Salisbury, MD - In front of the largest crowd since the 2006 season, 8,981, the Delmarva Shorebirds raced to an early lead and held on late for a 6-3 win in the series finale. The Shorebirds finish the nine-game homestand 6-3.
In the first inning, the Shorebirds took an early 1-0 lead. L.J. Hoes drew a one out walk and reached second base on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Elvin Polanco hit a lined single into center field to score Hoes. It was Polanco's 50th RBI of the season.
The Shorebirds built a cushion in the second inning with two runs. Jacob Julius led off with his second home run in as many nights to stretch the lead to 2-0. Kyle Hudson followed with a single to right field. Hudson then went first to third on a error by third baseman Nick Arata on a grounder off the bat of Rodolfo Cardona. Xavier Avery grounded out to first, allowing Hudson to score.
The Shorebirds tallied a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to build a 6-0 lead. In the fourth, Luis Bernardo tripled to lead off the frame. Then, Xavier Avery doubled down the right field line to score Bernardo. In the fifth, Jacob Julius tripled off the top of the right field wall. Kyle Hudson followed with a single through the right side of the infield. In the sixth, Elvin Polanco drove home L.J. Hoes with a single up the middle.
The Suns fought back with one run in the seventh and two in the eighth inning before Brett Bordes retired the Suns in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.
The Shorebirds recorded a season high four triples.
Shorebirds starter Ryan O'Shea was tremendous in 6.1 innings. He scattered five hits and one run. O'Shea also fanned six and walked just one.
The Shorebirds embark on an eight-game road swing starting on Monday night against the Charleston Riverdogs.
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