Minor League Baseball

Morimando on 13-inning scoreless streak

cbest@newsobserver.comJune 3, 2013 

  • At Five County Stadium

    Myrtle Beach (Texas Rangers) at Carolina: Friday at 7:15, Saturday at 6:15 and Sunday at 2

Carolina starter Shawn Morimando carried a 13-inning scoreless streak into the month of June. Morimando put together back-to-back scoreless starts for the Mudcats, the last on May 29 in a 3-0 win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

He posted a season-high eight batters in the win and issued two walks.

Morimando was 3-5 through his first 10 starts of the season, working 51 innings for Carolina.

Pelicans can throw it: Myrtle Beach had the best record in the Carolina League through its first 51 games and pitching is the main reason why. The Pelicans, a Texas Rangers affiliate club, posted a 3.32 earned-run average and has three starters - Nick Martinez (4-2, 2.61), Luke Jackson (4-4, 2.74) and Alec Asher (4-2, 3.02) – who rank individually in the top 10 in ERA. Carolina, on the other hand, ranks ninth in team ERA in the league at 4.25.

Fellow Myrtle Beach starter Victor Payano is third in the strikeouts with 59 in 10 starts.

Jackson is the Rangers’ sixth-rated prospect according to Baseball America.

The Pelican roster also features top-10 shortstop prospect Luis Sardinas who is hitting .295.

Three Mudcats among CL batting leaders: Carolina’s roster features three of the top 10 hitters for average in the Carolina League: Jerrud Sabourin, Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin. Sabourin was third in the league with a .324 average this month, just ahead of Lindor (.319). Naquin is hitting .305 this season.

Lindor, the top-rated player in the Cleveland Indians’ farm system, is also seventh in the league in OPS at .854.

Carolina leads the league in team hitting with a .269 batting average entering this month.

Bring three cans, get in free: Friday night’s (June 7) home game against Myrtle Beach is also a canned food drive night to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Fans bringing three canned food items that night will receive a free general admission ticket.

As usual on Friday nights, a postgame fireworks show is planned as well.

Miggy Bobblehead Night: Kids ages 14 and under attending the Mudcats’ home game against Myrtle Beach on Saturday, June 8, will receive a Miguel Cabrera bobblehead. Cabrera, who played on the Mudcats’ 2003 Southern League championship team, won the Triple Crown in the American League last season with Detroit, leading the league in batting average (.330), home runs (44) and RBIs (139). He is the first player to win the Triple Crown since 1967.

Quantities of the bobblehead are limited, so fans should arrive early.

Join the #Foodfight: Pig Wings, a specialty in the concession stands at Five County Stadium, was one of 16 entries in milb.com’s Food Fight Hogs ‘n’ Dogs category to determine the best ballpark food across the nation. The Pig Wings, which are pork shanks fried or simmered and served with a smoky barbecue sauce and either regular or sweet potato fries. Fans can vote in the finals through June 6 at milb.com/foodfight.

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