Unearned runs sink Suns, 3-2

June 19, 2003

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Lakewood found a way to beat the Hagerstown Suns' pitching, but it wasn't without help.

The BlueClaws used an error by shortstop Jake Wald to score three unearned runs in the fourth inning Wednesday for a 3-2 victory.

Karl Nonemaker reached base when his grounder got by Wald, and he took second on a Brian Stirm balk. Mark McRoberts and Terry Jones ripped back-to-back RBI doubles to give the BlueClaws a 2-1 lead. Ryan Barthelemy added a run-scoring single.

Stirm (5-3) lasted six innings before giving way to Ben Washburn. The Suns (36-33, 1-1) dropped their team ERA to 3.00, down 0.09 through the first two games of the second half.


Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the first. Fred Lewis led off with a four-pitch walk off starter Matt Sweeney (1-6), stole second and took third on Wald's grounder before scoring on Carlos Sosa's single.

The Suns drew within a run in the fifth when Brian Munhall reached on a two-base error by McRoberts in right field and came around on consecutive singles by Mikey Miranda and Lewis.

Hagerstown never threatened again, sending just 12 hitters to the plate in the last four innings. Bo Richardson recorded his fifth save of the season for Lakewood.

Miranda returned to the Suns before Wednesday's game when infielder Derin McMains and pitcher Clay Hensley were promoted to Single A San Jose. McMains was hitting .289 with 27 RBI; Hensley was 4-3 with a 3.18 ERA for the Suns.

Miranda, who was promoted from extended spring training, played the first half with the Suns last season, hitting .263 with a home run and 25 RBI. The Suns still have one opening on the roster.

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