Nicky Delmonico homers in return to lineup
Salisbury, Md. – The Delmarva Shorebirds (4-11) held the Hickory Crawdads (12-4) to four hits, but fell 5-2 on Friday night at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads scored four runs in the second inning against Williams Louico. The first three hitters reached on a single and two walks. Jordan Akins grounded to first to plate the first run. Nick Urbanus singled to left field to score two runs. The second runner, Kellin Deglan knocked the ball out of the glove of Wynston Sawyer on a feet first slide to give the Crawdads a 3-0 lead. Then, Rougned Odor singled into left field to score Urbanus.
The Crawdads did not record another hit until the first batter of the ninth inning.
The Shorebirds cut into the deficit in the sixth inning. Brenden Webb, who walked twice, reached on a walk. Then, Nicky Delmonico launched a two-run home run to right field in his first game since June 26.
Louico settled down after giving up four runs in the second and did not allow a hit over next 3.1 innings.
The Crawdads tacked on a run in the ninth inning. Jorge Alfaro hit a triple to right-center field and scored during a rundown in between first and second base.
Zach Fowler surrendered just one hit and one run over 2.2 innings pitched. It was the first earned run he has allowed since April 28.
The Shorebirds and Crawdads play game four of the series on Saturday night at 6:00pm. RHP Parker Bridwell is the scheduled starter for the Shorebirds.