Squandered Chances Bite Shorebirds In 7-2 Defeat

Brenden Webb hits two doubles

Salisbury, Md. – The Delmarva Shorebirds (0-8) squandered numerous opportunities and dropped the opening game of the series to the West Virginia Power (5-4), 7-2, on Friday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.  The Shorebirds went 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and lost their 11th straight game.

The Power struck first in the first inning.  Taylor Lewis placed a bunt single down the third baseline and Greg Polanco doubled through left-center field to give the Power a 1-0 lead.  Polanco moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.

The Shorebirds had a golden chance in the second.  Wynston Sawyer, Mikey Planeta and Gabriel Lino singled to open the inning.  With the bases loaded and nobody out, Power starter Zack Von Rosenberg maneuvered out of the jam without allowing a run.

In the fifth inning, Alen Hanson hit his 12th home run of the season to stretch the lead to 4-0.

Von Rosenberg, who earned his first win, departed after six shutout innings.  The Shorebirds scored in the seventh against reliever Zac Fuesser.  Sammie Starr and Mychal Givens reached on back-to-back walks.  Then, on an error by shortstop Hanson, Starr scored from second.  Later in the inning, Jason Esposito hit a ground ball up the middle that scored Givens.

West Virgina added three runs in the eighth inning to pull away.  Dan Gamache capped the frame with a two-run single through the left side of the infield to spread the lead to 7-2.

Rinku Singh allowed two hits over two scoreless innings to end the game.

Shorebirds starter Miguel Chalas tossed a season long seven innings.  He yielded seven hits and three earned runs.

The Shorebirds and Power play game two of the series on Saturday night at 7:05pm.  RHP Williams Louico is the scheduled starter for Delmarva.

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