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Suns pitchers shut down Shorebirds

August 11, 2011

SALISBURY, Md. — Three Hagerstown pitchers held Delmarva to six hits and the Suns made an early 5-0 lead stand up in a 6-2 victory over the Shorebirds on Thursday night.

Paul Applebee (6-2) picked up the victory for Hagerstown, allowing just two hits in five innings while striking out three.

Chris McKenzie gave up two runs and three hits in two innings of work and Dean Weaver earned his first save of the year with two innings of one-hit ball.

The Suns (63-52, 23-22 second half) scored a pair of runs in the top of the first off Delmarva starter Matt Bywater (0-2).

Michael Taylor drew a leadoff walk and Blake Kelso singled to move Taylor to third. Adrian Sanchez reached on a fielder’s choice grounder that erased Taylor at the plate.

David Freitas walked to load the bases and Kelso scored on a wild pitch by Bywater. Sanchez scored on Kevin Keyes’ groundout to give the Suns a 2-0 lead.

Hagerstown stretched the lead to 5-0 in the top of the third. Jason Martinson walked and went to third on Adrian Nieto’s double. Martinson scored on a fielder’s choice by Mills Rogers.

Kelso drove in Nieto with his second hit of the night and Rogers scored later on Bywater’s second wild pitch.

Delmarva (52-64, 17-29) got two runs back in the seventh off McKenzie. Garabez Rosa had an RBI groundout and Michael Planeta added an RBI triple.

Rogers drove in his second run of the night in the top of the ninth, scoring Keyes with a double to left field.

The Suns remain four games behind Kannapolis in the South Atlantic League Northern Division.

Hagerstown plays games tonight and Saturday in Salisbury before returning to Municipal Stadium on Sunday to start a four-game homestand against Lexington.

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