Suns take four of five from Shorebirds

May 24, 2010

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Hagerstown Suns scored six runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 6-3 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Sunday afternoon, closing out the five-game series with four wins.

The Suns (25-19) have won nine of their last 12 games and moved within two games of Hickory for first place in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.

Delmarva (19-25) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Suns rebounded in their next at-bat with plenty of help from the Shorebirds.

Eury Perez drew a leadoff walk and came all the way around to score the tying run on a pair of throwing errors by Shorebirds starter Matt Hobgood (2-4).


Hobgood threw the ball away trying to pick off Perez, allowing him to take second. Perez then scored when Hobgood threw wildly on Francisco Soriano's sacrifice bunt.

Soriano ended up on third on the play and scored the go-ahead run on another Hobgood miscue -- this one a wild pitch.

With one out, Steven Souza blasted his seventh home run of the season to give the Suns a 3-1 lead. Justin Bloxom walked and scored on Destin Hood's double down the left-field line. Hood advanced on a passed ball and scored when catcher Jason Stifler's throw to third went into the outfield.

Brett Newsome was hit by a pitch from Hobgood, stole second, moved to third on a strikeout and gave the Suns a 6-1 lead by scoring on Garabez Rosa's fielding error.

Mitchell Clegg (5-0) got the win for the Suns, giving up one run and six hits in six innings, walking one and striking out three.

After Delmarva scored twice in the seventh off Glenn Gibson, Wanel Vazquez pitched the final two innings to get his third save for Hagerstown.

The Suns' only loss in the series came late Saturday night, when Delmarva took a 2-1 decision in 15 innings.

The Suns got their only run in the top of the first inning as Soriano doubled to lead off the game and scored on a single by Dan Lyons.

Dan Rosenbaum held Delmarva scoreless through six innings, but T.J. Baxter doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly off reliever Rob Wort in the seventh to tie the game.

Baxter also scored the game-winner in the 15th, reaching on a two-out single and scoring on Gary Helmick's hit over a drawn-in outfield..

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