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Suns watch another lead disappear

July 21, 2000

Suns watch another lead disappear



KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Another lead, another loss.

The Hagerstown Suns again showed no lead is safe as Jorge Padilla's base-clearing triple ignited a six-run inning Friday and led the Piedmont Boll Weevils to a 6-3 victory.

The Suns (11-15, 45-52) chipped away for a 3-0 lead through the first four innings only to let Northern Divsion-leading Piedmont come back to hand them their eighth loss in nine games. The Boll Weevils won three of the four games in the crucial series for Hagerstown in its quest to get back into the second-half race.

The Boll Weevils (18-10, 66-34) broke through in the sixth with some help from Suns starter Cameron Reimers (3-9).

Juan Richardson drew a lead off walk and Jim Sitzman singled before a Reimers' wild pitch allowed them to advance. With two outs, the inning seemed on pace to end harmlessly until Nate Espy worked an 0-2 count into a base-loading walk.

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Padilla followed by stroking Reimers first pitch into right center to clear the bases and tie the game. After Reimers walked Brian Hitchcox, he committed a balk while trying a third base to first base pickoff attempt, allowing Padilla to score the go-ahead run. Shomari Beverly added the insurance runs with a two-run home run.

The Suns jumped on starter Brett Myers (11-4) with two runs in the fourth on Kurt Keene's two-out single and Jaime Goudie's two-run home run. They added run in the fifth when Jimmy Alvarez walked and scored on a hit-and-run single by Shannon Carter that Beverly overran.

Before the game, the Suns announced infielder Chris Weekly was promoted to Dunedin. He was hitting .291 with seven home runs and 49 RBI. No replacement to the roster was named.

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