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Suns pale next to Legends

July 24, 2003

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Hagerstown Suns failed once again to prove what Legends are made of.

Lexington scored runs, while once again, the Suns didn't.

Pat Peavey drove in four runs, highlighted by a three-run home run in a four-run second inning, to lift Lexington to a 5-0 victory over the reeling Suns for Hagerstown's ninth straight loss.

Hagerstown (48-51, 13-19) produced baserunners - leaving 11 stranded in the game - but once again failed to get the clutch hit. The Suns failed to use seven hits and three early Lexington errors to their advantage.

The Suns have scored only one run in the last 40 innings and three runs in the last six games.

Lexington roughed up Hagerstown starter Brian Stirm (8-4) with five consecutive hits in the second inning, leading to the four runs.

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Justin Humphries led off with a double into the left-field corner and took third on Freddy Acevedo's single. Peavey hit a 2-2 pitch over the left-field fence for a 3-0 lead.

Ryan Kochen restarted the rally with a double and took third on German Melendez's single to left before scoring on Ozzie Fernando's sacrifice fly.

Stirm was lifted after the inning, turning the ball over to Erick Threets for a four-inning relief stint. The only blemish to Threets' outing came in the fifth when T.J. Soto singled and stole second before Acevedo walked. Following a double steal, Peavey hit a sacrifice fly to score the final run.

The Suns left the bases loaded in the second and fourth innings and stranded two runners in the seventh, sending them to their third shutout in four games.

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