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Bats hold down Suns in 13 innings

May 10, 2003|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Two was simply one too many for the Hagerstown Suns.

After battling back from a one-run deficit in the 11th inning, the Suns watched Greensboro plate two more runs in the 13th that proved to b, ats to secure a 5-4 South Atlantic League win Friday night, snapping the Suns' three-game win streak.

The loss kept the Suns from reaching the .500 plateau, a mark they haven't seen for nearly a month.

The winning runs scored in the 13th when Andy Rohleder singled off Suns reliever Josh Cram (1-2), moved to second on Eric Ordorica's sacrifice bunt, and third on a grounder to second by Angel Molina before scoring on a Patrick Arlis double. The insurance run scored on Kris Clute's single, giving the Bats a 5-3 lead.

Carlos Sosa pulled the Suns to within one in the bottom of the 13th with his first homer of the season off Ross Wolf (3-0), but it simply was not enough for the Suns (17-19).

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Greensboro (18-18) appeared to have ended it in the 11th when Rohleder opened the inning with a double, and scored on Ordorica's double to right center. Suns reliever Josh Habel managed to squelch the rally.

The Suns prolonged the game as Brian Munhall led off with a single, and moved to second on Jake Wald's second sacrifice of the game. After Fred Lewis grounded out, McMains lined a double to the right-centerfield wall, easily scoring Munhall to knot things at 3-3.

Despite scoring 24 runs in the first two games against the Bats, Hagerstown's torrid offense was effectively shut down by Greensboro starter Paul Mildren, who entered the game with an 0-4 record and a stout 7.88 ERA.

Glenn Woolard, Hagerstown's starter, kept the Suns close, allowing two runs and fanning six in six innings.

The Suns had numerous opportunities to score in the eighth, ninth and 10th, leaving four runners on base in the three innings, including three in scoring position.

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