HAGERSTOWN, MD - The Hagerstown Suns (8-3, 52-29) had their four-game winning streak snapped by the Delmarva Shorebirds (5-6, 43-37) on Sunday evening, falling by a final of 5-4. The win for Delmarva halted a five-game losing skid.
Hagerstown took its only lead in the game in the third on a leadoff solo homerun off the bat of 1B Jimmy Yezzo. It was Yezzo's sixth long ball of the year, and fourth since the start of the second half of the season.
The Shorebirds responded by plating two runs in the top of the fourth. Third baseman Drew Dosch began the frame with a single to left. That was followed by a double off the bat of 1B Creede Simpson. Two batters later catcher Austin Wynns drove in Dosch with a ground ball single to left. Then, a scrifice bunt laid down by SS Jared Breen brought home Simpson from third to make it 2-1.
Delmarva added a run to its lead in each of the next two innings. In the fifth CF Gregory Lorenzo led off with a double to center field. He moved to third on a single by RF Lucas Herbst, and scored on an infield single by 2B Jeff Kemp. Herbst was responsible for driving in the run in the sixth, as he singled with one out to drive in LF Sam Kimmel and make it 4-1.
The three run lead for the Shorebirds was short lived, however, as another long ball by Hagerstown in the bottom of the sixth moved the Suns within one run. This time it was LF Isaac Ballou who delivered a two-run shot into the visitors bullpen past the center field wall for his sixth homerun of the year as well.
Delmarva extended its lead again in the ninth when Dosch delivered an RBI double to center field with one out. That proved to be the winning run as Hagerstown again cut its deficit to one in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI infield single by SS Willie Medina. However, with runners on the corners and two outs, CF Narciso Mesa wound up popping out to second to end the ball game.
It was RHP Austin Urban who got Mesa to pop out to end the game, thus getting rewarded with his second save of the season. RHP Hunter Harvey (5-4) started for Delmarva and gave up three earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out nine over 5.1 innings to earn the win. Starting LHP Hector Silvestre (3-6) suffered the loss for Hagerstown. He went 5.1 innings as well, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out seven.
These two teams conclude their four-game series at Municipal Stadium on Monday June 30. The Suns will send RHP Andrew Cooper (5-1) to the mound for his fourth start and 18th appearance of the year. He will square off against RHP Luc Rennie (2-6) for the Shorebirds. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.