SALISBURY, Md.- The Delmarva Shorebirds on Sunday completed their first four-game sweep of the year with a 5-2 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators. The Shorebirds (27-21) matched their longest winning streak of the year with their fourth consecutive win.
Both starters were on point in the first few innings. Hunter Harvey struck out the first four batters he faced, eventually recording seven strikeouts in four innings. Kannapolis scored first with a single run in the fourth inning. After a single and a walk, Zach Voight lined an RBI single through the hole at short.
Harvey departed after just four innings, trailing 1-0. Dylan Rheault came on to pitch three scoreless innings in relief, keeping the game close for a comeback. The offense rewarded Rheault with three runs in the fifth. Yastrzemski sparked the rally with a bunt single, and then Jeff Kemp belted a wall-banging RBI triple to right. Trey Mancini hammered an RBI double, and Sisco added an RBI single to run Kannapolis starter Jake Sanchez from the game.
Delmarva extended their lead with two runs in the sixth. The Shorebirds manufactured a run with a walk and single to put runners on the corners for Kemp. The Delmarva shortstop lifted a deep fly ball to right-center, scoring Castagnini on a sacrifice fly. Another run came across when Voight committed a fielding error at second base, making it 5-1 in the Shorebirds’ favor.
Kannapolis scored one run off Dennis Torres in the eighth, but that was all the visitors managed off the Delmarva bullpen. In total, the Shorebirds limited the Intimidators to six runs in the four-game series. Dylan Rheault improved to 6-0 with the win, while Jake Sanchez suffered his third straight defeat.
The Shorebirds will now host the Hagerstown Suns for four games in three days. Delmarva will start a pair of southpaws in the Memorial Day Monday doubleheader. Steven Brault (4-2, 2.35) will open the series, while Mitch Horacek (1-5, 3.33) will start the nightcap. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 pm at Perdue Stadium.