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Suns' sticks stick it to Shorebirds

August 30, 2009

The Hagerstown Suns scored at least two runs in each of their six innings at the plate in a 17-6 rout of the Delmarva Shorebirds in the opener of a South Atlantic League doubleheader in front of 1,593 people at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns completed the sweep with a 6-3 victory in the second game. Both games were seven innings.

In the opener, recent addition J.R. Higley hit two home runs and an RBI single for the Suns. His homers were a solo shot leading off the third and a two-run blast in the sixth.

A six-run third inning gave the Suns a 10-3 lead, and they just kept piling on.

Derek Norris had two doubles and four RBIs for Hagerstown. Valerio Heredia, Tyler Moore, Steven Souza, James Keithley and Chris Curran each had two hits as the Suns piled up 17 base knocks in all. Every Suns starter had at least one hit.

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It made for an easy victory for Patrick Lehman (1-1), who who gave up five hits and four runs -- three earned -- while striking out five in five innings.

Hagerstown's bats stayed hot in the first inning of the second game. Moore hit a two-run double and Souza added an RBI double as the Suns erased a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead.

Leading 4-3 after four innings, Hagerstown put the game away in the sixth with a pair of insurance runs. Michael Guerrero singled and scored on an error. Steve Lombardozzi's sacrifice fly to right scored Nick Arata, who reached on the error.

Juan Jaime (3-1) allowed seven hits and three runs -- two earned -- while striking out five in five innings for the victory. Carlos Peralta got the save with a scoreless ninth, allowing a hit and striking out one.

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