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Suns taken out by dirty dozen

April 30, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Suns are falling apart at their very foundation.

When the season opened, starting pitching was to be the bricks and defense the mortar to give the Suns something to build on. Right now, it seems Hagerstown is building on a patch of quicksand.

The Suns took a 4-0 lead and then watched it sink slowly into a quagmire of mistakes Monday as Capital City pounded out a 12-4 victory behind the six-RBI night of catcher Justin Huber.

"It got away from us in a hurry," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "A couple of missed plays and the pitching wasn't very good. In the beginning of the year, those were supposed to be our strong points and we were going to struggle offensively. I'm a little concerned about it right now."

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Hagerstown (12-13) committed three errors, issued seven walks and hit two batters start the cracks. The errors made five of the runs unearned. Meanwhile, the offense managed just five hits and struck out for 15 of the 27 outs.

"I don't have any explanations," Ramsey said. "We didn't play good defense and that contributed to the big innings and we could have pitched better. We gave them too many extra outs to a good hitting team."

Huber put Capital City (16-8) ahead in the fifth on a two-run homer to left off reliever Julio Pavon. He picked up two more with a two-run double in the four-run sixth, an inning where all the scores were unearned because of a Miguel Miranda throwing error.

Huber capped his night with a sacrifice fly in the three-run second inning and a bases-loaded walk from Jason Cram in the two-run ninth.

The Suns started Kyle Gross, who returned to Hagerstown after a starting stint in San Jose. He brought back the wildness that plagued him in 2001, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks in two innings.

The Suns scored two runs in each of the first two innings off starter Wayne Ough. Julian Benavidez had a two-run double in the first and two Bomber errors led to both of the Suns' second-inning runs.

Suns Today: at Lexington

Time: 7Radio: WHAG 1410

Probable Starters:

Suns - Peterson Benjamin (1-3, 3.72)

Legends - TBA

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