'Birds Lambast Braves in Opener
ROME, GA - The Delmarva Shorebirds opened a seven-game road trip with flying colors, lambasting the Rome Braves 11-3 on Tuesday night at State Mutual Stadium.
Jhon Peluffo (4-6) spun his best start of the year for the Shorebirds (22-21, 57-53), going a career-high seven innings and giving up two runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out five. Freddy Tarnok (4-3) took the loss for the Braves (19-24, 59-53), surrendering seven runs (three earned) on four hits over 3.2 innings, walking two and fanning six.
Rome got on the board in the second. Jeffry Ramos belted a solo home run, then Drew Lugbauer followed with a double, and Marcos Almonte singled Lugbauer home three batters later to make it 2-0 Braves.
The Shorebirds answered with an offensive eruption in the fourth. Trevor Craport led off with a walk and Zach Jarrett singled. After a flyout, Jean Carlos Encarnacion laced a single over short and into left center, scoring Craport. Ryan Ripken followed with an infield base hit to bring home Jarrett and tie it at 2-2. Cadyn Grenier came up next and skied one to the big gap in right center for an RBI double to put Delmarva on top 3-2.
Jean Carrillo got hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Kirvin Moesquit chopped a grounder to first that Hagen Owneby threw away trying to get the force at home, allowing two more to score. Mason McCoy lifted a sac fly into center to score another, then Moesquit stole third base and scored on a bad throw from the catcher, making it a seven-run fourth and 7-2 Shorebird lead.
Delmarva tacked on a pair more in the top of the seventh as Jarrett reached on a two-out error and Seamus Curran belted a two-run homer to right to make it 9-2. Curran's blast was his 13th of the season and brought him into a tie with Jarrett for the team lead.
The teams traded runs in the eighth on RBIs from McCoy for Delmarva and Greyson Jenista for Rome. Jarrett doubled in the ninth and Ryan Ripken eventually singled him home to give the game its final margin.
In his first game back in Rome since being traded to Delmarva last Tuesday, Encarnacion went 3-for-5 with a run and RBI. Jarrett finished 2-for-5 with a double and three runs, while McCoy, Curran, and Ripken each drove in two.
Lugbauer finished 2-for-4 with a double and run to lead the Braves at the plate.
The win was Delmarva's eighth straight in the state of Georgia dating back to last season. The Shorebirds swept a seven-game road trip in Augusta and Rome from July 19-25.
The Shorebirds get back to work against the Braves on Wednesday night. Brandon Bonilla (0-1, 4.50) gets the nod for Delmarva against Alan Rangel (3-6, 4.78). First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m., and pregame coverage on Fox Sports 960 AM and the MiLB First Pitch App begins at 6:45 with Will DeBoer on the call.
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