Over the past weekend, the Delmarva Shorebirds faced off against the Fredericksburg Nationals. And much like their previous meetings, the Nationals left victorious.
The Shorebirds struggled in these three games, mostly from the bullpen. Both games one and three were lost by the bullpen in the ninth inning or later.
The only outing by Shorebirds’ pitching worth talking about is Deivy Cruz’s game one start.
The 18-year-old Cruz tossed three innings in his start, and while walking a whopping six batters, he did not allow a run and struck out six. His ERA is now down to 1.89 on the season in 33.1 innings pitched.
The Shorebirds allowed eight runs in the ninth inning or later in games one and three combined. Mixed with a silent offense, that is no recipe for success.
On a much brighter note, Luis Valdez continued his domination on the base paths. Valdez netted two more stolen bases, bringing his season total to 47.
Nineteen-year-old Frederick Bencosme had himself a nice series at the plate. Bencosme went 5-for-12, hitting safely in all three games and recording a multi-hit game in games two and three to bring his hitting-streak to five.
On the season, Bencosme is hitting .379 with a .879 OPS in 137 at-bats.
Reed Trimble finally found his first base hit in Single-A ball. Actually, he hit three in this series, including his first double, RBI and multi-hit game.
Overall, it was another poor showing by the Delmarva Shorebirds. Here are the final totals from these three games:
Game one: DEL 6, FBG 8
Game two: DEL 0, FBG 8
Game three: DEL 8, FBG 10
The Shorebirds see their next action Tuesday, as they face the Lynchburg Hellcats, the Low-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians.
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