Shorebirds don't have prayer as Suns' Grace is amazing

August 12, 2011

SALISBURY, Md. — Hagerstown starter Matt Grace baffled Delmarva on one hit for seven innings on Friday to allow the Suns to slip away with a 6-1 victory.

The Shorebirds’ Tyler Kelly broke up Grace’s no-hitter with a one-out single in the fourth inning for the only hit the left-hander allowed. Grace (11-5) allowed three walks and four strikeouts in his stint to go 4-0 in his last nine outings since June 15.

Delmarva put two runners on in the fourth as Jeremy Nowak followed Kelly’s single with a walk. Both runners advanced on Michael Ohlman’s grounder, but Grace ended Delmarva’s only threat by striking out Jacob Julius.

The victory was the second straight for the Suns (64-52, 24-22), who are in a third-place tie behind Kannapolis in the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half race.

The Suns took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning after loading the bases with none out against Delmarva starter David Baker (2-3). David Freitas and Kevin Keyes led off with singles before Jason Martinson laid down a bunt single to fill the bags.

Brett Newsome brought home the first run by drawing a walk before Wade Moore and Michael Taylor added two-out RBI singles to cap the rally.

Baker lasted five innings, allowing the three runs on seven hits while striking out five.

Hagerstown added an insurance run in the sixth as Adrian Nieto hit a two-out triple off Delmarva reliever Cameron Roth and scored Justino Cuevas’ infield single to first base.

The Suns closed their scoring in the ninth as Moor, Taylor and Blake Kelso led off by walking to load the bases against Shorebirds reliever Travis Strong. Keyes hit a two-run single for the 6-0 lead.

Delmarva got its run in the ninth off reliever Ben Graham when Michael Ohlman hit into a bases-loaded double play.

Nieto finished with three hits, whild Freitas and Keyes had two each to key the Suns’ 12-hit attack.

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