Jerome Pena records career high four RBIs
Salisbury, Md. – The Delmarva Shorebirds (8-16) scored 12 runs in the first three innings and defeated the Hickory Crawdads (15-10) 15-3 on Monday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
The Shorebirds sprinted to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Jerome Pena reached on a one out error by Alejandro Selen. With runners at first and second, Michael Ohlman singled into center field to give the Shorebirds a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Jason Esposito, who had a career high four hits, singled through the right side of the infield to stretch the lead to 3-0. Wynston Sawyer’s chopper to short that was mishandled by Rougned Odor allowed the fourth run of the inning to score. The Crawdads committed four errors on the night.
In the second inning, the Shorebirds added a run on a single up the middle by Pena to score Glynn Davis, who reached on a line drive double off the left field wall.
The Shorebirds scored seven runs in the third inning to blow the game open. Sawyer hit a two run single to left field to stretch the lead to 7-0. With the bases loaded, Pena launched a double off the left field wall to clear the bases and increase the lead to 11-0. Brenden Webb also had an RBI single in the 11-batter inning.
Zach Davies was sensational over six innings to earn his fourth win of the season. He did not allow a hit in the first five innings and surrendered just three total hits.
The Crawdads scored in the sixth inning on a base hit by Zach Cone into center field.
Hickory added two runs in the seventh on a two run homer by Alejandro Selen off reliever David Baker, who pitched two innings.
The Shorebirds added three runs in the eighth inning. Glynn Davis ripped a two run single to right field to score Mikey Planeta and Esposito. Sammie Starr scored on a dropped fly ball by the shortstop Nick Urbanus.
Eight of the nine Shorebirds recorded hits and four had multiple hits. The 14 hits are one shy of a season high.
Hickory starter Victor Payano gave up seven hits and five earned runs over two innings and was pinned with the loss.
The Shorebirds and Crawdads play the homestand final on Tuesday, July 17 at 7:05pm.