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Suns split with Shorebirds

June 20, 2009

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Hagerstown Suns rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning and beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 4-2 on Friday in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Suns fell 8-4 in the nightcap, despite outhitting the Shorebirds 11-6. Each game was a seven-inning contest.

In the opener, the Suns trailed 2-1 before rallying in the seventh against Delmarva closer Brandon Cooney (2-3).

Steven Souza hit a one-out single and scored on a double by Charlie Fermaint to tie the game at 2. After Robert Jacobsen walked, Valerio grounded out as the runners advanced to second and third.

Cooney then struck out Chris Curran for what would have been the third out. But the ball got away from catcher Luis Bernardo, allowing Fermaint to score the go-ahead run with Jacobsen taking third and Curran reaching first. Nick Arata followed with an RBI single.

Delmarva had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Kevin Light got Rodolfo Cardona to ground into a forceout at second to end the game. It was Light's first save of the year.

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Carlos Peralta (4-1), the Suns' second pitcher of the game, went one inning for the win. Suns starter Matt Chico allowed one run on six hits, while striking out six, in five innings.

Souza went 3-for-3 for the Suns.

Tyler Moore went 3-for-4 for Hagerstown in the nightcap.

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