Adam Hall and his Delmarva Shorebirds woke up early and split a doubleheader with the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Delmarva won the opener 3-2, while the Greensboro rebounded to win the second game 4-1.
Game 1 saw Grayson Rodriguez continued his dominance on the hill for Delmarva, allowing two runs on three hits in five innings while walking one and striking out six. The Orioles' No. 5 prospect moved into a tie for first in the SAL in wins and now leads the circuit with 1.45 ERA.
Osvaldo Bido suffered defeat at Delmarva's hands for the second straight start, surrendering three runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. Tim Naughton nailed down his seventh save with a scoreless sixth and seventh.
With Delmarva already ahead 1 – 0, they used some two-out hustle to increase their lead in the fifth. Hall legged out an infield single, then Cadyn Grenier followed with a sharp grounder to the mound that kicked off of Bido's foot for another single. Seeing the ball trickle into right field, Hall sprinted to third base, and on the throw to try and get Hall, Grenier motored into second, sliding in just ahead of the return throw. Doran Turchin came up next, fought back on an 0-2 count to get it to 2-2, and lashed a single into left, scoring Hall and Grenier to make it 3-0 Delmarva.
The runs proved paramount as the Grasshoppers answered in the home fifth. Michael Gretler had a one-out single, then after a fielder's choice, Brett Kinneman took Rodriguez deep down the right field foul pole. The two-run blast got Greensboro back within 3-2.
Naughton handled things in the final two innings, though, giving up just a soft single and sitting the Grasshoppers down in order to finish the job in the seventh.
In Game 2, after Colin Selby allowed one run on two hits in a four-inning spot start, Cam Alldred picked up the win for the Greensboro with a perfect fifth and sixth out of the bullpen. Ryan Conroy battled but took the loss in his Shorebirds debut, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits in 3.2 innings. Yerry De Los Santos nailed down his first save with a scoreless seventh.
Greensboro struck a big blow, with Shorebirds assistance, in the second. Raul Siri reached on a one-out error, then Zac Susi singled to put two on. Lolo Sanchez got hit on the foot to load the bases, and a wild pitch let Siri sprint home with the game's first run. Jonah Davis followed with an RBI base knock to left, and Mason Martin hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice to make it 3-0.
Delmarva countered in the fourth. Grenier laced a one-out double, then two batters later Ryne Ogren slashed an RBI triple into the right field corner, getting Delmarva within 3-1.
Greensboro answered in the home fourth as Sanchez legged a two-out infield hit and Davis tripled to that same right field corner, giving the game its final margin.
The loss in the second game snapped a nine-game road winning streak for Delmarva.