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Suns lose two

August 21, 2002

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Hagerstown Suns have tried to feast on playing close ball games this year.

Lately, they've been on a starvation diet.

Hagerstown got a double dose of being beaten by fundamentals - one pretty and the other absurd - on Tuesday as Augusta used a bases-loaded single by Ryan Brunner to score a 4-3 victory in a seven-inning regularly scheduled game.

It came on the heels of Juan Salazar being hit with a pitch with the bases loaded to give the GreenJackets a 1-0 win in the completion of a game which was suspended from Monday.

The Suns lost their fourth straight on the road trip, all by one run.

Augusta broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth by chasing starter Peterson Benjamin (2-6) when Osmar Castillo and Kris Coffey singled and advanced on Bryan Kent's sacrifice bunt. Daniel Padgett came on to issue an intentional walk before Brunner hit the game-winning single.

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Hagerstown took a 3-0 lead in the second off Augusta starter Jun-chung Haung. Julian Benavidez hit a one-out single and reached third when Robbie Meyer got to second on a double error by Haung. Tomas Garrido cashed in with a two-run double and scored on Keith Anderson's subsequent two-base hit.

The Suns gave back the lead in the bottom of the inning with a comedy of errors of their own.

After Daniel Figuroa and Edgar Martinez led off with singles, Carlos Aleman hit a single that center fielder Scoop McDowell threw away at third base. Benjamin ran down the loose ball and unloaded an errant return throw to second and Augusta scored twice. Castillo drove in Aleman from third with a game-tying single.

In the suspended game, Augusta broke the scoreless tie in the seventh after reliever Brian Burres (5-9) walked the bases loaded after getting the first two outs. Burres hit Salazar while he was swinging at a 2-2 pitch to score Matt Cooper with the only run.

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