Shorebirds sweep West Virginia to cap best start since ’08
The Delmarva Shorebirds snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday, June 14, with back-to-back wins in a doubleheader on the road against West Virginia.
Outfielder Mike “Yaz” Yastrzemski rocked a leadoff homerun in the first game, and followed with a sixth-inning homer in the same game, to lead the charge offensively as the ’Birds made their way to a 6-0 lead. The game marked the All-Star selection’s second multi-homerun game of the year.
The Power wouldn’t get on the board until the seventh inning, with pitcher Steven Brault not allowing a run until then in his seventh win on the mound this season, as the Shorebirds took the game by a score of 6-4.
Delmarva managed a season-high 14 runs in the second matchup of the day, after posting an 8-0 lead after just the first two innings.
Chance Sisco drove in four runs in the scoring rampage, going four-for-five from the plate on the night and notching two doubles. Conor Bierfeldt also tallied four RBIs, going two-for-three with a two-run double in the first inning.
Even Shorebirds newcomer Tanner Rust got in on the scoring action, going two-for-five with three RBIs in one of his first games with the team.
Pitcher Austin Urban improved to 3-4 on the year as a starter with the 14-5 victory.
Delmarva completed the sweep the next night with a 6-5 win against West Virginia that put them at 38-31 headed into the All-Star break. The record is the team’s best in the first half of the season since 2008.
Trey Mancini and Bierfeldt each posted two-run homers in that matchup, to lead the team on offense, with pitcher Jon Keller getting the win for the ’Birds and Jimmy Yacabonis recording his 14th save.
Mancini and pitcher Dylan Rheault were added to the All-Star lineup and joined five of their teammates for the June 17 North vs. South matchup played in Hickory, N.C.
After the break, Delmarva was set to return home for an eight-game series against Lexington and West Virginia that spans from Thursday, June 19, to Thursday, June 26.