticket in advance for the dinner, fans should contact Ryan Muller at (410) 219-3112, ext. 177.

Saturday night’s 7:05 p.m. game against Lakewood will feature a fireworks show for Mountaire Family Night, and Sunday’s 5:05 p.m. game against Greensboro is “Float for the Fund” night, with unlimited $5 rootbeer floats.

Despite their recent losing streak, Delmarva and the Baltimore Orioles organization have high hopes for former first-round draft pick Hunter Harvey. The 19-year-old RHP is currently the team’s second-ranked overall prospect, with the only prospect rated higher on the O’s watch list being Single-A Advanced Frederick Keys pitcher Dylan Bundy.

Almost two full years older than Harvey, according to the MLB.com prospects watch list, Bundy could make the Orioles squad as early as next season, while they estimate that it could take Harvey until 2017 to develop into what the team is looking for in a starting pitcher.

As of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, July 30, Harvey had a 7-5 record so far on the season, posting a 3.18 ERA and recording 106 strike outs in 87.2 innings pitched.

The team held a 17-22 record on the second half of the season as of Wednesday, which had them near last place in the South Atlantic League Standings, eight games behind Washington Nationals’ affiliate the Hagerstown Suns.