Shorebirds sweeping/streaking in home series
The Delmarva Shorebirds have been rolling since their return home last Wednesday, May 22, pulling off a series sweep against Kannapolis convincingly and well on their way to doing the same against Hagerstown to cap off an eight-game home series.
Their seven-game win streak (as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, May 28) began last week, with four consecutive wins against Kannapolis, ending in scores of 5-1, 4-1, 10-2 and 5-2 in the series finale.
Shorebirds’ pitcher and Baltimore Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey got the start in the series finale win against the Intimidators, striking out four batters in a row to start the game. Harvey would only go on to pitch through four innings before being replaced by Dylan Rheault, but finished with seven strikeouts.
Rheault would go on to record the win, which gave him a 6-0 record as a starter.
Delmarva hosted first-place Hagerstown after that series, starting off with back-to-back wins in a Memorial Day doubleheader last Monday, May 26.
After going down 6-0 in the first matchup in just the second inning, pitcher Steven Brault battled back in a complete game victory and didn’t allow another run for the remaining seven innings.
It was in the ninth inning that the Shorebirds would even the score, finally winning 7-6 on a throwing error, with loaded bases, for the walk-off win.
After a 2-1 win in the late game, Delmarva went on to pick up their seventh consecutive victory in a 7-2 contest on Tuesday, May 27. Outfielder Mike “Yaz” Yastrzemski knocked a three-run homer in the game, matching him with his triple total on the season of six.
At 30-21 on the season, the Shorebirds were going for the series sweep against Hagerstown on Wednesday, May 27, (after Coastal Point press time). Delmarva was five games behind the South Atlantic League Northern Division-leading Suns (35-16) at that time.
They’ll have a chance to close that gap further next week, when they head to Hagerstown to take on the Suns again after a road series against Lakewood. They aren’t set to return home to Perdue Stadium until Thursday, June 5, when they’ll face Lakewood again, and will remain in Salisbury until Wednesday, June 11, in series against the BlueClaws and Hickory.