It was a pitcher's duel yet again between the Delmarva Shorebirds and the Charleston RiverDogs on a cool afternoon in Salisbury, Maryland. The Shorebirds bested the RiverDogs 5-2 Sunday at Perdue Stadium.
With the win, Delmarva hits the .500 mark at 15-15, while the RiverDogs fall to the .500 mark at 14-14 overall.
Making his first start of his professional career, lefty Dietrich Enns showed some early nerves. He walked the first batter he faced and then gave up an RBI double to fall behind early. Enns went two innings, and gave up a run on two hits to go along with three strikeouts and three walks. Reliever Brett Gerritse (2-2) took the loss as he went 3.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. The runs that were charged to Gerritse came across when Phil Wetherell was on the mound. Wetherell allowed the first three batters to reach that he faced and finished with a final line of 1.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits.
Offensively for Charleston, both of their runs came across in the fourth giving them a short-lived lead. Peter O'Brien, who went 3-4 on the day, lead off the fourth with a single and came around to score on an RBI groundout to shortstop by Taylor Dugas. Yeicok Calderon then came in to score the final run for Charleston on an error.
The Shorebirds saw their production come from the top of their order, as well as the bottom. Delmarva's one and two hitters of Gregory Lorenzo and Torsten Boss each reached base twice and combined to score two runs and collect one RBI. The six and seven hitters of Nik Balog and Lucas Herbst had big days for Delmarva, going a combined 3-for-7, as they reached base five of the seven at-bats and scored twice.
Delmarva starter Mark Blackmar only went 3.2 innings and allowed two runs, one earned on six hits. Matt Hobgood (3-0) came in to relieve Blackmar and picked up the win tossing 4.1 shutout innings and gave up one hit. Picking up his fifth save of the year was Matt Price who pitched a scoreless ninth.
Game three of this four game set against the Shorebirds is scheduled for 7:05pm Monday evening. Charleston sends LHP Evan Rutckyj (2-2, 5.21 ERA) to the mound, as Delmarva counters with RHP Parker Bridwell (2-2, 5.11 ERA). You can listen to the game locally on ESPN Radio 910 AM or online at www.riverdogs.com.