Suns sweep Shorebirds, lead now 3 1/2 games

August 25, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — Brian Rauh allowed just three hits in six innings as the Hagerstown Suns defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 3-1 in the first game of a South Atlantic League doubleheader at Municipal Stadium on Saturday.

Billy Burns’ RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Suns a sweep with a 6-5 victory in the nightcap, after Hagerstown blew a 5-1 lead in the top of the sixth.

Hagerstown (79-51, 37-24), which leads the Northern Division’s second-half race by 3 1/2 games over Hickory and West Virginia, has won five straight and 12 of 14. The Suns have won 13 straight against Delmarva.

* In the opener, the Suns took a 2-0 lead in the second inning off Shorebirds starter Miguel Chalis. Caleb Ramsey drew a leadoff walk, J.R. Higley singled and the runners moved to second and third on a balk to set up Cole Leonida’s two-run single to right.

Hagerstown increased its lead to 3-0 in the third when Cutter Dykstra’s double to left to drive in Khayyan Norfork, who led off with a single.

Rauh allowed three hits and two walks while striking out six. He retired 10 straight Shorebirds before giving up a leadoff walk in the seventh.

Richie Mirowski came on in relief after the walk and got the save. He gave up Lucas Herbst’s double and an RBI groundout — the run was charged to Rauh.

* In the nightcap, Delmarva took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off Hagerstown starter Dixon Anderson, who hit leadoff batter Greg Lorenzo with a pitch. Lorenzo stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Michael Ohlman’s two-out single.

The Suns tied the game at 1 in the bottom half off Shirebirds starter Williams Louico. Burns led off with a single and went to second on an error by Lorenzo’s error in center. Burns took third on a balk and scored on Adrian Nieto’s two-out single.

Hagerstown took a 2-1 lead in the second on Higley’s home run to left.

Anderson pitched four innings, allowing three hits and a walk while fanning three in a no-decision.

Hagerstown scored three runs in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with no outs and ended Louico’s night. Reliever Alex Schmarzo gave up Nieto’s RBI groundout and Ramsey’s RBI single, before Nieto stole third and scored on catcher Adam Davis’ throwing error.

Delmarva tied the game with a four-run sixth off Suns reliever Christian Meza (8-1). Herbst led off with a home run to right. A walk and singles by Davis and Leonora loaded the bases, a wild pitch scored a run and Bernadina drove in two with a single for a 5-5 tie.

But Hagerstown took advantage of two errors on one play in the bottom half to take a 6-5 lead off reliever David Baker (2-3). Ortega led off with a single to left, went to second on Bernadina’s fielding error and raced third as Bernadina threw the ball away for another error. Burns followed with an RBI single to left.

Colin Bates worked a perfect seventh for his sixth save to wrap up the victory.

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