Shaky pen sends Suns to loss

May 14, 2001

Shaky pen sends Suns to loss

Hagerstown Suns

Jeff Clark (4-2, 2.77)

at Lakewood BlueClaws

Keith Bucktrot (3-2, 5.58)


WHAG 1410

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The bullpen which carried the Hagerstown Suns to victory on Saturday went AWOL on Sunday.

Four Hagerstown relievers allowed seven runs on five hits in the final two innings - including six runs in the eighth inning - to allow the Lakewood BlueClaws to come back for a 9-5 victory.


The Suns (19-18) owned a 5-3 lead heading into the eighth, but Elgin Graham and Mark Hills (0-2) failed to get outs before loading the bases. Closer Jackson Markert came into the pressure cooker and allowed three runs on four hits as the BlueClaws beat Hagerstown for the second time in six tries.


Hagerstown's bullpen was golden on Saturday, combining for 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to allow the Suns to comeback for a 7-6 win in 12 innings.

Hagerstown carried a 5-2 lead into the seventh when Juan Richardson hit the very first pitch from reliever Rafeal Rigueiro down the line for a leadoff home run. Rigueiro was promoted to Hagerstown on Saturday when starter Boof Bonser was placed on the disabled list.

The wheels came off in the eighth as Graham walked the only two batters he faced and Hills loaded the bases by wallking Scott Youngbauer. Markert was called in to preserve the lead. But Dario Delgado and Kennon McArthur each hit two-run singles while Carlos Acevedo and Julio Collazo each added an RBI hits to give Lakewood a four-run lead.

Hagerstown scored a run in the first when Jason Ellison hit Ryan Carter's second pitch to right center field for a triple and scored on Derek Bell's double. The Suns broke a 1-1 tie in the third on Dan Trumble's three-run home run.

The Suns made it a 5-1 lead in the fifth when Ellison scored on a wild pitch.

Lakewood got its second run off starter Julio Pavon, who started in place of Bonser, on Derrick Lankford's homer in the sixth.

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