Errors Cost 'Birds in G-Boro
GREENSBORO, NC - The Delmarva Shorebirds did themselves in with three errors in a 4-3 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Saturday night at First National Bank Field.
Osvaldo Bido (9-4) finally solved Delmarva to snatch his league-leading ninth win for the Grasshoppers (1-2, 45-27), allowing two runs on four hits in five-plus innings with four walks and three strikeouts. Hector Guance (4-3) absorbed the defeat for the Shorebirds (2-1, 50-22), giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits in five innings, walking five and fanning five. Yerry De Los Santos notched his fourth save with a perfect eighth and ninth, striking out four.
Delmarva drew first blood in the first inning. Edison Lantigua led off with a double, then Adam Hall grounded him to third, and Doran Turchin brought him home with a sac fly to center, making it 1-0 Shorebirds.
The Shorebirds had a chance to pile on in the second. Robert Neustrom led off with a walk, then Jean Carlos Encarnacion singled to put two on. After a popout, Nick Horvath walked to load the bases. Ryne Ogren came up next and chopped a hard grounder up the middle, but Greensboro second baseman Ji-Hwan Bae made a backhanded snag to start a 4-6-3 double play, keeping Delmarva off the board.
The Grasshoppers took advantage of their bases-loaded opportunity in the home second. Jack Herman got hit by a pitch with two out, then Michael Gretler and Bae worked back-to-back walks. Connor Kaiser hit a sharp grounder to short that Cadyn Grenier made the initial stop on, but Grenier's throw sailed wide of the first base bag, allowing two runs to score and put Greensboro on top 2-1.
Fabricio Macias led off the bottom of the third with a bunt single and took second on a bad throw from Guance. Grant Koch followed with an RBI base knock, pushing the Grasshopper lead to 3-1. In the fifth, Justin Harrer clubbed a long solo homer to left center, almost out of the stadium, and putting Greensboro ahead 4-1.
The Shorebirds got back on the comeback trail in the sixth. Turchin walked to lead off, then Grenier chipped a double into the right field corner to put men on second and third. After a pitching change and strikeout, Encarnacion lashed a liner deep to left for a sac fly, bringing in Turchin to cut the deficit to 4-2.
In the top of the seventh, Horvath led off with a single and took second on a Will Gardner wild pitch. After a flyout and groundout, Adam Hall found the open space in right for a single, plating Horvath to make it a one-run game at 4-3. With Turchin up, Hall took off running to try and steal second, but Koch's throw to get him got there just in time, keeping the Grasshopper lead in tact.
Delmarva wouldn't get another baserunner as De Los Santos retired all six batters he faced for the save.
Macias led the way at the plate for the Grasshoppers, going 2-for-4 with a run.
Hall, Turchin, and Encarnacion each notched an RBI for the Shorebirds, while Lantigua, Grenier, and Neustrom all doubled.
Reliever Reed Hayes made his season debut for the Shorebirds after spending the first three months of 2018 with Delmarva. He allowed one baserunner on an error but nothing else, punching out three.
The loss creates a clone of the Shorebirds' first three games in the first half. Delmarva won the first two of the season in Lexington before dropping the third game by one run. They followed that lone loss with a 10-game winning streak.
The Shorebirds wrap up their half-opening series against the Grasshoppers on Sunday afternoon. Nick Vespi (3-4, 4.24) will make the start for Delmarva against Greensboro's Alex Manasa (6-1, 3.31). First pitch is set for 2:00, and pregame coverage on Fox Sports 960 AM and the MiLB First Pitch App begins at 1:45 with Will DeBoer on the call.
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