LHP Ashur Tolliver is pitching well for Delmarva & other notes

Left-handed relief pitcher Ashur Tolliver is on a bit of a roll these days pitching for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds. The 23-year-old Tolliver is now 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 22 games on the season.

But he has not allowed a run over his last seven games, with 13 consecutive scoreless innings. Over his past 11 games, Tolliver has allowed just one earned run over 19 innings for an ERA of 0.47 with six walks and 21 strikeouts.

A fifth-round pick in 2009, Tolliver has been particularly tough with men in scoring position. He has given up a batting average against of just .125 for the Shorebirds when pitching with RISP, allowing only five hits in 40 at-bats with 15 strikeouts.

Lefty Matt Bywater pitched seven solid innings for Delmarva last night, allowing one run that was unearned. A seventh-round pick last season, Bywater gave up six runs in four innings in his first Delmarva start on July 20. But, over his last three outings, he has pitched 17 innings giving up 10 hits and one earned run.

Matt Hobgood will make his fifth start tonight for Aberdeen when the IronBirds play at Hudson Valley. In his first two outings, he gave up four earned runs over eight innings. But in his last two games, he allowed 15 runs, all earned, over 4 1/3. Hobgood has allowed 26 hits in 12 1/3 pitching for Aberdeen.

After pitching so well for Frederick, right-hander Bobby Bundy gave up six hits and five runs (three earned) in just two innings last night for Bowie in his Double-A debut. He gave up a homer on his second pitch of the night.

"He made a mistake to the very first hitter of the game, but outside of that they had some well-placed base hits and he made some mistakes out over the plate," Bowie pitching coach Kennie Steenstra said of Bundy's outing. "But, I liked his stuff and I liked the way he kept going after people and I think we'll see a lot better out of him his next time out."”

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