'Birds Blanked in K-Town Finale
KANNAPOLIS, NC - The Delmarva Shorebirds' offensive engine stalled once again in a 6-0 loss to the Kannapolis Intimidators on Sunday evening at Intimidators Stadium.
Yosmer Solorzano (2-6) spearheaded the clean sheet for the Intimidators (20-16, 59-44), allowing just one hit over five innings while walking none and striking out one. Brenan Hanifee (7-5) suffered the loss for the Shorebirds (19-16, 54-48), giving up four runs on four hits over five innings. Jhoan Qiujada earned his first save with four scoreless frames, giving up just a pair of singles.
Kannapolis broke the ice in the bottom of the second. Tate Blackman led off with a double to right center and took third on a groundout. Justin Yurchak then got one in the air to the left field corner, bringing home Blackman to make it 1-0.
The Intimidators put some more distance between them and their guests in the third. Even Skoug drew a one-out walk, then after a groundout, Luis Curbelo belted an RBI double. Curbelo moved up on a wild pitch, and Craig Dedelow worked a walk to put men on the corners. Hanifee committed a balk to force in Curbelo, and Blackman laced his second double in as many innings, chasing home Dedelow to put Kannapolis up 4-0.
In the bottom of the seventh, a Yurchak single and Johan Cruz double put men on the corners with nobody out. Skoug hit a sac fly two batters later to score Yurchak, and Cruz eventually came in on a wild pitch and error, giving the game its final margin.
Mason McCoy went 2-for-4, and Jean Carrillo had a single for Delmarva's only three hits.
Blackman finished 2-for-4 wiht two doubles, a run, and an RBI to lead the Intimidators.
The shutout was the eighth that the Shorebirds have suffered since the All-Star Break and 12th overall.
The Shorebirds now return home for a seven-game stand, beginning Monday night against the Lakewood BlueClaws. Luis Perez (2-1, 1.13) is slated to start the opener for Delmarva against Lakewood's Julian Garcia (4-2, 2.93). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates opening at 6:00. Monday at Perdue Stadium is 47 ABC $2 Buck Monday presented by Wicomico Heating & Air Conditioning. Pregame coverage on Fox Sports 960 AM and the MiLB First Pitch App begins at 6:50 with Will DeBoer on the call.
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