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Suns fall from first after loss

August 18, 1998|By BOB PARASILITI

The Hagerstown Suns didn't leave much to the imagination or for analysis.

The answer was simple. The Macon Braves made the best of what they had. Meanwhile, the Suns made a mess of what they had.

The end result was Macon taking advantage of a three-run first inning Monday at Municipal Stadium in a 6-1 victory over the Suns, who took advantage of very little.

"It was a tough game. They just came out and took care of business," Pevey said. "They made the most of what they were given, and we didn't."

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Macon was 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while the Suns were 1-for-8, which tells about the whole story.

The loss ends the Suns' six-game winning streak and knocks Hagerstown (29-29, 73-55 overall) out of a tie for first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division's second-half race. The Suns are one-game behind Delmarva, a 9-6 winner over Columbus, with 13 games remaining.

Macon (32-26, 62-66), the Southern Division leaders, got to Suns starter Matt McClellan (7-6) by using A.D. Thorpe's leadoff double as the springboard to a three-run outburst.

Marcus Giles, the SAL's leading home run (34) and RBI (100) man with at .329 batting average, dumped an RBI single to right and Troy Cameron added a two-run single to left for the 3-0 lead. McClellan added to his problems with two walks and a hit batsman.

"The leadoff hitter's ball was the hardest one hit the whole inning," Pevey said. "Giles just kept his hands inside the ball and hit a flare to right. Good hitters have a habit of making good things happen."

The Suns got a run back on Macon starter Luis Rivera (4-5) as Tony Peters drew a leadoff walk and took second on a groundout before Lorenzo Bagley stroked a two-out, RBI single.

The Suns botched two scoring attempts to get back into the game when a double steal attempt in the second went sour as Vernon Wells was picked off third and Chris Hayes was stranded after his one-out double in the third.

Macon added a run in the fourth on Steve Torrealba's leadoff homer and capped the game with two more runs off reliever Brian Bowles in the eighth.

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