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Shorebirds came and gave without taking

May 31, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Suns won a game of give and take on Thursday.

Delmarva gave extra outs and the Suns took advantage of them.

The Suns scored six unearned runs as the Shorebirds committed four critical errors to help blow the lid off a 12-0 victory before 1,705 fans at Municipal Stadium.

Jason Martinson drove in four runs while Billy Burns and Justin Miller added three RBIs each as the Suns pounded out 13 hits against three Delmarva pitchers.

Second-place Hagerstown (31-22) broke a two-game losing streak with the victory, but remained 7 1/2 games behind Greensboro in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division race. The Grasshoppers scored a 2-0 victory over Savannah to maintain their cushion with 16 games remaining in the first half.

The Suns’ offense found themselves in a comfortable position with starting pitcher Nathan Karns on the mound.

Karns (3-0) continued his sharp edge as a starting pitcher with six shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out four. He was coming off last Saturday’s seven-inning complete game win over Lakewood where he allowed one hit and struck out 10.

Ben Hawkins pitched two innings of one-hit relief and Chris McKenzie allowed a hit in the ninth to seal the victory. Delmarva managed just five singles for the game.

The Shorebirds (21-32) committed two errors in both the third and seventh innings, which prolonged Suns rallies and led to all six unearned runs. Delmarva second baseman Nicky Delmonico committed three of the four errors.

The Suns jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third against Delmarva starter Justin Moore (0-1).

Brian Goodwin reached second base on an infield single to short that Sammie Starr threw away. Burns kept the inning alive when he reached on a fielding error by Delmonico.

Jason Martinson took advantage of the unscheduled opportunity with a three-run blast over the wall in left-center field for his seventh homer of the season. Matt Skole followed with his 12th homer on a shot over the wall in center on a 3-0 pitch.

Hagerstown continued to draw a bead on Moore in the fourth as Ramsey and Miller hit back-to-back, one-out doubles to produce a fifth run. Hendry Jimenez and Goodwin drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and set up a two-run double to left by Burns.

Martinson hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Goodwin for the 8-0 lead. It was Martinson’s 52nd RBI of the season, keeping him one off the league pace set by Lexington’s Zach Johnson.

The Suns added two more unearned runs in the seventh against Delmarva reliever Jesse Beal, thanks to two errors by Delmonico.

Adrian Nieto reached first on Delmonico’s first bobble of the inning and scored on Miller’s one-out double. Jimenez reached on Delmonico’s second miscue and Goodwin walked to set up Burns RBI single up the middle for the 10-0 lead.

Hagerstown continued to pile it on with two final runs in the eighth against Jake Cowan. Steven Souza Jr. singled and Nieto doubled to lead off the inning before Ramsey singled up the middle and Miller hit into a run-scoring fielder’s choice grounder on a diving grab by Starr.

Miller and Ramsey finished with three hits each while Burns added two.

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