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Braves burst past Suns before 4,200

August 26, 2000

Braves burst past Suns before 4,200



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


When things aren't going well, there is a fine line between aggressiveness and inconsistency.

The Hagerstown Suns not only crossed that line on Saturday, they tripped on it.

The timely hitting, aggressive base running and creditable defense which helped Hagerstown win the first two games of the series blew up in its face - with almost the same force that sent the Dynomite Lady into her annual Municipal Stadium trance - in a 7-5 loss to the Macon Braves before 4,214 thrill seekers.

The Dynomite Lady went boom and got off the deck. The Suns (26-32, 60-69) didn't.

"I don't want to stop seeing them be aggressive," Suns manager Rolando Pino said. "We have been trying to do things. For the last couple of days, the pitching has been doing a good job, but today it didn't hold the lead."

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Starter Tyler Renwick bounced back after allowing three runs in the first inning as the Suns roared into the lead. Marc Bluma came on in the sixth just as Hagerstown hit the self-destruct button.

The Suns lost a chance for a big inning in the fourth when Shannon Carter stopped while rounding third and was tagged out in a rundown before Jaime Goudie was thrown out at second on the play.

They ran themselves out of a run in the fifth when Shawn Fagan was out at the plate.

Hagerstown capped it off by having Chivas Clark thrown out while trying to steal in the sixth before failing to cash in on a bases-loaded situation in the seventh.

"You don't want to say that that play in the fourth was the turning point, but I think it was the turning point," Pino said. "I shouldn't have stopped Shannon from going home with his speed. I should know better than to try and stop a runner in the middle of the game like that because they always slip on the grass during that time of day."

The Suns lost their 5-4 lead in the sixth when they committed the second of four errors. Macon (31-29, 66-65) tied the game on Damien Jones' single and then took the lead when Keoni De Renne's grounder got by first baseman Jose Umbria, who is playing out of position because of injuries. His bad throw to third allowed Macon to score twice on the play.

Hagerstown tied the game in the second, highlighting a three-run rally with Jose Santos' two-run single. Kevin Cash hit a solo homer to give the Suns the lead in the third and Goudie's RBI single before the fourth-inning base-running snafu started taking the Suns out of the game.

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