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Suns score 9 in 8th for win

June 12, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

Aaron Fera's entire season has revolved around trying to beat people.

Unfortunately, most of the Hagerstown outfielder's punishment in May was self-inflicted. Now, he is beginning to spread the wealth ... and so are the rest of the Suns.

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Fera led a 7-for-13 charge by the bottom third of Hagerstown's batting order by reaching base in all six of his at-bats as the Suns broke a tie with a nine-run eighth inning Monday in an almost comical 15-7 win over the Augusta GreenJackets at Municipal Stadium.

Fera had three hits, was hit by pitches twice, walked, drove in a run and scored two others in his most all-around performance of the season. Guillermo Quiroz added a three more hits and two RBI and Mike Snyder added a key RBI triple in the eighth as the Suns blew the lid off a game that featured six Augusta pitchers, including one-third of an inning by backup catcher Kregg Jarvais.

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"We wanted to keep playing," Fera said about the Suns' season-record output. "When they came back and tied the game we didn't come to the dugout and say 'Oh, my God." We went out and did the job. We want to build on games like this for the second half of the season."

The Suns (31-34) held a 5-2 lead after six innings before waiting out a 48-minute rain delay. Hagerstown settled in behind starter Matt Ford who controlled Augusta, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out six.

The effort was lost after the rain. The Suns picked up a run in the seventh on Reed Johnson's sacrifice fly scored Quiroz. Hagerstown failed to bolt the door as the GreenJackets scored four runs in the eighth off Dana Reece and Rob Hamann.

Hagerstown turned the tables on Augusta, sending 15 batters to the plate against four GreenJackets' pitchers. The nine runs and seven hits were the best one-inning rally by the Suns this season. Hagerstown also finished with 20 hits, the most in a game this season.

Fera started the runaway eighth when he was plunked by Mauricio Lara. He scored on Snyder's triple before Hagerstown started scoring on a combination of seeing-eye hits, walks and Augusta blunders.

For Fera, it was the culmination of a long, dark journey back for his batting form.

"I started out pretty good and I felt pretty confident at the plate for the first month of the season," he said. "Then I started to have trouble (May) and began beating myself up. I talked to some people and they helped me through it. I wasn't getting the hits to fall. Today I got a couple and it felt pretty good."

Every Suns starter had at least one hit, led by Brandon Jackson with four and three RBI.

Hagerstown jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings as Quiroz and Jackson had RBI doubles in the second and Fera highlighted the two-run third with another run-scoring double.

Shannon Carter singled home Johnson in the sixth for the three-run lead before the storm halted the game.

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