Shorebirds back on track after All-Star break
The Delmarva Shorebirds finished the first half of the season with a 39-31 record — the team’s best start since 2008. That was despite the fact that Delmarva had dropped nine out of 10 games before heading into the All-Star break. After the break, however, the ’Birds continued the season’s momentum, winning four out of their first six games to improve to 39-31, 4-2 on the season (as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, June 25).
The second half of the season started off on the right foot for Delmarva, with a 7-5 victory over South Atlantic League Southern Lexington on June 19. The team was without All-Star Trey Mancini, who was promoted to Frederick, and the had Legends jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the fifth inning after an error by first-baseman Creede Simpson, who had joined the squad after Mancini’s promotion.
Simpson would redeem himself later, with an RBI-single to right field that got his new team on the board. Chance Sisco gave Delmarva a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning with an RBI-single of his own, and they would not trail again for the rest of the game. Pitcher Dylan Rheault earned the win on the mound, improving to 7-1 on the year.
Delmarva would go on to lose to Lexington 1-0 the next night, but took the next two games of the series, 2-1 and 10-2, respectively. Pitcher Sebastian Vader was instrumental in the 2-1 victory on Saturday, June 21, while Luis Gonzalez held strong on the mound in the 10-2 win on Sunday, June 22.
Shorebirds ace pitcher and Baltimore Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey got the start on Monday, June 23, to begin the series against the West Virginia Power, contributing to a 5-1 win. Harvey notched seven strikeouts through six innings. At one point, the right-hander retired nine batters in a row.
With the victory, Harvey improved to 4-4 on the season as a starter, with Rheault notching the save and pitching the game’s final three minutes.
The ’Birds would go on to fall to the Power on the next night, 6-5, but were set to face them again on Wednesday, June 25, and Thursday, June 26, (after Coastal Point press time), in their final two home games of June.
They’re set to hit the road against Washington Nationals’ affiliate Hagerstown on Friday, June 27, and won’t return to Salisbury until Friday, July 4, when they’ll face Lakewood at 6:35 p.m.