Hickory, NC - The Delmarva Shorebirds plated ten unanswered runs between the third and the sixth innings to cruise past Hickory, 10-6, at L.P. Frans Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Shorebirds plated ten runs for the first time since May 15. Tyler Townsend registered a career high six RBIs on three hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle. Mikey Planeta went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
For a second straight game, Hickory plated the game's first run. Travis Adair reached on a single to left to open the bottom of the first. Joe Bonadonna drew a walk and Jared Prince singled up the middle to load the bases. Two batters later, Vinny DiFazio tapped a slow roller towards short to produce the first run. Then, Mike Ortiz doubled into right-center field to bring home Bonadonna. The next batter, Guillermo Pimentel singled into center to plate DiFazio.
The Shorebirds plated their first two runs in the third inning. Planeta led off with a single. Two batters later, Garabez singled. Then, Ty Kelly walked to load the bases. With two outs, Townsend connected on a double down the right field line to plate Planeta and Rosa.
The 'Birds tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth. Omar Casamayor singled to start the frame. Planeta then rifled a double into deep center field to score Casamayor.
The Shorebirds tallied a run in the fifth inning to take the lead for the first time. Townsend recorded his third RBI of the day to plate T.J. Baxter, who led off the inning with a single.
The game was blown wide open in the sixth inning. The Shorebirds sent nine batters to the plate and scored six runs to balloon the lead to 10-3. The big hits in the inning were a two-run single for Kelly and a three-run homer for Townsend.
Kenny Moreland (6-3) earned the win in six strong innings. He allowed nine hits and three runs. Moreland shut down the Crawdads from innings two through six.
Neil Ramirez was pinned with the loss in five innings. He allowed eight hits and four runs.
The Crawdads plated one in the seventh and two in the eighth inning off Tom Phelps before David Walters came on to retire Guillermo Pimentel, which ended the game. Walters earned his second save of the season.
The Delmarva Shorebirds play game three of the series on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. RHP Jesse Beal makes the start for the 'Birds.