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Suns lose eighth straight

July 23, 2003

EASTLAKE, Ohio - Fausto Carmona pitched a complete game in victory as the Hagerstown Suns played another incomplete game.

The Suns continued to experience a lack of offense and an inability to shut down the opposition late in the game Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to Lake County.

It was the Suns' eighth straight loss.

The Captains held the Suns to one run over the last 31 innings of the series and retired the last 16 hitters of Tuesday's game to complete a four-game sweep. Hagerstown ended the season 3-13 against Lake County.

Carmona (12-3) needed 87 pitches to post his first complete game of the season. He allowed four hits and struck out five without allowing a walk. Carmona, is the South Atlantic League's ERA leader, became the league's first 12-game winner by allowing only one Suns runner to get past second base.

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Lake County jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Nathan Panther led off the game with a single and stole second before Chris De La Cruz laid down a bunt. Suns starter Merkin Valdez (5-5) fielded the ball and threw it down the right-field line to allow the run. Valdez settled down to allow three runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out eight.

The Suns (48-50, 13-18) broke a 25-inning scoreless streak in the fourth when Carlos Sosa and Brian Buscher singled to put runners on first and third before Julian Benavidez hit an RBI grounder.

Michael Aubrey, the first selection of the Cleveland Indians in the 2003 first-year player draft, led off Lake County's two-run seventh with his first professional home run, a shot over the right-field fence that gave the Captains the lead.

Lake County picked up another run when Bryan Kent hit a fly ball to left field that Sosa dropped for a two-base error. Ricardo Rojas plated Kent with a two-out single to right.

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