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Stixx hammer Suns

April 09, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Hagerstown Suns have won the home-run battle against the Columbus RedStixx after two games. But Columbus' latest home run was enough to win a war.

Tyler Minges' two-out grand slam in the seventh inning capped an eight-run rally by Columbus, and the RedStixx handed the Suns their first loss of the season, 14-10, Friday night at Golden Park.

The Suns (1-1) led 10-6 at the seventh-inning stretch, but Columbus immediately loaded the bases with none out, then pushed everyone across before loading them up again for Minges' blow.

The RedStixx left fielder went 5-for-5 in a game where no one wanted to keep the lead, and the Red Stixx gave Hagerstown every opportunity to take it.

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The Suns fell behind 2-0 after the first inning on Jesus Hernandez's homer off Joe Casey, but got one back in the second.

Orlando Hudson led off with a triple, and scored when a Columbus outfielder dropped a routine fly ball off the bat of Jeff Maloney.

The Suns took their first lead in the sixth. Trailing 5-4, Jorge Nunez led off with a single and stole second base before Hudson crushed an offering over the right-field wall for a two-run homer. Columbus brought in Adel Granadillo, who immediately walked Maloney. Ryan Bundy brought him home on a double and took third on Justin Davies' groundout before scoring on a wild pitch to make it 8-5.

Hudson finished 3-for-4 for the game for the Suns.

Nunez went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

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