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Suns lose momentum, game in 10th

April 17, 1999|By BOB PARASILITI

The Hagerstown Suns might have had a chance on Saturday if the game had judged at Madison Square Garden.

They didn't mount much of a late attack. There was very little punch. And they seemed to be on the defensive. In New York, that would have scored Hagerstown at least a draw.

But instead, the Suns seemed to cover up in the corner, allowing the Greensboro Bats to score five unanswered runs - including the game-winner without the benefit of a hit in the 10th inning - in a 5-0 loss at Muncipal Stadium.

"We let up," Suns manager Rolando Pino said. "We couldn't get anything going ... we have to be able to keep pressure on the other team and we need to be selective at the plate."

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Hagerstown (5-5) scored four runs in the first three innings off Greensboro's Rosman Garcia in support of starter Pat Lynch.

Lynch went four innings in his first start allowing two hits. The Suns provided two runs in the second and third innings to take the early lead. Orlando Hudson doubled and Juan Nieves singled in runs in the third and Jorge Nunez homered in the fourth.

But Lynch left after reaching his pitch limit after four innings and Garcia was lifted with one out in the sixth for Brett Weber. From there, the entire complexion of the game changed.

Sandoval was off in his control and allowed two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and a tying home run to Mark Mirizzi in the seventh. Meanwhile, Weber (1-2) retired the 11 Suns batters he faced through the ninth inning.

The game remained tied at 4-4 until reliever Brian Bowles (0-1) walked Andy Greene and Dusty Rhodes to open the 10th and loaded the bases on Brad Elwood's bunt. John Darjean hit a chop up the middle for a groundout which scored the winning run.

"Walks always have a way to come back and kill you," Pino said. "Bowles made the pitches when he had to and did a good job despite the walks. We have to do a better job keeping the lead."

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