Salisbury, Md. — The Delmarva Shorebirds squeezed past the Charleston RiverDogs, 3-2, on Saturday night in front of 7,869 fans at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, the largest crowd of the season.
The Shorebirds (14-15) snapped a season-long four-game losing streak.
The Shorebirds and RiverDogs play Game 2 of the series at 2 p.m. today.
Charleston starter Gabe Encinas, who entered with a 0.31 ERA, had his shortest outing of the season. He walked two to open the third inning and hit Nik Balog to load the bases. Then, Lucas Herbst hit a one-hopper to second base that scored Tucker Nathans. Adrian Marin added an RBI on an infield single.
The RiverDogs (14-13) cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Yeicok Calderon.
Charleston tied the game at 2 in the sixth inning on a two-out single by Calderon through the right side of the infield to score Jake Cave.
The Shorebirds regained the lead for good in the seventh. Nathans led off with a single. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Torsten Boss, he scored on a single to right field by former South Carolina standout Christian Walker.
Shorebirds reliever Juan Guzman earned the win over three scoreless innings. He did not allow a single hit.
Charleston reliever Ben Paullus was pinned with the loss in 31/3 innings pitched.
Calderon was in the lineup for Reymond Nunez, who was a late scratch.
Charleston sends left-hander Dietrich Enns (1-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound today, as Delmarva counters with right-hander Parker Bridwell (2-2, 5.11 ERA).