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Suns close out home season with loss

August 25, 2003

The Hagerstown Suns' dim South Atlantic League playoff hopes took another hit Sunday afternoon, as the Lakewood BlueClaws defeated the Suns 5-2 in Hagerstown's final home game this season.

The Suns are five games behind Lexington in the Northern Division Wild Card race with eight to play.

Lakewood starter Lee Gwaltney allowed just one hit - Kevin Kelly's fourth-inning single - over seven strong innings.

The BlueClaws got on the board in the first inning against Suns starter Daniel Portorreal - making his second stint of the season with the Suns after two months on the disabled list and in the Northwest League. Chris Roberson singled to left and eventually scored on Terry Jones' sacrifice fly.

Lakewood scored twice in the fourth. G.G. Sato's RBI double drove in Alex Borgo and Marc Tugwell's single to center scored Sato.

Suns reliever Jeremy Schmidt allowed two runs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.

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The Suns finally scored in the eighth off Lakewood reliever Beau Richardson. Julian Benavidez led off with a triple and scored on Fred Lewis' single with two outs.

Kelly homered with one out in the ninth, his sixth on the year.

The Suns travel to Charleston, W.Va., for a four-game series starting today, then close out their season with four games at Greensboro.

Hagerstown split Saturday's doubleheader with Lakewood. Glenn Wollard pitched a two-hit shutout in an 8-0 victory in the opener, but four Suns errors in the nightcap led to six unearned runs in a 7-6 loss.

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