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Shorebirds break out in big fifth

August 27, 2010

Hagerstown Suns starter Mitchell Clegg shut down the Delmarva Shorebirds for four innings Thursday night at Municipal Stadium.

In the fifth inning, everything changed.

After seeing just one of their first 13 batters reach base, the Shorebirds got their first four hitters on in the top of the fifth, spraking a seven-run frame that led Delmarva to an 11-6 win over Hagerstown in front of 3,286 fans.

Clegg (9-3) cruised through the first four innings, allowing only a two-out double by Tyler Kelly in the first inning.

The Suns (61-69, 25-35 second half) gave Clegg a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Eury Perez hit a one-out double and Rick Hague reached on a grounder back to Delmarva starter Nicholas Haughian (6-3).

Haughian struck out Adrian Sanchez for the second out, but catcher Austin Rauch threw the ball away trying to catch Perez stealing third, allowing Perez to score.

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Delmarva (57-73, 25-35) did most of its damage in the fifth. Rauch led off with a walk, Omar Casamayor and Gary Helmich both singled to load the bases and Garabez Rosa doubled to give the Shorebirds a 2-1 lead.

Rauch added a three-run double later in the inning off Suns reliever Luis Garcia.

Casamayor had a two-run, two-out double in the seventh for a 9-2 Delmarva lead.

Rick Hague's RBI single cut the Suns' deficit to 9-3 in the seventh, and Hagerstown added three more runs in the eighth, helped out by two errors on Rauch.

Delmarva closed out the scoring with two in the ninth.

The third game of the four-game series is tonight at 7:05.

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