Shorebirds give Suns 3-run salute

July 05, 2005

SALISBURY, Md. - For the second straight night, the Hagerstown Suns bullpen was like an Independence Day fireworks show.

It got lit and blew up.

This time Marcelo Perez went from getting a save to giving a wave as he allowed three runs in the ninth inning - including Arturo Rivas' walk-off two-run home run - for a 6-5 loss as the Suns lost their fourth straight game.

It was Hagerstown's second straight loss while in a save situation. Closer Carlos Muniz was tagged for five runs on seven hits in the final two innings on Sunday as the Suns fell 6-2 to Lakewood after leading 2-1 heading into the eighth.

Rivas had two home runs and three RBI to lead Delmarva.

The Suns (45-34, 3-6) have lost eight of their last 10 games.

Delmarva, which leads the South Atlantic League's North Division, scored all its runs on five homers, but they were all solo shots until Rivas' blast with two outs in the ninth.


Jason Fransz and Patrick Scalabrini each homered in the fourth and Rivas had a solo blast in sixth off Hagerstown starter Jose Sanchez. Perez relieved Edgar Alfonso with two outs in the eighth.

Francisco Figueroa led off the ninth with a drive to left that Hagerstown's Corey Coles leaped to catch, preventing a home run.

With two outs, Jacob Duncan homered to cut the deficit to 5-4. After Fransz reached on shortstop Ryan Triplett's fielding error, Rivas ended the game.

The Suns took a 3-0 lead in the third on Ambiorix Concepcion's two-run homer off starter Joey Coppinger and Jesus Flores' RBI grounder.

Hagerstown took a 5-2 lead in the sixth when Flores scored on a throwing error off Matt Farmer's bunt and a Coles grounder.

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