Shorebirds take series vs. RiverDogs, 3-1
After beginning their series against the Charleston RiverDogs with a 6-0 loss last Thursday, April 24, the Delmarva Shorebirds turned it around to win the next three games and improve to 12-11 on the season.
After Friday’s game was postponed due to rain, the Shorebirds started Saturday’s doubleheader with a 5-4 win — thanks in part to solid pitching from Sebastian Vader and a three-run fifth inning.
After Vader nearly pitched a complete game, Jimmy Yacabonis pitched the last two outs to notch the save.
Saturday’s second game was also called due to lighting, as the night ended in a 3-3 tie through seven innings, with the rest of the game being played on Sunday afternoon. The Shorebirds would go on to win the matchup 5-3, after Conor Bierfeldt demolished a home run to left-center for the walk off win.
The homer was the first by Bierfeldt this season and the first by any Shorebird at Perdue Stadium this season.
Later that day, the team would cap off the series and their third win, with a 5-0 shutout. Mike “Yaz” Yastrzemski got the scoring started in that one, off an RBI-single from Greg Lorenzo. Drew Dosch and Jeff Kemp would also notch RBIs in the matchup, with Dosch scoring a pitch gone awry for the fifth run of the game. Pitcher Austin Urban earned his first victory of the season in the game.
After the three consecutive wins, Delmarva headed south to Savannah to begin a seven-game road series against the Sand Gnats before heading east to Charleston to again face the RiverDogs.
Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey got the start on Tuesday, April 29, but was handed his first loss of the season as the Sand Gnats walked away with the 4-0 win. The loss dropped the Shorebirds back to .500 at 12-12 as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, April 30.
The team won’t return to Perdue Stadium until Wednesday, May 7, when they’re go against the Augusta GreenJackets, marking the beginning of a seven-game home stretch.