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Mooneyham comes full circle for Suns

July 27, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — Brett Mooneyham came into his own on Saturday.

The Hagerstown starting pitcher turned in his finest performance of the season, allowing two hits with eight strikeouts over eight innings on Saturday to lead the Suns to a 6-0 South Atlantic League victory over Delmarva.

It was Mooneyham’s longest outing and most strikeouts of the season after spending a large portion of May on the disabled list.

Mooneyham (6-3), the Washington Nationals’ third-round pick in the 2012 draft, had a no-hitter until Adrian Marin hit a one-out single in the sixth. Joel Hutter singled in the seventh for the Shorebirds’ other hit.

It was the longest outing of the season by a Suns’ pitcher. Derek Self pitched the ninth, striking out one.

The Suns (59-43, 21-14) got the only run they needed in the second inning, but added five in the fourth for good measure to post the second shutout of the series against Delmarva.

Hagerstown scored in the fourth off Delmarva’s Josh Hader when Khayyan Norfork reached on a two-out single and scored on Pedro Severino’s double for the 1-0 lead.

The Suns batted around in the fourth to put the game away and chase Haden.

Wander Ramos led off with a single and took second when Estarlin Martinez was hit by a pitch. Norfork laid down a sacrifice bunt that Hader threw away to allow both runners to score for the 3-0 lead.

Stephen Perez added a one-out single to drive in Norfork from third.

Tony Renda hit a two-out double to score Perez before Shawn Pleffner, who had three hits, ended Haden’s night with an RBI single to right for the 6-0 lead.

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