'Birds Blanked in Rome Again
ROME, GA - The Delmarva Shorebirds couldn't string enough hits together in a 5-0 loss to the Rome Braves on Thursday night at State Mutual Stadium.
Keith Weisenberg (1-2) anchored the second straight shutout win for the Braves (21-24, 61-53), scattering four hits over 5.1 scoreless innings while walking two and fanning seven. DL Hall (2-7) endured the loss for the Shorebirds (22-23, 57-55), surrendering four runs (two earned) on six hits in five innings, walking one and striking out four.
After Hall made short order of the Braves in the first two innings, Rome got to the native Georgian in the bottom of the third. Marcos Almonte reached on a one-out error at second, and Alan Crowley poked a single into center. Justin Dean walked to load the bases, and AJ Graffanino dropped a soft liner into left, scoring Almonte to break up the scoreless deadlock. Jefrey Ramos followed with a grounder to third base; Trevor Craport slung home for the force, but Jean Carrillo's throw to first base struck Ramos in the back of the neck and ended up behind the bag. Both Dean and Graffanino scored to make it 3-0 Braves.
Dean tripled with one out in the fifth and scored on another Graffanino single to make it 4-0, and Brendan Venter's RBI double in the eighth gave the game its final margin.
Delmarva got multiple men on base in the first, fifth, and eighth innings to no avail. The Shorebirds' best chance came with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth, but Weisenberg struck out Zach Jarrett to end the threat. Troy Bacon and Zach Daniels combined for 3.2 innings in relief to complete the clean sheet.
Seamus Curran and Jean Carlos Encarnacion each had two hits for the Shorebirds, who batted just 1-for-12 with men in scoring position and left 10 on base. The shutout loss was the Shorebirds' 10th of the second half.
Graffanino led the Braves with a two-hit, two-RBI night, while Greyson Jenista went 2-for-4 with a run and Dean scored twice.
The Shorebirds now head to Columbia for a four-game series against the Fireflies beginning on Friday night. Luis Perez (2-2, 2.02) takes his turn for Delmarva against Columbia's Yeizo Campos (1-3, 3.33). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., and 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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