Suns suffer case of deja vu again

July 20, 2000

Suns suffer case of deja vu again

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - The Hagerstown Suns thought they had put the first half of the season behind them. Thursday night, it paid them a haunting visit again.

Hagerstown blew a four-run lead in the eighth inning, as an infield error led to three runs on one play and the Piedmont Boll Weevils rallied for a 6-5 victory.

The Suns led 5-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth behind a solid night from the pitching tandem of Peter Bauer, making his first start of the season, and Marcos Sandoval. When Sandoval tired, however, the Boll Weevils took over.

After a popout, Ambiorix Reyes reached on an infield single, Jim Sitzman singled and Julio Collazo singled in Reyes for a 5-2 game and a call to the bullpen for Hugo Castellanos (0-3).


He then walked Marlon Byrd to load the bases for Nate Espy, who leads the Boll Weevils in hitting. Espy hit a potential inning-ending double-play grounder to Kurt Keene, but the first baseman's throw to second base ended up in left field and all three runners scored for a 5-5 game. Castellanos got out Russ Jacobson, but Jorge Padilla singled in pinch-runner Buzz Hannahan to win the game.

It ruined a solid night for the Suns (11-15, 45-51), who got two runs in the first on a sacrifice fly by Chris Weekly and a double by Keene and another in the third on a single to center field by Keene. Weekly scored when Jacobson dropped the ball on the relay home.

Things really seemed to be favoring the Suns when Jamie Goudie homered in the sixth for a 4-1 lead. Goudie was hitless in his last 14 at-bats before the homer - his first round-tripper since May 31.

That all changed with one out in the eighth inning.


  • Hagerstown Suns
  • Cameron Reimers (3-8, 4.08)

    at Piedmont Boll Weevils

  • Brett Myers (10-4, 3.59)
  • Time: 7
  • Radio: WHAG 1410
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