CHARLESTON, W. Va.- A nightmare of a road trip for the Delmarva Shorebirds ended with another loss to the West Virginia Power by the score of 5-2 at Appalachian Power Park on Wednesday afternoon. The defeat extended Delmarva’s losing streak to a season-high eight games.
As was the case for most of the road trip, the Shorebirds did not have trouble getting leads, but instead struggled holding on to them.
Catcher Yermin Mercedes opened the scoring for Delmarva with a solo home run to lead off the top of the second. The homer was his seventh of the season to put him in a tie with Conor Bierfeldt for the team lead. The dinger was also Delmarva’s 28th of the second half, which matches the total number of home runs hit by the ‘Birds in the first half this season.
West Virginia struck back quickly, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third thanks to a solo home run from Tito Polo and RBIs from Michael Suchy and Jerrick Suiter.
The Shorebirds halted the bleeding and cut the deficit by half in the top of the fifth when Guillermo Salas singled home Elier Leyva, who reached on a leadoff double.
Josh Walker provided another solid start, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings while striking out five. Max Schuh came out of the bullpen and began his outing with two perfect innings, but he ran into trouble in the bottom of the eighth when the Power picked up two insurance runs.
Delmarva had runners in scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings, but could not convert the opportunities into runs. The Power bullpen then retired the final six Shorebirds hitters in order to complete the sweep.
The ‘Birds have Thursday off before returning home for a three-game series against the Lakewood BlueClaws that will begin on Friday. Matthew Grimes (7-6, 4.28) is scheduled to start the series opener opposite Lakewood’s Shane Watson (1-3, 3.64).