'Birds Stumble Down Stretch to Power

Guance goes 6.2 strong for Quality Start

(Joey Gardner)

By Sam Jellinek / Delmarva Shorebirds | August 12, 2019 10:52 PM

SALISBURY, MD - The Delmarva Shorebirds got a taste of their own medicine as the West Virginia Power rose from the mat with a four-run seventh inning to stun the Shorebirds 4-2 on Monday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the seventh, the Power (25-25, 62-58) used some two out magic to surge ahead for good. With one away, Onil Pena reached on an error and then moved to second on a Mike Salvatore base hit to right. A flyout to right allowed both runners to tag and move into scoring position, which prompted a pitching for Delmarva, which brought on Ruben Garcia. Ryan Ramiz greeted Garcia with an infield single, scoring Pena and pushing Salvatore to third to make it a 2-1 game. Matt Sanders then dunked an RBI single into shallow left center field to tie the game at 2-2. Julio Rodriguez came up next and vaulted West Virginia in front as he laced a two-run double to right center, giving the Power a 4-2 they would not relinquish.

Sal Biasi (6-3) picked up the win for West Virginia, tossing a perfect sixth while striking out a batter. Ruben Garcia (1-2) takes the loss for the Shorebirds (31-18, 79-39) after allowing two runs in 2.1 innings on three hits and a walk while striking out three. Dayeison Arias recorded his 13th save for the Power with a scoreless ninth, picking up two strikeouts.

Phenomenal hustle helped the Shorebirds steal the opening salvo in the third. After Jean Carlos Encarnacion singled with two out, Johnny Rizer singled to shallow right field. Never stopping, Encarnacion raced all the way around from first to score, seizing the first run from under the Power's nose to put Delmarva up 1-0.

With one away in the fourth, Nick Horvath sent a missile over the left field wall for a solo homer, his fifth of the season, to double the Delmarva lead to 2-0. The Power buckled down from there and kept it close until the fateful seventh.

Adam Hall went 2-for-3, his 40th multi-hit game of the season for the Shorebirds. Alexis Torres and Cody Roberts swatted doubles to chip in, but Delmarva went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position to hamper their attack.

Ramiz led the way out of the leadoff spot for West Virginia, going 2-for4 with a double, RBI, run scored, and a walk.

Hector Guance posted a Quality Start for Delmarva, going a season-long 6.2 innings and allowing two unearned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two in a no-decision.

Nate Fisher started for West Virginia and also did not factor into the decision. Fisher went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while punching out two.

The Shorebirds square off against the Power again on Tuesday night. Dallas Litscher (2-0, 0.00) draws the start for Delmarva with West Virginia countering with Ryne Inman (8-7, 4.39). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. with gates opening at 6:00. Tuesday night at Perdue Stadium is Wag Your Tail Tuesday presented by Concord Pet Foods & Supplies. Pregame coverage on Fox Sports 960 AM and the MiLB First Pitch App begins at 6:50 with Will DeBoer and Sam Jellinek on the call.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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