Greensboro, NC - The Delmarva Shorebirds evened their season record to 7-7 with their third straight victory, a 3-1 win over Greensboro on Thursday night. Opening a brief three-game road series, Delmarva continued its run of strong pitching in the victory.
Steven Brault put forth a career day for Delmarva after having his start postponed two nights in a row. THe wait was worth it for Brault as he set career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts. The left-hander went seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits. Brault also fanned nine batters in the victory, the most by a Shorebird this season.
Delmarva scored two runs in the second inning, which turned out to be enough support for Brault. Jeff Kemp and Drew Dosch drilled back-to-back doubles to left field to start the inning. Conor Bierfeldt and Hector Veloz picked up RBIs on a pair of bounceouts to score Kemp and Dosch.
In the eighth inning, Delmarva tacked on an insurance without a base hit in the frame. Federico Castagnini led off with a walk, then Gregory Lorenzo was hit by a pitch. After a strikeout, Mancini reached on a fielder's choice as Lorenzo beat out the throw to second. With the bases loaded, Jeff Kemp picked up his team-high ninth RBI of the season with a groundout to short. Greensboro attempted to turn two, but Kemp beat the relay thrown by a step.
Jon Keller relieved Brault in the eighth, allowing the only run of the game. Sharif Othman singled and Kentrell belted a double down the left field line to place runners on second and third with no outs. Keller buckled down, though he did allow an RBI groundout to Yefri Perez. The run was the first run allowed by the Shorebirds since the second inning on Monday, a string of 29 consecutive scoreless innings.
Brault (2-1) picked up his second straight victory after struggling on Opening Day. Domingo German (0-1) settled for a loss despite seven solid innings for Greensboro. Keller earned his first career save as he finished off the 3-1 win for Delmarva.
The Shorebirds are back to 7-7 after three straight victories. Delmarva will look to go over .500 for the first time this year on Friday. Left-hander Mitch Horacek (0-1, 3.55) will start for Delmarva against Grasshoppers' southpaw Sean Townsley (0-0, 3.12). First pitch at NewBridge Bank Park is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Friday evening.