Fenter, Rom Tag Team in 'Birds Shutout
KANNAPOLIS, NC - One day after getting shut out, the Delmarva Shorebirds turned the tables on the Kannapolis Intimidators, breezing to a 3-0 win on Wednesday night at Intimidators Stadium.
Gray Fenter (5-1) retired the first 14 men he faced on the way to an easy win for the Shorebirds (44-14), allowing just one hit and striking out five. Johan Dominguez (2-3) took the hard-luck loss for the Intimidators (26-33), giving up two runs on four hits over six innings. Drew Rom took the baton from Fenter in the sixth and rolled to his first pro save, scattering three singles across four scoreless with four strikeouts.
Delmarva led wire-to-wire thanks to a manufactured run in the first. Jean Carlos Encarnacion led off with a single and promptly stole second base. While dancing around second to distract Dominguez, Encarnacion forced the Kannapolis starter to balk and advanced to third. On the next pitch, Adam Hall lifted one out to right field for a sac fly, bringing Encarnacion in to put the Shorebirds up 1-0.
Hall found himself in the middle of things again in the third, beating out a two-out infield hit. Doran Turchin followed by slashing a double into the left center gap, scoring Hall to make it 2-0 Delmarva.
The Shorebirds got one more insurance run in the eighth. Alexis Torres reached on an error to lead off, and Encarnacion followed with a single to put two on. After a flyout and a walk to load the bases, Ben Breazeale tapped a swinging bunt up the first base line for an RBI groundout, giving the game its final margin.
Fenter cut through the Intimidators like tissue paper in his five innings, with only a two-out Amado Nunez single in the fifth denying him a perfect night.
The Intimidators' only threat came in the bottom of the ninth. Ian Dawkins led off with a single, then Lenyn Sosa hit a chopper to third resulting an error to bring the tying run to the plate with nobody out. Undaunted, Rom got Alex Destino to ground out to first, struck out Romy Gonzalez, and induced a groundball to second off Bryce Bush, finishing off Delmarva's eighth shutout win of the year.
Encarnacion finished 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base in his first game batting leadoff for the Shorebirds. Hall went 1-for-3 with a sac fly and his 40th run of the season, while Turchin finished 1-for-3 with a double and his 40th RBI.
Dawkins and Nunez each had two singles, accounting for the Intimidators' only hits of the night.
The win was Delmarva's first in a rubber game this season; they had played only one previously, losing to Greensboro on May 10. The Shorebirds have now 12 series out of 17 this season, improving their mark to 12-1-4.
With Greensboro's 2-1 loss to Charleston earlier in the day, the Shorebirds rebuild their Northern Division lead to six games with 11 to go, cutting their Magic Number down to six.
With an outside chance of clinching the division at home, the Shorebirds return to Perdue Stadium to open a four-game series against the Hagerstown Suns on Thursday night. Nick Vespi (3-3, 5.17) takes the hill for Delmarva against Hagerstown's Joan Adon (4-2, 2.86). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates opening at 6:00. Thursday is The Office Night at Perdue Stadium, honoring the classic sitcom. It's also Kiss 95.9 Thirsty Thursday presented by Salisbury Pit & Pub, plus Maryland Pride Thursday. Pregame coverage on Fox Sports 960 AM and the MiLB First Pitch App begins at 6:50 with Will DeBoer and Sam Jellinek on the call.
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