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Suns gain split in DH

August 23, 2009

SALISBURY, Md. -- Hagerstown and Delmarva each captured a win in a final at-bat in Sunday's South Atlantic League doubleheader.

Derrick Norris delivered the winning RBI in the ninth inning that gave the Suns a 2-1 victory over Delmarva in the second game after a tough loss in the opener.

Hagerstown kept Delmarva at bay until the seventh inning of the first game before Joe Mahoney struck for a two-run homer and a 2-1 win for the Shorebirds.

In the nightcap, the Suns pushed across the winning run in the top of the ninth inning when Nick Arata led off and was hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a sacrifice by Chris Curran and up to third on a sharp single to left by Rob Jacobsen.

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Norris then ripped his 27th double of the year to scored Arata. After an intentional walk left the bases loaded the Suns could do no further damage with a double play. Norris had three hits in the game.

In the opener, Patrick Arnold (3-4) issued a leadoff walk to Ronnie Welty and after a strikeout, gave up a walkoff home run to Mahoney, his fifth of the year.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Rob Jacobsen had a two-out single to drive in Tyler Moore, who had walked.

Jacobsen also had a double and triple, but was left stranded in each case.

The Suns wasted another strong pitching performance from Patrick Lehman in the opener.

Lehman went six innings and allowed only two hits without issuing a walk. He struck out four but left with a no-decision.

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