O’s prospect Harvey gets win, Shorebirds back to .500
The Baltimore Orioles No. 4 prospect, Hunter Harvey, took the mound for the fourth time this season last Tuesday, April 21, and pitched through four innings, as the Delmarva Shorebirds held on to get the win, 4-1, over the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Delmarva is now 4-0 in games in which Harvey has started; however, it was Jimmy Yacabonis who got the save. Through four innings, Harvey walked five batters — the most in his pro career to date.
Despite not stringing together his best performance, Harvey started the game with a pair of strikeouts in both the first and second innings — stranding runners on second and third in the first.
The Sand Gnats jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a throwing error in the third inning, but Harvey was able to get out of the fourth inning with the bases loaded before Dylan Rheault entered in relief.
It was in the fourth inning that the Shorebirds took the lead, with a two-run single from Austin Wynns that scored Jeff Kemp and Conor Bierfeldt. Delmarva added two more runs in the fifth inning, with Bierfeldt drawing a walk with the bases loaded and Chance Sisco notching an RBI groundout.
After a would-be Savannah home run was ruled foul in the eighth inning, Yacabonis picked up his fifth save of the season with the tying run at the plate in the ninth, ending the game with a 6-4-3 double play.
Rheault (4-0) got credit for the win, but Harvey still leads the South Atlantic League with a 0.86 ERA. Outfielder Mike “Yaz” Yastrzemski, son of former Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, tallied his third triple of the season in the matchup — a team high.
The team was set to face Savannah again on Wednesday, April 23, (after Coastal Point press time) before beginning a four-game home series against the Charleston River Dogs. From Thursday, April 24, to Saturday, April 26, the Shorebirds will face off against the River Dogs starting at 7:05 p.m., with Sunday’s series finale beginning at 2:05 p.m.