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Suns' pitching locks down Crawdads

August 13, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — Taylor Jordan threw five shutout innings and combined with relievers Gregory Holt and Colin Bates on a four-hitter as the Hagerstown Suns defeated the Hickory Crawdads 5-1 in a South Atlantic League game at Municipal Stadium on Monday.

Hagerstown (69-49, 27-22) jumped past Hickory (63-56, 27-23) into second place in the Northern Division’s second-half race, a half-game behind West Virginia (28-22).

The Suns took a 3-0 lead in the second inning against Crawdads starter Jerad Eickhoff (11-7). J.R. Higley and Billy Burns walked to set up Bryce Ortega’s two-out, two-run triple to right. Ortega scored on Matt Skole’s single to left.

Jordan (1-2) held Hickory to just two hits and two walks while striking out six. He retired the last nine hitters he faced.

The Crawdads got on the board in the seventh on Kellin Deglan’s home run off Holt, cutting the lead to 3-1. Deglan had three of Hickory’s four hits.

Hagerstown made it 5-1 in the eighth off Hickory reliever Daniel Lopez. Justin Miller was hit by a pitch and Brett Newsome singled, with Miller beating the throw to third and Newsome taking second on the play. Higley drove in Miller with a sacrifice fly — with Newsome taking third on the play — and a wild pitch scored Newsome.

Holt allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three in three innings for the Suns. Bates worked a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit and striking out one.

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