Sammie Starr hits game tying homer in 8th
Lakewood, NJ – The Delmarva Shorebirds (22-37) scored twice in the tenth inning to defeat the Lakewood BlueClaws (29-29) 6-4 on Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Park. The Shorebirds have won consecutive games for the first time in August. They also won their first series since late July.
Lakewood scored first in the second. Tim Carver singled up the middle to plate Gabriel Lino.
The Shorebirds grabbed the lead in the 5th. Mychal Givens singled to right-center and reached second on a bobble in right by Miguel Alvarez. Two batters later, Dudley Leonora reached on a missed catch at first by Trey Ford. With two outs, Roderick Bernadina hit a double to deep left field to put the Shorebirds in front 2-1.
Lakewood knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Alejandro Villalobos drew a walk and reached second on a wild pitch. After moving to third on a single by Aaron Altherr, Villalobos scored on a chopper to first by Kelly Dugan.
Shorebirds starter Eduardo Rodriguez went five innings and yielded five hits and two runs, one earned. He did not factor into the decision.
The Shorebirds regained the lead in the sixth inning. Ohlman drew a lead off walk. With one out, Sammie Starr doubled to left-center field to advance Ohlman to third. Mychal Givens hit a chopper to second and Ohlman beat the throw home from Villalobos to give the Shorebirds the lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, the see-saw battle continued. The first two batters singled against reliever David Baker. Then, Gabriel Lino hit a liner off the wall in left field to give Lakewood a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Sammie Starr hit a solo home run to left field, his fourth of the year, to tie the game at 4-4.
The Shorebirds took the lead in the tenth inning. Narron reached on a walk. Then, Ohlman lined a single to right field that skipped past Dugan and to the wall, allowed Narron to score from first. Later in the inning, Starr lifted a sacrifice fly to center that scored Ohlman to give the Shorebirds a 6-4 lead.
Jason McCracken picked up his first save by tossing a scoreless tenth. Lakewood loaded the bases, but Brian Pointer popped out to third to end the game.
Gene Escat earned the win over two scoreless innings. He surrendered just one hit.
The Shorebirds travel to Hagerstown, Maryland for game one of a four game series starting on Thursday, August 23.