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Two by two, Shorebirds sail past Suns

May 19, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Delmarva employed the Noah’s Ark method to finally knock off the Hagerstown Suns.

The Shorebirds did everything in twos.

Delmarva used three-hit nights by Jason Esposito and Mychal Givens, along with Nick Delmonico’s three-run homer, to grab a 9-1 victory over the Suns on Saturday before 1,712 fans at Municipal Stadium.

The Shorebirds paired key triples, singles and homers to construct a three-run third and a four-run seventh inning to end the Suns’ six-game winning streak. Hagerstown (23-16) remained in second place in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division, six games behind Greensboro.

Hagerstown couldn’t solve Delmarva starter Miguel Chalas (4-2), who allowed one run and four hits in six innings with two walks and five strikeouts to earn the victory. Jake Cowan pitched the final three innings to earn his fourth save.

Delmarva jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning against Hagerstown starter Taylor Hill in an unlikely way.

After Givens led off with a single to right, Sammie Starr and Glynn Davis drove in runs with back-to-back triples. Starr rolled his shot just inside the third-base bag into the left-field corner, allowing Givens to score from first.

Davis hit a ball that landed on the right-field line and skipped away from Suns outfielder Caleb Ramsey for his RBI triple. Davis scored on Kyle Hoppy’s grounder to second.

The Shorebirds took another odd route to extend their lead to 4-0 in the fourth.

Esposito and Brandon Webb opened the rally with a pair of infield singles to Hill. Esposito chopped a high bouncer in front of the plate that Hill (3-3) had trouble handling and Webb followed with a shot off of Hill’s glove to put runners on first and second.

After Wynston Sawyer hit into a double play, Givens slapped a single to left to score Webb from second for the four-run lead.

The Suns got one back in the fifth against Chalas in sudden fashion. Ramsey reached on a single to right that got past a diving Delmonico and scored on Brian Goodwin’s double to left-center to make the score 4-1.

The Shorebirds turned to the long ball to blow the game open and rudely introduce reliever Pedro Encarnacion to the South Atlantic League.

In his debut, Encarnacion issued a leadoff walk to Starr and a one-out pass to Hoppy to set the stage for Delmonico’s three-run blast over the right-field wall, his fourth of the season. On the next pitch, Justin Dalles unloaded a high drive over the left-field wall for his second homer to give Delmarva an 8-1 lead.

Delmarva capped the scoring in the ninth when Dalles reached on an Encarnacion throwing error to first and scored on Esposito’s double to right center.

The Suns had few opportunities as they stranded only six runners and were only 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Hill lasted six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits in the loss. Encarnacion didn’t fare much better, allowing five runs on four hits and three walks in three innings.

Cutter Dykstra lead the Suns with two of their five hits.

The Suns return to action today at 1:05 p.m. as they meet Delmarva’s Dylan Bundy in his much anticipated Municipal Stadium start. Bundy (0-0) is the Baltimore Orioles’ top choice in the 2011 draft and has only allowed two unearned runs and four walks while striking out 36 in seven appearances and 25 innings.

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