Suns rally, but fall short

April 16, 2012

SALISBURY, Md. — The Hagerstown Suns saved their best for last, but it wasn’t enough.

Hagerstown rallied for four runs in the ninth inning, but it needed one more on Monday in a 5-4 loss to Delmarva.

The loss was the third straight for the Suns, who fell to 6-6 and are 1-4 on their seven-game road trip.

The Suns, who had been held to four hits, rallied against Delmarva reliever Zach Fowler.

Adrian Nieto led off a single and eventually scored on Justin Miller’s sacrifice fly to put the Suns on the board.

Hendry Jimenez doubled and Billy Burns was hit by a pitch to set up Justin Martinson’s three-run homer.

The Suns were unable to score for starter Brian Dupra, who left trailing 4-0 after five innings.

Delmarva scored all five of its runs with two outs.

The Shorebirds took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Wynston Sawyer’s RBI single.

Delmarva added three runs in the fifth on Sammie Starr’s RBI single and a two-run double by John Ruettiger.

The Shorebirds added a run in the seventh when Brenden Webb drew a bases-loaded walk against Suns reliever Nathan Karns.

The Suns blew a prime opportunity in the seventh when they loaded the bases against Delmarva reliever Devin Jones with no outs but went down without scoring a run.

 Hagerstown loaded the bases with none out, but Justin Miller flew out, Hendry Jimenez popped out and Billy Burns grounded out the end the threat.

Delmarva starter Miguel Chalas allowed two hits in five innings, while walking one and striking out four.

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