Salisbury, MD - The Greenville Drive's early lead on Wednesday night didn't last, as the Delmarva Shorebirds used a three-run bottom of the sixth to complete a 4-3, come-from-behind victory in game two of the three game series.
After working five strong innings in his first start of the season, Enmanuel De Jesus ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing three straight singles before giving way to Marcos Lantigua (0-3). The first Shorebirds (18-8) hitter grounded into a double play to score a run and cut the Drive (5-21) to 3-2, but Seamus Curran followed with a two-run homer to left field to put the Shorebirds ahead.
Cameron Bishop (3-1) allowed two earned runs and scattered nine hits over six innings to get the win, and the Delmarva bullpen made the lead stand over the final three frames. Nick Vespi threw a scoreless pair of innings, and Zach Muckenhirn stranded the tying run at third base in the ninth to get the save.
The Drive took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on consecutive singles by Kervin Suarez, Frankie Rios and Ricardo Cubillan, followed by a Shorebirds error. Trevor Craport wasted no time tying things up, as he belted a solo homer in the bottom half of the frame for Delmarva.
Suarez singled with two outs in the fourth and stole second to set the stage for Rios, who delivered a run-scoring single to put the Drive ahead 2-1.
The lead was pushed to 3-1 in the fifth when Victor Acosta led off the inning with a triple and came in to score on a wild pitch.
In his first start of the year, De Jesus allowed three earned runs on four hits and one walk in five innings.
Suarez collected two hits and two runs on the night, while Rios and Lorenzo Cedrola chipped in with two hits apiece.
The series finale will begin at 10:35 AM on Thursday morning in Maryland. Right-hander Alex Scherff (0-3, 9.35) will start for Greenville as they look to avoid being swept in the series, and the Shorebirds will send right-hander Matthias Dietz (2-1, 4.58) to the mound.
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