‘Birds Rally Spoils Strong Outing from Charleston’s Mauricio

‘Birds Rally Spoils Strong Outing from Charleston’s Mauricio
Charleston RiverDogs

SALISBURY, MD - The RiverDogs saw a 2-0 lead evaporate with an error-ridden, four-run seventh inning as the Shorebirds rallied to take a 4-2 victory, spoiling Alex Mauricio's superb start and evening up the series on Friday night from Perdue Stadium.

Mauricio left the game with Charleston (51-57, 18-22) in front, 2-0, before Delmarva's (55-52, 20-20) rally. The Norfolk State product matched a career-high in length, going six shutout innings while striking out three Delmarva batters and yielding just three hits all night. It marked a sterling bounce back effort after the Virginia native had failed to complete five innings and allowed six runs or more over his first three starts in a RiverDogs uniform.

In the decisive seventh, Zach Jarrett and Branden Becker roped back-to-back knocks off Dalton Higgins (L, 5-3) in relief to start the comeback in earnest. With men on second and third, third baseman Welfrin Mateo whiffed on a roller to third base, the first of two official errors and three defensive miscues in the inning, to get the Shorebirds on the board. After Higgins walked catcher Jean Carrillo to load up the bases, he got centerfielder Kervin Moesquit to hit into a potential double play ball that Wilkerman Garcia bobbled at second base and managed just to get the force out at second as the tying run scored. With Mason McCoy now at the plate, Dogs catcher Jason Lopez threw a ball away into center field attempting to catch Moesquit stealing, plating the go-ahead run. McCoy made it a two-run lead with a double roped down the right field line.

The RiverDogs offense managed just four total hits in the defeat. Shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera knocked in Mateo, who reached on an error on the first pitch of the ballgame, with a single for his team-leading 44th run driven in on the season. In the fifth, Carlos Vidal drilled a triple into the left-center ally before scoring on Leonardo Molina's line drive past the third baseman, Charleston's only frame with multiple hits on the evening.

The RiverDogs are now 1-4 on their current seven-day trip after being swept in three games in Hickory. They have dropped 18 of their last 24 contests following a 12-4, first-place start the season, a span in which the Yankees affiliate is hitting just .229 as a team and averaging less than 3.0 runs per game.

Delmarva snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory. Lefties Max Knutson (W, 1-0) and Nick Vespi (SV, 5) combined for four one-hit innings out of the bullpen to close out the game.

Upcoming

The Dogs and 'Birds square off in Saturday night's game three at 7:05 p.m. from Perdue Stadium. Charleston will hand the ball to 18-year-old righty Roansy Contreras (0-2, 3.27), the Yankees' No. 19 prospect. Delmarva is scheduled to counter with right-hander Luis Perez (2-2, 1.84). The contest can be tuned into on "The Big Talker" WTMA 1250 AM and streaming live at riverdogs.com and the RiverDogs' TuneIn radio station.