SALISBURY, Md.- The Delmarva Shorebirds (27-34) lost game one 11-0 to the West Virginia Power (34-30), but recovered to win game two 5-4 in walk off style at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Power took an early lead in game one. In the first inning, Stetson Allie, who ranks third in the league in RBIs, doubled to right field to score Barrett Barnes, who singled to center to lead off the inning.
In the third, West Virginia scored eight runs on six hits against Mark Blackmar and Jose Nivar to build a 9-0 lead. Max Moroff and Walker Gourley each had two-run singles in the inning.
West Virginia starter Joely Rodriguez earned the win over five shutout innings.
Shorebirds starter Mark Blackmar was pinned with the loss over 2.1 innings. He allowed eight hits and nine runs.
In the seventh inning, Allie connected on a two-run homer to straight away center field off Bennett Parry to increase the lead to 11-0.
In game two, the Shorebirds and Power traded runs in the first inning. Tucker Nathans hit a soft flare to left field to score Anthony Caronia, who placed a bunt single to reach.
In the third, the Shorebirds added two runs. Nathans ripped a line drive home run to right field, his seventh of the year. After Balog and Hutter singled, Steel Russell doubled to deep center field to score Hutter.
The Power grabbed the lead in the sixth inning with three runs. Dilson Herrera doubled to shallow left-center. Then, Josh Bell doubled to score Herrera. Two batters later, Eric Wood doubled to tie the game. Then, with two outs, Raul Fortunato singled to left field to give the Power a 4-3 lead.
The Shorebirds scored two runs in the seventh inning to walk off with a win. Caronia drew a lead off walk. With one out, Balog singled. Then, Joel Hutter walked to load the bases. Steel Russell hit a flare single into right field to tie the game at 4-4. Then, Connor Narron hit a ground ball towards the hole on the right side of the infield that hit the leg of Russell, who was running to second. At first, the umpires sent Roderick Bernadina, who was pinch running for Balog back to third base and called Russell out. After Luis Pujols protested the ruling, the umpires went back into their clubhouse and granted Bernadina the plate. The ruling is 7.09 "k" in the MLB rule book which states the following:
From MLB rule book - If a fair ball goes through, or by, an infielder, and touches a runner immediately back of him, or touches the runner after having been deflected by a fielder, the umpire shall not declare the runner out for being touched by a batted ball. In making such decision the umpire must be convinced that the ball passed through, or by, the fielder, and that no other infielder had the chance to make a play on the ball.
Reliever Dennis Torres earned the win over 1.1 innings. He did not allow a hit.
Shorebirds starter Parker Bridwell went 5.2 innings and allowed seven hits and four runs.
The Shorebirds and Power will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, June 12 at 5:05 p.m.