Wild 'Birds Clipped by 'Claws
SALISBURY, MD - Plagued by wildness all night, the Delmarva Shorebirds dropped a 7-4 decision to the Lakewood BlueClaws on Monday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Julian Garcia (5-2) picked up the win for the BlueClaws (25-12, 66-40), allowing two runs on four hits over five innings while walking three and striking out six. Luis Perez (2-2) got stuck with the loss for the Shorebirds (19-17, 54-49), allowing three runs on four hits in 5.1 innings while walking two and fanning six. Luis Ramirez earned his second hold for Lakewood with 1.2 solid innings, and Luis Carrasco handled the final 2.1 frames for his third save.
After being shut out the day before, the Shorebirds wasted no time getting things together in the first. Mason McCoy and Branden Becker led off with back-to-back walks, and McCoy took third on a long flyout from Zach Jarrett. McCoy sprinted in on a wild pitch to break the ice, then two batters later Trevor Craport laced a triple into the right center gap, scoring Becker to make it 2-0 Delmarva.
Lakewood got one run back in the third inning as Dalton Guthrie scored on a wild pitch. It was in the sixth when the BlueClaws seized control. Jhailyn Ortiz led off with a walk, then Colby Fitch belted a line drive two-run homer to right, flipping the game into Lakewood's favor at 3-2.
Max Knutson relieved Perez with one out, and Quincy Nieporte greeted Knutson with an infield single. Josh Stephen then doubled to put men on second and third. Nieporte scored on another wild pitch, and Daniel Brito singled in Stephen to make it a four-run sixth and 5-2 BlueClaws lead.
The BlueClaws picked up two more in the eighth off new Shorebird Brandon Bonilla without the benefit of a fit. Stephen scored on yet another wild pitch, and Brito lifted a sac fly to center to bring one more home.
The Shorebirds got one run each back in the seventh and eighth on RBI fielder's choices from Becker and Max Hogan. Delmarva left several more runs on the table, though. Craport tapped out to the pitcher with two on and two out in the seventh, and McCoy hit into a double play to end the eighth.
Will Robertson put together a quiet 3-for-4 night for the Shorebirds, while Becker singled in a run, scored once, and walked twice.
Brito and Fitch each contributed a pair of RBIs to pace the BlueClaws, while Jose Antequera reached all four times from the nine-hole, going 2-for-2 with a double, run, two walks, and a stolen base.
The Shorebirds will try and bounce back against the BlueClaws on Tuesday night. DL Hall (2-6, 2.40) closes out a scintillating July for Delmarva against Lakewood's Spencer Howard (6-7, 4.50). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates opening at 6:00. Tuesday at Perdue Stadium is Bark in the Park for the month, presented by Johnson-McKee Animal Hospital. 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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