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Mooneyham untouchable, Suns take SAL North lead

August 17, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — Brett Mooneyham continues to be downright untouchable for the Hagerstown Suns.

Mooneyham won his sixth straight start on Saturday night, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out nine as the Hagerstown Suns shut out the Asheville Tourists 4-0 in front of 1,139 fans at Municipal Stadium.

With their seventh straight victory, the Suns (73-49, 35-20) took a half-game lead over West Virginia — a 4-1 loser to Hickory on Saturday — in the race for the Northern Division second-half title in the South Atlantic League. Hagerstown won the first-half title and is assured a playoff berth.

Mooneyham (10-3), who allowed just three hits and no walks Saturday, has not allowed a run in his last three starts and has allowed only three runs total during his six-game winning streak.

In his last three starts, he’s allowed just six hits in 20 1/3 innings while striking out 24, lowering his ERA to 1.94.

Cody Davis retired all six hitters he faced to close out the shutout.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Tourists starter Matt Flemer. Narciso Mesa led off with a triple to right and scored on Tony Renda’s single to left.

Flemer (2-4) departed after four innings — allowing six hits while striking out three in the loss.

Hagerstown doubled its lead to 2-0 with a run in the fifth off Asheville reliever Alving Mejias. Stephen Perez led off with a double to center, went to third on a throwing error on the play and scored on a two-out wild pitch.

Khayyan Norfork made it 3-0 in the sixth with his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to left with two outs.

The Suns took a 4-0 lead in the seventh with a run off reliever Brook Hart. Mesa led off with a single to center, took second on a wild pitch, took third on a groundout and scored on Ramos’ RBI single to center.

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