Shorebirds’ slugger Dosch sets single-season hit record
The Delmarva Shorebirds split their road series against Texas Rangers affiliate the Hickory Crawdads in North Carolina last week, falling in their last two games after beginning the series with back-to-back wins.
Janser Severino notched the victory for Delmarva from the mound in the first matchup against Hickory, in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel. Severino allowed only three hits and got out of the sixth inning with the bases loaded.
The only score of the game came in the seventh inning, when Conor Bierfeldt beat the throw to the plate narrowly after an Austin Wynns double down the left-field line.
Delmarva got back to .500 overall on the season (62-62) on the next night, in a more offensive matchup. After pitching in relief the previous night, Steven Brault started the game on the mound for the ’Birds last Friday, leading them to a 5-2 victory and allowing only three hits while walking no batters through six innings.
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead behind Brault, Derrick Bleeker entered the game in the seventh inning to pitch in relief and make his Shorebirds debut. Garrett Cortright would eventually enter the game to pitch, as well, and notch the save for Delmarva, stranding the Crawdads with bases-loaded in the ninth inning.
Notably, Josh Hart recorded the first home run of his professional career in the matchup, while Brault earned his ninth victory, which is a team high.
Drew Dosch’s double in the game accounted for his 150th base hit on the season, which tied a Shorebirds record originally set by current Shorebirds’ manager and former player Ryan Minor back in 1997.
Dosch would go on to break the record the next night, in a 6-2 loss, with a ninth-inning single. The hits kept coming in the finale against Hickory, as Dosch homered in the game, though his squad fell 7-2. Pitcher Luis Gonzalez suffered his third consecutive defeat in that matchup, after looking virtually unstoppable from the mound in July.
As of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, Aug. 20, Delmarva had traded wins in Kentucky against the Lexington Legends in back-to-back matchups that went to extra innings. They were 25-34 on the second half of the season heading into the finale against Lexington, and are scheduled to return home to face Asheville for a three-game series beginning Friday, Aug. 22, at 7:05 p.m. Both Friday’s and Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. matchups against Lexington will feature a fireworks show at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.