Suns feeling good

May 18, 2001

Suns feeling good

Hagerstown's three-homer game rallies team to win



Lexington Legends

Mike Naninni (5-2, 2.59)

at Hagerstown Suns

Boof Bonser (3-1, 2.35)

Promotion: Washington County PTA Night

Time: 7

Radio: WHAG 1410

Feelings. Nothing more than feelings.

Sorry, Morris Albert. Your schlocky old love song solo was rewritten by the Hagerstown Suns on Thursday and turned it into a explosive duet.



Dan Trumble got a comfortable feeling, Deivi Santos got a solid one and, in the long run, the Lexington Legends another in the sick and sinking variety.

Trumble hit a monstrous pinch-hit two-run homer, followed shortly by Santos' towering three-run shot to right to cap off a five-run eighth inning that lifted the Suns to a rousing, come-from-behind 10-7 victory over Lexington.

The Suns (21-20) trailed 7-4 after 5 1/2 innings and turned the game over to the bullpen. Hagerstown stayed in the game and used three homers - including Mark Walker's leadoff blast in the sixth - to mount the rally.

"We proved we can come back in a high-scoring game," Suns manager Bill Hayes said. "We got the big hits we needed and the bullpen did a nice job. They kept us close so that we had the opportunity to come up with the big inning and have our guys in position for the big hits."

Walker's homer moved the Suns to within 7-5, setting the stage for the drama.

Bryan Carter started the comeback by fisting a pitch from reliever John Krysa into shallow right field. With one out, Hayes called on Trumble to pinch hit for Elliot Strankman.

"I was told to go loosen up in the seventh inning," Trumble said.

Trumble, who has struggled through the beginning of the season, patiently picked his shot and broke his bat while drilling a Krysa fastball over the center field fence to tie the game.

"I saw it well and put a good swing on it," Trumble said. "Once I hit it, I have no control where it goes. It was nice to be put in a situation where I could come through. It helps my confidence and it helps theirs because they know they can put me in there again."

Krysa allowed a two-out single to Bryan Gann and scuffled with Derek Bell until a wild pitch advanced Gann, forcing a intentional ball four before being lifted for Chris George.

George challenged Santos with a fastball and the first baseman launched it for his first homer of the year and the go-ahead runs.

"I was waiting for a fastball and if I got it, I told myself I would take a stroke at it," Santos said. "I made good contact on it. It felt good on my hands and I knew it was out once I hit it."

Jackson Markert retired Lexington in order for his eight save, preserving the win for Elgin Graham, the fourth of five Suns pitchers.

Lexington took a 5-4 lead, scoring twice in the first and fourth innings and a single run in the fifth off starter John Thomas. Hagerstown had a pair of two-run innings off starter Tony Pluta in the third, capped by Nick Wilfong's RBI double, and in the fourth, on a double error and a Jason Ellison sacrifice fly.

Hagerstown's bullpen allowed two runs - off Rafael Rigueiro in the sixth - in the last 4 1/3 innings to give the Suns the chance to win.

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