Bernadina goes 4-for-4 with a home run
Salisbury, Md. – The Delmarva Shorebirds (20-33) dropped the series opener to the Hagerstown Suns (29-23) 5-3 on Thursday night. Delmarva is now 6-10 against Hagerstown this season.
Delmarva struck first in the home half of the third after catcher Michael Ohlman smacked a one out double into the left center field gap to plate Mikey Planeta.
Hagerstown came back to take the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Bryce Ortega led off with a single and was driven in by Cutter Dykstra’s double down the third base line. Dykstra scored on a soft single to right field by Justin Miller to put the Suns up 2-1.
Roderick Bernadina tied the game up at two as he belted a one out homerun over the left field fence for his first homer of the year.
The Suns scored three runs in the top of the ninth. Brett Newsome knocked a one out double down the left field line. J.R. Higley then hit a single to advance Newsome to third. Newsome scored on a wild pitch by ‘Birds reliever Gene Escat. Khayyan Norfork then hit his first home run of the year over the left field fence to put the Suns up 5-2.
Delmarva was able to score one in the ninth following Roderick Bernadina’s RBI single to left. However, they stranded two runners in scoring position to end the game.
Shorebirds starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up only two runs on three hits over five innings. He also struck out three and only walked one.
Jesse Beal relieved Rodriguez and pitched three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and struck out three batters.
Picking up the loss on the evening for Delmarva was Gene Escat (2-1, 4.34), who pitched one inning and gave up three runs on three hits.
Hagerstown starter Blake Schwartz pitched six innings and gave up only one run on nine hits. He also recorded seven strikeouts.
Greg Holt (3-2, 3.93) notched the victory for the Suns going two innings and giving up one run on three hits. He also recorded a strikeout.
Colin Bates picked up his fourth save on the season pitching one inning of relief while giving up one run on two hits.
The next game for Delmarva will be Friday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium against the Hagerstown Suns. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. The scheduled starter for Delmarva is Juan Guzman (1-1, 7.94).