First Inning Stings Shorebirds In 8-2 Loss

Wooten strong over five innings of relief

Salisbury, Md. – The Hagerstown Suns (32-23) scored four runs in the first inning and defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds (20-36) 8-2 on Sunday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The Shorebirds have lost five straight games.

The Suns jumped on Shorebirds starter Williams Louico in the first inning. Bryce Ortega drew a lead off walk. Then, Khayyan Norfork, Cutter Dykstra and Adrian Nieto hit three straight RBI doubles to put the Suns in front 3-0. Later in the inning, Brett Newsome doubled to score Nieto to stretch the lead to 4-0.

Down 5-0 in the third, the Shorebirds got on the board. Gregory Lorenzo hit a lead off single. With two outs, Suns starter Brian Rauh walked three consecutive batters to force in Lorenzo.

The Shorebirds inched within three runs in the fifth inning. Lorenzo was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Connor Narron followed with a double to right-center to advance Lorenzo to third. Then, Michael Ohlman lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Lorenzo.

In the eighth inning, the Suns put the game out of reach with three runs.

Shorebirds starter Williams Louico lasted 2.2 innings and was pinned with the loss. He yielded six hits and four earned runs.

Eric Wooten entered in the third inning and was tremendous over five innings. He allowed five hits and just one earned run. Wooten struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Bobby Wilkins pitched the final 1.1 innings and surrendered two hits and one run.

Suns starter Brian Rauh earned his second win of the season over five innings pitched. He gave up three hits.

The Shorebirds travel to Lakewood, NJ for game one of a seven game road trip on Monday, August 20.

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