Jimenez's unlikely home run helps Suns jump to victory

June 28, 2012

SALISBURY, Md. — Sometimes, bit players take starring roles.

And in baseball, that can mean the difference between winning and losing.

The Hagerstown Suns came out on the positive side on Thursday as Hendry Jimenez capped a three-run sixth inning with his second home run of the season in a 5-4 victory over Delmarva.

The Suns trailed 4-2 after five until Caleb Ramsey led off with a double against Delmarva starter Eduardo Rodriguez. Ramsey took third on Matt Skole’s grounder before scoring on Steven Souza Jr.’s sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to one.

Justin Miller followed with a double before Jimenez hit a long fly to left for what became the game-winning homer.

The rally made a winner of Hagerstown starter Bobby Hansen Jr. (2-0), who pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out two. Christian Meza pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief before Aaron Barrett pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

The win gave the Suns (48-29, 6-2) a four-game sweep of Delmarva.

Delmarva jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second as Gabriel Lino drew a two-out walk to start the rally before taking third on Austin Knight’s double. Lino scored on a wild pitch by Hansen.

Mychal Givens walked and stole second before Glynn Davis walked to load the bases. Sammie Starr was hit by a pitch and Jason Esposito reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to plate the final two runs.

The Suns got two of the runs back in the top of the third, starting when Billy Burns was hit by a pitch before injuring his knee while stealing second with one out. With Brett Newsome taking over on the bases, Brian Goodwin singled to put runners on first and third.

Cutter Dykstra doubled to score Newsome and then got into a rundown between second and third on Ramsey’s grounder to short to allow Goodwin to score.

The Shorebirds made it 4-2 with a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Starr.

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