Following a series split last week, where the Shorebirds’ offense was either on fire or non-existent, they came up with only the latter this week, completely not existing.
The Low-A affiliate for the Boston Red Sox held our Shorebirds to just 19 runs in these six games, with eight of those coming in the game six win. In all fairness, game six was a valiant offensive effort capped off by a three-run walk-off home run, but it was nearly all the offense for the whole series.
Darrell Hernaiz had a tough series, hitting safely in only the last two games of the series for a combined three base hits. Hernaiz went 0-for-14 in the first four games of this series.
Although he took the loss, Juan De Los Santos tossed an impressive quality start in the game one, 1-0, loss. He pitched six innings, allowing just one-run on three hits while striking out seven. Unfortunately for De Los Santos, the offense offered no support, and that one run resulted in a loss.
De Los Santos got his redemption in game six. He had another great start, this one lasting five innings with two runs scored. He again struck out seven batters and lowered his season ERA to 1.97.
Ryan Long got his strikeout total over 20 in game two, with a four-inning strikeout effort that resulted in zero runs. However, this game was still a loss.
As said earlier, game six delivered nearly all of the offense, and it was extremely exciting.
The young catching prospect, Creed Willems, hit his first home run of his professional career. He followed that two-run blast with an RBI triple in his next at-bat.
With the Shorebirds down, 7-5, in the bottom of the 11th inning, Isaac Bellony answered the team’s prayers by hitting a walk-off three-run homer to win the game.
Overall, the Shorebirds did not play great baseball in this series. They have a chance to turn it around in this next series, one against the Fredericksburg Nationals, starting Tuesday.
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