Shorebirds struggles vs. Hagerstown
After sweeping Lakewood last week, the Delmarva Shorebirds improved to 34-22 — drawing closer to Washington Nationals’ affiliate the Hagerstown Suns — for the lead in the South Atlantic League. However, after dropping their first two games against the Suns in their latest road series, which began Monday, June 2, the ’Birds again found themselves five games back from the division lead.
Down 3-0 in the fourth inning of the series-opener, Trey Mancini sent a shot over the fence to make it 3-1. The homer was Mancini’s second on the year. Chance Sisco tallied an RBI-single in the same inning, to make it 3-2 — but the Suns got out of the inning before Delmarva had a chance to even the score and went on to notch a 4-2 victory.
The Shorebirds didn’t fare much better on Tuesday, June 3, in their next matchup against Hagerstown, going down 8-1 by the fifth inning, with their only score coming from a Conor Bierfeldt homerun.
Mike “Yaz” Yastrzemski tried to rally back in the seventh with a three-run homer and went yard again in the ninth, but the deficit would prove too much to overcome and the ’Birds would fall 8-5.
Yastrzemski’s two-homerun performance came right after he was selected for the 2014 All-Star game, which will be played on Tuesday, June 17, in Hickory, N.C.
Four other Shorebirds were named to the All-Star team along with Yastrzemski, including pitcher and former Baltimore Orioles’ first-round pick Hunter Harvey, third-baseman Drew Dosch and reserve pitchers Sebastian Vader and Jimmy Yacabonis.
Batting lead-off this season, Yastrzemski leads the South Atlantic League in triples, with eight. He’s now hit eight homeruns and driven in 38 RBIs (as of Coastal Point press time on Tuesday, June 3).
Harvey will start the game on the mound for the Northern Division. The young MLB prospect is only 3-3 on the season but carries a 1.68 ERA and ranks second in strikeouts, with 64.
On Thursday, June 5, the Shorebirds were set to return home for a series against Lakewood and Hickory. They aren’t scheduled to hit the road again until Thursday, June 12.