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Suns losing streak reaches 7

April 21, 2004

CHARLESTON, S.C. - There might have been too much stickum in the glove of Hagerstown Suns' Tim Hutting.

In the bottom of the 11th inning with the scored tied 1-1 and runners at the corners with one down, Hutting took a toss from second baseman Pat Dobson on the front end of a possible double play, but couldn't get the ball out of his glove to make the relay to first, allowing Charleston, S.C. to post a 2-1 win over the Suns on Monday night.

Tim Alvarez (0-2) took the loss in relief.

The Suns (2-7) lost their seventh straight game, wasting a solid pitching performance.

Starter Bryan Millikan went five innings allowing one earned run while walking none and striking out seven Riverdogs in his best outing of the young season.

In middle relief Hagerstown's Joe Bateman tossed 4 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, whiffing four.

The Suns scored their lone run in the top of the sixth inning on a leadoff double by Nate Schierholtz and a single by Jesse Schmidt.

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Again, the Suns had scoring opportunities as they collected 10 hits but left nine runners stranded on base.

In the top of the 11th the Suns had singles by Jon Armitage and Mike Wagner wasted.

A double play wiped out a bases-loaded, one-out threat for the Suns in the third inning and two runners were left in scoring position in the fifth frame.

Jon Coutlangus led the offense with three singles while Armitage and Brian Munhall each had a pair of hits.

Kelyn Acosta (0-0, 4.50) will toe the rubber for the Suns tonight.

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