SALISBURY, Md.- The Delmarva Shorebirds losing streak grew to six, their longest of the season, after falling to the Hickory Crawdads, 5-3, on Wednesday night.
Following three consecutive starts without allowing an earned run, Shorebirds starter Mike Horacek gave up an RBI single in the first inning to start the Crawdads scoring.
Gregory Lorenzo helped Delmarva tie the score in the third with his first home run of the season, but Hickory responded immediately, plating two more runners in the top of the fourth to take the lead.
A fourth inning Chance Sisco home run cut the lead to one, and after the Crawdads tacked on two more in the top of the eighth, All-Star selection Mike Yastrzemski doubled then scored on a Trey Mancini single to make the score 5-3.
Josh McElwee came on and threw a perfect ninth inning for Hickory though, earning his third save of the season, and sealing the sweep.
Horacek exited the game after six innings, having struck out seven and allowing just the three runs, bringing his ERA to 2.57 on the season.
Delmarva will travel to West Virginia to face the Power in their final series before the All-Star break, with Thursday's first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Luis Gonzalez is scheduled to go for Delmarva, against Cody Dickson of West Virginia.