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Suns lose in 11

May 11, 2001

Suns lose in 11



By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Suns


Kyle Gross, 1-3, 3.04)

at Lakewood BlueClaws


Rob Tejeda (1-2, 3.58)

Time: 6:30

Radio: WHAG 1410



When it came to playing baseball, give and take, the Hagerstown Suns went 0-for-3 on Thursday.

The Suns gave Hickory too many extra chances, didn't use the ones that came back on the flip-flop and didn't score enough.

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Add the three phases and it equals a highly frustrating 8-6 loss to Hickory, capped by a base-clearing triple by late replacement Brandon Chaves to help the Crawdads earn a split in the series.

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Hagerstown suffered defensive breakdowns in the sixth and 11th innings, opening the door to a pair of three-run innings for Hickory while the Suns struggled answer.

"We gave them extra outs in the sixth and they capitalized," Suns manager Bill Hayes said. "We get the same thing with the bases loaded in the fifth and only get one run. We're not going to get the big hit every night, but sometimes it's not a matter of getting the big hit as much as it is being consistent."

Defense, Hagerstown's one steadying force, was not with the Suns on Thursday. Easy plays were difficult in the sixth and situational plays were suicidal in the 11th.

Hagerstown forced extra innings with an unearned run of its own in the eighth when Brian Gann led off with a single to chase reliever Brian Messer. Mike Bumatay came on to walk Derek Bell before Deivi Santos hit a sharp grounder to second. Bell's slide took out shortstop Edwin Yan, whose errant throw to first allowed Gann to score and tie the game at 5-5.

The Suns unraveled in the 11th.

Jackson Markert (1-2) loaded the bases with none out as Jose Nicolas singled and moved around the bases when Bell threw away Manny Ravelo's sacrifice bunt and Yan's bunt attempt turned into a single.

Yan grounded back to Markert who threw home for a force at the plate and Chris Bass struck out, leaving the rally up to Chaves. Chaves, who entered the game after Ryan Doumit's ninth-inning ejection, fouled of two pitches after his second strike before painting a liner down the right-field line to unload the bases.

The Suns came back with a run in the 11th on Dan Trumble's pinch-hit, two-out single, but left him stranded at second when Jason Ellison struck out to end the game.

In the sixth, a pair of errors by shortstop Elliot Strankman and a passed ball stuck starter Felix Diaz with three unearned runs and gave the Crawdads a 5-2 lead. Hickory got their first two runs on solo homers by Nicolas and Doumit.

The Suns got their runs on an RBI single by Santos in the fourth before Strankman's bases-loaded double play chased home a run in the fifth and a two-run double in the seventh.

Hagerstown squandered a chance to win the game in the 10th with runners on first and second with one out.

"We gave them outs and we didn't get them," Hayes said. "They gave us outs and we didn't use 'em."

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