Dudley Leonora records three hits
Salisbury, Md. – The Delmarva Shorebirds (20-35) clawed back from a three run deficit, but fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Hagerstown Suns (31-23) on Saturday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The Shorebirds have lost four straight games.
Hagerstown used a first inning home run to grab an early lead for a second straight night. With two outs, Adrian Nieto hit a line drive homer to right field to give the Suns a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, the Suns added a run on a Nieto sacrifice fly to score Khayyan Norfork, who led off the inning with a double.
The Shorebirds got on the board in the seventh inning. Dudley Leonora, who had three hits, reached on a double to left-center field. Then, two wild pitches by Suns reliever Richie Mirowski allowed Leonora to score.
In the eighth inning, the Shorebirds pulled within a run. Roderick Bernadina reached second on an infield single and advanced on an error by Bryce Ortega. He later scored on a groundout by Adam Davis.
Shorebirds pitching held the Suns scoreless over the final six innings. Miguel Chalas lasted five innings and gave up six hits and three runs. Jason McCracken tossed three scoreless innings of relief and yielded just two hits. David Baker tossed a perfect ninth inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Leonora hit a single to right field to begin the inning. Gregory Lorenzo dropped a sacrifice bunt to advance the tying run into scoring position. Glynn Davis struck out and Sammie Starr popped out to center field to end the game.
Hagerstown starter Taylor Jordan earned the win over five strong innings. He gave up seven hits, but no runs.
The Shorebirds had numerous opportunities to score more runs. They went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
The Shorebirds and Suns play the series finale on Sunday, August 19 at 5:05pm. For tickets and more information, contact the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112.