HAGERSTOWN, Md.– The Delmarva Shorebirds were defeated Wednesday night as the Hagerstown Suns finished with a 5-4 win, setting the Suns division lead to six games and leaving Delmarva 34-25 on the year.
Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski started off the game with a triple down the right field corner on the first pitch, making it his league-best ninth triple of the year. Later in the first inning, Yastrzemski scored on an RBI single by Dosch.
The Shorebirds scored two runs in the third and later loaded the bases with no outs for Drew Dosch. Dosch then brought home another run on an RBI fielder’s choice.
Trey Mancini followed with an RBI single on a line drive to left-center extending his hitting streak to 15 games and reaching base safely in 27 straight contests.
Pitcher Hunter Harvey worked around trouble in the first inning, cruising through four scoreless frames.
Hagerstown finally broke ahead in a big way in the fifth as the Suns strung together five consecutive two-out base knocks to score five runs, highlighted by John Wooten’s go-ahead two-run home run.
Trailing 5-3, the Shorebirds responded in the eighth, but fell short. With two runners on, Anthony Vega bounced a double down the first base line resulting in a score by Mancini and Bierfeldt trying to scamper home after the throw came to second base.
Suns’ shortstop Wilmer Difo whipped the ball to catcher Spencer Kieboom just in time to prevent the tying run from scoring. Vega was eventually stranded on third base, representing the tying run.
Jake Walsh recorded his sixth save and closed out the victory for Hagerstown. Harvey suffered his fourth defeat of the season, now 3-4.
Delmarva will return home for a four-game series with the Lakewood BlueClaws. Left-hander Mitch Horacek (3-5, 2.64) will open the series for the Shorebirds against Lakewood right-hander Tyler Viza (2-6, 4.66). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Perdue Stadium.