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Suns still struggling - Hagerstown drops third straight at home

April 29, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Win and the world is your yard sale. Lose and you have as much luck as an Enron stockholder.

Right now, the Hagerstown Suns are looking to re-invest.

Everything continued to go against Hagerstown on Friday as Justin Huber hit a three-run homer and Rob McIntyre added a two-run shot to lift Capital City to a 6-2 win over the struggling Suns.

Capital City (14-6) bunched most of its offense into two innings - the first and the sixth - by taking advantage of extra chances. Meanwhile, the Suns failed in their two big opportunities.

"When you go into situations like this, every break goes against you and the other team keeps capitalizes on them," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "You just have to battle through the times like this."

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The breaks have been stacking up against the Suns (10-12), who have lost three straight games by an aggregate score of 35-11. After a first homestand where everything was going Hagerstown's way, there has been some slippage in hitting, defense and pitching on this go-round.

The Bombers jumped on Suns starter Brian Burres (1-2) early as Jeff Duncan hit a one-out double and David Wright walked before a double steal. Huber cashed in with a shot over the right field wall for a 3-0 lead.

Hagerstown chipped back with a run in the fifth off Capital City starter Harold Eckert (3-1) as Justin Knoedler hit a one-out single to left, took second on Anthony Turco's walk and scored on Miguel Miranda's two-out RBI single to cut it to a 3-1 deficit.

Robbie Meyer walked to load the bases and bring cleanup hitter Tyler Von Schell to the plate, but he struck out to end the threat.

Capital City countered in sixth as Joe Jiannetti reached on second baseman Julio Cordido's error and John Toner walked to chase Burres. Alberto Montes came on and allowed Andres Rodriguez to loft a sacrifice fly and McIntyre to hit his two-run homer to right for a 6-1 lead.

"We made a couple of mistakes and they capitalized on them," Ramsey said.

The Suns tried to comeback in the eighth as Meyer drew a leadoff walk off Lenny DiNardo, took second when Cordido reached on a one-out error and scored on Mark Walker's two-out single. The threat was ended when Walker was picked off first.

Knoedler led the Suns with two hits. DiNardo picked up his first save for the Bombers.

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