Shorebirds snap losing streak in 9-2 rout
After getting swept by Greensboro in a three game series last week, the Delmarva Shorebirds bounced back in front of a home crowd last Monday, April 14, with a convincing 9-2 victory against the Hagerstown Suns.
The previously 4-7 Shorebirds improved to 5-7 with the victory, and as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, April 16, sat four games behind Hagerstown — which currently leads the South Atlantic North at 9-3.
The team had a chance to close that gap on Wednesday, facing the Suns in a doubleheader after Tuesday’s game was postponed due to heavy wind and rain.
Shorebirds veteran Gregory Lorenzo was the catalyst sparking the scoring rampage on Monday night, stealing a base after a first-inning single and scoring the game’s first run off a sacrifice fly from Trey Mancini.
After falling behind 2-1, Josh Hart, Justin Viele and Lorenzo strung together three consecutive singles in the third inning, before Mike “Yaz” Yastrzemski connected with a shot to deep right-center, notching a triple and scoring Viele and Lorenzo. Yastrezemski scored to make it 5-2 before the end of the inning, after a Jeff Kemp sacrifice fly.
Yastrzemski would double in the seventh, sending Lorenzo home to make it 6-2, and Drew Dosch, Chance Sisco and Hart all added RBI base hits in the eight for the game’s final scores. Dylan Rheault (2-0) earned the victory on the mound for Delmarva.
After going two for four from the plate and tallying three RBI’s on Monday, Yastrzemski now leads the team in triples, with two, and runs (nine), and is tied for the team lead in RBIs, with eight. Mancinini currently leads the team in hits, with 12, and Hart leads in batting average, hitting .265 as of Coastal Point press time.
Orioles 2013 first-round pick Hunter Harvey (1-0) was scheduled to make his third start of the season in the series finale against Hagerstown on Wednesday. Going into that game, the 19-year-old led the team with a 1.64 ERA.
Since the season opener, the team has seen its fair share of roster moves, as any minor league ball club typically does, acquiring multiple players from the Aberdeen Ironbirds. Viele and pitcher Bennett Parry were two of the players to make an early-season move, and the team also promoted outfielder Lucas Herbst to Frederick (A+).
Viele and Parry join 19 other players currently on the Shorebirds roster who played in Aberdeen last season, many of which were contributors to the Ironbirds’ 2013 playoff appearance — their first in the team’s 12-year history.
After closing out the series against the Suns, the Shorebirds were set to head to Greensboro to face the Grasshoppers in another three-game series, spanning Thursday, April 17, to Saturday, April 19.
Next week, the team heads back to Salisbury for seven consecutive home games, starting Monday, April 21, against the Savannah Sand Gnats. After that series, they’ll begin a series against the Charleston RiverDogs on Thursday, April 24.