Ruiz reigns as BlueClaws clamp Suns

May 24, 2004

The Lakewood BlueClaws probably had to physically put Randy Ruiz on the bus. After collecting seven hits and driving in 10 runs in a weekend series, the Lakewood first baseman may have considered buying real estate in Hagerstown.

Ruiz had four hits, including an RBI double in a three-run ninth inning to break a 6-6 tie, Sunday to lift Lakewood to a 9-6 victory for a two-game sweep of the Hagerstown Suns before 1,011 fans at Municipal Stadium.

Ruiz went 4-for-5 with five RBI on Sunday on the heels of Saturday's 3-for-6, five-RBI performance. He drove in or scored 13 of Lakewood's 22 runs in the weekend.

The BlueClaws got to Suns closer Tim Alvarez (1-3) in the ninth inning to grab the victory. Michael Bourn greeted Alvarez with a double and took third on Jake Blalock's single to set the table for Ruiz.


After Ruiz doubled, Chris Klemm hit a sacrifice fly and Marc Tugwell followed with an infield single to give Lakewood a three-run cushion.

Maximo Reyes, who got the win with three innings of relief, shut down the Suns in the ninth.

Hagerstown jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first against Lakewood starter Erick Arteaga, using solo home runs by Travis Ishikawa and Jason Columbus.

The Suns (17-26) doubled their lead to 4-0 when Tim Hutting drew a bases-loaded walk to score Jesse Schmidt before Mike Wagner scored on a wild pitch.

Suns starter Jesse Floyd allowed Lakewood to scored two runs in the third on Blalock's run-scoring double and Ruiz's RBI single. Floyd pitched six innings for the Suns, leaving the game after allowing six hits while striking out seven.

Lakewood took the lead with a four-run seventh inning. Travis Nesmith pitched one-third of an inning while loading the bases before being lifted. Joe Bateman came on and got the second out before Ruiz unloaded a three-run double and scored on Klemm's single.

The Suns tied on Ishikawa's second home run of the game in the seventh and Wagner's RBI double in the eighth.

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