Shorebirds drop three of four to Hagerstown
The Delmarva Shorebirds are back down to .500, at 16-16 on the second half of the season (as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, July 23), after losing three consecutive games to Washington Nationals’ affiliate the Hagerstown Suns.
Despite the losing stint, Delmarva did manage a win in the series-opener against the Suns, with ace pitcher and Baltimore Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey on the mound.
Harvey started that game on Friday, July 18, by striking out the first four Suns’ batters that he faced. He would eventually strike out eight batters and only allowed only two hits and one run in five innings pitched.
Offensively, Gregory Lorenzo notched an RBI-single in the second inning to make it 2-0, but after the Suns answered with a run of their own in the fourth, the ’Birds would notch four runs in the sixth inning and eventually jump to an 8-1 lead. They’d go on to win 8-3.
A single in the fifth inning continued Chance Sisco’s hitting streak to 18 games in the victory, while Harvey improved to 7-4 as a starter on the season.
After falling behind 5-0 the next night, Delmarva battled back in an attempted comeback but would go on to fall to Hagerstown 6-5. Sisco’s hitting streak was snapped in that game.
It was the opposite story on Sunday, July 20, with the Shorebirds up 4-2 and the Suns coming back to put together a 5-4 victory. Delmarva would also go on to lose 3-1 on Monday, July, 21.
The Shorebirds will have a chance to get back above the .500 mark when they head off to Atlanta to face the Rome Braves and then to Texas to take on the Hickory Crawdads. They won’t return home until Wednesday, July 30, for a series against Lakewood and Greensboro.