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Suns split doubleheader

Hagerstown finishes home season at 28-38.

Hagerstown finishes home season at 28-38.

August 30, 2002|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Suns' season was summed up perfectly in the final two games this season at Municipal Stadium: You win some, you lose some.

Solo homers by Ryan Howard and Ben Margalski gave the Lakewood BlueClaws a 2-1 victory in game one, but Todd Uzzell allowed five hits and one unearned run over six innings as the Hagerstown Suns salvaged a doubleheader split with a 2-1 victory in game two.

"They were a couple of well-pitched games," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "It was one of those nights where pitching and defense was the story."

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Hagerstown (27-37 South Atlantic League second half) took a 1-0 lead in first inning of the opener when Snoop McDowell tripled over the head of right fielder Vince Vukovich, who initially came in on the ball. McDowell scored on Derin McMains' groundout to second.

Suns starter Brian Burres (5-10) held Lakewood (35-31) scoreless through three innings with the help of two double plays, but made two mistakes. Howard tied the game with his towering homer to right-center in the fourth, before Margalski unloaded a homer in the fifth.

Lane Dawson (7-4) pitched all seven innings for the win, allowing four hits and the one run while walking two and striking out five.

The BlueClaws opened the nightcap by taking a 1-0 lead in the first when Sean Walsh reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, took third when Uzzell (4-6) dropped a return throw from catcher Francisco D'Jesus and scored on Michael Floyd's RBI single.

The Suns answered in the bottom half when McDowell singled, stole second and reached third and home on consectutive groundouts to second by McMains and Bryan Carter.

Hagerstown took the lead in the second when Kevin Alexander singled, stole second, went to third on Robbie Meyer's single to shallow center and scored on Justin Knoedler's RBI fielder's choice.

The Suns, who head to Hickory, N.C. for the final four-game series of the season, are now 23-19 in their last 42 games since starting the second half 5-20.

"I thought it said a lot for us how we hung in there and battled and played well these last 40 games," Ramsey said. "Starting 5-20, that's a big hole, and a lot of teams would have shut it down. I know we're 10 games under .500, but we came back to a big extent."

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