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Suns lose on critical error

August 29, 2005

SALISBURY, Md.


There was a certain error about the Hagerstown Suns on Saturday.

Hagerstown, which has been plagued by its mistakes in the second half of the season, continued to limp because the defense shot it in the foot again.

Delmarva manufactured a run with two outs with the help of an Ambiorix Concepcion error in the sixth to break a tie and take a 5-4 victory.

Brandon Nall came on in relief of Kevin Mannix in the sixth and set down the first two batters he faced. But Nall issued walks to Patrick Scalabrini and Matt Houston to keep the Shorebirds alive in the inning.

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Quincy Ascencion reached when Concepcion misplayed his fly to right, allowing Scalabrini to score while making a hardluck loser of Nall (0-2).

The loss ended the Suns' two-game win streak against Delmarva in what has become a preview of next month's South Atlantic League North playoffs. Hagerstown is the first-half champs while the Shorebirds currently lead the division in the second half with nine games remaining.

Delmarva scored four runs off Mannix in the third to take a 4-1 lead, which started with a throwing error by Suns shortstop Jose Coronado.

Hagerstown tied the game with three runs in the fourth on a RBI singles by Jason Wyrick and Kyle Brown and a run-scoring grounder by Matt Fisher.

Carlos Perez pitched six innings to get the win for Delmarva.

Grant Psomas, who returned to Hagerstown's roster on Friday, along with Brown and Wyrick had two hits each for the Suns.

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