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Shorebirds single out Suns in 12

July 05, 2013

SALISBURY, Md. — The Hagerstown Suns have made a habit of scoring early.

On Friday, they lost because they couldn’t score late ... really late.

Delmarva hit three consecutive singles with two outs in the 12th inning to pull out a 4-3 victory, ending the Suns’ four-game winning streak.

Roderick Bernadina followed hits by Joel Hutter and Wynston Sawyer to drive in the winning run against Suns reliever Derek Self (0-2).

It broke a 3-3 tie that lasted six innings.

Despite the loss, the Suns (48-35, 10-6) maintained a half-game lead over Hickory in the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half standings. Hickory lost 4-2 to Kannapolis to the completion of Thursday’s game, but won 8-2 in the nightcap.

The Suns got the early lead again, but this time waiting until the second inning to take a 2-0 lead against Delmarva starter Juan Guzman.

Estarlin Martinez reached on a one-out single to short. Craig Manuel hit a two-out double to right before both runners scored on Pedro Severino’s double to left.

Delmarva got a run back in the third against Suns starter Brett Mooneyham.

Lucas Herbst led off with a walk and stole second before taking third on Torsten Boss’ single to right. Herbst scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Hagerstown extended the lead in the 3-1 in the fourth on Brandon Miller’s leadoff home run to center — his 15th of the season.

The Shorebirds tied the score at 3 in the sixth against Cory Bafidis, who was just added to the roster to replace the injured Dixon Anderson.

Hutter greeted Bafidis with a single and took second on a wild pitch. Bernadina drove in the run with a double to left and then scored on Adrian Marin’s RBI single.

Mooneyham pitched five innings, allowing a run on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Self, the Suns’ fourth pitcher of the game, allowed a run on four hits with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.

Matt Hobgood (7-2) got the win with an inning of one-hit relief. Guzman pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six.

Severino led the Suns with three of their 10 hits.

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