Lakewood, NJ - The Delmarva Shorebirds (7-7) held the Lakewood BlueClaws (4-10) to one run on eight hits in a 3-1 series finale win on Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Park. With the win, the Shorebirds secured their third series win of the second half, equaling their series win total from the entire first half.
In the three game series, the Shorebirds held the BlueClaws to just 14 total hits.
The Shorebirds scored first in the second inning. Creede Simpson led off with a single into center field. He moved to second on a walk and scored on a two out double to left field by Steel Russell.
Lakewood countered in the third inning as former Shorebirds catcher Justin Dalles hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Angelo Mora.
Shorebirds starter, Bennett Parry, who was making his first start of the season, went four innings and allowed just three hits and one run.
In the sixth inning, the Shorebirds plated two runs. Lakewood starter Miguel Nunez issued back-to-back one out walks and was removed. With two outs and runners at first and third, Russell swung and missed at a third strike that skipped away from Lakewood's catcher, allowing Simpson to score. Then, Adrian Marin singled to center field to plate Boss, his 32nd RBI of the season.
Shorebirds left-handed reliever Lex Rutledge entered in the fifth inning and held the BlueClaws scoreless over three innings to earn the win. He struck out four batters and yielded just three hits.
Dennis Torres held the BlueClaws scoreless over the final two innings to earn his first save of the year.
The Shorebirds return to Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Thursday, July 4 for a 6:35pm series opener against the Hagerstown Suns. For tickets and more information, call the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112.