Suns kept at bay in 13

July 21, 2004

SALISBURY, Md. - The ordinary won over the spectacular on Tuesday.

Hagerstown used two home runs to send the game into extra innings, but lost out in the long run on Eric Grimm's pinch-hit single in the 13th inning as Delmarva notched a 6-5 win to bring it back into a tie with the Suns for last place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division.

Grimm lined a shot off reliever Joe Bateman (7-3) over right fielder Mike Wagner's head to score Nick Markakis from second with the winning run. Markakis singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt to set up the winning rally.

Hagerstown jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Pat Dobson led off with a double and Jesse Schmidt walked before Jason Columbus unloaded his ninth home run of the season off starter James Johnson.


Delmarva broke through against Suns starter Ryan Sadowski in the third as Jeff Fiorentino, the third-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in this year's amateur draft, hit a grand slam to give the Shorebirds a 4-3 lead.

The Suns tied the game in the fifth as Columbus walked and scored on a Wagner double, one of his four hits in the game.

Wagner gave the Suns a 5-4 lead when he led off the eighth with a home run, his 10th of the season, off Chris Britton.

But Delmarva got the run back in the eighth off reliever Sean Martin on Markakis' RBI double.

Hagerstown extended the game in extra innings with some sparkling defense. Second baseman Dobson made an over-the-shoulder grab of a popup that popped out of his glove when he hit the ground. He rolled and trapped it on his stomach for the out.

Schmidt made a leaping catch in the 12th to steal a game-winning hit off the top of the center-field wall with two outs and a runner on first.

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