Five in a Row
Another win for Delmarva on Friday night. Very exciting game, especially in the eighth inning. Three runs came across to overcome a two run deficit. David Walters picked up his first save.
Lakewood won again last night, so the ‘Birds did not gain any ground. Still three games out of first place. Lakewood has won three straight games over Kannapolis.
Kelly has been a really nice setter of the proverbial table of late. Last night, he hit a one out single that rolled up the first base line in the eighth. Two batters later, Kieron Pope knocked him home with a sharp double to the wall in left. Another example is game one of this series. In the third inning, he singled to open the frame. Tyler Townsend then doubled to score him. Same thing happened in the fifth inning. Kelly singled and Townsend tripled him home. The other recent example is game four of the Lakewood series. Kelly singled with one out in the first and three runs came into score in that inning with Kelly being the first. Shouldn’t be a surprise that he leads the team in runs scored with 47.
Kantakevich was once again near unhittable last night. He was removed after the fifth inning and the 38-minute rain delay (he might have been scheduled to come out anyway). He allowed a single hit over five shutout innings. In his last nine innings (two starts), he has surrendered just four hits and zero runs. He also has nine strikeouts during the last nine innings. The last ten starters have been unreal. It’s up to 59.2 innings pitched and three earned runs! Thanks to Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com for publicizing the starting pitching success!
I’ve said this many times on the radio and I’ll write it here. Nobody is more productive in producing runs than Gary Helmick. He has 20 RBIs in 47 games including the game winner in the eighth inning last night. He has an RBI in each of his last three games played. The Severn, Md. product is almost reverting back to his college days in this regard. In his senior year at Towson, he knocked in 51 runs in 53 games.
‘Birds try and match their season high winning streak on Saturday night agains the Power. West Virginia has now lost five in a row and six of seven. Bobby Bundy takes the hill against Melkin Laureano.