After huge win on Thursday, Dirty Birds fail to make it two in a row

By Matthew Young, RealWV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The ending of one home series and the beginning of another was a mixed-bag for the Dirty Birds. While York had no answer for Charleston’s explosive hitting on Thursday, the Birds’ bats were handily quieted by Lancaster on Friday. 

Charleston scored a season-high 19 runs – 14 more than they needed – in a Thursday night rout of the first place York Revolution. York went through five different pitchers who collectively gave up 19 hits and 14 walks. Every batter in Charleston’s lineup had at least one hit in the game, with Jonathan Soto and Gabriel Cancel leading the way.

Soto, who went four-for-five on the night, drove in five RBIs. Cancel went two-for-four – both of which were home runs – and added another three RBIs. Edison Suriel, who pitched through two innings, earned his second win of the season. 

The momentum, however, did not carry over into Friday, as the Dirty Birds welcomed the second place Lancaster Barnstormers to GoMart Ballpark. The Dirty Birds, who scored their previous season-high 18 runs at Lexington in May, trailed on the scoreboard for the entire game. 

David Lebron, after pitching only two innings, suffered his third straight loss. Lebron gave up six runs on seven hits and three walks. The Dirty Birds worked through a total of six different pitchers, who combined to give up nine runs on 15 hits. The sole bright spot for Charleston was Tillman Pugh, who went two-for-three with a three-run home run in the fifth inning. 

After a hot start to the season which saw the contracts of several players purchased by MLB teams, Charleston has struggled to resume their winning ways. With the loss, the Dirty Birds fall to 19-20 on the season, putting them now seven games out of first place.

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