Adam Hall and his Delmarva Shorebirds teammates claimed their 40th win of the season, downing the Hagerstown Suns 5-4 on Tuesday evening at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Gray Fenter earned the win for the Shorebirds after tossing five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six. Fenter dealt with at least one runner in scoring position in his first four frames but limited the damage. Ryan Tapani took the loss for the Suns, giving up five runs, three earned on seven hits in 4.2 innings. Tim Naughton pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 10th save for Delmarva.
Down 2 - 1 the Shorebirds grabbed the lead back for good in the fifth. Ryne Ogren roped a single to begin the frame and advanced to third on an Alexis Torres single to right. Robbie Thorburn then stroked a ball off Omar Meregildo's mitt at first and into right for an RBI single, tying the game at 2-2. Hall followed by getting hit by a pitch to load the bases. Doran Turchin then bounced a ball to third and Hagerstown attempted to turn two, but the relay throw to first ended up in the stands, allowing two runs to score on the play and putting Turchin at second. Turchin advanced to third on a flyout and then scored on a wild pitch, giving the Shorebirds a 5-2 advantage.
With one on in the seventh, Justin Connell ripped a line drive two-run homer to left, bringing the Suns to within one at 5-4, but the Shorebirds bullpen held down the fort the rest of the way.