SALISBURY, MD - Jake Ring socked a walk-off two-out two-run double to right center and the Delmarva Shorebirds staged a dramatic comeback to beat the Greenville Drive, winning 6-5 on Tuesday afternoon in front of nearly 4,000 schoolchildren at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
With the Shorebirds (16-21) down 5-4 in the ninth against top SAL closer Stephen Nogosek, Frank Crinella took a pitch off his left sleeve, putting him on base with one out. Alejandro Juvier then drew a walk to put two on, and Ryan McKenna pinch-ran at first. A deep flyout to left from Cole Billingsley sent Crinella to third. Up came Ring, who came into the game hitting .417 (7-17) in two-out, RISP chances.
Nogosek got ahead in the count 0-2, but Ring cracked a liner to the gap in right center, taking two hops to the wall. Crinella scored and McKenna, who took off running on the pitch, followed right behind him. Ring raised his arms in triumph on second base as his teammates came swarming out of the dugout to mob him in Delmarva's second walk-off win of the season.
Ring finished the day 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. The reigning Orioles Minor Leaguer of the Month now has a SAL-best 15 doubles on the season and ranks second in the league with 30 RBIs.
Jake Bray (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Shorebirds with a perfect ninth inning. Nogosek (1-1) took the loss after his second blown save in 11 chances for the Drive (24-13), giving up the pair of runs in 1.2 innings.
Greenville jumped ahead in the top of the third inning. Yoan Aybar led off with a double, then three batters later Santago Espinal dropped a bloop single into right center, chasing home Aybar to make it 1-0.
Tyler Hill led off the fourth with a single and promptly stole his way to second and third. Jerry Downs then singled to center to plate Hill, making it 2-0 Drive.
In the fifth, Lorenzo Cedrola singled to lead off and scored on an Espinal double. Espinal later scored on a Hill base hit, and Greenville had a 4-0 lead. The Shorebirds had not come back from a four-run deficit to win all season.
Delmarva wasted no time getting back into it, though. Collin Woody singled to lead off the fifth, then after a pair of air outs, Jerry McClanahan worked out an eight-pitch walk to put two on. Crinella rocked a triple to deep center, scoring both runs and cutting the deficit to 4-2.
Billingsley led off the sixth with a triple of his own to the right field corner, and Ring's first double of the ballgame to left plated him. Chris Clare hit a single to right field to advance Ring to third, and Woody's deep sac fly to the track in right allowed Ring to score with ease, tying the game at 4-4.
The Drive countered to take the lead in the next half inning, going up 5-4 on back-to-back two-out doubles by Ryan Scott and Hill.
The Shorebirds got the tying run to third and the go-ahead run to first in their half of the seventh, but Ring rolled out to short to end the threat, setting himself up for redemption in the last of the ninth.
Crinella stretched his hitting streak to six games (8-22), going 2-for-3 with a triple, run, and two RBIs. In his past six, he's upped his batting average from .128 to .213.
Hill finished 3-for-4 with a double, run, two RBIs, and two stolen bases to lead the Drive. He went 9-for-15 with eight RBIs in the three games he played in the series.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Delmarva's Lucas Humpal lasted five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out a season-high 10. In the spot start for Greenville, Kyle Hart allowed two runs on two hits in five innings, retiring the first 12 men he faced.
The win snaps the Shorebirds' five-game losing streak and caps their six-game homestand at 1-5. Delmarva will play three more games in Salisbury in May, wrapping up the month with 11 of 14 on the road.
After an off day on Wednesday, the Shorebirds pick it back up with the first of four in Greensboro against the Grasshoppers on Thursday. Zach Muckenhirn (1-3, 4.46) gest the ball for Delmarva against Greensboro's Dustin Beggs (2-3, 1.85). First pitch is 7:00 p.m., and pregame coverage on Fox Sports AM 960 and the MiLB First Pitch app begins at 6:45 p.m. with Will DeBoer on the call.
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