Shorebirds return home after split series on the road
The Delmarva Shorebirds were set to return to Perdue Stadium on Thursday, May 22, (after Coastal Point press time), to mark the start of an eight-game home series against Kannapolis and Hagerstown.
The home stretch comes directly after an eight-game road series in which they faced Kannapolis and the West Virginia Power. The series with West Virginia started with an 11-4 win for Delmarva — reaching their highest run total on the season to date.
The scoring run began in the third innings of that game, when outfielder Mike “Yaz” Yastrzemski rocked a three-run homer over right center — his fourth home run on the season. After two singles, a walk and a Power error at third, the ’Birds would score twice more on the same inning, for the 5-0 advantage.
In the sixth inning, Chance Sisco recorded his first home run of the year with a solo-shot that made it 6-2 Shorebirds. But they wouldn’t go on to really drive up the score until the ninth inning, when, by inning’s end, Delmarva had racked up another five runs.
The Power would even the series the next day against Shorebirds ace pitcher and Baltimore Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey. In contrast with the previous 11-run Shorebirds game, West Virginia pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas held Delmarva scoreless in a 7-0 shutout.
Harvey gave up a season-high seven hits, one of which went yard, and pitched just over four innings — coming off one of the best performances of his young career just a week prior.
While the Power evened the series with the win, Harvey dropped to 2-3 as a starter on the season.
The Shorebirds would again take the series lead in the following game, played Monday, May 19, regaining their swing in a 6-2 victory. The Power would go on to again even the series the next day, with a 4-1 win in the series finale.
After the long road trip, the Shorebirds return home with a 23-21 record. They’ll face Kannapolis in four consecutive matchups starting on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. before finishing the series in a 2:05 p.m. game on Sunday, May 25.
After that, they’ll host Hagerstown in a double header on Monday, May 26, part of another four-games series that will conclude on Wednesday, May 28, with a 10:35 a.m. start.