SALISBURY, Md.- The South Atlantic League announced their weekly awards for July 27 to Aug. 3, naming Shorebirds’ starter John Means as their Pitcher of the Week. Means becomes the first Shorebird to be honored with a weekly league award this season.
During the week, Means made one start for Delmarva on July 31 against the Charleston RiverDogs. In game one of a doubleheader, the left-hander tossed a seven-inning no-hitter in a 4-0 win, the first for the franchise in 17 years. The previous Shorebirds’ no-hitter came on April 27, 1998 when Matt Achilles did not allow a hit in a 5-0 win over the Hagerstown Suns.
Means struck out six batters in his no-hitter, including the final batter to complete the gem. His seven-inning outing was a career-long, having never worked past the sixth inning before. Means retired the final eight batters he faced, having allowed just three total baserunners (one walk, one hit-by-pitch, and one error).
The southpaw leads the Shorebirds with eight victories, and his 3.48 ERA ranks ninth amongst qualifying pitchers in the South Atlantic League. Means also leads the team in innings pitched (103.1), quality starts (6) and strikeouts (78). The Baltimore Orioles selected Means in the 11th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of West Virginia University.
The Shorebirds continue their current homestand through Wednesday against the Hickory Crawdads. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 410-219-3112 or visit www.theshorebirds.com.