Wilson Guides 'Birds to 50th Win
GREENSBORO, NC - Ryan Wilson turned in his second straight six-inning gem, propelling the Delmarva Shorebirds to their 50th win of the season and ninth shutout, a 3-0 clean sheet over the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Friday night at First National Bank Field.
Wilson (3-2) matched a career-long with six scoreless innings for the Shorebirds (2-0, 50-21), giving up just one hit and three walks while striking out five on 77 pitches. Coupled with last Saturday's win against Hickory, Wilson has now allowed just one unearned run on four hits over his last 12 innings.
Steven Jennings (5-7) bowed to Delmarva for the second time this season for the Grasshoppers (0-2, 44-27), allowing one run on four hits over just four innings. Tyler Joyner took the baton from Wilson and punched out a save, scattering two hits over three scoreless. Five of Joyner's seven saves this year have been three innings or longer.
Wilson only faced real trouble in the bottom of the second. Patrick Dorrian led off with a walk, and Connor Kaiser singled to put two men on. That was the only hit Wilson would give up in the inning and on the night, though, as he retired three in a row to get out of the jam.
Playing in his first game since June 9, Adam Hall got a rally going in the fourth with a leadoff single. Doran Turchin then slashed a base hit to left, allowing Hall to take third. Cadyn Grenier attacked the first pitch and lifted it to center for a sac fly, scoring Hall to break the ice and put Delmarva up 1-0.
The Shorebirds tacked on some insurance in the fifth. Ryne Ogren worked a two-out walk, then Edison Lantigua chipped a bloop single into shallow center and Ogren advanced to third. Hall came up next and laced the first pitch through the right side for an RBI single, scoring Ogren. Lantigua broke for third and scored when Jack Herman's throw from right field sailed into the dugout for an error, putting the Shorebirds on top 3-0.
The Grasshoppers' last true threat came with two outs in the eighth. Ji-Hwan Bae slashed a double down the left field line, and Fabricio Macias worked a full count walk to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Mason Martin. Undaunted by the SAL home run leader, Joyner got Martin to foul out behind the third base bag, taking the wind out of Greensboro's sails for good.
Hall finished 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for the Shorebirds; the Orioles' No. 14 prospect also turned a nifty double play in the fifth with a sliding stop at second and shovel pass to Grenier on the bag for a 4-6-3. Lantigua provided more pop in the leadoff slot, going 2-for-5 with a run.
Bae's double was the only extra-base hit for the Grasshoppers; singles by Dorrian and Grant Koch accounted for the rest of their three hits.
Delmarva is the second team in the minor leagues this season to hit the 50-win plateau; High-A Down East (Texas) stands at 51-20 through their first game of the second half in the Carolina League.
The Shorebirds suit up for an early series win over the Grasshoppers on Saturday night. Hector Guance (4-2, 3.96) gets his turn for Delmarva against Greensboro's Osvaldo Bido (8-4, 3.06). First pitch is set for 7:00, 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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