Suns rally to split twinbill

August 20, 2010

SALISBURY, Md. -- Adrian Nieto ripped a two-run single to break a 2-2 tie and start a four-run seventh inning to lead the Suns to a 6-2 win over Delmarva in the nightcap of a doubleheader.

The Shorebirds scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to score a walkoff 4-3 victory in the opener.

The Suns, who scored six unanswered runs in the nightcap, jumped on Delmarva pitcher Kenny Moreland in the seventh.

Brett Newsome and Adrian Sanchez led off with singles before Moreland unleashed a wild pitch to advance Sanchez. Nieto lined a single to center to bring home the two runs.

Will Startup relieved Moreland and eventually allowed an RBI single to Eury Perez and a run-scoring grounder to Justin Cuevas to give Hagerstown a four-run lead.

Delmarva took a 2-0 lead in the first off Suns' starter Graham Hicks.

Hagerstown tied the game in the third on a two-run double by Rick Hague. Luis Garcia, Hagerstown's fourth pitcher, won the game in relief.


In the opener, the Suns owned a 3-1 lead until the seventh.

Hagerstown scored a run in the third on J.P. Ramirez's RBI single after Perez reached on an infield single and stole two bases.

The Suns took a 3-0 lead in the fourth on a two-run single by Perez.

Delmarva, which got a run in the fifth, rallied with two outs in the seventh to win. Michael Planeta started the rally by reaching on Stephen King's error.

It led to a two-run single by T.J. Baxter to tie the game. Baxter scored the winning run on a second error by King on a play that he was ejected on for arguing with the umpire. He claimed his throw was on time to beat Gary Helmick to first, but he was called safe.

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