Error Sinks 'Birds in Another Shutout
ROME, GA - A fifth-inning error produced the only run the Rome Braves would need on the way to a 1-0 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Wednesday night at State Mutual Stadium.
Alan Rangel (4-6) took the reins in a dominating start for the Braves (20-24, 60-53), scattering just two hits over seven scoreless innings while walking one and striking out a season-high nine. Ryan Wilson (0-3) endured the loss for the Shorebirds (22-22, 57-54), allowing the unearned run on four hits over four innings; all three of Wilson's losses this season have come in games in which he has allowed one unearned run. Kelvin Rodriguez notched his league-best 13th save with two scoreless frames to finish it off.
Rome nudged in front in the bottom of the fifth. Marcos Almonte doubled with two out, bringing Shean Michel to the plate. Michel laced a chopper to the left side the Jean Carlos Encarnacion gloved, but the throw to first sailed high, allowing Almonte to score to put the home side up 1-0.
Delmarva managed just two hits on the night and didn't threaten until the top of the ninth against Rodriguez. Kirvin Moesquit drew a leadoff walk and promptly stole his SAL-leading 42nd base of the year. After a flyout, Zach Jarrett scorched a line drive to left and right at Michel, who dropped the ball. Moesquit took third on the error and the Shorebirds had first and third with one out. Rodriguez buckled down from there, though, striking out Seamus Curran and baiting Encarnacion to pop out to third, sealing the win for the Braves.
Almonte finished with half of the Braves' six hits, going 3-for-3 with a double and the game's only run. Greyson Jenista tripled, and Drew Lugbauer and Hagen Owenby each added singles.
Jarrett doubled in the fourth and Ryan Ripken singled in the second for the Shorebirds' only hits on the night. The loss was Delmarva's ninth shutout defeat of the second half, including five by a 1-0 margin.
Shorebird starter Brandon Bonilla pitched three innings, giving up two hits and walking one while striking out one. Nick Vespi handled a perfect eighth.
The game started an hour and 14 minutes late due to rain but finished up in a neat 2:12.
The Shorebirds go for the series win in the rubber match against the Braves on Thursday night. South Georgia native DL Hall (2-6, 2.27) makes his first start back in his home state for Delmarva against Rome's Keith Weisenberg (0-2, 4.05). 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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