The Delmarva Shorebirds stormed back in the ninth inning to overcome a three run deficit to defeat the Charleston RiverDogs 4-3 Saturday night at Joe Riley Park.
The RiverDogs squandered Nick Green‘s strong start. Green pitched eight strong innings, striking out nine batters and only allowing one hit in the top of the third to Alejandro Juvier. That was the only baserunner to reach for the Shorebirds against Green. “He was lights out. They really had no chance to call a spade, a spade. He threw the ball as well as he did all year just like he did in spring training. If he keeps doing that, he’ll be out of here in no time,” RiverDogs manager Pat Osborn said of Green’s start.
The Dogs took the lead in the bottom of the fourth off Shorebirds starter Matthias Dietz. Hoy Park (3-for-4) singled to left field to start the inning. Park then stole second and third on consecutive pitches. Donny Sands grounded to shortstop with the infield pulled in and Park could not score. Brandon Wagner would pick Sands up though with a base hit over the drawn in infield to score Park for a 1-0 Dogs lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Blake Rutherford earned an infield single on a ball hit toward the hole that first baseman Collin Woody who threw wide of pitcher Dietz covering. Park followed that up with a double to right field that moved Rutherford to third. Sands grounded to short to score Rutherford and moved Park to third to make it 2-0 Dogs. Wagner then drove home Park with a ground out to second for his second RBI and a 3-0 Charleston lead.
The score would remain that way until the top of the ninth. Garrett Mundell (BS, 1) (L, 0-1 3.55 ERA) came into relieve Green and gave up a leadoff double to Birds DH Frank Crinella that lodged in the screen protecting the scoreboard that hangs over the left field wall. Mundell walked Juvier with Crinella advancing to third on a passed ball that was ball four. Ryan McKenna lined a single to right to cut the Dogs lead to 3-1 scoring Crinella. After a wild pitch advanced Juvier to third and McKenna to second, Jake Ring ripped a double to the right field corner to tie the game at three. After Chris Clare grounded out to second base advancing Ring to third, Mundell was replaced by Trevor Lane. Collin Woody lined a single to center field scoring Ring and giving the Birds a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Isiah Gilliam hit a double into the right field corner and would advance to third on a wild pitch, but the game would end on a high pop up to first baseman Woody off the bat of Diego Castillo.
“It got away from us there. Credit to (the Shorebirds). They did a heck of a job to keep battling. It was a one-sided affair for eight innings, but that’s why you gotta play nine, and they did their job,” RiverDogs manager Osborn said after the game.
The RiverDogs drop to 14-16 on the season while the Shorebirds improve to 14-15. After splitting the first two games of the series, the teams square off for game three of their four game series Sunday at 5:05 PM at Joe Riley Park.