Suns drop ball again


The Hagerstown Suns front office looks like it's taking a big gamble today when it presents Guaranteed Win Night at Municipal Stadium.

Because if it has been watching the Suns for the last two weeks, it would know that nothing is guaranteed.

Volatile times continued for Hagerstown on Monday as once again the Suns fell behind early before rallying to tie the game in the middle innings only to letting it slip away late in an 8-6 loss to Hickory.

"We swung the bats really well today," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "We just didn't do a good job shutting them down once we got back. We gave up eight runs and 17 hits ... they had runners on in every inning."


Hagerstown (13-17) fell behind 3-0 and 4-2 before tying the game with two unearned runs in the fifth. It only lasted to the top of the sixth when reliever Julio Pavon gave up a run and Benji Miller was touched for three runs in the eighth to force the Suns into comeback mode again.

They came close, but never totally responded, dropping their eighth game in the last 11 outings. If Hagerstown loses its ninth in 12 today, fans attending the game will be given a free ticket to a future home game.

Hagerstown starter Peterson Benjamin allowed an RBI single to Ryan Doumit in the first and two unearned runs on Brandon Chaves' double in the second to fall behind 3-0.

The Suns scuffled for one in the third on Branden Florence's bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Julian Benavidez made it a one-run deficit by leading off the fourth with a home run to left off reliever Julio Guerrero (4-2).

The Crawdads (18-14) got a run back in the fifth on doubles by Jose Bautista and Chaves for a 4-2 lead.

Benavidez got an RBI triple in the fifth - which gave him three-quarters of the cycle - and scored on Robbie Meyer's single to knot the game at 4-4.

"Benavidez had a great game and Meyer got a couple of hits, which is good since he has been struggling," Ramsey said. "The offensive part of our game was good. We just didn't have enough comeback in us."

Jeff Keppinger hit an RBI single off Pavon (0-3) with two outs in the sixth as Hickory regained the lead. Miller loaded the bases in the eighth before hitting Bautista with a pitch, getting Joe Hernandez to hit a sacrifice fly and Jeremy Harts to rip a ground-rule double to left for the 8-4 lead.

Hagerstown got two runs in the ninth and had the bases loaded with two outs against Jeff Miller but Meyer flew out to right to end the game.

Suns Today: vs. Hickory

Time: 7Radio: WHAG 1410

Probable Starters:

Suns - Brian Burres (1-2, 4.60)

Hickory - Chris Young (3-1, 2.25)

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