Suns Score Late To Cruise Past Shorebirds, 9-3

Joe Velleggia goes 2-for-4 in SAL debut

Salisbury, Md. – The Delmarva Shorebirds (0-5) lost game two of the series to the Hagerstown Suns (4-2), 9-3, on Tuesday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.  The Shorebirds have lost eight straight games, a season high.

Glynn Davis got the Shorebirds going in the first inning with a lead off double to left field.  He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Jason Esposito grounder to short.

The Suns grabbed the lead in the third inning.  With one out and two runners in scoring position, Cutter Dykstra hit a single to the opposite field to give the Suns a 2-1 lead.  Two batters later, Matt Skole singled home Dykstra to increase the lead to 3-1.

In the fourth inning, Brian Goodwin hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Justin Miller to stretch the lead to 4-1.

The Shorebirds cut into the deficit in the sixth inning.  Mychal Givens doubled to open the inning.  With two outs, Brenden Webb drew a walk.  After a double steal moved both runners into scoring position, Wynston Sawyer ripped a double to the wall in left field to slice the deficit to 4-3.

The Suns added two runs in the eighth and three runs in the ninth inning to pull away.  The Shorebirds went scoreless over the final three innings.  They had the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning, but did not score.

Shorebirds starter Matt Taylor, who was pinned with the loss, lasted 4.2 innings.  Zach Petersime replaced Taylor and made his Shorebirds debut.  In three innings, he allowed three hits and two runs.  Matt Bischoff pitched the final 1.1 innings.

The Shorebirds went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and twice stranded the bases loaded.

The Shorebirds and Suns play the series finale on Wednesday, June 27 at 10:35am.  RHP Zach Davies is the scheduled starter.

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